Volvo HT-3 Hover Tractor

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Robert Morgenstern, with Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing


  • HT-3 reference file
  • HT-3 gallery

Designation: Volvo HT-3 Hover Tractor

I. Dimensions.

  • Length: 1.8 meters
  • Width: 1.2 meters
  • Height: 0.9 meters
  • Weight: 0.8 metric tons.

II. Type.

  • One-seat open-top cargo tractor

III. Service Life

  • The Hover Tractor was used by the UEDF Logistics Corps and various other branches to haul around hover pallets to move cargo beginning around 2018.

IV. Propulsion.

  • Power-source: 1 x SCB-1 Battery System providing 3 kW output
  • 3 x P&W HJ-90 hover jets for vertical and maneuvering lift with directional output vents, max. output 9 kN each, driven by the engine. Peak hovering performance at 0.3 meter altitude.

V. Performance.

  • Maximum speed: 50 kph
  • Maximum range: 100 km on a single battery charge
  • Lifting capacity: 10 metric tons

VI. Electronics Suite.

  • None. Some may have a basic radio installed.

VII. Armament.

  • None standard

VIII. Armor.

The basic HT-3 cargo haulers are constructed of light weight composite materials and provide fair protection against small arms fire, and good protection against small grenade and shell fragments. The basic cargo haulers 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 Hover Tractor is used on flight lines and motor pools of military bases by the Logistics Corps to move around pallets and crates. The tractor is rigged with a tow hook for hover pallets used to carry supplies. These vehicles are extensive used to resupply Tactical Space Corps vessels before launch.



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.

Content by 1997 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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