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Brasilia RRG GGA-5 20mm Gauss Gun, Man Portable Automatic Weapon

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ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • GGA-5 reference file
  • GGA-5 gallery

Designation: RRG – Brasilia GGA-5 20mm Gauss Gun, Man Portable Automatic Weapon

  • 48d3Year Introduced: 2017
  • Designer: RRG – Brasilia
  • Acquiring Military: Tactical Corps
  • Capacity: 18 or 60 round box magazines, 240 shots from a single protoculture cell
  • Rate of Fire: semi-automatic
  • Weight: 11.3 kg
  • Length: 124 cm

This powerful cannon was introduced in the jungles of South America to provide sufficient firepower to ground infantry in fighting off rogue Zentraedi. The RL-1 was seen to have too limited ammunition capacity. The GGA-5 was designed to pack significant penetration as well as destructive capability in a man-portable frame consistent with previous general purpose machine guns such as the FN MAG (M-225). The GGA-5 was never produced in large quantities due to the rapid power drain of the precious protoculture cells. In the post Invid Invasion world, the tungsten penetrators it fires were very difficult to find. The GGA-5 had enough armor penetrating capability to effectively destroy Reguld Battle Pods, or Invid Troopers, with single hit.

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Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (R) is the property of Fuji Television, Artmic Studio and Tatsunoko Production. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Yoshitaka Amano, Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma

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 – Art Book Genesis Climber MOSPEADA Complete Art Works (August 2009)

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

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

 

 

PR-35 reference file

 

The PR-35 appeared in the second season of Robotech, otherwise known as Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross. It is seen being held by a GMP Officer. In appearance it is somewhat similar to LAR-10. No known line art exists of this weapon.

PR-35

 


 

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 – N/A

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

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

Monument City RRG PR-35 Compact Particle Machine Pistol

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • PR-35 reference file
  • PR-35 gallery

Designation: Robotech Research Group Monument City PR-35 Compact Particle Machine Pistol

  • Year Introduced: 2029
  • Designer: RRG – Monument City
  • Acquiring Military: GMP
  • Capacity: 50 14kJ shots
  • Rate of Fire: selective fire – 190rpm or semi-automatic
  • Weight: 2.5kg
  • Length: 37cm

The PR-35 was an light weight electron particle projector pistol designed just prior to the Second Robotech War. Using a smaller magazine with the same energy storage density as the LAR-10’s Selectable Energy Weapon (SEW) magazine, and built with a smaller yield, the PR-35 was well-suited as a modest-sized energy gun, and was quickly adopted as a supplement to the LP-09 by the GMP. Unfortunately, the chaos caused by the end of the Second Robotech War and the arrival of the Invid prevented this fine gun from ever being produced in large numbers.

 


 

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 – N/A

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

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

 

 

Monument City RRG LAR-10 Laser Assault Rifle gallery

 

Robotech Research Group Monument City LAR-10 Laser Assault Rifle.

LAR-10 1

 

LAR-10 5


Robotech Research Group Monument City LAR-10C Laser Carbine.

LAR-10C 1


Robotech Research Group Tokyo LAR-10L Laser Sniper Rifle.

LAR-10L 2

LAR-10L 3


ATAC Officers with LAR-10L Laser Sniper Rifles.

LAR-10L CBR Mk 2 ITA-P AVC Male Officer 3

 LAR-10L CBR Mk 2 ITA-P AVC Female Officer 13

LAR-10L CBR Mk 2 ITA-P AVC Male Officer 12


 

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, Robotech Masters Saga Sourcebook (March 2009), The Robotech RPG Book Four: Southern Cross (September 1987)

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

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

 

 

Monument City RRG LAR-10 Laser Assault Rifle

LAR-10 1

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

  • LAR-10 reference file
  • LAR-10 gallery

Designation: Robotech Research Group Monument City LAR-10 Laser Assault Rifle

  • Year Introduced: 2026
  • Designer: RRG – Monument City (LAR-10, LAR-10C), RRG – Tokyo (LAR-10L)
  • Acquiring Military: UEDF
  • Capacity: 40 70kJ or 80 35kJ shots per SEW energy magazine (LAR-10), 33 70kJ or 66 35kJ shots LAR-10C), 16 70kJ shots (LAR-10L)
  • Rate of Fire: selective fire – 250 rpm or semi-automatic (LAR-10, LAR-10C), semi-automatic (LAR-10L)
  • Weight: 4 kg (LAR-10), 2.3 kg (LAR-10C), 3.2 kg (LAR-10L)
  • Length: 86cm (LAR-10), 78cm (LAR-10C), 97cm (LAR-10L)

A radical departure from the LLR-8 Light Laser Rifle’s design, the LAR-10 was built to be a true laser assault rifle. Compact, and equipped with a standard variable (1x to 3x power) scope, the LAR-30 was reasonably accurate at most combat ranges, and with its 7.6mm aperture, delivered devastating damage, though with reasonable penetration. The ability to selectively alter the weapon’s yield was added to permit the shooter to budget his energy magazine, while balancing the need for additional weapon yield on demand. The LAR-10 was immediately accepted as the standard assault rifle of the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF), and was adopted by virtually every branch in some capacity.

LAR-10C 1A carbine version, the LAR-10C, was also procured by the UEDF in great quantities. Though it had a shorter effective range (425 meters versus the LAR-10’s 610 meters) and a slightly decreased magazine capacity (33 shots versus 40 shots), the LAR-10C was just as well received as its full sized brother. Its minor shortcomings were more than made up for by its handiness in a close quarters battle (QCB) environment.

Based upon an improved version of the LAR-10’s emitter system the Tokyo Robotech Research Group’s the LAR-10L laser rifle was quickly accepted as the Southern Cross’ main precision- and sniper-rifle. Though it was never as widely issued as the rest of the LAR-10 series, the LAR-10L was popular with many officers in numerous branches of the Southern Cross, in addition to its role as a sniper rifle. Equipped with an electronic variable-power scope with shuttered night-vision capabilities, the accuracy of the LAR-10L was unmatched by any rifle to date.

LAR-10L 2


 

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, Robotech Masters Saga Sourcebook (March 2009), The Robotech RPG Book Four: Southern Cross (September 1987)

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

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

 

 

Brisbane RRG LL-8 Light Laser Weapons gallery

 

LLC-8 Light Laser Carbine.

LLC-8 Laser Carbine 2 LLC-8 Laser Carbine 1 LLC-8 Laser Carbine 3


LLR-8 Light Laser Rifle.

LLR-8 Medium Laser Rifle 2 LLR-8 Medium Laser Rifle 1 LLR-8 Medium Laser Rifle 3


XLLR-8A Light Laser Carbine, Experimental.

XLLC-8A Heavy LAser Carbine 2 XLLC-8A Heavy LAser Carbine 1 XLLC-8A Heavy LAser Carbine 3

TFA-P LJA Male Officer 2


LL-8 Laser Weapons size comparison chart.

LL-8 Laser Weapons 1


 

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, Robotech Masters Saga Sourcebook (March 2009)

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

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

Brisbane RRG LL-8 Light Laser Weapons

LLC-8 Laser Carbine 2
LLC-8 Laser Carbine.

ROBOTECH Technical Files

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

Designation: Robotech Research Group Brisbane LL-8 Light Laser Weapons

  • Year Introduced: 2025
  • Designer: RRG – Brisbane
  • Acquiring Military: Southern Cross
  • Capacity: 44 25kJ shots per energy magazine (LLC-8), 42 30kJ shots (LLR-8), 20 25kJ x 2 shots (XLLC-8A)
  • Rate of Fire: semi-automatic
  • Weight: 1.8 kg (LLC-8), 2 kg (LLR-8, XLLR-8A)
  • Length: 63 cm (LLC-8, XLLC-8A), 67.2 cm (LLR-8)

A desire to replace the ungainly IPC-12 led the United Earth Defense Force’s (UEDF’s) Robotech Research Groups to develop a new generation of laser beam weapons. The prototype finally adopted was developed by the underfunded maverick team of engineers in the neglected RRG facility in Brisbane. Essentially upgrading the IPC-12’s mechanism while increasing yield and capacity, and by placing the entire system in a more ergonomic package, the LL-8 was an immediate hit with the appropriations board, and the LL-8 family of light laser weapons were soon accepted as the standard carbine for all Southern Cross armies, leaving only a few of its energy-carbine predecessors, the IPC-12 and LAR-12, in service – mainly with out-of-the-way units.

LL-8 Light Laser Weapon variants:

LLC-8 Light Laser Carbine: The carbine variant of the LL-8 platform, the LLC-8 was first accepted into service by the Tactical Corps Recon Escort Patrol. The carbine had an energy magazine capacity of 44 25kJ shots. As a select fire weapon, the LLC-8 could fire these either as single shots or in four shot pulses. The maximum effective range was around 365 meters in an Earth-like atmosphere.

LLR-8 Medium Laser Rifle 3LLR-8 Light Laser Rifle: The battle rifle variant of the LL-8 platform was only slightly longer and heavier, adding 200 grams and 42mm respectively, but nearly doubled the range of the carbine. Revised capacitors were able to squeeze 42 30kJ shots from the same energy magazine which could be fired semi-automatically or in four shot pulses. Because of its superior performance with very little compromise in size and weight, the LLR-8 was by far the most prolific variant.

XLLC-8A Heavy LAser Carbine 3XLLR-8A Light Laser Carbine, Experimental: The XLLR-8A was an experimental variant which used a double emitter arrangement with both emitters the same 5.6mm aperture dimension as the single emitter on the LLC-8 and LLR-8. Both emitters fired in tandem, each emitting a 25kJ shot. The weapon could fire two shot pulse from both emitters for a total wield of 100kJ. The number of shots per energy magazine was not significantly decreased, with the weapon being able to fire 20 double shots or 10 quad shots. The primary downside was poor heat management which would lead to capacitor failure when the weapon was fired rapidly. These issues were not resolved before the Invid Invasion in 2031.

LL-8 Laser Weapons 1


 

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, Robotech Masters Saga Sourcebook (March 2009)

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

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

 

 

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

Attachments:

  • LAR-12 reference file
  • LAR-12 gallery

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

 


 

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 – 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

 

 

Tokyo RRG IPC-12 Ion Weapons gallery

 

IPC-12 5.6mm Ion Carbine

 IPC-12 Ion Pulse Carbine 2 IPC-12 Ion Pulse Carbine 7

 


IPC-12S “Scattershot” Ion Carbine.

IPC-12S Scattershot Ion Pulse Carbine 2 IPC-12S Scattershot Ion Pulse Carbine 11

IPC-12S Scattershot Ion Pulse Carbine CBR Mk. 2E Type 2 HEA-P (TASC) Male Officer


AGL-12 Ion Carbine.

AGL-12 Ion Carbine 7

AGL-12 Ion Carbine CBR Mk. 2E Type 2 HEA-P (TASC) Male Officer


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 – My Anime (June 1984), This is Animation #10 The Southern Cross, Unspecified Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross OSM, Robotech Masters Saga Sourcebook (March 2009), The Robotech RPG Book Four: Southern Cross (September 1987)

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

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

 

IPC-12 Ion Pulse Carbine 2 IPC-12 Ion Pulse Carbine 7

Tokyo RRG IPC-12 Ion Weapons

AGL-12 Ion Carbine 7
AGL-12 Ion Carbine.

 

ROBOTECH Technical Files

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

Attachments:

  • IPC-12 reference file
  • IPC-12 gallery

Designation: Robotech Research Group Tokyo IPC-12 Ion Weapons

  • Year Introduced: 2021
  • Designer: RRG – Tokyo
  • Acquiring Military: Southern Cross
  • Capacity: 35 20kJ shots per energy magazine.
  • Rate of Fire: semi-automatic
  • Weight: 2.52kg (IPC-12, IPC-12S); 4.5 kg (AGL-12)
  • Length: 76cm (IPC-12S), 70cm (IPC-12, AGL-12)

The ungainly-looking IPC-12 ion beam carbines (more accurately electrolasers) were one of the more bizarre and innovative weapons to be designed for the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF). It was never a popular weapon, especially because of its highly questionable ergonomics, but it was still a ground-breaker among Terran energy weapons. Powerful and deadly, the IPC-12 paved the way for the more impressive rifles of half a decade later. Three different emitter cores were developed for this gun; and affected the penetration capabilities of the beam by changing the beam diameter. The AGL-12’s beam emitter had a 25mm diameter aperture, and sacrificed penetration for devastating trauma to an unarmored opponent. The IPC-12S’s employed three 2mm beams in a three-round burst – offering excellent penetration but more limited trauma to the target. The IPC-12’s aperture was 5.6mm in diameter and served as a compromise. (For full descriptions, see below.) Despite its importance in the development of beam weapons on Earth, the IPC-12s never saw wide service, though some examples were to be found in both the Alpha Tactical Armored Corps and the Tactical Armored Space Corps. It was already rare before the beginning of the Second Robotech War.

IPC-12 Ion Pulse Carbine 2
IPC-12 5.6mm Ion Carbine.

Series 12 Ion Carbine variants:

IPC-12 5.6mm Ion Carbine: The IPC-12 was the most common of the Series 12 ion carbines. It used a single aperture 5.6mm emitter core to channel a 20kJ electrolaser beam to an effective distance of 460 meters. This variant was focused on armor penetration. With 20kJ being transmitted down a 5.6mm beam, this meant that the target on the receiving end would experience an impressive 800 Joules per square millimeter. However, this is spread over a very small area of just 24.63 millimeters. Against unarmored targets, this made for a very small wound channel. Most of the destructive force transferred to a human size target was in the conduction of 20 kJ of electrons down the plasma channel created by the laser beam, which was guaranteed to be fatal.

IPC-12S Scattershot Ion Pulse Carbine 11
IPC-12S “Scattershot” Ion Carbine.

IPC-12S “Scattershot” Ion Carbine: The scattershot, as its nickname suggests, was designed more for suppressive fire than outright penetration. Its three 2mm wide emitters could be set to fire in parallel, hitting in a converging shot group at its maximum effective range, or set for maximum dispersion with a one meter shot group at 260 meters. This second setting was the most common when used for suppressive fire. When firing in beam convergence mode, the IPC-12S had armor penetration characteristics almost as good as that of the baseline IPC-12, but with better wound channel generation.

AGL-12 Ion Carbine: The AGL-12 was designed to inflict maximum damage on an unarmored target. Though still an electrolaser, this weapon was given the designation Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL) in recognition of its role as the replacement for the conventional grenade launcher in an infantry squad. The AGL-12 had very poor armor piercing performance, imparting only 40 Joules of energy per square millimeter. But, with a beam width of 25mm it created a truly horrific wound channel, literally burning a hole through someone big enough to stick one’s hand through!

AGL-12 Ion Carbine CBR Mk. 2E Type 2 HEA-P (TASC) Male Officer


 

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 – My Anime (June 1984), This is Animation #10 The Southern Cross, Unspecified Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross OSM, Robotech Masters Saga Sourcebook (March 2009), The Robotech RPG Book Four: Southern Cross (September 1987)

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

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