Shimada Enterprises VPA-Series Hargun Light Veritech Motorcycle

VPA-01 A

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Rob Morgenstern

Designation: Shimada Enterprises VPA-Series Hargun Light Veritech Motorcycle

I. Dimensions:

VPA-01 Hargun

  • Height, Battloid: 3.96 meters
  • Depth, Battloid: 1.80 meters
  • Breadth, Battloid: 2.50 meters
  • Length, cycle: 2.85 meters
  • Width, cycle: 0.88 meters
  • Height, cycle: 1.20 meters
  • Weight: 930 kg

VPA-S-01 Space Hargun

  • Height, Battloid: 3.96 meters
  • Depth, Battloid: 2.75 meters
  • Breadth, Battloid: 2.50   meters
  • Weight: 1100 kg

II. Type:

  • VPA-01 Hargun: one man semi-variable police/combat cycle.
  • VPA-S-01 Space Hargun: one man space-optimized light Battloid.

III. Service History:

  • VPA-01 Hargun: Served with the Global Military Police’s Enforcement Corps from 2027 until 2029.
  • VPA-S-01 Space Hargun: Served with the UEDF Tactical Space Corps from 2029 until the Invid invasion.

IV: Propulsion:

(All)

  • 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.

(Hargun)

  • Two electric motors for propulsion in cycle mode.
  • Two thruster ports in the back, 1 in each leg, and another auxiliary thruster in each ankle.

(Space Hargun)

  • As per Hargun Battloid, with an additional three-nozzle TurboUnion RP-1A thruster pack mounted on the back, replacing the thrusters on the Hargun’s back. Max thrust 9.5 kN for 70 seconds.

V. Performance:

(Hargun)

  • Cycle mode maximum speed: 340 kph.
  • Battloid mode maximum speed: 50 kph.
  • Maximum flying speed (Battloid): 175 kph.
  • Power-cell endurance: 114 hours continuous operations.

(Space Hargun)

  • Battloid mode maximum speed: 45 kph.
  • Maximum flying speed (Battloid): 175 kph.
  • Power-cell endurance: 100 hours continuous operations.
  • Delta-v capacity: 0.61 kps

VI. Electronics:

Radar Tracking:

  • Thomson Cyclops short range radar (3 km range) and HUD in Battloid mode,

Optical Tracking:

  • Texas Instruments UV, IIR and optical sight system with light intensifier and computer enhancement.
  • Hollandse Signaal computer targeting system with stereoscopic laser targeting.

VII. Armament:

(Typical – any Hargun can carry any of the hand-held weapons, but may not be able to integrate them into the transformation sequence.)

(Hargun)VPA-01 P1

  • 1 x Colt GU-19, 32mm Gun pod with three 20 round magazines. It was designed to use the 32mm ammunition stocks for the old UN Army Spartan Destroid’s TZ-IV gun clusters and the Commanchero side cannons. Capable of semi-automatic and automatic fire, the latter with a cyclic rate of 150 rounds per minute.
  • Or 1 x N-1 Net launcher. This weapon fires a net composed of tungsten-steel filaments which can ensnare a medium mecha-sized target at 15m.

(Space Hargun)

  • 1 x General Electric GU-11S, 55mm short barreled version of the GU-11, with 250 rounds of Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot (APFSDS) and High Explosive Squash Head-Incendiary (HESH-I) shells. Cannon fires at 200 rounds/minute.

VIII. Armor:

The armor of the Hargun 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 Hargun 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.

The Hargun provided 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, except for the Space Hargun, whose tanks can hold two days’ worth of life support.

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.

VPA-01 CIX. Development:

As the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) contemplated the future of its 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 United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) would in the development of the Cyclone, the UEDF began to develop light ground Veritechs as well.

The result was a series of Veritech motorcycles based around a common torso concept. Unlike the 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.

VPA-01 F
The result of the preliminary studies was the Hargun Combat Cycle. The torso prototype was finalized in 2020, but at this time the engineers were still having 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 a torso, and the entire mecha would be lifted into a standing position. Despite the cumbersome transformation sequence, the Hargun was a strong, quick, light Battloid. Its 32mm gun pod was a little underpowered, but would still be very effective against full-sized Zentraedi. The Global Military Police were so impressed with it that they ordered several thousand built, to be stationed in urban centers around the globe, with the understanding that they would be refit to fully transformable versions as soon as the new limbs were available. As it happened, the new limbs would require extensive redesigns on the torso itself to mate to it, and the Veritech version of the Hargun soon became a dead end. However, it was still a valuable Battloid, and because of the inability for the Battloid to quickly enter a battle without the unarmed and poorly armored service vehicle, the GMP ordered a heavier version of their combat Hoverplatform that could drop the Battloid Hargun into a firefight, while using its own guns to suppress enemy resistance. The Harguns and their delivery vehicles first entered service in 2025.

VPA-S-01 AIn anticipation of the fully transformable MODAT, all Harguns were eventually fitted with a new head (including 4 low output lasers), a space-thruster backpack, and the GU-11S 55mm carbine. These refits, called the Space Hargun, were transferred to the Tactical Space Corps (with transformation switch disabled) beginning in 2027, and served the TSC in areas of support, lunar patrol, maintenance, and light combat duty until the Invid invasion.

 

 

 


 

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 Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Rob Morgenstern

Copyright © 1999, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker

 

 

 

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