Macross Onboard Factories SDR-04 Phalanx Space Defense Robot

SDR-04-Mk XII Phalanx Space Defense Robot 3

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Robert Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • SDR-04 Phalanx reference file
  • SDR-04 Phalanx gallery

Designation: Macross Onboard Factories SDR-04 Phalanx Space Defense Robot

I. Dimensions:

  • Total Height: 12.7 meters
  • Height: 11.3 meters (ground to searchlight)
  • Total Depth: 5.0 meters
  • Total Breadth: 7.5 meters
  • Weight: 22.2 metric tons (dry), 47.2 metric tons (fully loaded).

II. Type:

  • R-04 Mk. I: Proof-of-concept mecha for the leg assembly.
  • SDR-04 Mk. IX: One man all-weather heavy missile space defense robot, prototype for the Mk. XII Phalanx.
  • SDR-04 Mk. XII Phalanx: One man all-weather heavy missile space defense robot.
  • SDR-04 Mk. XIII Phalanx: One man all-weather heavy missile space defense robot, land based variant.
  • SDR-04 Mk. XIV Phalanx: One man all-weather heavy missile space defense robot, late upgrade.

III. Service History:

  • R-04 Mk. I: Three produced, 2006.
  • SDR-04 Mk. IX: One produced, 2009.
  • SDR-04 Mk. XII Phalanx: Served with the UN Spacy from late 2009 until 2017, with the UEDF Tactical Corps and Tactical Space Corps from 2018 until 2020.
  • SDR-04 Mk. XIII Phalanx: Served with the UN Spacy from 2014 until 2017, with the UEDF Tactical Corps and Tactical Space Corps from 2018 until 2027, and with the UEEF from 2018 until 2026.
  • SDR-04 Mk. XIV Phalanx: Served with UEDF Tactical Corps and Tactical Space Corps from 2019 until 2027, and with the UEEF from 2019 until 2026.

IV. Propulsion:

Generator:

  • Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH MT828 miniaturized protoculture-cell energizer; output classified.

Reserve Generator:

  • Shinnakasu Heavy Industries CT 03 hydrogen/oxygen fuel cell, 970 kW for twelve hours.

Thrusters for Space Maneuvering:

(main)

  • 2 x AST-04 dual thruster banks on the back, total thrust 14 kN with a total delta-v of approximately 0.2 kps.

(vernier)

  • 14 x Nakajima NBS-1 high-thrust vernier thrusters, located on the heels (4), calves (2), forward waist (2), chest (2). The remainder are located on the missile pods (2) and on the back (2).

V. Performance:

  • Maximum speed: 72 kph with full missile load, 125 kph when unloaded.
  • Generator endurance: 12 years operational use.
  • Delta-v: 0.2 kps (200 meters per second)

VI. Electronics:

Radar System:

  • Texas Instruments DARDA-3C X band pulse Doppler phased array UWB radar. Note: radar system can be used for attack via direct gamma-ray irradiation, though at maximal output injury to the pilot can occur within the cockpit
  • Texas Instruments long range LiDAR. Note: the primary emitter array is often mistakenly identified as a searchlight.

Optical tracking:

  • 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.

VII. Armament:

  • 2 x SHIN-SHIM-10 drum-mount missile launchers. The primary armament of this mecha is made up of two large, arm-mounted missile bins. Each bin contains 11 ready to fire and 11 reloads for a total per bin of 22 high-explosive, long range (70 km) Mach 3.0 combined multi-spectrum imager and active radar homing Derringer missiles (A variant). The 130km range E and F variants of this missile can also be carried, but because of the missile’s additional length, the reloads are sacrificed, and only 11 missiles per bin can be carried.SDR-04-Mk XII Mod 1 Phalanx Space Defense Robot

(Additional on Mark XII Mod 1 and Mark XIII):

  • 1 x Heckler & Koch GK-242 7.62mm minigun in the head, firing at the rate of 6000 rounds per minute, storage capacity 3000 rounds each. Gun is targetable, with an automated gun traverse. Mainly used in an anti- personnel capacity.

(Additional on Mark XIV):

  • 1 x Mauser RöV-10 twin laser turret, contains 2 light lasers. 360 degree rotation with 150 degree elevation/depression, firing 6 MJ laser pulses up to 60 times/minute. Weapon replaces the LiDAR ‘searchlight’ on earlier models.

VIII. Armor:

The armor on the Phalanx 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 and heavy infantry weapons fire, provides excellent resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round, and fair resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round.

The Phalanx 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.

IX. Development:

The SDR-04 Phalanx missile launch battery is part of the main Destroid series used during the First Robotech War. This Destroid was designed to provide more mobility to the tactical missile launchers previously in use on Earth. This Destroid uses the same leg assembly as the MBR-04 Tomahawk heavy infantry mecha and ADR-04 Defender air defense mecha.

A missile-launching mecha was needed because of the vulnerability of fixed missile batteries. Therefore, the Phalanx torso was designed. It consisted out of nothing more than a missile-launch station and pilot seat, data-link equipment and two very large missile pods. These missile pods could carry 22 of the largest mecha-mounted missiles each. The Phalanx usually fired its long range missiles from a position 20-100km away from the fighting, because this mecha had very little in the way of secondary armament and really only minimal armor. It could fire its missiles on a direct trajectory, but this would degrade its stand-off capabilities by using large LR missiles for what was essentially SR work. The Phalanx was developed on the SDF-1 in late 2009, and did not see service on Earth until after the Zentraedi holocaust. A variant, the Mark XIII, saw service with the UN Spacy’s post war land forces, and incorporated a pair of miniguns for emergency anti-personnel use.

The Destroids based on this undercarriage were among the most important mecha during the First Robotech War and the later Malcontent Uprisings through 2019, and the Mark XIV also saw action with the UEEF against the Invid, although this versions was refitted with more powerful weapon systems, and newer armor plating which gave more protection.

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Addendum, REF/UEEF upgrade:

(Phalanx Mark XIV)

The armor was replaced with a thicker layer of low-mass Chobham, increasing the protection to levels similar to that on the Veritech Hover Tank at no cost in additional weight. Naturally, the electronics were all updated as well. The electronics upgrades are as follows:

Radar Tracking:

  • Westinghouse APG-307 medium range (up to 50 km) UWB phased array spherical pulse-Doppler, for detection and tracking of targets, with battlefield surveillance modes.

Optical Tracking:

  • Phillips AllView multi-band digital camera system, for medium range all-altitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking
  • Thomson LT-5 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
  • Oldeft Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • Westinghouse ALQ-250(V) active sensor jammer
  • Chaff dispenser
  • Flares.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin; additional artwork by Richard Pollard

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. 

Images Courtesy of Chad Wilson (Marchly) and the Macross Mecha Manual. Chad Wilson is given all credit for all images from the Macross Mecha Manual that have 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), Robotech Macross Saga Sourcebook (October 2008)

Content by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Rob Morgenstern; edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen; 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

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