Monthly Archives: December 2015

Verlinden VERL-4002 Reaction Mass Pump Truck

Verlinden VERL-4002 1Verlinden VERL-4002 Reaction Mass Pump Truck

by Tim Wing

Verlinden’s VERL-4002 was a high pressure pump truck used for fueling fusion turbine
powered aircraft such as the VF-1 Valkyrie. The pumping system on the VERL-4002 could be Verlinden VERL-4002 2adapted to move a wide variety of reactions mass, anything from normal water to liquefied graphite. For compressible reaction mass, the VERL-4002 could pump at pressures up to 15 bar.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: (Macross) Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Vickers-Chrysler Robotech Systems Inc. NC-11 Auxiliary Power Unit

Vickers-Chrysler Robotech Systems Inc. Aircraft Tractor 1Vickers-Chrysler Robotech Systems Inc. NC-11 Auxiliary Power Unit

by Tim Wing

The NC-11 was a self-propelled auxiliary power unit used by the UN Spacy, the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) and the United Earth Expeditionary Forces (UEEF), as well as many other militaries and private aviation companies. Rather than having a power unit
mounted on a cart, this unit simply added a fully drivable chassis that was powered by the
same generator. This unit had the distinction of be the last auxiliary power unit of its kind, Vickers-Chrysler Robotech Systems Inc.s Aircraft Tractor 2as by the early twenties almost all military aircraft were powered by fusion turbines and protoculture cell energizers, thus being self-sufficient at start up. The NC-11 did stay in constant use until the Invid Invasion to service what few conventional aircraft remained in the UEDF.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: (Macross) Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Oshkosh MD-5 Flight Deck Tractor

Oshkosh MD-5 Flight Deck Tractor 1Oshkosh MD-5 Flight Deck Tractor

by Tim Wing

Oshkosh MD-5 Flight Deck Tractor 2The MD-5 was a flight deck tractor built by Oshkosh used by the US Navy, the UN Spacy and later the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) Navy. The MD-5 was first produced in 1989, and didn’t leave service with the UEDF Navy until 2024. Though no longer used by any major militaries, the MD-5 could still be found operating at regional airports and various facilities on Earth until well into the 2050s.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: (Macross) Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

General Motors M-9441 WT-HEV Wheeled Transport, Hostile Environment

img007General Motors M-9441 WT-HEV Wheeled Transport, Hostile Environment

by Tim Wing

Mecharecevery2The M-9441 Hostile Environment Wheeled Transport was an all environment heavy transport designed by General Motors in the years immediately after the end of the First Robotech War. The WT-HEV was designed to operate both on the moon and Mars, as well as on the Earth’s surface. Earth bound variants, designated M-9445 Heavy Wheeled Transports (HWTs) were powered by conventional diesel engines. The M-9441s, since they had to operate in vacuum, were powered by hydrogen fuel cells powering electric engines. All versions were used for a variety of heavy transportation purposes, to include acting as taxis for full sized Zentraedi.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: (Macross) Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Oshkosh M-585 2.5T Medium Tactical Wheeled Vehicle

truckOshkosh M-585 2.5T Medium Tactical Wheeled Vehicle

by Tim Wing

The M-585 2.5T Medium Tactical Wheeled Vehicle (MTWV) was one of a family of tactical vehicles built by Oshkosh from 1998 through 2011, and then again from 2014 through 2022. The MWTV was adopted by the UN Spacy and several NATO countries. Later, this truck served with the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) through the Second Robotech War, though by this time it was in the process of being replaced by the M-645 Family of Tactical Vehicles (FTVs) and several hover vehicles such as the M-10 Hover Tactical Vehicle (HTV).

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: (Macross) Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Renault M-984 3/4 Ton Medium Tactical Transport

M-984 2.5 Ton Medium Tactical Transport 1

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Robert Morgenstern, with Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • M-984 reference file
  • M-984 gallery

Designation: Renault Trucks M-984 3/4 Ton Medium Tactical Transport

I. Dimensions.

  • Length: 3.3 meters
  • Width: 2.5 meters
  • Height: 1.9 meters (to top of cab)
  • Weight: 2.5 metric tons.

II. Type.

  • One man crew wheeled cargo vehicle

III. Service Life

  • All models: Used by the UEDF from 2023 through 2031.
  • M-989 Hargun Insertion Ground Vehicle: Introduced in 2027 by GMP forces. This vehicle was used exclusively by the Global Military Police.

IV. Propulsion. (Typical)

  • Engine: 1 turbocharged 6 cylinder diesel engine providing 300 hp
  • Transmission: Automatic shifting for five forward and one reverse gears
  • Power-source: 1 x alternator with backup auxiliary power unit
  • Fuel Capacity: 130 liter diesel or JP8.

V. Performance.

  • Maximum road speed: 180 kph
  • Maximum cross-country speed: 50 kph
  • Maximum range: 1000 km

VI. Electronics Suite.

  • Short to medium range radio

VII. Armor.

The M-984’s body was comprised of mixed steel/plastic paneling over a steel frame. The body was capable of providing good protection against small arms fire, good protection against small grenade and shell fragments, and very poor protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round.

Some of these trucks provide full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for one week maximum for these versions.

VIII. Development.

The M-984 was developed by Renault Trucks for cargo and personnel hauling. These trucks were the workhorses of the United Earth Defense Forces (UEDF) ground forces, transporting men and supplies wherever they are needed. Each vehicle is capable of transporting a fully equipped squad of 12 men or could carry up to two and a half tons of cargo. They were equipped with a self-leveling air suspension that could adjust ride height for over the road or cross country travel. Though the truck was designed and built by Renault, it was also built under license by Nissan in Japan and General Motors in the United States.

M-984 2.5 Ton Medium Tactical Transport 10The M-989 variant of this truck was the specialized utility vehicle developed for the Global Military Police (GMP), for use by the Hargun to transform from cycle mode to battloid mode. The GMP made extensive use of this vehicle before the Garland entered full production since it allowed its operatives to drive around town in an inconspicuous motorcycle, yet could rendezvous with the Hargun Insertion Ground Vehicle for transformation to a combat effective battloid.

Many of these vehicles were produced and many are still in use today transporting goods between towns and cities.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Megazone 23 (R) is the property of A.D. Vision and studios AIC, Artland & Tatsunoko. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shinji Aramaki, Toshihiro Hirano, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Yasuomi Umetsu and Hiroyuki Kitazume

Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication. 

Content by Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen; edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen

 

 

Oshkosh M-3232 Atlas HEMT Heavy Equipment and Mecha Transport

RecoveryVehicle3A

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Robert Morgenstern, with Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

Designation: Oshkosh M-3232 Atlas HEMT Heavy Equipment and Mecha Transport

I. Dimensions.

  • Length: 15.9 meters
  • Width: 8.5 meters
  • Height: 4.2 meters
  • Weight: 20.4 metric tons.

II. Type.

  • 32-wheeled Large Equipment Flatbed Transport
  • Driver + up to 2 passengers in the cab

III. Service Life

  • Used by the UN Spacy and the United Earth Defense Force, and to a limited extent the United Earth Expeditionary Force, from 2005.

IV. Propulsion.

  • Engine: 1 diesel 12 cylinder, liquid-cooled engine providing 1000 hp at 3200 rpm
  • Transmission: 15 forward gears, 5 reverse
  • Power-source: 1 x Turbomeca alternator with battery backup for power when the engine is off
  • Fuel Capacity: 600 liter diesel or petrol fuel.

V. Performance.

  • Maximum road speed: 70 kph
  • Maximum range, diesel: 200 km

VI. Electronics Suite.

  • Short range multi-band communications gear.

 

VII. Armor.

The mecha hauler is built from titanium-steel alloy for structural integrity to support high mass loads. The body provides fair protection against small arms fire, and good protection against small grenade and shell fragments.

The cab of the mecha hauler provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure crew compartment environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for two man-weeks maximum.

RecoveryVehicle3VIII. Development.

This vehicle saw use by the military to transport mecha and to retrieve damaged mecha from the field. With the introduction of the Destroid series of battle robots, the UN Spacy ground forces needed recovery vehicles large enough to carry damaged mecha back from the field. Conventional armored recovery vehicles did not have the capability to efficiently drag the mecha back to the repair facilities. As such, a large truck was needed with a cargo area big enough to hold the large battloids and Destroids being fielded. This mecha hauler is the result of the development.

This sizable vehicle saw continued use by the Southern Cross and UEEF forces for mecha recovery and transportation despite its sizable footprint. However, the Southern Cross supplemented this vehicle with the Hover Flatbed for their smaller battloids and other mecha, since the mecha hauler was limited in which roads it could use.

The hauler provides catwalks so that crew can move between the cab and the raised flatbed. The large flatbed has numerous tie-down locations to secure the cargo regardless of its shape and size.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication.

Content by Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen

Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen

 

 

MAN M-644 OET Oversized Equipment Transport

Mecharecevery1MAN M-644 OET Oversized Equipment Transport

by Tim Wing

The M-641 OET Oversized Equipment Transport was a heavy transport from the post-war era. It was designed to move oversized loads for the reconstruction effort. The UN Spacy, and subsequently the United Earth Defense Forces, ran many of these vehicles throughout the reconstruction period, and well through to the Invid Invasion.

The OET was a large four axel trailer with a four wheel cab in the front. The link between the cab and the trailer was articulated, but the motive power was in the trailer itself. The engine was a pair MTU MB 873 Ka-501 liquid-cooled V-12 Twin-turbo diesel engine (essentially the same engine from the Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank) turning electrical generators. Electricity from these generators power the engines at each of the trailers eight hubs. All eight hubs provide steering. The early M-641 and M-641A1 were equipped with one wheel per hub. Later M-643 and M-644 OETs had two wheels per hub. The OET was rated at a cargo capacity of 160 metric tons!

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Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: (Macross) Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Fiat S.p.A. M-120 (FIAT 6836) Heavy Armored Vehicle

M-120 Armored Infantry Vehicle 2

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Robert Morgenstern, with Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

Attachments:

  • M-120 reference file
  • M-120 gallery

Designation: Fiat S.p.A. M-120 (FIAT 6836) Heavy Armored Vehicle, Fiat S.p.A. MT-1 Hell Peacock (FIAT 6846) Heavy Armored Multiple Launcher Rocket System

I. Dimensions.

M-120 HAV

  • Length: 8.2 meters
  • Width:  3.8 meters
  • Height: 3.6 meters
  • Weight: 13.4 metric tons.

MT-1 MLRS

  • Length: 8.2 meters
  • Width: 3.8 meters
  • Height: 4.8 meters
  • Weight: 15.2 metric tons.

II. Type.

  • M-120 HAV: Two crew lightly-armored amphibious 6-wheeled personnel carrier and infantry fighting vehicle, capable of carrying up to 12 foot soldiers with standard gear.
  • MT-1 MLRS: Three crew lightly-armored amphibious 6-wheeled missile launcher system.

III. Service Life

  • M-120 HAV: Replaced the LACV-60 Light Cavalry Vehicle beginning in 2015, and was used extensively by the UEDF ground forces and to a lesser extent by the UEEF Tactical Corps and Marine Corps.
  • M-120A: UEEF protoculture cell-powered electric flywheel engine version to reduce noise and environmental emissions for infiltration operations.
  • MT-1 HAMLRS: Used by the UEDF and UEEF, this rocket artillery piece was adapted from the Fiat M-120 HAV. This variant was introduced in 2020 to provide a rapid deployment rocket/missile battery to supplement the aging MLSAM-8 system.

M-120 Armored Infantry Vehicle 3IV. Propulsion.

  • Engine: 1 turbocharged 6 cylinder diesel engine providing 720 hp
  • Transmission: Automatic shifting for six forward and one reverse gears
  • Power-source: 1 x alternator with backup auxiliary power unit
  • Fuel Capacity: 600 liter diesel.

V. Performance.

  • Maximum speed: 150 kph
  • Maximum water speed: 12 kph
  • Maximum range: 800 km

VI. Electronics Suite.

Optical tracking:

  • Philips AllView II multi-band digital spherical camera system, for medium range 360 degree infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking
  • Hollandse Signaal computer targeting system with stereoscopic laser targeting.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • OlDelft Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • Selenia GroundWarrior active/passive sensor jammers.

VII. Armament.

M-120 HAV

  • The commander’s hatch of the M-120 could mount any of a variety crew serve weapons. Most common was the FN MAG 7.62x51mm NATO general-purpose machine gun, M2 HB Browning .50 Caliber (12.7x99mm NATO) Machine Gun, (unnamed .50 CAL) or Mk 19 40mm automatic grenade launcher.
  • Gun ports for passengers

MT-1 MLRS

  • 1 x Missile Launcher system carrying 30 300mm x 4m short range surface-to-surface missiles.
  • or 1 x HD SX-2 Missile system containing 6 x Long range 700mm x 4m Surface-to-Surface/Air missiles capable of targeting vessels at altitudes of up to 30,000m, but the missile will be ballistic for the latter portion of the flight.

MT-1 Hell Peacock 1VIII. Armor.

The armor of the Fiat 6836/6846 Heavy Armored Vehicles is composed of a standard Chobam laminar developed in the late 20th century and improved with the materials science advances made during the Robotech era. This armor was mainly designed to defeat projectiles and other kinetic weapons. The armor stops all small arms, and heavy infantry weapons fire, provides good resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, and provides fair resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round.

The 6836/6846 provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure crew compartment environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for one week maximum.

IX. Development.

The 6836 and 6846 Heavy Armored Vehicle designs were based on FIAT’s 6636 heavy armored vehicle fielded in the 1980’s and in use during the Global Civil War. The 6836 APC provided a weapons mount for a crew serve weapon. The United Earth Defense Forces (UEDF) gave this vehicle the designation M-120. A number of the United Earth Expeditionary Forces (UEEF) vehicles were upgraded to a protoculture engine to boost performance and reduce emissions.

M-120 Armored Infantry Vehicle 1The 6846 was a missile platform variant of the 6836 where the top of the vehicle was redesigned to accommodate the missile system. This provided a relatively agile and quick response missile artillery platform that provided some degree of protection to the crew. The UEEF gave this missile transport the designation MT-1, which was eventually adopted by the UEDF as well.

While many of these vehicles were constructed and put in use around the world, the Robotech Masters’ Bioroids and Invid troops were more than a match for these vehicles and not many survived the wars.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Megazone 23 (R) is the property of A.D. Vision and studios AIC, Artland & Tatsunoko. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shinji Aramaki, Toshihiro Hirano, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Yasuomi Umetsu and Hiroyuki Kitazume

Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication. 

Content by Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen; edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen; 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

General Motors M-70 Kodiak LTSV Light Tactical Support Vehicle

M-306 LTSV 3

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Robert Morgenstern, with Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • M-70 Kodiak reference file
  • M-70 Kodiak gallery

Designation: General Motors M-70 Kodiak LTSV Light Tactical Support Vehicle

I. Dimensions.

  • Weight: 12.5 metric tons
  • Length: 6.4 meters
  • Width: 2.4 meters
  • Height: 2.4 meters

II. Type.

  • Two man, Light Tactical Support Vehicle (LSTV)

III. Service Life

  • Basic combat heavy support vehicle used by the UEEF from 2026.

M-306 LTSV 5IV. Propulsion.

  • Engine: 1 x Siemens heavy duty electric motor powered by protoculture generator.
  • Fuel Capacity: 4 protoculture cells, providing power for 300 hours of operation.

V. Performance.

  • Maximum road speed: 150 kph
  • Maximum cross-country speed: 50 kph
  • Maximum range: 300 hours of operation
  • Fording depth: 1.5 m

VI. Electronics Suite.

  • Thomson LT-8 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.
  • Short- and medium-range radio systems
  • Additional equipment may be mounted in the cargo area, such as signal detectors, radar systems and jammers

 

M-306 LTSV 8VII. Armament. (Typical)

  • 1 x 10-tube 60mm x 150mm Recluse rocket propelled grenade launcher mounted on top of the cargo box carrying a total of 40 grenades.

 

VIII. Armor.

The body of the M-70 series is comprised of a light weight titanium-steel alloy and provides excellent protection against small grenade and shell fragments, good protection against small arms fire, and poor resistance to heavier infantry weapons, such as the 12.7mm machinegun round, as well as from fragments and near misses from higher caliber weapons. These vehicles have open air cabs and provide no environmental support. Plastic/canvas covers are available to protect the driver and passenger from rain and provide limited chemical/biological protection.

M-306 LTSV 1IX. Development.

Due to the small ammunition capacity of the Cyclone veritech cycle, a forward resupply vehicle was determined to be needed to maintain the infantry’s fighting effectiveness. The United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) developed the M-70 to provide general logistical support to forward deployed forces. They developed reconnaissance, ambulance and a variety of other variants of this design to meet their needs. For combat use, a variety of small fixed-mount weapons were available for use by a second crew member. A rocket-propelled grenade launcher rack was provided for single crew operation to supplement cyclone forces and defend the forward supply vehicle, at the expense of cargo capacity.

The United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) Tactical Corps used a number of these vehicles to support their infantry and Hargun/Garland forces in the field in the early years before they moved to predominantly hover-capable vehicles. As such a number were still in operation by the time the Robotech Masters arrived.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (R) is the property of Fuji Television, Artmic Studio and Tatsunoko Production. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Yoshitaka Amano, Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma

Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication.

Content by Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen; edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen