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Proteus Group CBH-4 Hellcat Combat Battloid, Heavy

CBH-4 Hellcat

ROBOTECH Technical Files

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

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Salamander reference file
  • Salamander gallery

Designation: Proteus Group CBH-4 Hellcat Combat Battloid, Heavy

I. Dimensions:

(CBH-4-Mk. III)

  • Total Height: 6.1 meters
  • Total Depth: 2.7 meters
  • Total Breadth: 2.8 meters
  • Weight: 15.2 metric tons

(CBH-4-Mk. IV)

  • Total Height: 6.1 meters
  • Total Depth: 2.5 meters
  • Total Breadth: 2.8 meters
  • Weight: 16.1 metric tons

II. Type:

  • Design: Proteus Group and IMI/Urdan Industries Ltd.
  • Builder: Proteus Group

Variants:

  • CBH-4A1-Mk. I Salamander: One-man all weather heavy combat Battloid, baseline variant.
  • CBH-4A2-Mk. I Salamander: One-man all weather heavy combat Battloid, NCO variant with improved sensor suite.
  • CBH-4A3-Mk. I Salamander: One-man all weather heavy combat Battloid, officer variant with improved sensor suite.
  • CBH-4A1-Mk. II Salamander: One-man space-capable heavy combat Battloid, baseline variant.
  • CBH-4A2-Mk. II Salamander: One-man space-capable heavy combat Battloid, NCO variant with improved sensor suite.
  • CBH-4A3-Mk. II Salamander: One-man space-capable heavy combat Battloid, officer variant with improved sensor suite.
  • CBH-4-Mk. III Hellcat: One-man all weather heavy combat/tank destroyer Battloid, baseline variant.
  • CBH-4C-Mk. III Hellcat: One-man all weather heavy combat/tank destroyer Battloid, command variant with improved sensor suite.
  • CBH-4-Mk. IV Hellcat: One-man all weather heavy combat/tank destroyer Battloid, baseline variant.
  • CBH-4C-Mk. IV Hellcat: One-man all weather heavy combat/tank destroyer Battloid, baseline variant.
  • CBH-4-Mk. V Hellcat: One-man space-capable heavy combat Battloid, baseline variant.
  • CBH-4C-Mk. V Hellcat: One-man space-capable heavy combat Battloid, baseline variant.

III. Service Life:

  • CBH-4-Mk. I Salamander: Used by the UEDF Tactical Corps for a main line combat Battloid from 2019-2033.
  • CBH-4-Mk. I Salamander: Used by the UEDF Tactical Space Corps Lunar Division and Mars Division for a space-capable combat Battloid from 2022-2033.
  • CBH-4-Mk. III Hellcat: Used by the UEDF Tactical Corps Desert Divisions from 2029 until 2031. Used (in limited numbers) by the UEDF Tactical Corps for a main line combat Battloid from 2030 until 2031.
  • CBH-4-Mk. IV Hellcat: Used by the UEDF Tactical Corps Desert Divisions from 2030-2031. Used (in limited numbers) by the UEDF Tactical Corps for a main line combat Battloid from 2030 until 2031.
  • CBH-4-Mk. V Hellcat: Meant to enter production for use by the UEDF Tactical Space Corps Lunar Divisions in 2034. Only six pre-production prototypes built before the beginning of the 2nd Robotech War.

IV. Propulsion:

  • Powerplant: SCE-2P+ Miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer
  • Fuel Capacity: 10 Standard Canisters of Protoculture.
  • Propulsion system: 2 x Allison BRT-3-100 thrusters in the back, output 210 kN combined for jumping and limited flight operations.

V. Performance:

  • Running speed: 70 kph
  • Max jumping performance: Typically 30 meters high out to a distance of 120 meters for the Mark III, and 25 meters high out to a distance of 100 meters for the Mark IV. The mecha is generally limited to about 25 jumps. It can hover and fly at low altitude for up to two minutes before the fuel stores are exhausted.
  • Protoculture supply: 400 hours operational use.

VI. Electronics:

Sensor Systems:

  • Westinghouse TPG-183 X-band pulse-Doppler phased array spherical radar with battlefield surveillance mode. Active missile defense mode; networked to EL-8 laser to provide automatic self-defense against ATGMs.
  • EL-OP Electro-Optics Industries Ltd. multi-band digital spherical camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking in Battloid mode
  • EL-OP Electro-Optics Industries Ltd. multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

(CBH-4C Models)

  • Improved radar array providing enhanced range and resolution.
  • Improved combat computer allowing monitoring of up to 10 other Battloids.
  • Enhanced C3I suite providing command and communications with multiple Battloids, as well as remote command posts.
  • Enhanced tracking computers to allow additional targets to be tracked.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System:

  • Selenia GroundWarrior active/passive sensor jammers.

VII. Armament:

  • 4 x EL-8 Medium lasers mounted in the head surrounding the main sensor array. Each laser is capable of 500 kJ output. For use against light armored vehicles and for self-defense.
  • 2 x MRL-9 Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher Systems capable of launching 3 Tarantula grenades above each shoulder blade. The launcher projects from its armored casing towards the rear of the Battloid exposing the ready grenades, which fire vertically. The launch tubes contain two reloads each for a total of 9 grenades per launcher.

(CBH-4-Mk. III)

  • 1 x MM-24 missile launcher in the chest, 24 internal 190mm x 540mm variable warhead, short range (8.2 km) Mach 3.0 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing Hammerhead missiles.

(CBH-4-Mk. IV)

  • 1 x MIM-60 missile launcher in the chest, 60 internal 76mm x 305mm variable warhead, short range (3 km) 800 kph combined infra-red imager and active radar homing Viper missiles. For direct and indirect fire use against lightly armored mecha, tanks, and tank-like targets.

Common optional hand-held gun pods:

  • 1 x Mauser EU-10 Laser Gun Pod. This gun pod fired energy pulses of up to 10 MJ per blast. This gun pod could fire up to 150 times/minute due to the large capacitors mounted on either side of the pod. This was the most common gunpod assigned to these Battloids due to its decent penetration capabilities and high rate of fire. The weapon incorporated a carrying handle to assist in transportation and could be attached to an arm in a carrying position.

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  • or 1 x Mauser EU-11 28mm Laser Gun Pod. This gun pod fired energy pulses of up to 12.5 MJ per blast. This gun pod could fire up to 110 times/minute. This was the gun pod issued to the VHT-2 Hovertank due to its smaller size and higher penetration capabilities.
  • or 1 x General Electric EU-12 pulse laser pod, firing 12 MJ pulses at 130 pulses per second. Specially developed for the SC ground Battloids, this cannon used pulse technology to offset the beam attenuation caused by the lower layers of the atmosphere in which it was used. This pod was utilized in cases where more impact than penetration was required, and was introduced around 2031, although primarily with the combat Battloids first.

VIII. Armor:

The armor on the Hellcat is a new development in low-mass composite-materials Chobham plating that became the standard for all Terran mecha after its application to the VQ-6A Vandal. Aside from the respectable protection provided against projectiles, missiles, and other kinetic weapons, this armor is also resistant to plasma globes (annihilation discs), lasers, and to a lesser extent, particle guns, owing to the fact that the armor can flake off and evaporate in layers under fire from such high-energy weapons, taking much of the weapon’s energy and converting it into the latent heat of sublimation in the armor. The armor stops all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round, and fair to good resistance (Mark III) or good resistance (Mark IV) to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round. The arm shields provide good resistance to medium mecha-mounted weapons and poor resistance to heavy mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the VHT-2’s 120mm shell.

The Hellcat provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a fully sealed cockpit module activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The module is also armored and gives the Hellcat the option of operating off-planet on the moon or elsewhere in the system. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere purification for one week maximum on Earth and 48 hours in a hostile environment such as the moon or Mars. The MBR(S) models double the consumables supply to last for 96 hours in a hostile environment.

IX. Development:

In 2027 the Eastern Bloc Soviet Independent States, in coalition with their south west Asian satellite states began to expand into the oil rich territories of the northern Saudi peninsula. The campaign was well over before the ASC had a chance to react. Afterwards the Soviets placated their Arab allies by undertaking the “liberation” of Palestine. Israel was not an actual member of the UEG, having maintained their independence since the end of the 1st Robotech War. While the Israeli Defense Force was able hold the line at the West Bank, it was unlikely that they would be able to hold out for long without reinforcement from the United Earth Government (UEG) or nuclearization of the battlefield. They chose to accept the help of the Southern Cross. However, the price was their independence.

After the shooting was over, the UEDF Tactical Corps was able to assess the effectiveness of its equipment in combat. Among many of it’s weapon systems, the CBH-4 Salamander was found wanting. Sand and grit worked their way into the Salamander’s leg and torso actuators, servos wore out and the cooling system for the electronics suit was inadequate. In combat, the Salamander suffered heavy losses against Soviet tanks. 145mm APFSDS rounds tended to have little trouble zipping through the frontal armor while ATGMs and even RPGs were able to defeat the lighter armor on the back. What was worse, none of the EU series gun pods could reliably penetrate the frontal armor on the T-95, the most common (and oldest) tank in the theatre. The UEDF decided it was time for a new main battle robot.

Proteus Group, Israeli Military Industries and Urdan Industries Ltd. (also of Israel) went to work on a new Battloid. The new Battloid was a continuation of the CBH-4 Salamander platform, but with enough changes to justify a new name. Heavier armor was added front and rear, as well as to the arm shields. The resulting increase in weight necessitated up-rated locomotive actuators, which in turn required additional power. The latest generation of Protoculture Energizer, and an increase of two extra cells met the increased demand. The new mecha, by that time designated the CBH-4-Mk. III Hellcat, was slightly slower than the old Salamander but had increased hop range thanks to improved jump jets. The frontal armor still could not defeat the latest generation of APFSDS rounds, but the arms could.

A whole new sensor suit was designed, using the Westinghouse’s latest 360 degree battlefield radar system. This radar could detect incoming missiles and main gun rounds, and was networked to the head lasers and arms. When an incoming missile was detected, the EL-8s would automatically engage to shoot them down before they could reach their target. The arms would automatically shield the main body from main gun rounds. Israel’s own Electro-Optics Industries Ltd. Provided the rest of the fire control system.

An MM-24 missile launcher was built into the chest to address the Salamanders lack of offensive punch. The clam shell armored doors concealed 24 Hammerhead short range multipurpose missiles. The Hammerhead significantly boosted the Hellcat’s punch relative to the Salamander. It could now engage tanks, enemy mecha and aircraft at ranges fare greater than that of its gun pods. Later a new version, the Mk. IV, replaced the Hammerheads with a MIM-60 missile launcher in the chest, containing 60 Viper missiles. Though they had shorter range and could only attack ground targets, they were much smaller allowing the CBH-4-Mk. IV to carry more than twice as many and mount heavier frontal armor. The Mk. IV was more of a supplement to the Mk. III, rather than a replacement. Both missiles types provided an indirect fire capability to the Hellcat, allowing it to attack tanks in the defilade or hiding behind sand berms or concrete structures. A top attack profile enabled the missiles HEAT warhead to penetrate the weaker top turret armor of enemy tanks. This ended the dependence on close air support and artillery assets for taking out dug-in opponents.

During the Soviet incursion, Russian and Arab gunners had little trouble identifying and picking off officers and NCOs by their unique head designs. This was addressed in the Hellcat. Both the standard and the Command (C) models had identical looking heads. The CBH-4C did incorporate improved sensors and C3I systems. Cooling was improved and seals for the hydraulic systems were made more rugged to help the Hellcat deal with harsh desert conditions.

Development and testing progressed quickly, and the first units to receive the new Battloid took delivery in August of 2029. Tactical Corps Desert Divisions and newly absorbed units from the IDF had first priority and by the end of 3030 all of the units in deployed to South West Asia had turned in their Salamanders in exchange for the Hellcat. In early 2031 the Tactical Corps units stationed in Central Europe began to transition to the CBH-4 as well. A space optimized version, the CBH-4-Mk. V was planned and tested for UEDF TSC Lunar Divisions, but never made it to production thanks to the events of 2031.

Today, a relatively large number of Hellcats survive. Few were lost in the 2nd Robotech War, thanks to the fact that the Middle East was not very high on the Robotech Masters’ list of priorities. The Invid also largely ignored the region when they arrived a few years later. The hundred or so surviving Hellcats went on to serve in the post war, independent, IDF.

 


 

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

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

Copyright © 2002, 2000, 1998, 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

Vickers-Chrysler APR-4 Golem Autonomous Police Robot gallery

 

Vickers-Chrysler Robotech Systems Inc. APR-4 Golem Autonomous Police Robot.

APR-4 Golem Autonomous Patrol Robot 8

APR-4 Golem Autonomous Patrol Robot 3


Vickers-Chrysler Robotech Systems Inc. QPR-4 Golem Drone Police Robot.

APR-4 Golem Autonomous Patrol Robot 9


Vickers-Chrysler APR-4 Golem color plates.

APR-4 Golem Autonomous Patrol Robot 10

The GMP painted most of its QPR-4 and APR-4 Golems in traditional black and white police livery.  


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

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

Copyright © 2002, 2000, 1998, 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

Vickers-Chrysler APR-4 Golem Autonomous Police Robot

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Tim Wing, Peter Walker, Rob Morgenstern, with Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Golem reference file
  • Golem gallery

Designation: Vickers-Chrysler Robotech Systems Inc. APR-4 Golem Autonomous Police Robot

I. Dimensions:

  • Total Height: 4.9 meters
  • Total Depth: 1.3 meters
  • Total Breadth: 2.3 meters
  • Weight: 7 metric tons

II. Origin and type:

  • Design: Vickers-Chrysler Robotech Systems Inc./SCAR
  • Builder: Vickers-Chrysler Robotech Systems Inc.
  • Type: Global Military Police artificial intelligence law enforcement, security, and tactical assault robot.

III. Service Life:

  • QPA-4: Remote operated drone robot used by GMP from 2023-2031,
  • APR-4: Artificial Intelligence self-mobile version used by the GMP from 2026-2031 to supplement small GMP force.

IV. Propulsion:

  • Powerplant: 1 SCE-2P miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer
  • Fuel Capacity: 4 standard canisters of Protoculture.

V. Performance:

  • Running speed: 72 kph
  • Protoculture supply: 370 hours operational use.

APR-4 Golem Autonomous Patrol Robot 2VI. Electronics:

(APR-4 Golem)

Control System:

  • SCAR Mk.5 Reflex Artificial Intelligence System utilizing 3 redundant processors with voting to determine appropriate actions.

Sensor Systems:

  • Phillips AllView II multi-band digital spherical camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking. Includes recording and playback capabilities.
  • Phillips IRS-2 Image recognition system connected via radio to GMP database. This provides the robot full access to personnel records to identify and evaluate suspects.
  • Thomson LT-8 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System:

  • Selenia GroundWarrior active/passive sensor jammers.

VII. Armament:

  • 1 x S-10 TASER: mounted in the left wrist is capable of sending 50 kV through a suspect to render him unconscious. Range: 10 m.

Common optional pods for used by the hands:

  • 1 x AGR-40 Riot Control Grenade Launcher. This gun pod is a recoil operated, semi-automatic grenade launcher designed to deploy special 40mm less-than lethal riot-control grenades. The grenade launcher made use of tear gas, smoke, mobility inhibiting foam, OC (pepper spray), noxious, and fire suppressant rounds. Combat duty rounds included HE, HEAT and Anti-Personnel rounds. Ammunition capacity was limited to ten round magazines.
  • or 1 x EU-17 Particle Beam gun pod. This gun pod fired energy pulses of up to 2 MJ per blast. This gun pod could fire up to 50 times/minute. This is the standard gunpod assigned to Golems. The other Battloid gun pods are too large to be effectively wielded by the smaller Golem.
  • or 1 x GUP-2 Tactical Police gun pod. This gun pod was a combined 20mm auto cannon and 40mm grenade launcher. The auto cannon could fire low velocity riot control ammunition such as beanbags, rubber coated knee knockers, as well as the standard 20mm Tungsten-coated depleted Uranium Armor Piercing Spin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot (APSSDS), High Explosive Armor Piercing (HEAP) and tracer rounds of the time. The grenade launcher made use of tear gas, smoke, mobility inhibiting foam, OC (pepper spray), noxious, and fire suppressant rounds. Combat duty rounds included HE, HEAT and Anti-Personnel rounds. Ammunition capacity was 100 rounds of 20mm and 20 grenades.

VIII. Armor:

The armor on the Golem is a new development in low-mass composite-materials Chobham plating that became the standard for all Terran mecha after its application to the VQ-6A Vandal. Aside from the respectable protection provided against projectiles, missiles, and other kinetic weapons, this armor is also resistant to plasma globes (annihilation discs), lasers, and to a lesser extent, particle guns, owing to the fact that the armor can flake off and evaporate in layers under fire from such high-energy weapons, taking much of the weapon’s energy and converting it into the latent heat of sublimation in the armor. 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.

IX. Development:

Vickers-Chrysler Robotech Systems Inc. developed the QPR-4 Drone Patrol Robot for the Global Military Police (GMP) to augment the field presence of its troops. This robot was operated from a remote-control station, usually close buy in the back of a Police Van, by a qualified operator. Though never meant to go toe-to-toe with full-sized Zentraedi soldiers (that was the job of the Tactical Corps and the Civil Defense Unit), it did give the GMP the flexibility to handle many situations that it could not deal with on its own before. The Golem could act as a riot control unit along with dismounted police. It was helpful in dealing with bomb threats and explosive ordinance disposal. The Golem was also a more effective siege breaker than the more traditional armored cars, such as the M-11, used by military police in the past. This unit could keep up with a full-sized Zentraedi at a run, as well as providing a platform that could mount large enough weapons to subdue them without sacrificing combat agility. The Golem allowed the GMP to operate without being dependent on the other services for heavy support. Also, when using this system, the GMP could keep a much lower profile than would be otherwise possible with a platoon of Salamanders or Unicorns.

As useful and flexible as the QPR-4 was, not many were produced. The GMP sites cost as the prohibiting factor, but that line of reasoning directly conflicts with their decision to develop and produce (in larger numbers no less) the APR-19 Golem.

The Southern Cross Advanced Research Group (SCAR) had a pet project at the time. Flush with an over generous research grant, they experimented with artificial intelligence to provide the perfect GMP soldier: one that would follow orders without question, would objectively enforce the law, and work overtime with-out time-and-a-half pay. More importantly, it could not be turned against the authority of its higher command: the UEG. Working from research conducted on the SDF-1’s E.V.E. computer before it’s destruction at the end of the 1st Robotech War, they attempted to develop an unmanned Battloid that could be used for police operations. To reduce costs and expedite development, they decided to utilize the existing GMP QPR-4 drone as the main body of the robot. The GMP researchers opted against the more limited, animalistic, intelligence capabilities later chosen by the UEEF for its ASAVAN “Shadow Drone” (they needed more than a giant sized German Shepard), and instead developed a robot that was nearly as intelligent as a human and fully possessed of reflexive consciousness. In the end, however, the result was entity that fell well short of being a true general intelligence AI (thankfully).

APR-4 Golem Autonomous Patrol Robot 8Simply too much processing power was packed into too small a package, and the Golem came off as both dim and pedantic, capable of quoting regulations and identifying violators, but only barely capable of independent action in police duties. The robot needed explicit instructions and a number of incidents were caused by omissions of detail in commands. A good analogy would be to compare it to the Deep Blue chess computer of the late twentieth century. It was possessed of a high degree of analytical judgment, but the time that it took to come to a final decision could be measured in seconds: far too long in a combat situation. As such, the GMP paired the robots in the field with an operator who would able to provide guidance to the AI, yet still be able to take advantage of the increased capabilities of the Battloid. Predictably, many of their operators became fondly attached to their Golems due to their human like intelligence and the individual personalities that each unit developed over time. The connection was not unlike that between a K9 handler and his dog.

The Golems were also frequently assigned to guard duties that involved little interaction or extremely high security installations where high command would want to minimize exposing lower enlisted soldiers to classified information and could accept any violation of protocol resulting in someone being shot. Due to its small size, the Golem could not effectively wield the larger gun pods developed for other Battloids. Instead it uses the smaller EU-17 particle beam cannon. The Golem was introduced in 2023 and was used extensively in the later parts of the Second Robotech War as the high command became more and more desperate. The Golems were viewed as expendable troops and were pressed into duty to support units in the field. They frequently were given the worst tasks in the field and as such suffered a high mortality rate due to their slow reaction times. Limited numbers of Golems were also acquired by the Tactical Corps for mine clearing operations and other combat engineering duties.

The Golems suffered severe attrition in that war and in the following Invid invasion, so that very few remain.

 


 

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

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

Copyright © 2002, 2000, 1998, 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

Caterpillar CBL-10 Triton Light Combat Battloid gallery

 

Caterpillar CBL-10 Triton Light Combat Battloid.

Caterpillar CBL-10 Triton Light Combat Battloid 1


Caterpillar CBL-10 Triton Light Combat Battloid technical illustrations.

Caterpillar CBL-10 Triton Light Combat Battloid 6


Caterpillar CBL-10 Triton Light Combat Battloid color plates.

Caterpillar CBL-10 Triton Light Combat Battloid 4

All CBL-10 Tritons serving with the Tactical Corps Marsh Division were painted in over-all dark olive green. Tritons serving with the Airborne Divisions were typically painted tan with dark earth brown trim. 

Caterpillar CBL-10 Triton Light Combat Battloid 5


EBSIS GBR-25 Dzhaggernaut (Juggernaut, UEDF reporting name: Roundhouse).

EBSIS GBR-25 Dzhaggernaut (Juggernaut) Roundhouse Main Battle Robot 1 EBSIS GBR-25 Dzhaggernaut (Juggernaut) Roundhouse Main Battle Robot 2


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; Tim Wing; Kevin Long

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

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

Copyright © 2000 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

Caterpillar CBL-10 Triton Light Combat Battloid

Caterpillar CBL-10 Triton Light Combat Battloid 1

ROBOTECH Technical Files

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

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Triton reference file
  • Triton gallery

Designation: Caterpillar CBL-10 Triton Light Combat Battloid

I. Dimensions:

  • Total Height: 6.2 m
  • Total Depth: 2.6 m
  • Total Breadth: 3.0 m
  • Weight: 13.2 metric tons

II. Type:

  • Design: Caterpillar/Vickers-Chrysler Robotech Systems Inc.
  • Builder: Caterpillar, Fábrica Argentina de Aviones
  • One-man Light Combat Battloid

III. Service Life:

  • Used by the UEDF Tactical Corps Marsh Division from 2015 until 2031. The Triton was also used by the Land Forces of the Merchant Republic from 2020 until 2031, and by the Soviet Union as the GBR-25 (UEDF reporting name Roundhouse) from 2022 until 2031.

IV. Propulsion:

  • Powerplant: SCE-2P Miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer
  • Fuel Capacity: 6 Standard Canisters of Protoculture.
  • 4 x BRT-10 reaction thrusters mounted in the ankles, each capable of producing a maximum rated output of 15 kN.

V. Performance:

  • Running speed: 88 kph
  • Max jumping performance: Typically 30 meters high out to a distance of 75 meters.
  • Protoculture supply: 225 hours operational use.

VI. Electronics:

Sensor Systems:

  • Westinghouse TPG-144 X-band pulse-doppler phased array radar with battlefield surveillance mode.
  • Phillips AllView II multi-band digital spherical camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking in Battloid mode
  • Thomson LT-8 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System:

  • Selenia GroundWarrior active/passive sensor jammers.

VII. Armament:

(All)

  • 1 x General Electric E-18 ion cannon mounted in the forehead. Capable of firing 400 kJ pulses at a rate of 90 per minute, primarily designed to intercept missiles.

(CBL-10-Mk. I)

  • 2 x Vickers 40mm Grenade launchers mounted on the forearms. The launchers can fire up to 50 grenades each before reloading is necessary. Typical riot duty includes a mixture of tear gas, smoke, and fire suppressant rounds, while combat duty includes HE, HEAT and Anti-Personnel rounds.

(CBL-10-Mk. II)

  • 2 x CCWS-001 retractable close combat weapons system, consisting of a 0.9 meter long tungsten/ceramic vibro-blade mounted in each arm in place of the Mark I’s grenade launchers.

Optional hand-held gun pods:

  • or 1 x Mauser EU-10 Laser Gun Pod. This gun pod fired energy pulses of up to 10 MJ per blast. This gun pod could fire up to 150 times/minute due to the large capacitors mounted on either side of the pod. This was the most common gunpod assigned to these Battloids due to its decent penetration capabilities and high rate of fire. The weapon incorporated a carrying handle to assist in transportation and could be attached to an arm in a carrying position.
  • or 1 x Mauser EU-11 28mm Laser Gun Pod. This gun pod fired energy pulses of up to 12.5 MJ per blast. This gun pod could fire up to 110 times/minute. This was the gun pod issued to the VHT-2 Hovertank due to its smaller size and higher penetration capabilities.
  • or 1 x General Electric EU-12 pulse laser pod, firing 12 MJ pulses at 130 pulses per second. Specially developed for the SC ground Battloids, this cannon used pulse technology to offset the beam attenuation caused by the lower layers of the atmosphere in which it was used. This pod was utilized in cases where more impact than penetration was required, and was introduced around 2031, although primarily with the combat Battloids first.

General Electric EU-12 pulse laser pod 1

VIII. Armor:

The armor on the Triton is a new development in low-mass composite-materials Chobham plating that became the standard for all Terran mecha after its application to the VQ-6A Vandal. Aside from the respectable protection provided against projectiles, missiles, and other kinetic weapons, this armor is also resistant to plasma globes (annihilation discs), lasers, and to a lesser extent, particle guns, owing to the fact that the armor can flake off and evaporate in layers under fire from such high-energy weapons, taking much of the weapon’s energy and converting it into the latent heat of sublimation in the armor. The armor stops all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, provides fair to good resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round, and provides poor resistance to heavy mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the VHT-1’s 105mm shell.

The Triton provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a fully-sealed cockpit module activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The cockpit module is also armored and gives the Triton the option of operating off-planet on the moon or elsewhere in the system. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere purification for one week maximum on Earth and 48 hours in a hostile environment such as the moon or Mars.

IX. Development:

The UEDF Surface Command decided that the large vintage Destroids were too conspicuous and vulnerable to standoff missile attacks to be fully effective. Also, in urban combat, the huge robots could easily lose small vehicles in back streets that were too small to accommodate the large Destroids. As such, they desired to create a smaller and more agile mecha that could better adapt to a variety of operating environments. From this desire, the Battloid concept evolved: a smaller, more agile, multi-purpose robot. To decrease the size and provide operational flexibility, the primary weapons shifted to an assortment of gunpods instead of the slow to reload integral weapons. The Triton retained an integral laser weapon so that the power of the mecha’s protoculture energizer could be tapped to supply the demand of the anti-missile air defense laser, as well as a pair of grenade launchers for self-defense and secondary missions. It was also beneficial that the smaller Battloids were much simpler and cheaper to manufacture allowing the depleted UEDF armies to rapidly rebuild a cohesive fighting force after being depleted by the departure of the Pioneer mission and their appropriation of most of Earth’s mecha forces.

The CBL-10 Triton was designed by Caterpillar and Vickers-Chrysler Robotech Systems Inc. in the late teens. The design intent was to build a light weight Battloid for use in marshy and jungle environments, such as the Amazon Basin, during the Malcontent Uprisings. Unlike the CBL-8 Dryad, the Triton was developed from conception as a light combat robot. The CBL-10 Triton was also designed from the beginning to be capable of air borne operations, with four BRT-10 reaction thrusters mounted in the ankles to arrest its fall when dropped by parachute. These thrusters also improved the Tritons leaping performance, though they did not give it true jump capability like the CBH-4 Salamander. The Triton was also equipped with exceptionally strong servo motors, as Caterpillar was planning to sell it on the civilian market. (This never came to fruition, as Caterpillar was later acquired by Haneda Heavy Industries in 2016.)

EBSIS GBR-25 Dzhaggernaut (Juggernaut) Roundhouse Main Battle Robot 1The Triton served primarily with the Tactical Corps Airborne Divisions, as well the Marsh Division, where its light weight made particularly adept at moving through swamps and river estuaries. In addition to being built by Caterpillar, the Triton was also manufactured under license by Fábrica Argentina de Aviones in their factory in Montevideo in el
Vencedor. When el Vencedor seceded from the United Earth Government to form the Merchant Republic in 2020, the new government nationalized the Fábrica Argentina de Aviones facility and continued to produce the Triton for its own forces. The Merchant Republic found itself in the Eastern Block of Soviet Independent States after its secession, and sold a great many of its locally produced Tritons to the Soviet Union. The Soviets eventually began building the Triton under license at the Leningrad Kirov Plant (LKZ) as the GBR-25 Dzhaggernaut (Juggernaut, UEDF reporting name: Roundhouse) Main Battle Robot.

Many Tritons survived the Second Robotech War and, along with their Soviet analogues, saw widespread use in the early years of the Invid Occupation.

 


 

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; Tim Wing; Kevin Long

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

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

Copyright © 2000 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

Northrop FRB-7 Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid gallery

 

Northrop Corperation FRB-7S-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid.

Northrop FRB-7S-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid 1


Northrop FRB-7-Mk. II Cyclops technical illustrations.

Northrop FRB-7J-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid 5

Northrop FRB-7J-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid.

Northrop FRB-7J-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid 6

Northrop FRB-7J-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid, detail of Allison BRT-5 plasma-shock expansion thruster backpack.

Northrop FRB-7J-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid 3

Northrop FRB-7J-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid.

Northrop FRB-7S-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid 2

 Northrop FRB-7S-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid.

Northrop FRB-7J-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid 2

Northrop FRB-7J-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid.


Northrop FRB-7-Mk. II Cyclops head unit variations.

Northrop FRB-7A-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid 1

Northrop FRB-7A-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid.

Northrop FRB-7J-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid 1

Northrop FRB-7A-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid.


Northrop FRB-7S-Mk. II Cyclops color plate.

Northrop FRB-7J-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid 7

The Tactical Corps’ Recon Patrol generally painted their Cyclops in over-all haze blue. Other paint schemes did exist, depending on theater of operation.

Northrop FRB-7J-Mk. II Cyclops Force Reconnaissance Battloid 8


obotech (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 on Robotech Illustrated. 

Sources: The Robotech RPG Book Four Southern Cross, by Kevin Siembieda

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

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

Bofors CBH-4 Salamander Heavy Combat Battloid gallery

 

Bofors CBH-4A3-Mk. I Salamander Heavy Combat Battloid, officer’s variant.

CBH-4A3-Mk. I Salmander 3


Bofors CBH-4A1-Mk. I Salamander Heavy Combat Battloid, baseline version.

CBH-4A1-Mk. I Salmander 2 CBH-4A1-Mk. I Salmander 3


Proteus Group CBH-4-Mk. IV Hellcat Combat/Tank Destroyer Battloid, Heavy

CBH-4 Hellcat


Bofors CBH-4-Mk. II Salamander Heavy Combat Battloid, space capable variants.

CBH-4A2-Mk. II Salmander 1

Bofors CBH-4A2-Mk. II Salamander Heavy Combat Battloid, space combat-capable NCO variant.

CBH-4A1-Mk. II Salmander 1

Bofors CBH-4A1-Mk. II Salamander Heavy Combat Battloid, space combat-capable baseline variant.


Proteus Group CBH-4A1-Mk. I Salamander Heavy Combat Battloid, late production.

CBH-4A1-Mk. I Salmander 1


Bofors CBH-4A3-Mk. I Salamander Heavy Combat Battloid, color plates.

CBH-4A3-Mk. I Salmander 4

The majority of the Tactical Corps’ CBH-4-Mk. I Salamanders were painted tan (light areas) and earth brown (darker areas). Other color schemes existed, such as overall gull gray for moon based Mark IIs, rust red for Mars based Mark IIs and olive green for Mark Is operating in forested areas on Earth. 

CBH-4A3-Mk. I Salmander 5


Bofors CBH-4A3-Mk. I Salamander weapons systems.

6

Mauser EU-10 Laser Gun Pod.

Mauser EU-11 28mm Laser Gun Pod 10

Mauser EU-11 28mm Laser Gun Pod.

General Electric EU-12 pulse laser pod 1

General Electric EU-12 pulse ion cannon gun pod.


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

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

Copyright © 2000 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walk; 2016 Tim Wing

Bofors CBH-4 Salamander Heavy Combat Battloid

CBH-4A3-Mk. I Salmander 3

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Rob Morgenstern and Tim Wing, with Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Salamander reference file
  • Salamander gallery

Designation: Bofors CBH-4 Salamander Heavy Combat Battloid

I. Dimensions:

(CBH-4-Mk. I)

  • Total Height: 6.1 meters
  • Total Depth: 2.5 meters
  • Total Breadth: 2.9 meters
  • Weight: 19.0 metric tons

(CBH-4-Mk. II)

  • Total Height: 6.1 meters
  • Total Depth: 2.5 meters
  • Total Breadth: 2.9 meters
  • Weight: 19.6 metric tons

II. Type:

  • Design: Bofors
  • Builder: Bofors, Proteus Group

Variants:

  • CBH-4A1-Mk. I Salamander: One-man all weather heavy combat Battloid, baseline variant.
  • CBH-4A2-Mk. I Salamander: One-man all weather heavy combat Battloid, NCO variant with improved sensor suite.
  • CBH-4A3-Mk. I Salamander: One-man all weather heavy combat Battloid, officer variant with improved sensor suite.
  • CBH-4A1-Mk. II Salamander: One-man space-capable heavy combat Battloid, baseline variant.
  • CBH-4A2-Mk. II Salamander: One-man space-capable heavy combat Battloid, NCO variant with improved sensor suite.
  • CBH-4A3-Mk. II Salamander: One-man space-capable heavy combat Battloid, officer variant with improved sensor suite.
  • CBH-4-Mk. III Hellcat: One-man all weather heavy combat/tank destroyer Battloid, baseline variant.
  • CBH-4C-Mk. III Hellcat: One-man all weather heavy combat/tank destroyer Battloid, command variant with improved sensor suite.
  • CBH-4-Mk. IV Hellcat: One-man all weather heavy combat/tank destroyer Battloid, baseline variant.
  • CBH-4C-Mk. IV Hellcat: One-man all weather heavy combat/tank destroyer Battloid, command variant.
  • CBH-4-Mk. V Hellcat: One-man space-capable heavy combat Battloid, baseline variant.
  • CBH-4C-Mk. V Hellcat: One-man space-capable heavy combat Battloid, command variant.

III. Service Life:

  • CBH-4-Mk. I Salamander: Used by the UEDF Tactical Corps for a main line combat Battloid from 2019-2033.
  • CBH-4A1-Mk. II Salamander: Used by the UEDF Tactical Space Corps Lunar Division and Mars Division for a space-capable combat Battloid from 2022-2033.
  • CBH-4-Mk. III Hellcat: Used by the UEDF Tactical Corps Desert Divisions from 2029 until 2031. Used (in limited numbers) by the UEDF Tactical Corps for a main line combat Battloid from 2030 until 2031.
  • CBH-4-Mk. IV Hellcat: Used by the UEDF Tactical Corps Desert Divisions from 2030-2031. Used (in limited numbers) by the UEDF Tactical Corps for a main line combat Battloid from 2030 until 2031.
  • CBH-4-Mk. V Hellcat: Meant to enter production for use by the UEDF Tactical Space Corps Lunar Divisions in 2034. Only six pre-production prototypes built before the beginning of the 2nd Robotech War.

CBH-4A1-Mk. I Salmander 3IV. Propulsion:

  • Powerplant: SCE-2P Miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer
  • Fuel Capacity: 6 Standard Canisters of Protoculture.
  • Propulsion system: 2 x Allison BRT-3 thrusters in the back, output 160 kN combined for jumping and limited flight operations

Attitude control (CBH-4-Mk. II models only):

  • Provisions for 2 x Allison PMT-30 triple maneuvering thrusters on the hips. (These were mounted only when the Salamander was operating in a zero-G or near zero-G environment, such as space or the moon’s surface. These maneuvering thrusters were not mounted when operating on Mars.)

V. Performance:

  • Running speed: 72 kph
  • Jump flight capability: the thrusters have fuel for five minutes of low level flight, with a maximum speed of 120 kph in standard atmosphere. More commonly, for obvious tactical reasons, the mecha uses the thrusters as jump jets, the fuel being sufficient for about 25 jumps with an average height of 30 meters and to a distance of 30 meters.
  • Delta-V (CBH-4-Mk. II models only): 0.3 kps with normal fuel supply. Can be extended to 1 kps with the addition of the thruster pack system.
  • Protoculture supply: 300 hours operational use.

VI. Electronics:

Sensor Systems:

(All)

  • Westinghouse TPG-144 X-band pulse-Doppler phased array radar with battlefield surveillance mode.
  • Phillips AllView II multi-band digital spherical camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking in Battloid mode
  • Thomson LT-8 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

(A2 Models)

  • Improved radar array providing enhanced range and resolution.
  • Improved combat computer allowing monitoring of up to 5 other Battloids.

(A3 Models)

  • Enhanced C3I suite providing command and communications with multiple Battloids, as well as remote command posts.
  • Westinghouse TPG-154 multi-band pulse-Doppler dual-phased array radar with battlefield surveillance mode providing enhanced range and tracking.
  • Enhanced tracking computers to allow additional targets to be tracked.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System:

(All)

  • Selenia GroundWarrior active/passive sensor jammers.

VII. Armament:

  • 2 x MDS-18 Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher Systems capable of launching 3 Tarantula mini-missiles above each shoulder blade. The launcher projects from its armored casing towards the rear of the Battloid exposing the ready grenades, which fire vertically. The launch tubes contain one reload each for a total of 6 grenades per launcher, or twelve total.

(A1 Models):

  • 2 x Mauser E-4 pulse lasers mounted in the head. These lasers provide 50 kJ of output at a rate of 65 pulses per minute for anti-personnel use.

(A2 and A3 Models)

  • 2 x Mauser LIW-77 ion cannons which provide 100 kJ output each at a rate of 60 pulses per minute. The primary use for these weapons is anti-personnel with secondary use against light vehicles.

Common optional hand-held gun pods:6

  • 1 x Mauser EU-10 Laser Gun Pod. This gun pod fired energy pulses of up to 10 MJ per blast. This gun pod could fire up to 150 times/minute due to the large capacitors mounted on either side of the pod. This was the most common gunpod assigned to these Battloids due to its decent penetration capabilities and high rate of fire. The weapon incorporated a carrying handle to assist in transportation and could be attached to an arm in a carrying position.
  • or 1 x Mauser EU-11 28mm Laser Gun Pod. This gun pod fired energy pulses of up to 12.5 MJ per blast. This gun pod could fire up to 110 times/minute. This was the gun pod issued to the VHT-2 Hovertank due to its smaller size and higher penetration capabilities.
  • or 1 x General Electric EU-12 pulse ion cannon gun pod, firing 12 MJ pulses at 130 pulses per second. Specially developed for the SC ground Battloids, this cannon used pulse technology to offset the beam attenuation caused by the lower layers of the atmosphere in which it was used. This pod was utilized in cases where more General Electric EU-12 pulse laser pod 1impact than penetration was required, and was introduced around 2029, although primarily with the combat Battloids first.

VIII. Armor:

The armor on the Salamander is a new development in low-mass composite-materials Chobham plating that became the standard for all Terran mecha after its application to the VQ-6A Vandal. Aside from the respectable protection provided against projectiles, missiles, and other kinetic weapons, this armor is also resistant to plasma globes (annihilation discs), lasers, and to a lesser extent, particle guns, owing to the fact that the armor can flake off and evaporate in layers under fire from such high-energy weapons, taking much of the weapon’s energy and converting it into the latent heat of sublimation in the armor. The armor stops all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, and provides fair to good resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round. The arm shields have additional armor providing good resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry and poor resistance to heavy mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the VHT-2’s 120mm shell. The shins and joints are reinforced to withstand impact from a moving vehicle.

The Salamander provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a fully sealed cockpit module activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The module is also armored and gives the Salamander the option of operating off-planet on the moon or elsewhere in the system. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere purification for one week maximum on Earth and 48 hours in a hostile environment such as the moon or Mars. The MBR(S) models double the consumables supply to last for 96 hours in a hostile environment.

CBH-4A1-Mk. I Salmander 2IX. Development:

By the late teen’s, the newly consolidated United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) was operating an odd mix of conventional armor and a few over a decade old first generation Destroid designs. They expected the Destroids to reach the end of their service life by the mid-twenties, and they would need replacement. Those Destroids which had low service hours were going to be refit and taken with the departing Pioneer mission. Also, the UEDF Surface Command decided that the larger Destroids were too conspicuous and vulnerable to standoff missile attacks to be fully effective. A smaller Destroid would have better survivability since it would be harder to see and hit as well as being more agile due to the reduced mass. This smaller and more agile mecha could also better adapt to a variety of operating environments.

From this situation, the Battloid concept evolved: a smaller, more agile, multi-purpose robot. To decrease the size and provide operational flexibility, the primary weapons shifted to an assortment of gunpods instead of the slow to reload integral weapons. Most importantly the smaller Battloids were much simpler and cheaper to manufacture than the new Expeditionary Force Destroids, allowing the depleted UEDF to rapidly rebuild a cohesive fighting force after being depleted by the departure of the Pioneer mission and their assignment of most of Earth’s mecha forces.

The Salamander was the first of the so-called ‘Southern Cross Battloids’ designed purely for combat and patrol activities. Bofors’s development group took lessons learned from the Dryad and Satyros designs as well as historical information from the early UN Spacy Destroids to develop the CBH-4 Salamander. The Salamander was viewed as a downscaled version of the Spartan mecha. It was a high mobility mecha, with prehensile hands. To further keep costs down, the cockpit suite was designed to be modular so that only a subset of the mecha had the extensive C3I gear needed to command larger units. The basic unit had a cockpit suite sufficient to maintain battlefield awareness of its immediate surrounding, without the need to coordinate between numerous units. Officers received the complete electronics suite, and non-commissioned officers received a slightly reduced-functionality version due to the smaller units involved. When operating as a unit, the Salamanders and other mecha would share battlefield information, so that each mecha would have a complete picture of their environment.

Another big cost saving came from the fact that unlike the large, older Destroids or the newer Expeditionary Force Destroids, the basic Salamander did not need to be space-capable. The large, older Destroids had a full thruster/Vernier suite to allow them to operate in space, as they did from the decks of the SDF-1 during the first Robotech War. The UEDF decided it would be more cost effective to simply put more close-in defense batteries on their capital ships and keep the Battloids on the ground. The Mark II Salamander could operate on the moon and on Mars thanks to a sealed cockpit module, but it was devoid of all the expensive systems seen on the Destroids which made them truly capable of space combat.

The Salamander has three different modular head styles for enlisted, non-commissioned officers, and officers. NCO and officer models (A2 and A3) have a heavier and more expensive LIW-77 ion cannon system for improved performance. Costs prohibited widespread dissemination of the system and as such was restricted to more senior personnel. The A2-model has an improved array for the radar as well as an upgraded combat suite. The A3-model carries a more sophisticated communications, sensor and control suite to assist in monitoring the battlefield situation. This is readily identifiable by the ‘V’ angled dual array in the head of the A3-model compared to the flat, square array of the A1 and A2-models.

The Mark II version was built for the Tactical Space Corps’ Lunar and Mars Divisions. It was little more than a standard Salamander with enhanced environmental systems optimized for a vacuum environment, as well as additional of hip mounted Vernier thrusters for maneuverability. Its thruster and Vernier system allowed it to operate in free fall, much the same way that the older and larger Destroids could. This system allowed it to make short flights when operating in the Moon’s weak gravity field for increased mobility. If long duration operations or free space operations were needed, a strap-on pack system was designed for enhanced Vernier operation and to extend the fuel supply to a reasonable level for zero-gravity operations.

Of the UEDF Battloids, the Salamander was the most widespread in use. Designed by Bofors, they were also produced by Teledyne Continental and later Proteus Group, which was formed when Cadillac Gage mergered with Bofors. A variety of gunpods were used throughout its service life. The GU-13 was the model used when the Salamander was introduced, but eventually replaced with the more durable and less logistically demanding energy weapons. The EU-10 and EU-11 were preferred when penetration was important. The EU-12 was used when damage potential was more important.

Many Salamanders were destroyed by the Tirolian Bioroids, and Roil series attack craft during the 2nd Robotech War. The remains of the Southern Cross command attempted to replenish their depleted ranks of Salamanders after the destruction of the Robotech Master fleet. While they succeeded in mass producing the Salamander, they lacked sufficient surviving combat veterans to train the masses of new recruits due to the high casualty rate versus the Robotech Masters’ forces. Unfortunately, while the agility of the Salamander proved effective against the Invid one-for-one, the masses of Iigaa and Gurab, exacerbated by the combat inexperience of the average trooper, just overwhelmed the Tactical Corps Battloid battalions, and destroyed a majority of the remaining Salamanders.

 


 

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

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

Copyright © 2000 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walk; 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

Bofors SRB-9 Satyr Combat Search and Rescue Robot gallery

 

Bofors SRB-9-Mk. II Satyr Combat Search and Rescue Robot.

SRB-9 Mk. II Satyr


Bofors SRB-9-Mk. I Satyr Combat Search and Rescue Robot.

SRB-9 Mk. I Satyr


Proteus Group SRB-9-Mk. III Satyr Combat Search and Rescue Robot.

SRB-9 Mk. III Satyr 1 SRB-9 Mk. III Satyr 2


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; Tim Wing; ‘MAJESTIC vulne pro’

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

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

Copyright © 2000, 1998, 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

Bofors SRB-9 Satyr Combat Search and Rescue Robot

 

SRB-9-Mk. II armed combat model of the Satyros

 

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Tim Wing and Rob Morgenstern, with Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Satyr reference file
  • Satyr gallery

Designation: Bofors SRB-9 Satyr Combat Search and Rescue Robot

I. Dimensions:

  • Total Height: 6.5 m
  • Total Depth: 2.6 m
  • Total Breadth: 3.2 m
  • Weight: 11.2 metric tons (SRB-9-Mk. I and II), 17 metric tons (SRB-9-Mk. III)

II. Type:

  • Design: Bofors
  • Builder: Bofors, Proteus Group

Type:

  • SRB-9-Mk. I: One person, mountain warfare optimized, unarmed combat search and rescue/engineering robot.
  • SRB-9-Mk. II: Armed combat model upgrading the armor, weapons and drive systems of the Satyros.
  • SRB-9-Mk. III: Heavy armor variant.

III. Service Life:

  • SRB-9-Mk. I: Used by the UN Spacy from 2013-2017 to support mountain offensives and the construction of defensive emplacements in mountainous terrain, adopted by the UEDF in 2018 and used until replaced by the Mark II.
  • SRB-9-Mk. II: Used by the UEDF TC Alpine Division from 2018 until the Invid Invasion.
  • SRB-9-Mk. III: Used by the UEDF TC Alpine Division from 2026 until the Invid Invasion.

IV. Propulsion:

  • Powerplant: 1 x SCE-2P Miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer
  • Fuel Capacity: 6 Standard Canisters of Protoculture.

Climbing equipment

  • 2 x Climbing hardpoints mounted on the forearms capable of supporting either:
    • Compressed-air-driven Grapples with 15 metric ton rated winches for climbing or equipment retrieval with 45 meters of high strength cable located in the arms
    • or Combination digging/climbing claw for excavation and climbing also located in the arms.
  • Typically, one of each will be mounted.
  • 2 x retractable spikes in wrists to assist in climbing. (Note: these hardened tungsten spikes can also be used as weapons. See below.)
  • 2 x clawed hands to assist in climbing.
  • Provisions to attach spikes in feet to assist in climbing.

V. Performance:

  • Running speed: 110 kph (Mark I and II), 96 kph (Mark III)
  • Protoculture supply: 300 hours operational use.

VI. Electronics:

Sensor Systems:

(All)

  • Phillips AllView II multi-band spherical-coverage digital camera system, for medium range all-attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking in Battloid mode HF and C-Band Satellite communications systems for long range communications.

(SRB-9-Mk. II and III)

  • Thomson LT-8 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.
  • Tactical Electronic Warfare System:
  • Selenia GroundWarrior active/passive sensor jammers.

(SRB-9-Mk. III only)

  • Westinghouse TPG-144 X-band pulse-doppler phased array radar with battlefield surveillance mode. High gain phased arrays and signal processors to deal with harsh mountainous propagation environment.

VII. Armament:

(SRB-9-Mk. I)

  • No weapons are standard built-in beyond the climbing claws. Though the Mark I does have hands with-which to hold gunpods, no systems integration is available for actually aiming them.

(SRB-9-Mk. II and III)

Common optional pods for used by the hands:

  • 1 x Mauser EU-10 Laser Gun Pod. This gun pod fired energy pulses of up to 10 MJ per blast. This gun pod could fire up to 150 times/minute due to the large capacitors mounted on either side of the pod. This was the most common gunpod assigned to these battloids due to its decent penetration capabilities and high rate of fire. The weapon incorporated a carrying handle to assist in transportation and could be attached to an arm in a carrying position.6
  • or 1 x General Electric EU-12 pulse ion cannon gun pod, firing 12 MJ pulses at 130 pulses per second. Specially developed for the SC ground Battloids, this cannon used pulse technology to offset the beam attenuation caused by the lower layers of the atmosphere in which it was used. This pod was utilized in cases where more impact than penetration was required, and was introduced around 2029, although primarily with the combat Battloids first.
  • or 1 x Excavation spade, 3.8 meters long, used as an entrenching tool. Also makes for a formidable hand to hand weapon.

VIII. Armor:

The armor on the SRB-9-Mk. II Satyr is a new development in low-mass composite-materials Chobham plating that became the standard for all Terran mecha after its application to the VQ-6A Vandal. Aside from the respectable protection provided against projectiles, missiles, and other kinetic weapons, this armor is also resistant to plasma globes (annihilation discs), lasers, and to a lesser extent, particle guns, owing to the fact that the armor can flake off and evaporate in layers under fire from such high-energy weapons, taking much of the weapon’s energy and converting it into the latent heat of sublimation in the armor. 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 SRB-9-Mk. III featured a much heavier Chobham armor package than the earlier Satyrs. The armor stops all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, provides good resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round and poor resistance to heavy mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the VHT-1’s 105mm shell.

The Satyr provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a fully sealed cockpit module activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The module is also armored and gives the Satyr the option of operating off-planet on the Moon or elsewhere in the system. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere purification for one week maximum on Earth and 48 hours in a hostile environment such as the Moon or Mars.

IX. Development:

The SRB-9 Satyr, commonly known by its nickname “Billy Goat”, at first seems to mirror the CBL-8 Dryad’s mission and capabilities. But whereas the Dryad was originally a non-military construction robot, the Satyr was devised by Bofors as an armored, search and rescue and combat engineer robot from the get go. The Dryad was optimized for jungle and marshy environments, the Satyr on the other hand was meant to be used to reclaim terrain-embedded Zentraedi warships, to help construct defensive emplacements in mountainous terrain and to provide mobile hardened command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) relay stations for mountain-based infantry. After the Zentraedi Holocaust and the following years of unrest and uncertainty, many communities desired more protective locations in out of the way locations, such as canyons and blast craters. As such, the Satyr was expected to assist in building these communities, when their duties didn’t keep them occupied elsewhere. With its powerful winches, the Satyr was also used as an armored recovery vehicle and in maintenance areas to lift heavy equipment.

Due to the poor radio propagation environment of mountainous terrain, the Satyr assisted the Alpine forces of the Tactical Corps in maintaining communications between their units. This Battloid was equipped with a powerful communications relay capability, which could be boosted by the addition of high gain whip antennas. It was also equipped with a powerful radar set for a non-combat Battloid that was evidenced by the twin arrays located to either side of the head.

The Mk. I was an unarmed search and rescue/military construction/salvage/mining robot for use in the mountains. The UN Spacy quickly discovered the vulnerability of this mecha in a combat situation without built-in weapon systems. Therefore, Bofors devised an armed refit for this Battloid to assist in mountainous combat arenas like the Andes Mountains. After years of use of the Mk. I and II, the Proteus Group (which formed in a merger between Bofors and Cadillac Gage) designed a newer version optimized for its combat role as well as keeping its engineering capabilities to support the Southern Cross in mountainous terrain, designated the Mk. III. The refit consisted of five tons of additional armor and a short range TPG-144 X-band pulse-Doppler phased array radar.

Visually, the Satyr was a very distinctive mecha. With its large shoulders, clawed arms and hands and long skinny legs it looked very close to its Greek namesake. The feet were long and thin, giving them the agility needed for mountaineering. It also had mounting points on the feet for adding spikes to assist in climbing. The arms could mount either a claw or a grappling hook (usually one of each). It also provided accessories to support an infantry team. Knee rings for mounting ropes and a chest bar for rigging off of. The Satyr had wrist spikes to assist it in climbing as well as fully rotating shoulder and upper arm joints. It was also limited-flight-capable, which proved a life saver any time a pilot found himself involuntarily airborne.

The Satyr saw combat in the Malcontent Uprisings in the upper Andes, fought the Robotech Masters all over the Western Hemisphere and it battled against the EBSIS in Eastern Europe after the Second Robotech War. They acted as search and rescue, combat engineers and as infantry support Battloids. Later, during the Invid Occupation, they served in a limited capacity with freedom fighters where their role in the fighting was not relegated to the mountains. No complete, functional models are known to exist today.

SRB-9 Mk. I Satyr
SRB-9-Mk. I one person, mountain warfare optimized, unarmed combat search and rescue/engineering robot

 


 

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Original artwork by: Kogawa Tomonori, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Miyo Sonoda, Hiroshi Ogawa, Hirotoshi Ohkura and Takashi Ono; Tim Wing; ‘MAJESTIC vulne pro’

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

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

Copyright © 2000, 1998, 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2016 Tim Wing