Volvo M-770 Light Hover Vehicle

M-770 Light Hover Car 2

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Robert Morgenstern, with Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing


  • M-770 reference file
  • M-770 gallery

Designation: Volvo M-770 Light Hover Vehicle

I. Dimensions.

  • Length: 3.4 meters
  • Width: 2.5 meters
  • Height: 1.5 meters
  • Weight: 1.1 metric tons.

II. Type.

  • 5-seat convertible-top personnel transport

III. Service Life

  • The M-770 is used by the GMP and UEDF from 2020 until the Invid Invasion. The REF/UEEF operated vehicle from 2020 until 2038.

IV. Propulsion.

  • 4 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.
  • Engine: 1 x turbocharged 4500cc 5 cylinder diesel generator providing 6 kW output, with battery backup
  • Fuel Capacity: 52 liter diesel or JP-8.

V. Performance.

  • Maximum speed: 220 kph
  • Maximum range: 600 km
  • Lifting capacity: 3 metric tons


VI. Electronics Suite.

  • AM/FM radio with aux-input.
  • Provision for short-range tactical radio(s).

VII. Armament.

  • None standard

VIII. Armor.

The M-770 hover cars 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 hover cars have open air cabs which 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 Volvo M-770 Hover Car is the standard personnel transport used by the elite of the UEDF Command. A convertible soft canopy is provided in case of rain. These open air 5-seat vehicles were also popular among the Global Military Police for their flexibility and durability. These vehicles were mass-produced near Stockholm Sweden and a number can still be found today still in operation attesting the durability of the design.

M-770 Light Hover Car 1The UEEF used this vehicle where wheeled vehicles couldn’t traverse. The design was sufficiently advanced that it was taken along with the Pioneer-mission forces and limited production began shortly after the securing of Tirol.




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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