Roiquonmi Glaug Tactical Battle Pod

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ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing


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Designation: Roiquonmi Weaponry Development and Production Glaug Battle Pod

I. Dimensions:

  • Length: 12.66 meters
  • Width: 11.4 meters
  • Height: 16.5 meters
  • Weight: 41.2 metric ton

II. Type:

  • Design: Roiquonmi 330048902th Zentradi Fully-Automated Weaponry Development and Production.
  • Builder: Roiquonmi 330048902th Zentradi Fully-Automated Weaponry Development and Production.
  • One man, all weather ground combat command mecha with secondary space capabilities.

III. Service History:

  • Served with all arms of the Regular Zentraedi Forces and Border Fleets from 1843 onwards, replacing the Khaulaug command battlepod.

IV. Propulsion:

Note: all plasma-shock expansion engines draw their plasma from a single fusion pile.

  • One Varrebotsz type 12 twin plasma-shock expansion engine with vectorable exhaust. The thruster is located at the lower aft of the main body and has a maximum burst output of 340 kN and a maximum sustained output of 207 kN.
  • Two Varrebotsz type 14 plasma-shock expansion engines with limited vectorable exhausts. The thrusters are located at the upper rear end of the battle pod and have a maximum output of 138 kN each.
  • Four Varrebotsz type 15 plasma-shock expansion engines, two in the calves of each leg. Each thruster has a maximum burst output of 28 kN and a maximum sustained output of 17 kN.
  • Assorted maneuvering thrusters, fed from the main engines, are spread out over the mecha.
  • Fuel Capacity: 22 Standard Canisters of Protoculture.

V. Performance:

  • Maximum running speed: 281 kph.
  • Maximum jumping distance in Earth-normal conditions: 185 meters.
  • Maximum submerged speed: 72 kph.
  • Average cell duration: 220 hours continuous operational use.
  • Delta-v capacity: 3.6 kps.

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Radar tracking:

  • VBPS2-SS (*) phased array radar with spherical coverage, for various scan/track, battlefield surveillance and counterbattery options.

Optical tracking:

  • VBPS2-SS Multi-band digital camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking.
  • VBPS2-SS Multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • VBPS2-SS Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
  • VBPS2-SS Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • VBPS2-SS Active sensor jammer
  • VBPS2-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.

VII. Armament:

  • 1 x Makral Tszikatro 05 (also known under the Terran designation of PB-19) electron beam cannon mounted on top of the mecha. This heavy weapon, unique to the Glaug battlepod, can fire a particle beam with a yield of up to 27 MJ with impressive accuracy. The cannons’ recharge load represents over 28% of the total power output of the mecha’s energizers; and even then it takes 9 seconds to replenish the capacitators. To offset this, the Makral Tszikatro 05 has a miniature cyclotron that can store enough accelerated particles for three salvo’s. As a result the system has a burst rate of fire of 60 rpm for four seconds. The sustained rate of fire is six to seven rpm (one shot every nine seconds).
  • 2 x Moldile Lunaditsz 95 (also known under the Terran designation of IC-L) 44mm impact cannons (Gauss-cannons) in the upper mounts of the arms. The cannons fire but a single type of shell, a high-explosive squash head (HESH) dual-purpose projectile, at a rate of fire of 300 rpm. The ammunition is a caseless design, and the ammunition bins in each arm can contain 240 rounds.
  • 2 x Moldile Tszan 83 (also known under the Terran designation of AC-L) 22.3mm impact cannons (autocannons) in the lower mounts of the arms. Each cannon can rotate 150 degrees and elevate from -70 degrees to +60 degrees. The cannon fires caseless armor-piercing (AP) or (more commonly) fragmentation (FRAG) rounds rounds at 850 rpm. The ammunition supply is 2000 rounds.
  • 2 x Karatszon Quillo-152 (also known under the Terran designation of PL-3) pulse lasers mounted forward ventral on the main fuselage. Each laser can fire a maximum of 3.5 MJ each second in five to ten separate pulses.

VIII. Armor:

The armor of the Glaug is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor stops all small arms and heavy infantry weapons fire, provides 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 Glaug provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a sealed cockpit environment. The internal consumables supplies can provide breathable atmosphere for four days maximum.

IX. Development:

The higher-ranking field commanders in the Zentraedi army were all issued the excellent Glaug command battle pod. This mecha was even more mobile than the Reguld series, and the Glaug also had the advantage of heavier weaponry and armor. All this was in accordance with Zentraedi military practice, which equipped officers and higher commanders with more robust equipment in general, to the point that these individuals even differed in having a far more robust physical structure. At the extreme end of this spectrum, Zentraedi fleet commanders often were so large as to no longer fit inside the mecha they commanded.

The Glaug had two arms, ending in double-barreled weapon pods. This gave the weapons mounted there better fields of fire and increased training and elevation rates. In addition, the Glaug mounted a long-range particle beam cannon of almost thrice the power of Reguld’s Makral Martszur-4 four-barreled rotary particle beam cannons, and two medium Gauss cannons (impact cannons in Zentraedi parlance) and two small-bore 22.3mm autocannons were fitted on the arms. To compensate for the recoil of these weapons in space, a dedicated thruster was fitted to the rear of the weapon hands. Almost as an afterthought, two light lasers, mostly for anti-personnel use, were mounted in the chin.

The Glaug usually led groups of Regulds on the ground, but could also be equipped with a booster, much as the UEEF’s Alpha fighter could be equipped with a Beta as booster, to turn the essentially ground-based mecha into a trans orbital fighter. This booster, the Glaug Armored Vehicle, also had some extra weapons built in: 144 Maggot Universal Dogfight Missiles. However, both the Glaug and the Reguld could function as space fighters, though not as aerial fighters, without the benefit of extra boosters. Also, both mecha could ‘swim’ short distances underwater; although the armament could not be used when submerged, approaching a target underwater when possible and then emerging nearly on top of the objective was a favored Zentraedi tactic.

The Glaug entered service in the middle years of the 19th century, but remained in production for only a short time. Records indicate that the Roiquonmi Fully-Automated Weapons Satellite was destroyed in 1855. Because of this, the Glaug was always a bit of a rarity on the battlefield. Its replacement, the Relaug, did not enter production until near the end of the twentieth century, and never entered service in any meaningful numbers.

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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

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), Shoji Kawamori Macross Design Works

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

Copyright © 2000, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2016 Tim Wing



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