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Shimada Enterprises VF/B-17 Mustang Veritech Fighter Bomber

DREAD2 Intrasystem Aerospace Gunship 2Shimada Enterprises VF/B-17 Mustang Veritech Fighter Bomber

by Tim Wing

The VF/B-17 Mustang is a two man heavy long range Veritech fighter designed and built by Shimada Enterprises for the Terran Navy. Originally Shimada designated this Veritech the DREAD2 Epsilon. However, the Mustang had very little in common with the original DREAD (DRop-ship Escort Armed Dreadnaught), which was little more than a booster system for the Alpha fighter consisting of a set of three high-efficiency profile reaction thrusters attached to reaction mass tanks. Furthermore, the Greek naming convention had become passé by this time. When this Veritech entered service, the Navy gave it the designation we see today. The Mustang was designed to form the second half of the Legioss II with the VF/A-15 Hornet in much the same way as the original Alphs/Beta pairing.

The Mustang is built around two high-efficiency reaction thrusters. These thrusters give the Mustang an unprecedented delta-v of 30 kps, almost three times that of the VF/B-9 Beta. To put this in perspective, this means the Mustang can travel to Earth from Earth’s Moon in about eight hours with a full combat lode (or just four hours if the fighter used aero-braking upon reaching Earth, which is not really an option if the planet’s airspace is contested territory). The Mustang can carry a variety of ordnance, from dumb bombs to Angel of Death standoff nuclear missiles. Unique to the Mustang is the EAU-10 90mm Gauss Cannon gun pod. This rail gun fires 90mm APFSDS rounds at maximum rate of 400 rounds per minute.

  • Role: Deep strike and interdiction Veritech fighter bomber
  • Manufacturer: Shimada Enterprises
  • First flight: December 2061 (YF/B-17 prototype)
  • Introduction: September 2065
  • Status: In service
  • Produced: from 2064
  • Number built: 912 (350 additional on order)
  • Wing span: 34.4 meters (fighter mode)
  • Weight: 84 metric tons (dry)

 


 

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

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Carter RC-4 Rabbit Light Recon and Transport Shuttle

RC-4E Rabbit 1A

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Rob Morgenstern, Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • RC-4E Rabbit reference file
  • RC-4E Rabbit gallery

Designation: Carter RC-4E Rabbit Light Recon and Transport Shuttle

Dimensions.

  • Length: 14 meters
  • Width: 8.4 meters
  • Height: 8.7 meters
  • Weight: 12.3 metric tons.

Type.

  • Two pilot space transport shuttle.
  • Capable of carrying up to 4 passengers.

III. Propulsion.

  • 4 x Pratt & Whitney (P&W) LHP12 main thrusters aft
  • 3 x P&W LHP12 thrusters downwards
  • 6 x Nakajima NBS-1 high-thrust Vernier thrusters
  • 2 x P&W LHP04 low-thrust Vernier thrusters

Performance:

  • Maximum generator endurance: 12 years
  • Maximum Range (space): Delta-v limit of 2.5 kps.

Sensory Systems:
Radar System:

  • Ericsson AWG-25 I-band multi-mode pulse-Doppler/SLAR radar, providing very long-range detection and tracking of targets at all altitudes.

Optical tracking:

  • Thomson DOS-2000 multi-band digital camera system, for medium range traversable UV, infra-red imaging and optical band detection and tracking;

RC-4E Rabbit 5

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
  • OlDelft Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • Westinghouse ALQ-200(V) active radar jammer
  • TRW COMINT Pulse Analyzer
  • Chaff dispenser
  • Flares
  • Multiple HF, VHF and UHF antennas.

Armament:

  • None.

VII. Armor:

Full nuclear and chemical protection, immunity from hand fired solids and energy beams, shrapnel and other fragments. Limited protection from heavier weaponry, adequate up to 20mm autocannon shells or equivalent.

RC-4E Rabbit 3VIII. Development:

The Rabbit reconnaissance shuttle was so named due to its agility and speed. Due to their small size and speed, these shuttles saw frequent use aboard Oberth-class destroyers to provide reconnaissance capabilities within deep space and within battle zones cluttered with potentially-deadly debris. They also provided passenger shuttling services for the destroyers, ARMD platforms and SDF-1.

 


 

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 the work of Egan Loo and the Macross Compendium. Egan Loo is given all credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the Macross Compendium that has been utilized in this publication.

Images Courtesy of Chad Wilson (Marchly) and the Macross Mecha Manual. Chad Wilson is given all credit for all images from the Macross Mecha Manual that have been utilized in this publication.

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, with Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker

Copyright © 1999, 1997, 1996 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker

 

 

GMCU Ground Mobile Command Unit C3I Aerospacecraft

GMCU Airborne Command and Control Early Warning Aerospacecraf 2

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Pieter Thomassen, with Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, and Tim Wing

Designation:

  • Surface/Orbital Command (SOC) mobile surface to orbit defense headquarters (2021-2030)
  • Ground Mobile Unit (GMU) mobile siege engine (2030-2033)
  • Ground Mobile Command Unit (GMCU) airborne command and control early warning aerospacecraft (2033-2046)

Origin:

  • Design: Kraus Maffei Destroids GmbH
  • Builder: Kraus Maffei Destroids GmbH

Names and disposition:

  • Titan SOC-01: Destroyed 2044 over Earth with UES Saratoga (SDBC-69).
  • Colossus SOC-02: To reserve 2046, sold 2050 to the Terran War Museum, Oxford.
  • Leviathan SOC-03: Destroyed 2044 over Earth with UES Hood (SDBC-47).
  • Goliath SOC-04: To reserve 2045, Fantoma Orbital Storage, Vallivarre system.

Vehicle’s Complement:

  • Vehicle crew (40),
  • Combat Information Center (23),
  • Security detail (36),
  • Life support limits are for a full combat complement and about 230 supernumeraries.

Dimensions:

  • Length: 102.4 meters (SOC), 123 meters (GMU, cannon extended).
  • Height: 34.7 meters (SOC), 96 meters (GMU, cannon elevated).
  • Width: 48 meters (SOC, GMU).
  • Mass: 5,175 metric tons (dry).
  • Cargo Mass: up to 1,100 metric tons.
  • Fuel Mass: 335 metric tons (typical).

Propulsion systems:

  • Main power system: Two RRG mk28 protoculture fueled reflex furnace clusters. This powerplant could deliver up to 450 MW for 30 minutes before thermal stresses force a SCRAM.
  • GMU 19Maneuvering Thrusters (24): Four triple thrusters on the forward and aft flank and edge of the upper superstructure, and four triple thrusters on the forward and aft flank and edge of the lower central body.
  • Reaction-mass Thrusters (5): Four SNECMA PF-45 fusion-plasma reaction engines with protoculture energizers in the aft superstructure and one more in the aftmost docking/engine sphere.
  • Secondary thrusters (8): Eight SNECMA PF-40 fusion-plasma reaction engines with protoculture energizers, two are mounted in each docking/engine sphere, facing (relative) downward.
  • Anti-gravity System (1): 3 RRG HL-1G anti-gravity pods.
  • Planetary Capabilities: The GMU/SOC had atmospheric capabilities through its reaction thrusters and anti-gravity system. Cold landings were no problem, effectively the vehicles were atmospheric bases with orbital descend and ascend capabilities, though orbital ascent required two SVC-30 Ox Aerospace Lift Tugs.

Endurance and mobility limits:

  • The dry stores endurance was limited to about 1 week with a full crew complement. After that, the vehicle needed to restock. Water could be extracted from atmospheric moisture, if present.
  • The Reflex furnace could function for about 15 years at normal usage levels before an energizer rebuild is necessary.
  • At full power, the main propulsion systems could nominally produce up to 30.8 Meganewtons of thrust.
  • The engines of the SOC/GMU were not optimized for long duration flight, and could achieve 2.0 gravities for three minutes, or 1.0 gravity for 40 minutes.
  • The maximum sustained atmospheric speed was limited to an airspeed of 475 kph. However, the engine power usually restricted the vehicle to a maximum speed of 380 kph. The maximum hover time on the anti-gravity systems was limited only by the protoculture supplies and maintenance requirements.

Weapon Systems:

(SOC)

  • 16 x Mk211 silo’s for Skylord missiles. The SOC mounted two octuple erectable silo launchers, two banks of four on top of each other; two of these clusters were mounted behind each other on the centerline of the SOC (OR each mounted in the side superstructure). Each silo could contain one Skylord missile, generally one with a nuclear warhead. The launchers would lay horizontal until the pre-firing sequence, when they were elevated to their launch position 45 degrees from the horizontal. From this position they were ejected from the tube by a gas generator until they had cleared the SOC and an undeterminate safe zone to avoid fouling the sensor arrays. Then, the engines of the missile would ignite, position the missile vertically, and begin its ascend to its target.

(GMU)

  • 1 x HRLC-500 High-Powered Heavy Laser Cannon mounted on the centerline. The cannon had an elevation of maximum 25 degrees and is optimized for shorting Invid protective force fields. The cannon could fire a continuous salvo of 400 MJ of energy to an effective range of 32 km.GMU 29
  • 2 x MM-6 Missile Launcher installations. Each installation contained 36 short range (8.2 km) Mach 3.0 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing Hughes Hammerhead point-defense missiles. The silos were located aft on the superstructure flanks.
  • GMU 221 x PBT-M2 double-barreled particle beam cannon. The cannon is mounted on top of the destabilizer cannon and has a yield of 30 MJ per full-power salvo. The weapon energizers could generate a full charge every 5 seconds.
  • 1 x MLWS-40 double barreled 40mm rapid-fire point defense laser turret. The cannon is mounted on top of the cockpit section and has a yield of 7.5 MJ per full-power salvo. The weapon energizers could generate a full charge every 2 seconds.

(GMCU refit after 2033)

  • 2 x Mk201 Hammerhead VLS installations. Each installation contains 40 short range (8.2 km) Mach 3.0 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing Hughes Hammerhead point-defense missiles. The silo’s are located aft on the superstructure flanks.
  • GMU 181 x MLWS-40 double barreled 40mm rapid-fire point defense laser turret. The cannon is mounted on top of the cockpit section and has a yield of 7.5 MJ per full-power salvo. The weapon energizers could generate a full charge every 2 seconds.

Air group and mecha complement:

  • 8 Standard drop pods fitted with remote orbital sensors and secure long distance communication links;
  • 12 VHT-1 Spartas Veritech Hover Tanks or Destroids
  • or 150 VR-series Cyclone equipped infantry troops. (Note: up to 16 additional VR-series Cyclone equipped infantry troops could be carried in each re-entry pod.)

GMU 11Design notes:

The SOC was without doubt the oddest re-entry capable vehicle ever to be designed by Terran engineers. Looking like nothing so much as a floating armored personnel carrier, the image only worsened when the eight drop-pods were mounted on the underside.

GMU 15Designed as a mobile headquarters and launcher for the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) ground-based orbital defenses, the SOC contained a raised center on top with two banks of eight silo’s for Skylord ground-to-orbit missiles. In addition, a large sensor tower was placed alongside the missile launchers, and numerous ESM flush arrays were mounted on the upper works. Two relatively small point-defense missile batteries in the back of the superstructure (after the 2033 refit) and one small particle gun turret on top of the cockpit forward of the superstructure provided the only close-in defensive armament. A small mecha hangar was located on the left side of the fuselage.

The SOC had a cockpit section forward of the superstructure, offset to the right. Offset to the left was the hangar. The center, raised, section of the superstructure was devoted to the electronics of the headquarters and the personnel that operated them. The two flanks housed the staff proper, including their quarters, meeting rooms, briefing rooms, and etcetera.

The upper frame housed the reflex furnaces and many of the flight support systems such as the life support; the engine and flight systems such as the anti-gravity units were mounted in four docking/engine spheres below the frame. These docking spheres could accommodate up to eight large standard docking pods. The drop-pods were fitted with remote radar and optical orbital sensors, and would be dispersed in a precise pattern for maximum over-the-horizon sensor coverage after re-entry.

During their refit in 2030 to GMU standard, the central and side superstructures were removed. In their place came two rotating side bodies, containing the gun control equipment and the nuclear missile battery. The large cannon was mounted on the centerline, and two large flare shields were fitted to the sides. The front cockpit and mecha bay remained in place; although both had to be evacuated for safety reasons when the cannon was firing. A secondary particle beam turret was mounted on top of the cannon barrel, although it too could not be operated in the main cannon fired.

After their re-conversion in 2033, the GMCU vehicles mounted the superstructures as they had when they were completed; these had been stored while they functioned as GMU’s. At this time the armament was expanded with two close-in defense missile batteries.

History:

Before the departure of the UEEF, the SOC series were conceived as mobile orbital defense headquarters. Although the headquarters were intended to make use of remote missile launchers and ASAT-equipped aerospace fighters, the hull was given a large number of heavy anti-ship missiles as well, to form a reserve supply and to be used in massive saturation attacks.

The SOC came equipped with a comprehensive package of orbital sensors, both located on the vehicle as well as in dispersed pods that could be up to a thousand kilometers distant. Secure communications with the off-board sensors, diverse ASAT missile launchers, and with other major UEEF assets (such as headquarters and ships) were also provided for. The resulting system could coordinate the orbital defense, for an area of the size of continental Europe.

GMCU Airborne Command and Control Early Warning Aerospacecraf 1Originally, a number of Quell Quallie Zentraedi auxiliaries were to have been converted for this task, but it was decided instead to use a new design, as the Quell Quallie proved to be difficult to maintain previously by UN Spacy forces, and larger than required as well.

The SOC was designed to undock from its transport vessel, then slowly approach the planet it was to protect. Naturally, this could only been done when at the very least aerospace superiority had been achieved, and preferably after aerospace supremacy was won. While this may sound to be at odds with the SOC’s designed function, it must be remembered that the SOC was not designed to achieve superiority, but to maintain it until permanent defense centers could be constructed, typically deep under mountain ranges, such as the United Earth Defense Forces (UEDF) Khazadum complex in the Rocky Mountains. As the SOC approached its destination, the sensor drop-pods were released in a pattern that would offer maximum sensor coverage over the continent. Typically, the pods were landed high in mountain ranges several hundreds to thousands of kilometers from the SOC landing point. The drop-pods housing these unique relays and orbital sensors were built on the standard UEEF pod specifications, and as a consequence any UEEF drop-pod could be mounted. However, historically, the SOC always deployed its own sensor pods exclusively.

Due to its lack of aerodynamics, the SOC was to use its gravity system to reduce its relative speed to the planet to minimal values, then slowly descend into the atmosphere, thus avoiding the fiery re-entry of high-speed craft. When in the atmosphere, the SOC would use its thrusters and anti-gravity system to move in the operations area, never deploying without a security force or near enemy positions. The net result was a mobile air defense center that was both smaller and easier to maintain than the proposed Zentraedi Quell Quallie refits.

Initially, the Titan was deployed to Tirol, and formed the air defense headquarters for the invading UEEF army. As such, it performed as designed, coordinating the destruction of several Invid ships that tried to run the UEEF blockade and make it to Tirol’s atmosphere. However, also during the Tirol campaign, the UEEF encountered the Invid force fields for the first time, and found themselves without a weapon capable of breaking these protections down without levelling the surrounding area. Therefore, a new crash program was initiated. Eventually, this program would produce the Little Monster Destroid series and the Syncro cannon designs. In the meantime though a stopgap solution had to be found.

GMU 37This solution was to convert the SOC craft to GMU siege engines. The entire superstructure aft of the cockpit and mecha bay was torn down, and replaced with a large laser cannon, two rotating side bodies, and two erectable flare shields. The GMU could descend to a planet in the same manner as the SOC, touch down near an Invid Hive (assuming all external defensive forces had already been destroyed) and then let loose at the force field until it shorted out and troops could enter the hive.

This naturally left the UEEF without a major part of its orbital defense systems, and as a stopgap replacement, some salvaged Roil Tiluvo corvettes were fitted with the required command, control and communications equipment. To compensate for the lower number of missile launchers, a larger number of fighters were assigned to the UEEF Tactical Air Corps for service as ASAT launchers.

GMCU 2AThe GMU’s served with the UEEF and the Sentinels for four years, until the Little Monsters replaced them in the front lines. The four GMU’s were returned to Tirol, where they were re-converted into an improved SOC configuration, now called the GMCU. They served in the Opteran campaign, but thereafter were restricted to Tirol when the Invid war devolved into a large number of smaller actions. It was not until 2044 that the three of the SOC’s were shipped to the front lines again, for the liberation of Earth. However, the Titan was destroyed with the UES Saratoga and the Leviathan with the UES Hood which transported them, before they could reach the planet. The Colossus survived the assault in reserve with the rest of the ground forces on the moon, and was placed there in mothballs two years after the war, and sold to the Terran War Museum a few years after that. The Goliath became a part of the Tirolian Army after the war, although it was placed in reserve even before her sister.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd, Tim Wing and Charles Walton

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 Pieter Thomassen

Copyright © 2000 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker

 

 

Northrop Grumman FAV-105 Vixen Multi-role GERWALK Aerospace Fighter

6

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Vixen/Voyeur reference file
  • Vixen/Voyeur gallery 

Designation: FAV-105 Vixen Multi-role GERWALK Aerospace Fighter

I. Dimensions:

  • Flight Length: 16.1 m
  • GERWALK Length: 15.5 m
  • Flight Height: 5.1 m
  • GERWALK Height: 8.9 m
  • Max. Wingspan: 9.5 m
  • Min. Wingspan: 6.2 m
  • Total Dry Weight: 13.6 metric tons

II. Type:

  • TV-105 Vixen: Two man GERWALK aerospace trainer.
  • FTV-105 Vixen: Two man combat capable GERWALK aerospace trainer.
  • FAV-105 Vixen: One man all weather GERWALK attack fighter aerospacecraft.
  • RFV-105 Voyeur: One man all weather GERWALK reconnaissance aerospacecraft.

III. Service History:

  • TV-105 Vixen: Served with the UEDF from 2021 to 2031, and with UEEF from 2021.
  • FTV-105 Vixen: Served with the UEDF Navy, Tactical Air Corps and Civil Defense Flying Corps from 2021 to 2031, and with the UEEF Marine Corps and Tactical Flying Corps from 2021 to 2032.
  • FAV-105 Vixen: Served with the UEDF Navy, Tactical Air Corps and Civil Defense Flying Corps from 2021 to 2031, and with the UEEF Marine Corps and Tactical Flying Corps from 2021 to 2032.
  • RFV-105 Voyeur: Served with the UEDF Navy and Recon Escort Patrol from 2021 to 2031, and with the UEEF Marine Corps and Tactical Air Corps from 2021 to 2036.

IV. Propulsion:

  • 2 Nakajima/P&W/Rolls Royce FF-2011-4 fusion turbines, max. unboosted output 140 kN each (boosted, 275 kN each). The engines are mounted in the legs.
  • 2 Turbo-Union RRJ-399 ramjet engines in two engines pods alongside the fuselage, over the legs. max. unboosted output 160 kN each (boosted, 300 kN each).
  • 6 x P&W HMM-4A high-maneuverability vernier thrusters are mounted on the main fuselage (2), legs (2) and engine pods (2).
  • 1 Tirolian mecha proto-generator (known on Earth as the RT/PS-4d), providing electrical power to the mecha; output 325 MW.
  • Fuel capacity: 8.1 liter D20 reactant for fusion engines.
  • Assorted small reaction thrusters for maneuvers and stability.

V. Performance:

  • Max level speed at sea level: Mach 1.25
  • Max level speed at 10 km: Mach 4.1
  • Max level speed at 30+ km: Mach 6.4
  • Stall speed (VTOL shift possible): 198 kph.
  • Initial climb rate: over 30000m per minute.
  • Unboosted service ceiling: 45 km.
  • Total delta-v (TV-105): 5.5 kps on internal fuel. An additional 3.2 kps delta-v can be added by an external tank.
  • Total delta-v (all others): 7.9 kps on internal fuel. An additional 3.2 kps delta-v can be added by an external tank.
  • Generator endurance: 8 years operational use.
  • G limits: -5.0/+11.5 g.

VI. Electronics:

Radar tracking:

(FAV-105 and FTV-105 Vixen)

  • Hughes APG-111 X-band pulse-doppler, providing long-range detection and tracking of targets at all altitudes.

(RFV-105 Voyeur)

  • Texas Instruments APG-131 Synthetic Aperture Radar for long range radar reconnaissance

Optical tracking:

  • Phillips AllView multi-band digital camera system, for medium range spherical infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking.
  • Thomson LT-5 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.
  • Zeiss Multi-Band optical digital cameras in the Elint bay (RFV-105 Voyeur only).

Additional ELINT Equipment (RFV-105 Voyeur only):

  • Thompson radiation and motion sensors in the Elint bay
  • Hewlett-Packard on-board automatic data interpretation system tying all sensors into one information processing system.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR),
  • OlDelft Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR),
  • Westinghouse ALQ-250(V) active sensor jammer,
  • Chaff dispenser,
  • Flares.

VII. Armament:6 1

(TV-105 Vixen)

  • None

(RFV-105 Voyeur)

  • 1x Colt E-19 4.5 MJ lasers on the ventral centerline. Can fire 60 times per minute.

(FAV-105 and FTV-105 Vixens)

  • 2x Colt E-19 4.5 MJ lasers on the ventral centerline. Can fire 60 times per minute.

Hardpoints:

(TV-105 Vixen)

  • None

(RFV-105 Voyeur, FAV-105 and FTV-105 Vixens)

There are two inner-underwing hard points on the RFV-105 Voyeur and four on the FAV-105 and FTV-105 Vixens. Each hardpoint can carry:

  • 1 x MER (Multiple Ejector Rack) for two Derringer missiles. These missiles have a range of 70 km (A variant) or 130 km (E/F variants) and a speed of Mach 3.0, guided by a combined optical, IIR, and active radar seeker.
  • or 1 x MER for three AGM-65R Maverick air-to-ground missiles (outer-underwing hardpoint only).
  • or 1 x RMS-2 “Angel Of Death” Nuclear Stand-off missile. A reaction warhead (200 kT) mounted on a long range (293 km) Mach 4.0 combined multi-spectrum imager and active radar homing missile and preferred ordnance for anti-starship missions. Maximum delta-v is 5 kps.
  • or 1 x Firebird missile. A conventional warhead mounted on the frame of a RMS missile with a range of 234 km and a speed of Mach 6.5, guided by a combined IIR and active/passive radarseeker. Delta-v in space is 4.0 kps.
  • or 1 x RMS-3 “Archangel of Death” nuclear stand-off missile. A reaction warhead (500 kT) mounted on a long range (454 km) Mach 4.0 combined multi-spectrum imager and active radar homing missile. Customized for anti-starship operations. Maximum delta-v is 6 kps.
  • or 1 x CBM-200 cluster missile. A long range missile based on the RMS-3 with 200 cluster bomblets with a range of 1 km and a speed of Mach 4.0.
  • or 1 x Carapace missile container (see notes below).
  • or 1 x MER for three Mk-82 Paveway V 230kg bombs; various fuse options, laser-guided (outer-underwing hardpoint only).
  • or any other military cargo such as a recon pod, missile or cargo pod.

The Carapace missile container is an armored casing with three missile tubes. Each tube can be loaded with 1 x medium range (65 km) Mach 3.0 combined active radar and thermal imager guided AMM-1 Stiletto missile, or with 2 x medium range (65km) Mach 3.2 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 260mm Diamondback missiles, or with 4 x 190x540mm short range (8.2km) combined active radar and home-on-jam/infra-red imager guided Hammerhead missiles.

VIII. Armor:

The skin of the Voyeur and Vixen is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The skin stops all small arms and heavy infantry weapons fire, provides good resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round, and poor resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round.

The wing, hull and tailplane leading edges are covered with a special heat resistant ceramic tile to protect the plane against the high temperatures associated with high Mach numbers in an atmosphere. However, the armor protection these tiles provide is minimal.

The Voyeur and Vixen provide full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure cockpit 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 days maximum in the single seat version, one day maximum in the double seat version.

6 2IX. Development:

The Voyeur and the Vixen are two versions of the same aircraft. Originally, the TV-105 Vixen was developed as an advance trainer for the United Earth Defense Force. Though designed from the outset as a trainer, the platforms performance quickly led to the development of the FTV-105 and FAV-105 attack fighter variants. The RFV-105 Voyeur was developed as a reconnaissance system relying on speed and a stand-off radar and camera system to collect its information and retire to its base. The design requirement was caught up in the anti-Veritech backlash that coursed through the Earth Government in the mid 2010s. As a consequence, the Voyeur was never designed with a Battloid or full Guardian form, leaving only the legs for use in VTOL landings.

The Vixen was a well-streamlined plane with a single tailplane and two aft-mounted, variable geometry wings. The whole wing assemblage could swivel forwards, increasing the wingspan and low-speed characteristics. Two fusion turbines were mounted in the legs, and two more powerful ramjets were placed in pods above the legs, alongside the fuselage. Although these could not be used below Mach 0.75, above this airspeed the Vixen demonstrated amazing performance. The lack of any significant internal armaments other than the E-19 laser and the largely non-Veritech design freed up a lot of room for additional reaction mass stowage, and the Voyeur enjoyed a large delta-v capacity in space. The reconnaissance equipment was based on the standard avionics of the Alpha fighter, augmented with high-resolution long range sensors and interpretation systems. So effective was the sensor suite that it was later copied in the VF/A-6R version of the Alpha fighter.

The FTV-105 and FAV-105 Vixen served with the UEDF Navy as their primary light attack fighter from its introduction until the Invid Invasion in 2031, replacing most of the A-16 Executioners in service by the late twenties. The Vixen’s VTOL GERWALK capability allowed it to serve not just on the conventional long-deck super carriers but also on the Daedalus-class Amphibious Warfare vessels and other VTOL carriers. Vixen also served as tactical fighter and light attack platform with the Tactical Air Corps and Civil Defense Flying Corps. Though it was still in service with reserve squadrons by the time of the Invid Invasion, most active duty squadrons by this time had transitioned to the F-206 Falcon II. In the UEEF, the Marine Corps and Tactical Flying Corps operated the Vixen from 2021 to 2032.
The RFV-105 Voyeur was employed on all ships in the UEDF and United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) from light cruisers up, and remained in service with the UEEF until the VF/A-6R, and the VE-12, which together formed the Elint Legioss, replaced them. At that time, only three had been destroyed by enemy forces, despite usage of the plane in nearly all theaters in which the UEEF fought.

VEFR-7RavenII01The TV-105 Vixen was also procured as an operational trainer. The Vixen outlasted the Voyeur by decades in operational service; because of its speed and additional seat, the Vixen was also an excellent high-speed courier and VIP transport plane. In addition, many of the higher-ranking flight-qualified officers took to upholding their flight hours (to keep their pilots’ wings and the additional pay that went with them) in the Vixen, which had excellent handling, a large range in space, and a reputation as the ‘hottest ride’ available in the UEEF. But most importantly for the lower echelon combat pilots was its use as a pick-up plane for downed pilots behind enemy lines: with its high speed, excellent sensors, large tankage and extra seat, the Vixen could infiltrate hostile airspace, locate a downed pilot, extricate him or her and ascend to orbit or just dash to safety faster than any other plane or mecha in the UEEF. The Vixen remained in service with the UEEF until long after the Reflex Point operation, and decommissioned planes were extremely popular in the private aircraft market.

 


 

 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. and Jason Waltrip.

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 Peter Walker, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1999, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Liège Industries Lourd FA-115 Pluto Aerospace Fighter

FA-115 Pluto 1

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Pluto reference file
  • Pluto gallery

Designation: Liège Industries Lourd FA-115 Pluto Aerospace Fighter

I. Dimensions:

  • Total Length: 10.4 m
  • Total Height: 3.1 m
  • Total Wingspan: 10.2 m
  • Total Dry Weight: 7.5 metric tons

II. Type:

  • FA-115A: One seat light aerospace superiority fighter.
  • FA-115T: Two seat aerospace fighter/trainer.

III. Service History:

  • Served with the UEDF Tactical Space Corps from 2018 until 2030, UEEF Colonial Defense Fleet from 2024 until 2038.

FA-115 Pluto 2IV. Propulsion:

  • 2 x Pratt & Whitney JG99B fusion turbines with max. output of 121 kN each.
  • Assorted auxiliary and maneuvering thrusters.

Fuel Capacity:

  • 12 standard canisters of protoculture,
  • 7.4 liter D20 reactant for fusion engines.

V. Performance:

  • Maximum speed: 6432 kph @ 45km (Mach 6)
  • Delta-v capacity: 4.5 kps
  • Powercell endurance: 250 hours continuous use

VI. Electronics:

While the electronics suites of these vehicles differed with their respective dates of operational service, all electronics were regularly updated, and during the Second Robotech War the following standard was in use:

Radar tracking:

  • Westinghouse APG-145 X-band pulse-Doppler omni-directional radar.FA-115 Pluto 7

Optical tracking:

  • Phillips AllView II multi-band omni-directional digital camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking
  • Thomson LT-5 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
  • OlDelft Infra-red Warning Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • Selenia Sky Warrior active/passive sensor jammers
  • Chaff dispenser
  • Flares.

VII. Armament:

  • 2 x Colt E-19 4.5 MJ lasers in a traversable ventral turret. Both lasers can fire 40 times per minute.

VIII. Armor:

The skin of the Pluto is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The skin stops all small arms fire, provides fair protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and poor resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.

The Pluto provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure cockpit 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 day maximum.

FA-115 Pluto 4IX. Development:

The creation of two new space fleets for the Robotech Defense Forces, the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) Navy and the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) Tactical Space Corps (TSC), led to the desire to procure a new generation of fighters to base on the capital ships. Each branch chose two classes of combat aircraft: a heavy strike fighter (the Vulture and Chimera), and a light interceptor. Where the UEEF Navy used the well-pedigreed VF/A-6 Alpha, the UEDF TSC opted for a non-transformable aircraft, to save on money, and because at the time the Battloid mode was thought to be superfluous in space. Introduced in 2018, the FA-115 Pluto was a very light-weight space fighter, with limited armament of two lasers, but the craft was extremely fast, maneuverable and capable of high accelerations. It was constructed from a center body with two very large engine pods at the side. The lasers were mounted in a laser turret under the main fuselage, and the plane was, like the UEEF’s SFA-5 Conbat, reminiscent of the VF-4 Lightning.

FA-115 Pluto 8The FA-115 Pluto never saw wide action, as it was employed almost entirely during peacetime. The Pluto began to be replaced as early as 2026 by the VF-8 Logan, because of a change of heart in the UEDF’s with regard to the utility of space-based Veritechs. Some Plutos did go up against the Masters in the earliest days of the Second Robotech War, but most had been re-assigned to the near Earth colonies by the beginning of the War.

 


 

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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 Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker

Copyright © 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker

 

 

Bombardier SLR2025 Subway

1Bombardier SLR2025 Subway

by Tim Wing

3The Bombardier SLR2025 was a common light rail prime mover and carriage combination in use during the intra-war period on Earth. Each rail car had its own locomotive system, allowing for scalable combinations from two to thirty rail cars. These cars were sold to metro-transit authorities primarily in North and South America.

 


 

 

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

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

GIAT Industries FAMAS 5.56mm Assault Rifle

famas_lineart_by_masterchieffox-d49vpeuFAMAS 5.56mm Assault Rifle

by Tim Wing

The FAMAS (or FA-MAS), designated in the French army as “assault rifle 1 of 5.56mm F1 MAS model,” was a bullpup style assault rifle chambered in 5.56 × 45 mm NATO, originally manufactured by the Manufacture d’armes de Saint-Étienne and later by GIAT Industries. Commissioned in the 1970s by the French Army, the FAMAS responded to the desire for a small but powerful and easy to maintain battle rifle. The FAMAS, or the “Bugle” as it was often referred to by its users, served in the French Army until its absorption into the United Earth Defense Forces (UEDF). It also was adopted by the UN Spacy in the early years of the agency’s existence along with the AR15A4, until both were replaced by the AR21.

  • Type: Bullpup assault rifle

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    FAMAS with rifle grenade
  • Place of origin: France
  • Service history: 1981–2020
  • Primary users: French Army, UN Spacy
  • Designer: Paul Tellie
  • Manufacturer: GIAT Industries
  • Produced: 1975–2000
  • Number built: 400,000
  • Weight: 3.8 kg
  • Length: 75.7cm
  • Cartridge: 5.56×45mm NATO
  • Rate of fire: 1000–1100 rounds/min
  • Muzzle velocity: 925 m/s
  • Effective firing range: 450 m
  • Maximum firing range: 3200 meters

 


 

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Original artwork by: unknown

Content by Tim Wing

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IVECO Fiat B1 Centauro Armored Car

B1 Centauro 1IVECO Fiat B1 Centauro Armored Car

by Tim Wing

The B1 Centauro was an armored tank destroyer built by IVECO Fiat for the Italian and Spanish armies. The Centauro was also purchased by Oman with a larger 120mm main gun. The Centauro was designed during the Cold War to replace the obsolete M47 light tank. Adopted in 1989, it was not delivered into service until 1992 due financial problems within the Italian Ministry of Defense. Production for the Italian Army was completed in 2006. Type remained in service well into the post war period, only being retired from service in 2022 after the Italian Army was absorbed into the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF).

B1 Centauro 4The main armament of the Centaur consisted of a 105mm rifled cannon produced by Oto Melara, which offered the same firepower as the Leopard 1 and early M1 Abrams tanks. This cannon could fire all types of 105mm NATO ammunition, including the powerful Armor Piercing Discarding Sabot kinetic penetrators. Ammunition supply was 14 rounds of ready use in the turret and another 26 in the hull. The barrel was covered by a thermal sleeve to protect it from distortion and a fume extractor. The secondary armament was a pair of MG-42/59 7.62 mm machine guns, one mounted coaxial to the cannon and the second on the tank commander’s cupola

Description

  • Crew: 4
  • Primary users: Italy, Spain, Oman
  • Length: 8.55 meters
  • Width: 2.95 meters
  • Height: 2.73 meters
  • Weight: 24 tons
  • Engine: Supercharged V6 diesel IVECO MTCA producing 382.2 kW/520 hp
  • Top speed: 110 kph
  • Range: 800 km
  • Primary armament: 105mm Oto Melara Cannon
  • Secondary armament: 7.62mm coaxial machine gun
  • Armor Protection: up to 30 mm (hull), 40 mm (turret)

 


 

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

Images Courtesy of Chad Wilson (Marchly) and the Macross Mecha Manual. Chad Wilson is given all credit for all images from the Macross Mecha Manual that have been utilized in this publication. 

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Maxwell Dynamics ADR-05 Defender II Air Defense Robot

ADR-15-Mk.XIV Defender II

Maxwell Dynamics ADR-05 Defender II Air Defense Robot

by Tim Wing

The ADR-05-Mk. I Defender II Air Defense Robot was one of Maxwell Dynamics four VA/F-6 Alpha based Destroids. The R-05 series Destroids were all based on the Alpha’s leg and lower torso section. These Destroids were designed to provide an inexpensive replacement for both the old R-04 Destroids from the First Robotech War, which were all nearing the end of their useful service lives, and the R-10 series of UEEF Destroids. Maxwell Dynamics originally pitched the R-05 series to the UEEF as a lower priced alternative to the R-10s. Because they were all based on the same platform as the Alpha, they were able to take advantage of economies of scale, thus lowering the per-unit price significantly. Unlike the R-10 series, they would also be able to fill the space combat role of the legacy R-04 series Destroids.

The Defender II mounted a pair of M-1300 60mm Anti-Aircraft Lasers. These triple lasers were solid state neodymium diode-pumped units and were independently targetable up to +/- 2 degrees off boresight. This laser system had a maximum range of up to 16km in an Earth-like atmosphere. The Defender II’s also mounted a pair of RDS-3 missile launchers, each of which carried 18 short range anti-aircraft missiles. The Defender II’s fire control system was the Hughes MkI Overwatch Advanced Radar/LIDAR Air Defense (ARLAD) system. This system could track up to 200 hundred individual targets at a range of up to 400 km in ideal atmospheric conditions (horizon limited, of course).

General Characteristics

  • Height: 7.6 meters
  • Width: 5.5 meters
  • Depth: 3.6 meters
  • Weight: 14.5 metric tons, dry
  • Power System: Protoculture-cell Energizer powered by 16 standard cells

Performance

  • Speed: 120 kph, running

Variants

  • R-X-05-Mk.I: R-05 series combat chassis technology demonstrator.
  • MBR-X-05-Mk.II: Armed, space capable, pre-production prototype Main Battle Robot.
  • SDR-X-05-Mk.III: Armed, space capable, pre-production prototype Space Defense Robot.
  • ADR-X-05-Mk.IV: Armed, space capable, pre-production prototype Air Defense Robot.
  • MBR-05-Mk.V: Main Battle Robot with two RRG PBC-12 particle beam cannon, ground combat variant.
  • MBR-05-Mk.VI: Main Battle Robot with two HPC-120 heavy particle cannons, ground combat variant.
  • ADR-05-Mk.VII: Air Defense Robot with Frogtongue and TPG-307 radars, ground combat variant.
  • ADR-05-Mk.VIII: Air Defense Robot with Frogtongue and TPG-307 radars, space combat variant.
  • MBR-05-Mk.IX: Main Battle Robot with one HPC-120 heavy particle cannon and one VRB-1 anti-mecha blade, ground combat variant.
  • MBR-05-Mk.X: Main Battle Robot with one HPC-120 heavy particle cannon and one VRB-1 anti-mecha blade, space combat variant.
  • MBR-05-Mk.XI: Main Battle Robot with two HPC-120 heavy particle cannons, space combat variant.
  • ADR-05-Mk.XII: Air Defense Robot with Mk.I Overwatch Radar/LIDAR fire control system, ground combat variant.
  • SDR-05-Mk.XIII: Missile Artillery Robot, Ballista long range missile pod equipped ground combat variant.
  • ADR-05-Mk.XIV: Air Defense Robot with Mk.I Overwatch Radar/LIDAR fire control system, space combat variant.
  • SDR-05-Mk.XV: Space Defense Robot, Ballista long range missile pod equipped space combat variant.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Charles Walton II

Source: Robotech Expeditionary Force Marines Sourcebook, by Irvin Jackson

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

2С3 “Ака́ция” советская 152-мм дивизионная самоходная гаубица

2S3 “Akatsiya” (Acacia) 152mm Divisional Self-Propelled Howitzer

by Tim Wing

The 2S3 “Acacia” was a Soviet era 152-mm divisional self-propelled howitzer, developed by Uraltransmash, Plant Number 9. Though rather basic in design, the 2S3 remained in service with the Soviet Union and the Eastern Block of Soviet Independent States well into the early twenties. The fire control system was upgraded constantly through the howitzer’s service life, but by the time it was retired the overall limitations of the 2S3’s chassis had become the primary limiting factor. The 2S3’s low speed and poor armor protection severely limited its effectiveness on the modern battlefield.

  • Classification: self-propelled howitzer
  • Combat weight: 27.5 metric tons
  • Crew: 4 man
  • Manufacturer: Uraltransmash, Plant Number 9
  • In Production: 1968 to 2006
  • In Operation: Soviet Union 1971 to 2021
  • Number built: about 4000
  • Major operators: Eastern Block of Soviet Independent States
  • Length: 6.97 meters (main body)
  • Width: 3.25 meters
  • Height: 3.05 meters
  • Weapon System:
  • Cannon: 152-mm 2A33 rifled howitzer
  • Ammunition supply: 46
  • Engine: B-59U
  • Speed, highway: 60 kph
  • Speed, rough terrain: 25-30 kph

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: unknown

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing