by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Robert Morgenstern
edited by Tim Wing
- MBR-07 Spartan reference file
- MBR-07 Spartan gallery
Designation: Teledyne Continental / Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH MBR-07 Spartan Main Battle Robot.
- Total Height: 11.31 meters (ground to shoulder)
- Total Depth: 6.1 meters
- Total Breadth: 7.9 meters
- Weight: 29.4 metric tons
- Design: Teledyne Continental / Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH
- Builder: Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH
- Type: one man all weather main battle Destroid mecha.
III. Service History:
- MBR-07 Mark I: Served with the UN Spacy from January 2008 until replaced by the MBR-07 Mark II.
- MBR-07 Mark II: Served with the UN Spacy from 2009 until 2017.
- 1 x Gigenheimer Roy GmbH DT2004 miniaturized protoculture-cell energizer.
- 8 standard cannisters of protoculture.
Thrusters for Space Maneuvering:
- 1 x AST-05 quad thruster bank on the back, total thrust 7 kN for a total delta-v of approximately 0.2 kps.
- 5 x Nakajima NBS-1 high-thrust vernier thrusters, located on the upper calves (2), the front waist (2) and the upper back (1).
- 6 x P&W LHP04 low-thrust vernier thrusters, located on the upper forearms (2 per arm) and on the chest (2).
- Maximum running speed: 104 kph.
- Protoculture endurance: an average of 350 hours operational use.
- Hughes APG-198 short range (45 km) X band pulse Doppler phased array UWB radar.
- Thomson DOS-2000 multi-band digital camera system, for medium range spherical UV, infra-red imaging and optical band detection and tracking
- Thomson LT-3 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.
- Zeiss TS-2 long range telescopic array for visible/IR spectrum.
Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):
- Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
- OlDelft Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
- Westinghouse ALQ-198(V) active radar jammer
- Chaff dispenser
- Active missile jammers.
- 1 x Rheinmetall GU-12 single smoothbore barrel gun pod. Fires 105mm APFSDS and HEAP (High Explosive Armor Piercing) semi-combustible case munitions at 45 rounds/minute. Ammunition supply is 40 rounds.
- or 1 x Hughes GU-11B 55mm three barreled smoothbore rotary gun pod; has a 200 round capacity. Cannon fires APFSDS (Armor Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot) and HESH-I (High Explosive Squash Head-Incendiary) rounds at 1200 rounds/minute. Destroid Club
Note that some Spartans, used in civil protection role, were equipped with special clubs. This was after the Holocaust, and the batons were meant to be used against unarmed Zentraedi felons.
- 1 x Mauser RQV-10 twin laser turret, contains 2 light lasers. 360 degree rotation with 150 degree elevation/depression. Fires 6 MJ laser pulses up to 60 times/minute. TZ-IV Gun Cluster
- 1 x Astra TZ-IV gun cluster containing:
- 1 x Oerlikon KPA 32mm autocannon, firing APHE (Armor Piercing High Explosive) and HEI-T (High Explosive Incendiary with Tracer) rounds. The maximum rate of fire is 850 rounds/minute. The ammunition supply is 800 rounds, and the maximum effective range is about 3500 meter.
- 1 x Vickers 180mm direct-fire mortar, which launches shells of 75 kg up to an effective range of 500 meters. The cannons can fire one shell every 12 seconds, and the grenade thrower has a supply of 7 rounds.
- 1 x RRG mk3 laser cannon. The laser can fire a 3 MJ laser burn once per second.
- 1 x FN DFT flame-thrower. The effective range of this weapon is 100 meters, and the cluster has fuel supplies for this thrower for one minute.
- 1 x 12.7mm (.50BMG) machine gun.
- 2 x Bofors MDS-L-12 missile launcher. The two launcher can mount a total of 24 short range (8.2km) variable warhead, combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 120mm Rapier III missiles in shoulder mounts.
- 2 x Norman Banks CH2-TYPED claw hand with 5-finger manipulator.
- 1 x metallic club, for hand-to-hand combat (OPTIONAL),
- or 1 x Shock Baton, for dealing with civil disturbance involving full size Zentraedi (OPTIONAL).
The armor on the Spartan is composed of a standard Chobham laminar developed in the late 20th century and improved with the materials science advances made during the Robotech era. This armor was mainly designed to defeat projectiles and other kinetic weapons. The armor stops all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, and provides excellent resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round.
The Spartan 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 MBR-07 series was originally conceived as a competitor to the MBR-04 during Project Excalibur. The MBR-07 was designed jointly by Teledyne Continental in the United States and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH of West Germany, and initially lost out to the MBR-04 series. However, the need for Destroid production was desperate and the Continental-Kraus Maffei group managed to secure minor initial orders on another contract, which later were enlarged after their Destroid design had proven itself.
Being designed as a contender for the UN Spacy’s primary main battle robot, the Spartan shared many features which had been part of the original specifications. The fixed armament of the Spartan had nearly identical gun clusters and the same shoulder-launched missile battery. The Spartan lacked the heavy particle cannons in the arms and the anti-aircraft missile box launcher, despite being nearly as heavy as the Tomahawk. However, the Spartan was much faster, had far better armor protection and was equipped with a gunpod and upper laser turret.
The Spartan was built to a different philosophy than the Tomahawk; at first, this almost was the Destroids’ undoing, only to turn around and save the design shortly afterwards. The Tomahawk carried more armament, and thus was a better stand-and-deliver defensive Destroid, which initially gave it the production contract. The Spartan was designed with speed and protection in mind, and much of the mass saved by not including the heavy particle beams had gone into additional armor and heavier actuators for the legs. In addition, the use of fully functional hands made the use a gunpod extremely simple, and thus the Spartan could be armed as circumstances dictated. When shortly after the purchase of the MBR-04 the UN Spacy issued a specification for a more mobile and flexible Destroid, the builders of the MBR-07 re-submitted their design and won the contract handily. The Spartan was later sold to the other militaries of the Unified Forces as well, with the Bundeswehr Heer of West Germany being by far the biggest operator of the type.
The Spartan gave excellent service throughout the First Robotech War. Its one flaw was a lack of sustained long range fire, the three lasers being rather light in yield, and the gunpods dependent on (limited) ammunition. Therefore, the 24 missiles were the main long distance weapons, and the Spartan commonly used its mobility to close with the enemy before engaging him. Later, in the post war period, the MBR-07-Mk IV Crusader addressed this short coming. The Mark IV was armed with a single Mauser PBG-11 electron particle beam cannon.
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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), Kazutaka Miyatake Design Works Macross & Orguss (2005)
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