by Robert Morgenstern, with Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen
edited by Tim Wing
- DL-88 reference file
Designation: Chrysler Defense DL-88 Centipede Hostile Environment Truck
- Length: 12.8 meters
- Width: 5.1 meters
- Height: 6.3 meters
- Weight: 12.4 metric tons.
- Hostile Environment All-Terrain 10-Wheel Ground Transport
- 2 Crew: driver, truck commander (TC) plus up to 4 passengers in front compartment
- Capable of carrying up to 3 x 25 cubic meter shipping containers
III. Service Life
- Standard hostile environment truck used by the UN Spacy, UEDF and REF/UEEF from 2003 until 2028.
- Engine: 1 hybrid electric/fly-wheel engine providing 600 hp at 3200 rpm
- Transmission: 10 forward gears, 3 reverse
- Fuel Capacity: 200 rechargeable battery cells. Require replacement approximately every 5 years.
- Maximum road speed: 55 kph
- Maximum cross-country speed: 40 kph
- Maximum range: 600 km
VI. Electronics Suite.
- Medium-range, multi-band communications gear
- Inertial navigation equipment
The DL-88 Centipede is composed of light weight titanium-steel alloys that provide fair protection against small arms fire, and good protection against small grenade and shell fragments.
The DL-88 cab provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure crew compartment 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 man-weeks maximum.
With the construction of Moon Base Luna and Mars Base Sara, the UN Spacy needed cargo vehicles capable of operating without an atmosphere. The DL-88 Centipede was the vehicle that won the contract award for the all-terrain hostile-environment truck. The cargo area was designed around the standardized 25 cubic meter cargo pallet used by the UN Spacy Military Spacelift Command (MSC) and was capable of carrying three.
The DL-88 performed its role sufficiently for it to be adopted by the United Earth Defense Force and the early Reconnaissance Expeditionary Force.
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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.
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 – Macross Perfect Memory (1983)
Content by Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen, edited by Tim Wing
Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen; 2016 Tim Wing