Monument RRG LAR-12 Laser Weapons

LAR-12 Light Laser Assault Weapon 2

ROBOTECH Technical Files

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


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Designation: Robotech Research Group Monument City LAR-12 Laser Weapons

  • Year Introduced: 2024
  • Designer: RRG – Monument City
  • Acquiring Military: Southern Cross
  • Capacity: 36 15kJ shots per energy magazine (LAR-12); 32 15kJ shots (LAR-12); 14 30kJ shots (LAR-12S).
  • Rate of Fire: semi-automatic
  • Weight: 3.2 kg (LAR-12, LAR-12S); 2.3 kg (LAR-12C)
  • Length: 68cm

Along with advances in hand-held particle beam guns, lasers, with their superior penetration and range, continued to advance during the early years of the United Earth Defense Force’s sole guardianship of Earth. The LAR-12 was the first laser weapon adopted primarily by the Tactical Space Corps to equip their Naval Infantry, entering service in the mid 2020’s. The LAR-12 was a compact and effective design, though it was eclipsed in capacity and yield by the LAR-10. By 2029, the LAR-12 was only in use with the Tactical Space Corps.

LAR-12 Laser Weapon Variants:

LAR-12 Light Laser Assault Weapon: The baseline for this weapons system was the LAR-12. While it appeared to have three laser emitters, the bottom two were in fact a visible light laser designator and an IR laser designator respectively. Mounted above the emitter was a dual mode visible and IR tactical light, which was also present on the other two LAR-12 variants. The laser emitter had an aperture of 5.6mm which fired a 15kJ beam out to a maximum range of 580 meters.

LAR-12C Light Laser Carbine 1LAR-12C Light Laser Carbine: The Carbine version of the LAR-12 managed to shave almost a kilogram off the weapons weight, but at the expense of range and energetic discharge. To save weight, a smaller but less efficient capacitor was used, lowering the weapons wield to just 32 shots per energy magazine, as opposed the LAR-12’s 36. Additionally, the light weight emitter was only capable of a coherent beam out to a maximum range of 360 meters. Lastly, the carbine had no built in laser designators. Since these weapons were used by space based Naval Infantry, weight was rarely much of a concern. This being the case, the LAR-12C carbine was about as common, and as well liked, as Zentraedi poetry.

LAR-12S “Sharpshooter” Squad Designated Marksman Laser Weapon (SDM): The Sharpshooter was a dedicated sniper weapon a precision focusing emitter and a capacitor suited to a longer duration beam. This weapon had an effective range of 910 meters and could deliver 14 30kJ blasts per energy magazine. Its high wield and narrow beam width of only 5.6mm gave it excellent armor penetrating abilities with an impressive 1.2 kJ of energetic transfer per square millimeter. Though pictured here without accessories, the LAR-12 would normally be kitted up with a Leupold TDRF781 combination target designating and range finding optic. This optic fed targeting information to the shooter via an eyepiece that attached to the left or right eyeslit of his CBR Mk. 2 HEA-P armor. This allowed the shooter to fire the LAR-12S from a variety of positions, rather than constraining him to the traditional shoulder fired stance of a more traditional sniper rifle.

LAR-12S Sharpshooter Dedicated Sniper Energy Weapon 1



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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 – Robotech Masters Saga Sourcebook (March 2009)

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

Copyright © 2016 Tim Wing, 1999, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker