AB Scania-Vabis M-10 Flatbed Hover Truck


ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Robert Morgenstern, with Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing


  • M-10 reference file
  • M-10 gallery

Designation: AB Scania-Vabis M-10 Flatbed Hover Truck

I. Dimensions.

  • Length: 6.1 meters
  • Width: 2.8 meters
  • Height: 2.4 meters
  • Weight: 3 metric tons.

II. Type.

  • All-weather, ground effect heavy-duty utility vehicle/mecha hauler

III. Service Life

  • The M-10 was used by the UN Spacy from 2014 until 2017, and by the UEDF Global Military Police, Tactical Corps, Tactical Air Force and Civil Defense Corps from 2018 until the Invid Invasion.

IV. Propulsion.

  • 6 x P&W HJ-1000 hover jets for vertical and maneuvering lift with directional output vents, max. output 100 kN each, driven by the engine. Peak hovering performance at 0.4 meter altitude.
  • 2 x P&W T-100 thrusters for directional thrust driven by the engine.
  • Engine: 1 x turbocharged liquid cooled 8800cc 5 cylinder diesel generator providing 60 kW output, with battery backup
  • Fuel Capacity: 200 liter main fuel tank and 68 liter auxiliary tank for diesel or JP-8.

V. Performance.

  • Maximum speed: 160 kph
  • Maximum range: 560 km
  • Lifting capacity: 15 metric tons of cargo

VI. Electronics Suite.

  • Provision for two short range radios.

VII. Armament.

  • None standard

VIII. Armor.HT-7 Medium Hover Transport

The armored body of the M-10 hover mecha hauler stops most small arms fire and grenade and shell fragments, and provides poor to fair resistance against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round.

Plastic/canvas covers are available to protect the driver and passengers from foul weather. These also provide limited biological and chemical protection.

IX. Development.

The AB Scania-Vabis M-10 Flatbed Hover Truck saw use by the UEDF to transport materials and to transport Battloids to the front lines. The GMP and Tactical Corps used these vehicles to transport their lower mobility Battloids and robots to combat areas to increase the mobility and rapid-response capabilities of the mecha. This vehicle tended to be a bit of an ugly design as a simple transport was needed quickly and this no-frills design was the result. The rear cargo area is a simple flat bed for versatility and there are no cosmetic covers to the engine compartments beneath as with even most tactical military vehicles. Most of the engine compartments were left open for accessibility and maintainability. While this tended to make maintenance easier, it also required it more frequently since the mechanics were more exposed.



Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (R) is the property of Big West Advertising, Tatsunoko Studio and Ammonite studio. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Kogawa Tomonori, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Miyo Sonoda, Hiroshi Ogawa, Hirotoshi Ohkura and Takashi Ono

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. 

Images from –This is Animation #10 The Southern Cross, Unspecified Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross OSM, Robotech Masters Saga Sourcebook (March 2009)

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

Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen; 2016 Tim Wing



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