American Motors HC-2 Light Tactical Hover Vehicle

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Robert Morgenstern, with Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing


Designation: American Motors HC-2 Light Tactical Hover Vehicle

I. Dimensions.

  • Length: 3.4 meters
  • Width: 2.5 meters
  • Height: 1.5 meters
  • Weight: 1.6 metric tons.

II. Type.

  • 2-seat ground effect tactical personnel transport

III. Service Life

  • The Hover Jeep is used by ground forces of the UEDF beginning around 2023. It was primarily used in the Civil Defense Unit and Tactical Corps.

IV. Propulsion.

  • 4 x P&W HJ-80 hover jets for vertical and maneuvering lift with directional output vents, max. output 8 kN each, driven by the engine. Peak hovering performance at 0.3 meter altitude.
  • Engine: 1 x turbocharged 4 cylinder diesel generator providing 6 kW output, with battery backup
  • Fuel Capacity: 80 liter diesel.

V. Performance.

  • Maximum speed: 220 kph
  • Maximum range: 1000 km
  • Lifting capacity: 2.1 metric tons

VI. Electronics Suite.

  • Provision for two short-range tactical radios.

VII. Armament.

  • None standard, though a pentle mount is available for crew serve weapons.

VIII. Armor.

The armored body of the HC-2 hover jeep 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. The HC-2 is constructed of light weight composite materials and provide fair protection against small arms fire, and good protection against small grenade and shell fragments. The hover jeeps have open air cabs with provide no environmental capabilities. 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 HC-2 was produced two man light cavalry scout vehicle. This vehicle is referred to as the hover jeep. Since it sometimes operates in combat environments, the skin of the vehicle has been reinforced to protect its riders from shrapnel and light arms fire.



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, The Robotech RPG Book Four: Southern Cross (September 1987)

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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