by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern
edited by Tim Wing
Designation: Southern Cross Armaments Research (SCAR) Python (A, B, C) Long Range All Mode All-Target Missile
- Type: Long range all mode all-target missile.
- Service history: 2026-2031, UEDF TAF and TASC.
- Length: 215 cm.
- Diameter: 27.5 cm.
- Wingspan: 68 cm.
- Weight: (A,B) 300 kg, (C) 265 kg.
- Warhead: (A) High explosive blast fragmentation, (B) Plasma, (C) W-164 Californium fission.
- Weight/yield: (A,B) 60 kg, (C) 1 kT.
- Propulsion: Hybrid rocket engine.
- Guidance: Combined active-passive radar/home-on-jam and IIR guidance.
- Max speed: Mach 3.0.
- Range: 75 km.
In the mid-twenties, the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) issued a specification for a smaller version of the Derringer missile, to be used in both air-to-air and air-to-ground/ship modes. The missile would mostly be used by the Falcon and Sylphid series of aircraft, which could not carry the relatively large Derringer in any numbers. The result was the Python missile, which combined accurate homing with a reasonable range. However, the major compromise that had to be accepted was the smaller warhead.
In combat against the Robotech Masters, the Python proved to be incapable of reliably bringing down assault carriers, and had no effect whatsoever against the Motherships. Against the Invid, any mecha hit was a certain kill, but because of the size of this missile, fewer could be carried than had the craft been equipped with smaller, more numerous but still effective missiles such as the Hammerhead or Diamondbacks. The Python has thus the unlucky reputation to be either too small or too large, and no plans exist to build further missiles in this size/weight category.
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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 – This is Animation #10 The Southern Cross, Unspecified Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross OSM
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