Vickers-Chrysler MBR-10 Excalibur Main Battle Robot

MBR-10 Excaliber Main Battle Robot 1ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Robert Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • MBR-10 reference file
  • MBR-10 gallery

Designation: Vickers-Chrysler Robotech Systems Inc. MBR-10 mk II/III/IV Excalibur Main Battle Robot

I. Dimensions:MBR-10 Excaliber Main Battle Robot 5

  • Total Height: 9.0 meters
  • Total Depth: 4.0 meters
  • Total Breadth: 6.5 meters
  • Weight: 20.6 metric tons (dry), 23 metric tons (fully loaded).

II. Type:

  • One man, all weather, heavy main battle Destroid mecha.

III. Service History:

  • Mark II: Served with the REF/UEEF Tactical Corps from 2021 until replaced by the Mark III in the 2040s, and Marine Corps from 2021 until 2032.
  • Mark III: Served with the UEEF Tactical Corps from 2028 until replaced by the Mark IV in the 2040.
  • Mark IV: Served with the UEEF Army from 2041 until 2046.

IV. Propulsion:

Generator:

  • One Tirolian mecha proto-generator (known on Earth as the RT/PS-2a), providing electrical power to the mecha; output classified.

Reserve Power Supply:

  • CT HDB-3SC superconductor battery, can typically supply 474 kW for 16 hours.

V. Performance:

  • Maximum speed: 121 kph.
  • Generator endurance: 12 years operational use.

VI. Electronics:

Radar tracking:

  • Westinghouse TPG-307 medium range (up to 50km) UWB phased array pulse-Doppler, for detection and tracking of targets, and with battlefield surveillance modes.

Optical tracking:

  • Phillips AllView multi-band digital camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking
  • Thomson LT-5 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
  • OlDelft Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • Westinghouse ALQ-250(V) active sensor jammer
  • Chaff dispenser
  • Flares.

VII. Armament:

(mk II)

  • 3 x GU-14 35mm autocannons in a triple cluster in the chest, each firing at 500 rounds per minute, and each cannon has a 1200 round belt feed. Ammunition is a mix of Tungsten-coated depleted Uranium Armor Piercing Spin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot (APSSDS), High Explosive Armor Piercing (HEAP) and tracer rounds. These cannons are the single-barreled version of the GU-13.
  • 2 x MRL-6, 12 total external, high explosive, medium range (65km) Mach 3.2 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 260mm Diamondback missiles. Carried in two shoulder pods.

(mk III)

  • 3 x Mauser RöV-43 laser cannons in a triple cluster in the chest, which provide 100 kJ output each at a rate of 60 pulses per minute. The primary use for these weapons is anti-personnel with secondary use against light vehicles.
  • 1 x EP-3 pack, a 12.5 MJ particle beam cannon and power pack, carried over the shoulder much like the PB-10 is carried on the shoulder of the Zentraedi Nousjaedul-Ger power armor.
  • 1 x MRL-6, 6 external, high explosive, medium range (65km) Mach 3.2 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 260mm Diamondback missiles. Carried in a chest mount.

(mk IV)

  • 3 x Mauser RöV-43 laser cannons in a triple cluster in the chest, which provide 100 kJ output each at a rate of 60 pulses per minute. The primary use for these weapons is anti-personnel with secondary use against light vehicles.
  • 2 x MRL-6, 12 external, high explosive, medium range (65km) Mach 3.2 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 260mm Diamondback missiles. Carried in a chest mounts.

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  • 1 x RRG PBC-12 particle beam cannon, fires 25 MJ of particle energy up to 20 times/minute with great accuracy to long ranges. Can also discharge at half-intensity but at double the normal rate of fire. The cannon is arm mounted and has a large field of fire. Drawing power from the mecha’s protoculture power system, the particle beam has effectively unlimited ammunition.
  • 2 x GR-100 missile launcher. 30 Total internal, short range (15m to 8.2km) variable warhead, combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 190 x 540mm Hammerhead missiles in shoulder mounts.

MBR-10 Excaliber Main Battle Robot 2OPTIONAL:

  • 1 x MM-12: a hand held, four tube launcher for 190mm x 540mm variable warhead, short range (8.2 km) Mach 3.0 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing Hammerhead missiles. Each tube contains three missiles for 12 missiles total.
  • or 1 x GU-13 three-barreled 35mm gun pod, firing 2000 rounds per minute, 600 round capacity, stored in the pod itself, and in a non-detachable ‘magazine’. Ammunition is a mix of Tungsten-coated depleted Uranium Armor Piercing Spin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot (APSSDS), High Explosive Armor Piercing (HEAP) and tracer rounds. Weapon is hand-held.VFA-6C 24
  • or 1 x EP-13 three-barreled 80mm particle gun pod, firing 170 rounds per minute in full automatic mode, also capable of firing all three barrels simultaneously in semiautomatic mode at approximately one shot per second. This weapon fires 8.2 MJ pulses per barrel in each mode, with its own dedicated protoculture cell and capacitor banks in the ‘magazine’. This weapon, built into an external shell identical to that of the GU-13, was developed in 2032 by the REF, but didn’t see wide use until 2037. Weapon is hand-held.

VIII. Armor:

The armor on the Excalibur is a new development in low-mass composite-materials Chobham plating that became the standard for all Terran mecha after its application to the VQ-6A Vandal. Aside from the respectable protection provided against projectiles, missiles, and other kinetic weapons, this armor is also resistant to plasma globes (annihilation discs), lasers, and to a lesser extent, particle guns, owing to the fact that the armor can flake off and evaporate in layers under fire from such high-energy weapons, taking much of the weapon’s energy and converting it into the latent heat of sublimation in the armor. The armor stops all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, and provides excellent resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round, and fair resistance to heavy mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the VHT’s 105mm cannon.

The Excalibur provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure cockpit environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for three days maximum.

MBR-10 Excaliber Main Battle Robot 11IX. Development:

After the First Robotech War, the advancing knowledge of Robotechnology made the growing United Earth Defense Force draw up specifications for a complement/successor to the well-known Tomahawk heavy Destroid. The new mecha, the Excalibur Destroid, was to correct the flaws of the Tomahawk, while keeping its strong points. Of course, because the Excalibur would be lighter than the Tomahawk, some weapon capacity would have to be sacrificed, but it was hoped that the new Destroid would compensate the loss of certain small areas of expertise with a wider array of capabilities. As with the Tomahawk and its derivatives, the Excalibur’s leg and lower torso sections would be standardized with those of the Schiltron and the Raider.

Entering service in 2021, the Mark II fit its intended combat parameters well. As the best points of the Tomahawk were its heavy particle beams, coupled to a powerful close-in weaponry and extensive missile batteries, mounted on a heavily armored chassis, the Excalibur was to have these qualities in abundance. Meanwhile, the lesser points of the Tomahawk design – the relatively slow speed, lack of hands and the overabundant and varied weapon systems – were to be rectified.

For these reasons, the Excalibur mk II had even more missiles than its predecessor, namely 12 medium range and 30 short range multi-purpose missiles versus the 6 surface to air and 24 anti-armor short range missiles of the Tomahawk. However, the Excalibur had only one heavy particle beam, but because this was such a lethal weapon, the engineers managed to convince the Reconnaissance Expeditionary Force (REF) procuration board that this was an acceptable configuration, and in battle this turned out to be correct. The major change in weapon systems was in the short range gun clusters. Where the Tomahawk had featured two gun clusters in the torso with two machine-guns in the head, the Excalibur had one torso installation with three GU-14 heavy caliber autocannons. These cannons were mounted with more freedom of movement than the TZ-III gun clusters on the Tomahawk were, and although they did not fire as heavy shells as the 180mm grenades in the gun clusters, these three cannons could generate a significant amount of fire. Even so, because the weapons were the short, single-barreled version of the GU-13, penetration and accuracy dropped rapidly after a relatively short effective distance. But the good number of shells often compensated for this. As requested by the REF, the Excalibur was faster than the Tomahawk, but just as heavily armored, thanks to the new low-density Chobham developed a few years earlier. However, the Excalibur lacked in anti-personnel weapons, which the crews considered a small price for the advanced capabilities of this mecha.

MBR-10 Excaliber Main Battle Robot 23As the REF, now re-designated the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) began to phase out the 35mm ammunition for the GU-13 and GU-14, and the guns that fired it, it was decided in the late twenties to introduce an improved Excalibur. This version sacrificed the one of the medium range missile launchers for a heavy shoulder-mounted particle beam, a descendant of the EP-1 gun of the First Robotech War. In the place of the Gu-14 were three Mauser RöV-43 laser cannons in a triple cluster. These were used in the anti-personnel role with secondary use against light vehicles. This Excalibur version was less effective at short range than the mk II, but did well against the newer mecha of the Regess, where the particle beam, with its better penetration and range, far outclassed the short range, limited penetration 35mm cannons. Approximately one third of the Mark II Excaliburs were refit to this configuration. The remainder were refit to Mark IV standard, which kept the same overall configuration, but replaced the GU-14s with the RöV-43 lasers. All Mark IIIs and IVs were based on existing Mark II Destroids, as the type went out of production after its initial run from 2019 to 2022.

The Tomahawk Destroid was not made obsolete by the Excalibur mecha, and was refitted with improved weapon systems. This REF Tomahawk was superior even to the Excalibur in a stand-and-fight situation and, unlike the Excalibur, was fully space capable with maneuvering and Vernier thrusters. Therefore, the Tomahawk and the other refitted UN Spacy Destroids were commonly used onboard the REF’s Capital Ships in the close in defense role, while the Excalibur and its contemporaries were used by the Tactical and Marine Corps on the ground. As a very useful compromise between the firepower and mobility, the Excalibur is a mecha of great endurance, power and usefulness. Unfortunately, with the mecha’s production line being located in New Detroit, on Earth, it was not possible for the UEEF to replace the Excaliburs lost to battlefield attrition and, even though the type continued in service well into the forties, by the early thirties it had been mostly replaced by Maxwell Dynamics Alpha based Tomahawk II.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. and Tim Wing

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 II: The RPG, Robotech Expeditionary Force Field Guide (March 1989)

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

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

 

 

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