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Designation: Quimeliquola 74710020692nd Zentradi Fully-automated Weapon Development and Production Queadluun-Rau Air/Ground Power Armor
- Length: 10.8 meters
- Width: 18.4 meters
- Height: 16.75 meters, 18.8 m (with antenna)
- Weight: 32.5 metric tons
- Design and builder: Quimeliquola 74710020692nd Zentradi Fully-automated Weapon Development and Production.
- One man, all weather aerospace/ground combat mecha.
III. Service History:
- Served with all arms of the Regular Zentraedi Forces and Border Fleets from 1981 onwards.
- Two 2.1 GGV class Quimeliquola Protoculture-cell Energizers
- Two Varshtanna type 342 plasma-shock expansion engines with vectorable exhaust. The thrusters are located in the back. Each has a maximum burst output of 260 kN and a maximum sustained output of 170 kN.
- Queadluun-Rau specific Inertia Vector Control System (IVCS).
- Fuel Capacity: 20 Standard Canisters of Protoculture.
- Maximum atmospheric speed (Earth like environment): 1160 kph.
- Maximum running speed (Earth like environment): 176 kph.
- Delta-v capacity: 4.7 kps on graphite reactant.
- Average cell duration: 180 hours continuous operational use.
VI. Sensor Systems:
- VPAS2-SS (*) phased array radar with spherical coverage, for various scan/track, battlefield surveillance and counterbattery options.
- VPAS2-SS Multi-band digital camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking.
- VPAS2-SS Multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.
Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):
- VPAS2-SS Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
- VPAS2-SS Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
- VPAS2-SS Active sensor jammer
- VPAS2-SS Chaff and flare dispenser
(*) Terran designation. The Tirolian designers considered the sensors part of the design and did not assign separate designations for these systems.
- 2 Moldile Mistraekor-49 (also known under the Terran designation of RGT-F) 64mm triple-barreled rotary liquid-fueled, self-propelled low velocity impact cannons in the port and starboard torso. The cannons fired rocket-assisted semi-active laser guided HESH-shells with a maximum speed of 480 m/s at 180 rpm to a maximum effective range of up to 1.9 km in an Earth-like environment. The ammunition bin for each weapon could contain 60 rounds.
- 6 x Makharsz Vawnous-12 (also known under the Terran designation of DP-1) pulse laser cannons, in two clusters of three cannons, one in each arm. In pulse mode, each cannon fires to a maximum effective range of 8 km. Typically, the cannons fired in series when in beam mode and in parallel when in pulse mode. In both modes the yield of each cannon was 3.5 MJ per second.
- 2 x Diwhaug Ratsatoul-8 missile launchers in the hips. The Ratsatoul-8 circular launcher for Glatrlan Diwhaug Universal Dogfight type Missiles (UDM) (Terran codename Maggot missiles) had 21 missiles in launch position, and no reloads.
- 2 x Diwhaug Ratsatoul-9 missile launchers in the shoulders. The Ratsatoul-9 circular launcher for Glatrlan Diwhaug Universal Dogfight type Missiles (UDM) (Terran codename Maggot missiles) had 21 missiles in launch position, and 21 reload missiles stored behind these.
The armor of the Queadluun-Rau was composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor stopped all small arms and heavy infantry weapons fire, provided reasonable resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round, and poor resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round.
The Queadluun-Rau provided full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a sealed cockpit environment. The internal consumables supplies could provide breathable atmosphere for four days maximum.
The final, and very probably most effective and finest Zentraedi mecha was the Queadlunn-Rau, literally the “Heavy Power Armor”. Used (presumably) exclusively by the female Zentraedi air corps, this battle suit was one of the last of the Zentraedi mecha to be developed, created after initial combat experience with the Disciples of Zor showed that the Nousjadeul-Ger was less suited for commando raids. This mecha was used in that role because it was the most suited at the time, but as it was originally intended as a ground cavalry mecha, it performed badly against -air or spaceborne opponents. The requirements called for a mecha with the highest possible acceleration, a very heavy armament, excellent capability as a dogfighter and performance identical to the Nousjadeul-Ger on the ground.
Fulfilling these demanding requirements did not prove simple. The large speed required large engines, which required a large frame, which in return required more engine power, and so forth. The Queadluun-Rau battle armor design eventually grow larger than the Reguld battlepod, although advanced materials kept the overall weight down. However, the power demands from the engine’s fusion piles made an exclusive energy weapon fit impossible, and the designers switched to a mix of cannons, missiles and energy weaponry. The Queadluun-Rau’s most advance feature was the Quimeliquola special inertia vector control system. Operating on the same principle as a gravity control system (anti-gravity lift system), the inertia vector control system re-directs the mecha’s inertia in order to change the direct of travel. Because it changes the direction of the inertia itself, the mecha’s pilot is not subjected to any relativistic g-forces. This system (also found on the Bioroid Skysled) made the Queadluun-Rau arguably the most maneuverable combat platform ever developed. However, the system was relatively fragile and required a large amount of maintenance.
The chest cannons of the Queadluun-Rau were similar to the single chest Gatling cannon of the Nousjadeul-Ger. However, because of the doubled firing rate but the not quite doubled ammunition supply, the battlefield persistence of these weapons was low. In addition, these weapons, by nature and placement, were effectively useless in aerial or aerospace combat. The main cannon armament was made up of six small dual-purpose particle beam cannons, bundled into two mounts of three guns each. The firing arcs of these weapons were excellent, and the accumulative effects on a target sufficient. The pulse mode was installed as a strafing option, but was in practice little used, the pilots instead preferring to use the large missile armament against ground targets. The actual missile mounted on the Queadluun-Rau was one of the smallest ever mounted on a modern mecha, and consequently their range was restricted to what came down to point-blank. No less than 126 missiles were carried, but as tended to be used in large salvos, the missile supply ran dry after an average of eight shots.
The Queadluun-Rau was probably the most feared of all Zentraedi mecha, given its assault and commando mission profiles however, losses tended to be high. The mecha was expensive to construct, and though plans existed to re-equip many units (including close air support and reconnaissance units) with this mecha, only the more elite commando forces received shipments of these machines before the Zentraedi military machine was destroyed.
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Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin
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.
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.
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