by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Robert Morgenstern
edited by Tim Wing
Designation: Shimada Enterprises NA-1 Jackal Naval Air Defense Robot
- Total Height: 9.2m
- Total Depth: 5.3m
- Total Breadth: 4.9m
- Weight: 19 metric tons (dry)
- One man Naval Air and Space Defense Destroid.
III. Service History:
- Served with the UEEF Navy from 2038, and with the Tactical Corps and Marine Corps from 2043.
- Powerplant: 2 x RRL-2P Miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer.
- 2 x Turbo-Union ATF 401 miniaturized fusion plasma-air/reaction mass intermix turbines mounted in the legs. Each engine is rated to 46.9 kN standard thrust, max overboost to 91.1 kN each.
- 16 Standard Canisters of Protoculture
- 8 lit. D2O reactant for fusion engines
- Protoculture supply: 250 hours operational use.
- Hughes TPG-111 X-band pulse-doppler, providing medium-range detection and tracking of targets at all altitudes.
- Phillips AllView multi-band 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 Receiver (IRWR)
- Westinghouse ALQ-250(V) active sensor jammer
- Chaff dispenser
2 x EP-12 three-barreled 80mm particle cannons, firing 240 rounds per minute, one mounted in each arm. The barrels could be fired in sequence, or in one full power burst, with a rate of fire of 80 salvos per minute. This weapon fired 8.4 MJ pulses per barrel, and drew power from the mecha’s protoculture-cell energizer.
2 x MRM-8, 8 variable warhead, medium range (65km) Mach 3.2 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 260mm Diamondback missiles in box launcher with one set of reloads. Sixteen missiles are located above each shoulder.
The armor on the Jackal is a new development in low-mass composite-materials Chobham plating that became the standard for all Terran mecha after its application to the VQ-6A Vandal. Aside from the respectable protection provided against projectiles, missiles, and other kinetic weapons, this armor is also resistant to plasma globes (annihilation discs), lasers, and to a lesser extent, particle guns, owing to the fact that the armor can flake off and evaporate in layers under fire from such high-energy weapons, taking much of the weapon’s energy and converting it into the latent heat of sublimation in the armor. The armor stops all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, and provides fair to good resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round.
The Jackal 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 three days maximum.
The NA-1 Jackal was designed by Shimada Enterprises in the late thirties to replace the ADR-05 Defender II Air Defense Robots of the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF). The Jackal, along with the NA-5 Cougar, represented a new design philosophy in ship born defense mecha. Rather than being confined to the decks with only minimal thrusters and reaction mass for maneuvering in space, these robots were designed to be just as effective away from the ship as they were on it. The Cougars were able to sortie away from the Capital Ships they were assigned to protect to form defensive perimeters well away from the ship itself. Additionally, the Jackal was designed to be mated with the VF/B-9 Beta fighter or any of the other aerospace boosters of its time. On the ground, the Jackal never did fully replace the different Air Defense Robots of the UEEF. Rather it was used more like a main battle robot.
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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 Tim Wing, Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Rob Morgenstern
Copyright © 1999 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2015 Tim Wing