by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Rob Morgenstern
edited by Tim Wing
Designation: RRG Tokyo / Shimada Enterprises GR-series Garland Ground Rider Light Veritech Cycles
- Height, Battloid: 3.85 m (GR-003), 3.73 m (GR-002)
- Depth, Battloid: 1.72 m (GR-003), 1.72 m (GR-002)
- Breadth, Battloid: 2.60 m (GR-003), 2.60 m (GR-002)
- Length, cycle: 3.96 m (GR-003), 4.42 m (GR-002)
- Width, cycle: 1.90 m (GR-003), 1.90 m (GR-002)
- Height, cycle: 1.20 m (GR-003), 1.20 m (GR-002)
- Weight: 880/895 kg. (GR-003), 917 kg. (GR-002)
- GR-X-1 MODAT 1 Technology Demonstrator: one man Veritech cycle technology demonstrator
- GR-EX-2 MODAT 2 Prototype: one man Veritech cycle prototype
- GR-001 Garland (GR-X-001 MODAT 3): one man Veritech combat motorcycle
- GR-002 Strike Garland (GR-X-002 MODAT 4): one man Veritech Infantry combat hovercycle
- GR-003 Garland (GR-X-003 MODAT 5): light one man Veritech combat motorcycle
- GR-004 Garland Part III: heavy one man Veritech combat motorcycle
- GR-005 Galliared Trihawk: light one man Veritech combat motorcycle
- GR-006 Battler Garland: one man non-variable combat power armor
III. Service History:
- GR-X-1 and GR-EX-2: GMP Prototypes, never saw service.
- GR-001 Garland: Served with the Global Military Police’s Enforcement Corps and the UEDF Civil Defense Unit from early 2029 until the Invid invasion.
- GR-002 Strike Garland: Served with the UEDF Tactical Corps from 2030 until the Invid invasion.
- GR-003 Garland: Served with the Global Military Police’s Enforcement Corps late 2029 until the Invid invasion.
- GR-004 Garland Part III: Served with the UEDF Army and Marines from 2050 until 2068.
- GR-005 Galliared Trihawk: Served with the UEDF Army, Navy and Marine Special Forces Units from 2051 until 2064.
- GR-006 Battler Garland: Served with the UEDF Army from 2050 until 2059.
- Power-source: 4 standard protoculture cells, two in the main body, two in the lower legs.
- Assorted small reaction thrusters and gyroscopes for all-environment maneuvers, attitude adjustment, and stability.
- Engines: one SCRR mk3 combat cycle propulsion system, incorporates two electromotors for cycle mode, 6 main thrusters for Battloid mode in the back, 1 in the groin, and 2 in each leg.
(GR-002 Strike Garland)
- Engines: one SCRR mk6 combat cycle propulsion system, uses four main hover-jets and 3 main propulsion jet ports for Battloid mode in the back, and one main propulsion jet port for hovercycle mode in each foot.
- Fuel and Thruster Pack option on legs with 2 auxiliary liquid-fuel boosters on each leg and one above each heel.
- Engines: one SCRR mk2 combat cycle propulsion system, incorporates two electromotors for cycle mode, 5 main thrusters for Battloid mode in the back, 1 in each leg.
(GR-002 Strike Garland)
- Cycle mode maximum speed: 420 kph.
- Battloid mode maximum speed: 80 kph.
- Maximum flying speed (Battloid): 285 kph.
- Power-cell endurance: 40 hours continuous operations.
- Cycle mode maximum speed: 340 kph.
- Battloid mode maximum speed: 71 kph.
- Maximum flying speed (Battloid): 175 kph.
- Power-cell endurance: 96 hours continuous operations.
- Thomson Cyclops short range radar (3 km range) and HUD in Battloid mode,
- Texas Instruments UV, IIR and optical sight system with light intensifier and computer enhancement.
- Hollandse Signaal computer targeting system with stereoscopic laser targeting.
(Typical – Garland can carry any of the hand-held weapons, but may not be able to integrate them into the transformation sequence. The exception is the EP-45, which can fire only from the Strike Garland due to its demand on the internal energy system.)
- 1 x Vickers GU-21, 45mm recoilless rifle with 3 magazines of 40 rounds each for High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT), Fragmentation (FRAG), Smoke or Gas shells. Action is semi-automatic.
- Optionally, 1 x N-2 Net Launcher canister can be attached onto the GU-21. The net is composed of tungsten-steel filaments and can ensnare a small mecha-sized target within 10m, and fires coaxially with the gun.
(GR-002 Strike Garland)
- 1 x RRG EP-45 pulse beam gun held in the right hand. It can pierce most any armor, and draws power from the mecha’s main energy system. An emergency energy magazine stores enough power for 40 shots. Weapon fires 2.1 MJ per shot.
- or 1 x GU-21. See above for details.
Two hard-points on the back. Typical armament is as follows:
Mounts a two-level missile box. Originally designed to accommodate:
- 8 Viper 75mm x 400 mm short-range missiles in one row of four on each level of the launcher. This box is easily modified to handle the smaller REF mini-missiles and Rocket-Propelled Grenades. It can be adapted to hold up to 16 Recluse rocket-propelled grenades total in two rows of four, one in front of the other. The Viper was not widely produced before the Invid invasion, and is very rare.
- or 10 Scorpion missiles total in one row of five on each level of the launcher. A mixed load of 5 Scorpion missiles and 8 Recluse grenades is also possible. This configuration is a common field modification on mecha used by resistance fighters during the Invid occupation.
- Steyr EP-43 85mm pulse laser. This weapon can fire up to 48 MJ per minute, in pulses of up to 8 MJ each. The weapon is mounted on a servo permitting an arc of fire 20 degrees below the horizon to 90 degrees above, with a 15 degree side-to-side arc. Weapon derives its power from a dedicated protoculture cell in the butt of the weapon itself.
1 x Oerlikon GU-18, 25mm gun pod with 5 magazines of 12 rounds each. Ammunition is usually High Explosive (HE). This weapon was designed to use the surplus high-power ammunition which was developed for the TZ-III gun cluster, which went out of service before the newer ammunition could be tried in the Destroid. Action is semi-automatic.
The armor of the GR-001 Garland and GR-002 Strike Garland is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor stops all small arms fire, provides good protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and fair resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round. The armor is marginally inferior to that mounted on the contemporary Logan.
The armor of the GR-003 is composed of a plastic-ceramic composite for maximal resistance to penetration and thermic explosive damage for minimal weight. The armor stops all small arms fire, provides fair to good protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and poor to fair resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.
The armor on the parrying shield issued standard with the GR-002 Strike Garland is made of a low-mass Chobham, similar in composition and protection to the main armor on the AGACS. The shield magnetically mounts to the left arm.
All these vehicles provide full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards in Battloid mode, 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 six hours maximum.
Note that the above armor data assumes that the pilot is himself wearing some sort of body armor; a heavy weapon hit to the cockpit area may result in shrapnel being released into the vehicle, injuring an unarmored occupant. In cycle mode the pilot rides unprotected from the elements and incoming fire on top of the vehicle.
As the United Earth Defense Forces (UEDF) contemplated the future of their significant investment in infantry units, its generals began to lament the relative impotency of even the best-equipped infantryman against armor and mecha. Using the exact same rationalization as the REF would in the development of the Cyclone, the Southern Cross began to develop light ground Veritechs as well.
The result was a series of Veritech motorcycles based around a common torso concept. Unlike the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF)’s Cyclone, the pilot of these mecha was fully enclosed in armor in Battloid mode, and the unit was a true mecha, not a battlesuit.
The result of the preliminary studies was the Hargun Combat Cycle. The engineers had trouble developing the collapsible arms and legs. As a stopgap solution for the prototype, a special utility truck was developed for the Hargun. The Hargun operator would drive into the utility vehicle, where the arms and legs would be attached while the motorcycle transformed into the torso, and the entire mecha would be lifted into a standing position.
Engineers managed to solve the problems that plagued the transforming limbs, and went to developing the fully-transformable GR-series Garland. Each of the first five series prototypes had a Mobile Operations Data Access Terminal (MODAT). This was a high-speed uplink to the EVE, the salvaged main computer from the SDF-1, which had been transferred to the Robotech Research Center in Tokyo. These prototypes came to be known as MODATs 1 through 5.
The GR-series Garland entered service in 2029, and several hundred were delivered to the GMP-EC, UEDF-TC and the UEDF-CDU before war’s end.
The GR-002 Strike Garland, unlike the rest of the GR-series, was a hovercycle. This configuration refit the thrusters in the back of the torso, essentially retained the standard legs, but redesigned the shoulders to include the forward hoverbanks. The primary weapon was the EP-40 pulse beam gun, which was to remedy the problem of under-powered guns. This “Hover-Garland”, as it is often called, was to make up for the ineffectiveness with which the Garland negotiated broken terrain. Unfortunately, the mecha became much more power-intensive than the rest of the series. The Strike Garland only entered production by the end of the Second Robotech War. Immediately after the war, with the impending threat of the Invid, the decision was made to up-arm the Strike Garland. In addition to an optional fuel and thruster pack attached to the legs, two hardpoints were added to the shoulders, one for a missile launcher, the other for the devastating EP-43 85mm pulse laser, which was to be powered by its own dedicated protoculture cell. Where the GR-001 and 002 Garlands were suited for light infantry, police duties and civil defense, the Strike Garland was primarily conceived to be a front-line light combat mecha. By the time of the Invid invasion, two hundred and sixty of the Strike Garlands had been built and issued to the Tactical Corps’ 1st Mechanized Division.
Very few Garlands survived the Invid occupation. They were vastly more powerful than the UEEF Cyclone, and were coveted by resistance fighters. After the battle of Reflex Point, the Garland programs were revived. The Garland Part III was a much heavier design that utilized basic torso but added heavier armor and larger limbs. This system could use any of the weapons developed for the earlier GR-series, and would be issued a payload dependent on the nature of the mission. In the year 2050, the Garland Part III was acquired by the UEDF Marines and Army under the new name “Tempest Combat Cycle”, and served with distinction in many conflicts. The GR-005 Galliared Trihawk, so named due to its tri-service acceptance, was a light-weight mecha very similar to the older GR-003. It served with Special Forces units within the UEDF Army, Navy and Marines from 2051 until 2064. Lastly the GR-006 Battler Garland was a low-end non-transformable battloid used by UEDF Army from 2050 until 2059.
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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 Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Rob Morgenstern, edited by Tim Wing
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