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Continental Battlemecha VR-Series Cyclone color plates

 

Continental Battlemecha Ltd VR-Series MOSPEADA Cyclone color plates.

Continental Battlemecha VR-052F  21st Mars Division, AFC-069 survival pack MOSPEADA from Aircraft 203, Horizont-78 (September 2042)

This Cyclone was used by Lieutenant Scott Bernard during his time as a resistance fighter during the Invid Occupation. It is finished in overall “light sage green” , which was the standard color for most VR-series Cyclones in service with the UEEF by the time of the second Earth reclamation mission in 2042. Of interest are the “victory stripes” on the legs, which were common on all the fighters and vehicles from the 21st Mars Division. These stripes were a reference to the victory stripes painted on Allied aircraft during the D-Day invasion of the Second World War.  


CVR-3M Combat Veritech Ride Armor 21st Mars Division, AFC-069, Horizont-78 (September 2042)

This CVR-3 armor worn by Lieutenant Scott Bernard during his time as a resistance fighter during the Invid Occupation. The paint scheme was typical of all CVR-3 body armor sets from this time period with “light sage green” legs and arms and “olive drab” torso armor. Under armor body suit on this example was “dark maroon”, which corresponded with the squadron color of AFC-069. 


Continental Battlemecha VR-041H 10th Mars Division, AFC-032 “Golden Devils” survival pack MOSPEADA from Aircraft 509, UES Thresher (September 2038)

This Cyclone was used by Lieutenant Lance Belmont during his time as a resistance fighter during the Invid Occupation. It is finished in overall “navy blue”, which was the standard color for VR-series Cyclones and personal body armor of the UEEF Expeditionary Navy’s Fleet Air Wing by the time of the first Earth reclamation mission in 2038. 


 

Continental Battlemecha VR-052T  21st Mars Division, unspecified Marine Infantry Battalion (September 2042)

This Cyclone is typical of the many that were recovered by resistance fighters during the Invid occupation. It is finished in overall “light sage green”, which was the standard color for most VR-series Cyclones in service with the UEEF by the time of the second Earth reclamation mission in 2042. Lack of victory stripes indicate this Cyclone was from a Infantry Battalion from the Expeditionary Marine Corps, as these units did not add any bright colors which would cause the mecha to stand out any worse than it did already in its light green colors. 


Continental Battlemecha VR-038L  unknown unit (2042)

This Cyclone is painted in a non-standard color scheme. Though many resistance fighters painted their Cyclones in non standard colors during the Invid Occupation, most opted to go with paint schemes that made them stand out less, rather than more (such as dark green or desert tan, depending on environment). Still, to be fair, since the Invid saw predominantly in the infrared spectrum, it could be argued that it didn’t matter what color one’s equipment was.   


Continental Battlemecha VR-052F  21st Mars Division, 2nd Rapid Forces Division, 1st Spaceborne Brigade, 31st Parachute Infantry Regiment (September 2042)

This Cyclone is typical of the UEEF Expeditionary Tactical Corps. Tactical Corps Cyclones were painted in the standard “light sage green” sans “victory stripes” of the UEEF ground forces during this time, and the rider wore CVR-3 armor painted overall “olive drab”. 

 


 

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; Brian Manning and Charles Walton II.

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. 

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

Copyright © 1999, 1998, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

VR-series Weapons and Equipment gallery

 

EP-37 60mm hand-held particle beam gun.


EP-40 40mm pulse particle beam gun.


GR-97 dual 45mm x 260mm Scorpion mini-missile tubes.


GR-103 RPG launcher with 60mm x 150mm Recluse rocket-propelled grenades.


HRG-70 Rapid Fire Rail Gun.


M2-17 12.7mm hand-held machine pistol.


PB-615 40mm Particle Beam Gun.


RL-6 Hand-held Rocket Launcher firing Tarantula Rocket-Propelled Grenades.


VMWS-25 Mini-Missile Delivery System.


VMWS-50 Power Claw.


VMWS-90 Plasma Blade.


VR-series Cyclone common equipment.


 

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; Brian Manning and Charles Walton II.

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. 

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

Copyright © 1999, 1998, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

Continental Battlemecha VR-series Cyclone gallery

 

Size comparison charts for the VR-series Cyclone.


Continental VR-00X MOSPEADA development platform.


Continental YVR-010 MOSPEADA pre-production prototype.


Continental VR-010 Cyclone MOSPEADA Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental VR-011 Rifleman MOSPEADA Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental VR-012 Cyclone MOSPEADA Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental VR-013 Cyclone MOSPEADA Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental VR-015 Spider MOSPEADA Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental VR-017A Crusader MOSPEADA Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental VR-017B Crusader MOSPEADA Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental VR-020 Cyclone MOSPEADA Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental VR-021 Nova MOSPEADA Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental VR-022 Cyclone MOSPEADA Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental VR-024 Comet MOSPEADA Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental VR-032 Cyclone MOSPEADA Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental VR-042 Cyclone MOSPEADA Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental VR-057 Super Cyclone MOSPEADA Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


 

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; Brian Manning and Charles Walton II.

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. 

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

Copyright © 1999, 1998, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

Shimada Enterprises VF-14 Omega Veritech Fighter

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen, and Rob Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • VF-14 reference file
  • VF-14 gallery

Designation: Shimada Enterprises VF-14 Omega Veritech Fighter

I. Dimensions:

Fighter

  • Total Length: 11.8m
  • Total Height: 5.30m
  • Total Wingspan: 9.50m

GERWALK

  • Total Length: 9.2m
  • Total Height: 6.6m
  • Total Breadth: 5.0m

Battloid

  • Total Height: 10.0m
  • Total Breadth: 5.0m

General

  • Total Dry Weight: 22 tons (metric)

II. Type:

  • VF-14D, -14S: Single seat, all-weather, aerospace combat mecha; three-form Veritech.
  • VF-14T: Two seat, all-weather, aerospace combat trainer; three-form Veritech.

III. Service History:

  • All versions: Served with the Terran Union Armed Forces from 2049 and with Federal Combined Planetary Forces from 2055.

IV. Propulsion:

Engines:

  • 2 x SNECMA Sirocco [main] fusion turbines, max unboosted output 180 kN each.
  • 2 x P&W JG-100 [auxiliary] reaction thrusters, max output 50 kN ton each.

Powerplant:

  • 2 x RRL-2P Miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer

Fuel Capacity:

  • 16 Standard Canisters of Protoculture,
  • 1 dedicated canister for each EP-13/EU-13 gun pod (if applicable),
  • 9.8 lit. D2O reactant for fusion engines.

V. Performance:

Fighter Mode:

  • Max level speed: 4280 kph @ 36,000 meter (Mach 4), 1650 kph @ sea level (Mach 1.4)
  • Stall speed: 182 kph w/o VTOL rectification
  • Climb rate: > 32,000 meter/minute
  • Ceiling: 40,000 meters

GERWALK Mode:

  • Max level speed: 1391 kph @ 10,000 meter, 800 kph @ sea level
  • Ceiling: 16,000 meters

Battloid mode:

  • Max running speed: 150 kph
  • Max flying speed: 400 kph
  • Ceiling: 16,000 meters

General:

  • Range (space):2.5 kps delta-v on internal fuel, 5 kps w/external tankage
  • Range (atmosphere): pilot endurance or protoculture exhaustion
  • Protoculture cell endurance: 200 hours operational use
  • Design-g limits: -5.0/+12.0

VI. Electronics:

Radar tracking:

  • Westinghouse NER-150A spherical UWB radar.

Optical tracking:

  • Ferranti NEO-12 multi-band spherical digital VL/IIR/UV cameras,
  • Thomson LT-5 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Selenia wide band radiation detectors,
  • Elettronica LWR,
  • Selenia IRWR,
  • Marconi NEE-10 active/passive broadband sensor/com/missile jammer installation,
  • Chaff, flare and smoke dispensers.

Electronic Masking Systems:

(All):

  • RRG mk7 EM-absorbing skin cover, strongly absorbing EM radiation from radio through ultra-violet wavelengths, and emitting only weakly in these wavebands.

(D, T versions only):

  • RRG mk3D protoculture dampener device,

(S version only):

  • RRG mk4S Shadow: four-dimensional distortion field generator (downshifts and dampens protoculture radiation),

Optional recon pod:

  • Recon pod with TI APG-137G ISAR; Zeiss LR multi-optics; HP data interpretation system.

VII. Armament:

Cannons:

Fixed:

  • 1 x Oerlikon E-46 pulsed ion cannon in the nose. The cannon can only fire in Fighter and Guardian modes. The cannon fires bursts averaging a yield of 4.5 MJ of thermal and kinetic energy. The capacitators can store enough energy for 6 seconds of burst-firing, and the generators can generate 15 bursts/minute.

Podded:

  • One side-mounted (Fighter) or hand-held (Guardian, Battloid) gunpod. The specific type varies with the mission:
  • 1 x General Electric E-52 Destabilizer. Cannon fires a sub-nuclear particle beam with a rate of fire of 60 shots/minute. Particles have a specific disruptive effect on force fields, but act like a standard 10 MJ particle beam otherwise,
  • or 1 x Mauser E-47 Particle Beam cannon. The cannon can fire 25 MJ maximum yield particle beams at 60 shots/minute.
  • or 1 x GU-16 55mm laser guided, liquid propellant plasma shell cannon. Weapon fires a 9 MJ plasma shell to an effective range of 4.2 km. The magazine can hold 600 rounds, though usually only 300-400 rounds are loaded to keep the weight down. The cannon fires semi-automatically or, for suppressive fire, in three round bursts.

Missiles:

  • 1 x OIMMS Omega Integral Multi-missile system. Sixty internal variable warhead, short range (8.2 km) Mach 3.0 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 190mm x 540mm Hammerhead IIA missiles.
  • 1 x OMMMS Omega Medium Multi-missile system. Eighteen (10 Over the intakes and 8 winglet mounted) 260×1200 mm, combined visual/IIR and active/passive radar homing, 0.1-100 km Mach 3.5 Diamondback II medium range missiles.
  • [optional] The Diamondback II missiles can be replaced with canisters containing two Hammerhead IIA missiles each.
  • [optional] One MPM-2 missile pod, located on the back in Fighter and Guardian modes, and elevated to the shoulder in Battloid mode. The missile pod can contain:
  • 2 x long range active/passive multi-spectrum imager Derringer missiles;
  • or one RMS-2 “Angel Of Death” Nuclear Stand-off missile. A reaction warhead (up to 200 kT) mounted on a long range (15 to 293 km) Mach 4.0 combined multi-spectrum imager and active radar homing Reflex missile, customized for anti-starship/anti hive operations. The maximum delta-v in space is 5 kps.

VIII. Armor:

The armor on the Omega series of Fighters is a lighter, improved version of the light-weight Chobham armor introduced on the Alpha/Beta series. Aside from the considerable 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. The armor stops all small arms fire, and has excellent resistance to all weapons commonly mounted on combat mecha, up to and including 55mm armor piercing/incendiary.

The Omega provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a sealed 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 four days maximum.

The cockpit forms an independent, armored box that can be ejected to form an escape capsule in case of emergency. However, this capsule has no means of propulsion.

IX. Development:

The Omega is Shimada Enterprise’s successor to the Alpha. As the Alpha airframes in service with the Federal Combined Planetary Forces (FCPF) and Terran Union Armed Forces (TUAF, Terran Forces) began to approach the end of their useful lives, the decision was made to develop a new plane, in tandem with restarting the Alpha Fighter production lines on Earth (including the old Maxwell Dynamics Factory in Texas that built 300 planes from the time it was discovered by stranded Mars Fleet UEEF engineers until the Battle of Reflex Point). The new plane was to be the logical next step in design philosophy, and was intended to replace all VF/A-6 Alpha and Shadow fighters then in service. The newest technologies available were integral to the design, and the final result was an extremely capable multi-role aerospace mecha. The Omega had completely replaced the Alphas of the Terran forces by the mid-fifties.

Visually, the Omega is very similar to the Alpha. The differences lie in the fact that the Omega is slightly larger, with more care given to stealth characteristics in the design. All further improvements are internal, such as a protoculture generator rather than a protoculture canister system, improved armament and the likes.

In the project phase of the development, it turned out that the armament fit of the Alpha would not be sufficient for the Omega. The primary envisioned opponents were Invid Gosu mecha, who have a powerful short range missile battery on top of their thrusters. Projections showed that the new mecha should have an extended and longer ranged weapons package to achieve the desired degree of superiority over the Gosu, which was a design goal after the Alpha was proven to be about equally matched against the Gosu. The missile battery would also have to be more versatile than that on board the Alpha, because the new order of battle called for fewer large ground-attack fighters like the Beta, whose attack missions were to be gradually taken over by the smaller fighters and the proposed VF/B-12 Omicron. This meant that the Omega would need to have the capacity to deliver heavy long range cruise missiles to a target.

This was solved by standardizing and increasing the medium range missile fit, from a meager 6 missiles under the main intakes to no less than 18 missiles, partly conformally mounted under the winglets and partly mounted in two pop-up launchers on top of the main intakes. In addition to this air superiority load-out, the Omega can also be fitted with a heavy weapons missile pod between the auxiliary engines. This pod can only take a relatively small number of missiles, but this will be sufficient for most targets. Only the more specialized ground attack weapons cannot be carried by the Omega, and are thus carried by the VF/B-9 Beta, and would have been carried by the VF/B-12 Omicron Attack Fighters/Bombers, had it gone into production.

The cannon armament was improved as well. Apart from being equipped with more modern guns, the Omega’s main cannon armament is based on an interchangeable pod system much like that of the Robotech Masters Bioroids. The only difference is that the gun pods do not all look alike, but only share a common link-up structure, to enable the mecha to carry any of the three provided standard pods. The possible choices, dependent on the mission requirements, are a rapid fire destabilizer, a powerful plasma shell cannon or an EU-11 derivative particle beam cannon. The Omega also has a secondary cannon armament of a proven E-46 ion pulse cannons (annihilation discs), which can fire in both Fighter and Guardian mode.

Another requirement was prompted by the development of new fusion turbines with a far more efficient thermal shielding. This engine would enable an Omega-sized plane to have a tactically meaningful orbital capability, eliminating the need for a Beta booster. The Omega was promptly equipped with these new engines, and can effectively operate as its own space booster. A side effect of this engine upgrade was the possible achievement of a performance envelope much like that of the failed VF-4 Lightning. This envelope, with its Mach 4 speeds at medium altitudes, had been absent in the Robotech forces since the retirement of the VF-4 Lightning III in the early twenties. Although the Beta series could achieve higher speeds than the VF-4, and the Alpha was a better dogfighter, the VF-1 was, as was readily admitted by every mecha designer, a plane that offered superior thrust to weight figures at the expense of armor. The performance of the Omega is was similar to that of the famous first Veritechs, with Alpha-levels of armor and maneuverability thrown in for good measure.

Naturally, the Omega is equipped with sensor masking technology. A small number of Omegas (-14S) carry a Shadow device, but the main force (-14D) carries the only slightly less effective (but far cheaper) protoculture dampener devices, developed by a resistance engineer during the Invid Occupation. A standard EM absorbing skin covers the Omega, and the electronics suite sets the standard for all following mecha designs of the period. The cockpit of the Omega is one step further even than the virtual cockpit of the VF-13 Gamma Veritech Fighter. Though still located in the same general area as the cockpit of the Alpha, the VF-14 cockpit is completely built into the airframe, leaving only a small sensor blister on top. In addition, the entire cockpit is surrounded by an armored tub, with access to the mecha via a ‘Beta’-style trapdoor in the bottom. This decreases boarding time and keeps pilots from breaking any bones when boarding the plane on a wet and dark night. Not unimportantly, the electronics in the cockpit stay dry as well. In case of an emergency, the armored cockpit forms a rocket-propelled escape capsule. This dramatically increases the pilot’s chances of survival in space or on an uninhabitable celestial body.

 


 

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

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. 

Content by Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker; edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2003-1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

Continental Battlemecha VR-052 Cyclone gallery

Continental Battlemecha Ltd VR-052F Cyclone Veritech Armored Motorcycle.

   


Continental Battlemecha Ltd VR-052A Cyclone Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental Battlemecha Ltd VR-052T Cyclone Veritech Armored Motorcycle.

   


Continental Battlemecha Ltd VR-052 Cyclone technical illustrations.


Continental Battlemecha Ltd VR-052 Cyclone in action.

 


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; Brian Manning and Charles Walton II.

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. 

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

Copyright © 1999, 1998, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

Continental Battlemecha VR-041 Blowsperior gallery

 

Continental Battlemecha Ltd VR-41H Blowsperior.


Continental Battlemecha Ltd VR-41H Blowsperior technical illustrations.


Continental Battlemecha Ltd VR-41H Blowsperior in action.


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; Brian Manning and Charles Walton II.

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. 

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

Copyright © 1999, 1998, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

Continental Battlemecha VR-038 Cyclone gallery

Early Continental Battlemecha Ltd VR-38A  Cyclone Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Late Continental Battlemecha Ltd VR-38A  Cyclone Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental VR-38A  Cyclone Veritech Armored Motorcycle technical illustrations.


Continental Battlemecha Ltd VR-38L  Cyclone Veritech Armored Motorcycle.


Continental Battlemecha Ltd VR-38A  Cyclone Veritech Armored Motorcycle in action.


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; Brian Manning and Charles Walton II.

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. 

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

Copyright © 1999, 1998, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

Continental Battlemecha VR-Series Cyclone Veritech Motorcycle

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen with Rob Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

Designation: Continental Battlemecha Ltd VR-Series Military Operation Soldier Protection Emergency Aviation Dive Armor (MOSPEADA) Cyclone Veritech Armored Motorcycle

I. Dimensions

(VR-017 Crusader)

Motorcycle mode

  • Total Height: 1.29m
  • Total Width: 0.50m
  • Total Length: 2.41m

Battloid mode

  • Total Height: 2.50m
  • Total Breadth: 1.03m
  • Total Depth: 1.70m
  • Total Weight:  169kg

(VR-038  Cyclone)

Motorcycle mode

  • Total Height: 1.09m
  • Total Width: 0.50m
  • Total Length: 2.05m

Battloid mode

  • Total Height: 2.10m
  • Total Breadth: 1.03m
  • Total Depth: 1.60m
  • Total Weight: 72 kg

(VR-052  Cyclone)

Motorcycle mode

  • Total Height: 1.09m
  • Total Width: 0.50m
  • Total Length: 2.05m

Battloid mode

  • Total Height: 2.30m
  • Total Breadth: 1.03m
  • Total Depth: 1.60m
  • Total Weight: 132kg

II. Type:

One man motorcycle, two-form Veritech high-mobility power armor.

III. Service History:

  • YVR-010 MOSPEADA: Test and evaluation prototype from 2026 to 2028.
  • VR-010 Cyclone: Low rate initial production variant, served with the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) Expeditionary Marine Corps (Marines) in limited numbers from 2027 until replaced by the VR-011.
  • VR-011 Rifleman: Served with the UEEF Marines from 2027 until replaced by the VR-022.
  • VR-012 Cyclone: Served with the UEEF Expeditionary Tactical Corps (TC) from 2028 until replaced by the VR-020.
  • VR-013 Cyclone: Served with the UEEF Marines and TC from 2028 until replaced by the VR-038.
  • VR-015 Spider: Served with the UEEF Marines from 2029 until 2038.
  • VR-017 Crusader: Served with the UEEF Marine and TC in limited numbers from 2030 until replaced by the VR-057.
  • YVR-020 Cyclone: Test and evaluation prototype, tested in 2030.
  • VR-020 Blowsperior: Served with the UEEF Marines from 2030 until replaced by the VR-041.
  • VR-021 Nova: Served with the UEEF Marines from 2030 until 2032 and with the UEEF Expeditionary Navy Tactical Naval Corps (Navy TC) from 2030 until 2060.
  • VR-022 Cyclone: Served with the UEEF Marines from 2032 until replaced by the VR-052.
  • VR-024 Comet: Served with the UEEF Marines from 2032 until 2054.
  • VR-032 Cyclone: Served with the UEEF Navy Expeditionary Fleet Air Wing (FAW) from 2035 until replaced by the VR-052.
  • VR-038 Cyclone: Served with the UEEF Marines and TC from 2037 until 2055.
  • VR-041 Blowsperior: Served with the UEEF Marines and TC from 2040 until 2055.
  • VR-042 Cyclone: Served with the UEEF Expeditionary Tactical Air Corps (TAC) from 2040 until replaced by the VR-052.
  • VR-052 Cyclone: Served with all branches of the UEEF from 2041 until 2055.
  • VR-057 Super Cyclone: Served with the UEEF Marines and TC from 2044 until 2055.

IV. Performance:

(Typical)

  • Speed, Motorcycle mode: 220kph max.
  • Speed, Battloid (running): Approximately equal to that of the pilot.
  • Speed, Battloid (flying): 185 kph at up to 61m, hover at 9.1m
  • Max Output: 98hp / 16000rpm
  • Protoculture supply: 100 hours operational use, on one standard protoculture cell (except the VR-017, which uses two).
  • Typical Range: 380 km.

V. Electronics:

(VR-038 Cyclone, VR-041 Blowsperior)

  • Harris CT-12 computer targeting system and HUD in Battloid mode.
  • Short range radio.

(VR-052 Cyclone)

  • Avionica VR-34 short range millimeter radar (3 km range).
  • Phillips Miniview UV, IIR and optical sight system with light intensifier and computer enhancement.
  • Harris CT-12B computer targeting system with stereoscopic laser targeting and HUD in Battloid mode.
  • Short range radio.

(VR-017 Crusader)

  • As with the VR-052, but the targeting sensors are capable of a traverse up to +20 and -60 degrees in altitude above the horizon.
  • Note: All externally-mounted Cyclone weapons have integral laser designators built in, and the Cyclone is designed to detect and use the laser ‘paint’ for the targeting of the weapons.

VI. Personal Armor:

To use the Cyclone, the pilot must be wearing a suit of CVR-1 or CVR-3 body armor, to which the Cyclone attaches in Battloid mode. The introduction of the VR-017R Crusader required minor modifications to the armor, which was designated the CVR-1/17, and this new armor is not fully backwards-compatible with the Cyclones supported by the older CVR-1 system, though most components of the armor are identical.

VII. Armament:

Internal

(VR-041 Blowsperior)

  • 2 x GR-103, a RPG launcher built into the Cyclone’s chest. The launcher holds six 60mm x 150mm Recluse terminally laser- and radar-guided rocket-propelled grenades in each side of the chest for a total of twelve. The missiles are armor piercing or high explosive, and have a range of 0.8 km.

(VR-038 and VR-052)

  • None.

External:

(VR-017 Crusader)

  • 1 x EP-41R heavy output dual beam cannon, firing 1.0 MJ shots at a maximum sustained rate of the rate of 30 shots per minute, but capable of instantaneous rate of fire of 300 shots per minute. This weapon is mounted on the right shoulder of the Crusader Cyclone, and is capable of +60 to -30 degree traverse in altitude, and a 15 degree traverse in azimuth. The weapon is powered from its own dedicated protoculture cell, and is somewhat unreliable, tending to overheat at maximum firing rate. The gun machinery requires the removal of the Cyclone’s flip-up targeting sensor, which is replaced by a fixed monocular head piece attached to a modified CVR helmet.
  • 2 x GR-10 triple-tube rocket-propelled grenade launchers, mounted to the outer leg portion of the CVR-4 armor, for a total of six tubes, with a single missile in each tube. Guided by the Cyclone’s internal sensors, this weapon fires the same Recluse projectiles as the GR-103.
  • 1 x LRC-10 long range dual laser cannon mounted to the left forearm plate. Deriving its power from the Cyclone’s main generator, the LRC-10 is capable of firing 3.0 MJ pulses from each barrel at a total rate of fire of twenty shots per minute. This weapon is based upon a miniaturized version of the gun machinery of the Alpha’s EP-13. Like the EP-41R, this weapon is prone to malfunction.
  • 1 x GR-22 triple 45mm x 260mm Scorpion mini-missile tube mounted on the right front wheel cover, with one set of reloads. The six Scorpion missiles are laser-guided, have plasma warheads, and a range of 1.7 km. Mounting of this system in Battloid mode requires a unique piece of forearm armor that is part of the CVR-1/17.

(All Cyclones mount one of the following additional packages)

A Model:

  • None, though hand-held weapons are possible, especially including the EP-37 and the Mars Gallant H-90.

C Model:

  • 1 x M312SC Military recording camera, for archival and reconnaissance in battlefield environments. Camera set includes IR-illuminator, and night-vision capability on a high-resolution wide-bandwidth CCD chip and six low-resolution narrow-band CCDs for full optical, near- and far-IR, and UV color imaging. Camera is capable of digitally storing thirty minutes of footage at highest resolution, or twelve hours at the lowest. Unit is also capable of three-color hard-copy production of single frames. Camera mounts to the right shoulder hardpoint in all modes.

F Model:

  • 2 x GR-97 dual 45mm x 260mm Scorpion mini-missile tube mounted on the forearm plates (front wheel covers). The two Scorpion missiles are laser-guided, have plasma warheads, and a range of 1.7 km.

H Model:

  • 2 x CADS-1, long ceramic swords that extend from round shields mounted on the forearms (front wheel covers). The swords vibrate at an extremely high frequency and can cut through most armors. The shields are covered in an advanced Chobham armor for additional protection against slow-moving explosive rounds and Invid annihilation disks. This model is mainly used for special operations, and is almost exclusively used on the VR-041.

L Model:

  • 1 x RL-6, a hand-held rocket launcher that fires Tarantula Rocket-Propelled Grenades, similar in range and yield to the Recluse projectiles fired by the GR-103. It has a six missile payload. Weapon is fully usable without the Cyclone, but must be fired without benefit of the uplink to the Cyclone’s targeting system. Weapon mounts to the interior of the right forearm plate (front wheel cover) in Battloid, and on the right shoulder hardpoint in Cycle mode.

M model:

  • 1 x M122MK field medical kit mounted on the right forearm plate (right front wheel cover) containing numerous field-expedient medical supplies, including sterile blood-plasma substitutes, antibiotics, bandages, pressure bandages, burn treatments, and so forth.
  • 1 x M132DK field medical diagnostic apparatus. System is capable of monitoring a wide array of body functions, and includes a defibrilator and miniature artificial blood circulation and oxygenation system.

T Model:

  • 1 x EP-40, a 40mm pulse particle beam gun mounted in place of the right forearm plate (right front wheel cover) of the Cyclone. Firing 750 kJ per shot, it can pierce almost any armor, and stores 45 rounds per energy magazine. Magazines can recharge from the Cyclone’s main generator, but at a slow rate. Weapon is also targetable from Cycle mode, though the arc of fire is limited. A targeting camera is mounted in the front, uplinking with the Cyclone’s main targeting system. Action is semi-automatic. This weapon is appreciably lighter than the EP-37, at 4.5kg, but is still somewhat difficult to hold in prolonged combat without the added strength of the Cyclone.

Hand-held:

A pilot may use a hand-held weapon in any hand not already occupied with a Cyclone weapon mounted on the inner forearm plate (such as the EP-37, EP-40, or RL-6). The most typical weapon carried is the Mars Gallant H90 in rifle mode.

  • 1 x EP-37 60mm hand-held particle beam gun, capable of piercing almost any armor and doing devastating amounts of damage; each shot is rated at around 1.5 MJ. This weapon holds 15 rounds per energy magazine. Alternatively, the weapon may fire 30 shots at the lower energy setting of 750 kJ per shot. When used without the Cyclone system, the weapon is heavy (11.3 kg), and is difficult to aim. However, because servos connect the forearm plate/front wheel cover to the Cyclone torso (these servos, which double as shock absorbers in motorcycle mode, are often omitted from Battloid-mode sketches of the vehicle), the pilot’s strength is augmented for all items physically mounted to the forearm plate, ameliorating the difficulty in using the weapon. Additionally, the gun possesses a sighting camera which can link into the Cyclone’s targeting system. Weapon is mounted to the inside of the right forearm plate (right front wheel cover) in Battloid and the right shoulder hard-point in Cycle mode. Action is semi-automatic. GM-15 12.7mm Gatling Gun – Entertainment Bible#16
  • 1 x M-100 12.7mm hand-held 3-barrel rotating gatling machine gun, used for anti-personnel use. This weapon uses 2 magazines containing 100 rounds each and can fire at a rate of 600 rounds per minute. The weapon also includes a large sensor/designator that can tie into the Cyclone’s targeting system to assist in aiming. The Cyclone system’s arm servos provide the strength to operate the weapon as well as dampening the recoil to allow this weapon to be used one or two handed. When used without the Cyclone system, the weapon is heavy, difficult to aim, and likely to cause significant injury to the operator from the recoil, though a port is built into the underside of the weapon that accepts a standard tripod.

VIII. Cyclone Armor:

The armor of the Cyclone is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor on the Bartley stops all small arms fire, provides fair protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and poor resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round (though the pilot will be badly concussed). The armor on all other models is significantly better, but the added weight reduces the vehicle’s maneuverability. Field tests show that a Cyclone can sometimes withstand two or more blasts from Invid plasma guns. Vulnerable areas of the pilot are part of the upper arms, which are unarmored. The thighs and helmet are not protected by the Cyclone, but are covered by the CVR armor. Nuclear, biological, and chemical protection is limited to that provided by the CVR armor.

IX. Development:

The Continental Battlemecha designed VR-series Cyclone, also known as the Military Operation Soldier Protection Emergency Aviation Dive Armor (MOSPEADA), is definitely the most innovative design in multiform mecha since the renovation of the SDF-1. The most recent series of wars taught the Earth’s militaries that basic infantry units suffered great liabilities: they were relatively slow compared to armor and mecha, and they were too vulnerable to even the smallest weapons. Though the UN Combined Forces tried to improve upon the latter problem, the clunky HES body armor suffered from poor mobility. The UN Spacy made the first step towards improving things with the introduction of the its first hard armor, the Lightweight Personal Armor System (LPAS). The latter met with some success, but it became apparent that a man-sized mecha would be of invaluable use to the infantryman as a weapons platform, as would a personal vehicle Continental Battlemecha fulfilled this desire with the Cyclone, a Veritech motorcycle that attached itself to a slightly modified version of the CVR-1 hard armor. Adopted in 2027 by the UEEF Marines and Tactical Corps as their primary infantry vehicle, and as security mecha and an emergency vehicle for downed pilots by the Navy and Tactical Air Force branches, this small, nimble mecha has seen service on hundreds of worlds and all theaters of engagement. Prior to this, the Cyclone was available in more limited numbers, mainly for use in special forces units, and several hundred were brought to Earth with the relief mission in 2030.

The Cyclone is a tough, durable piece of hardware that maximizes the versatility, survivability, and lethality of an individual soldier. The weapons systems are modular, accurate, and flexible, and the motorcycle mode is unmatched in its role. In all, one can expect to see more mecha like this in the future.

The most prolific variants of the Cyclone were the VR-038, the VR-041 and the VR-052. These were commonly called Mk. III Cyclones, though this was never an official designation. The earliest production model the Mk. IIIs was the VR-038. Though it began its life as a scout Cyclone, it remained on as a light combat unit, mainly used by the smaller female soldiers (for whom the weight and heavier armor of the later models was unmanageable), as well as by battlefield observers and medics.

With twelve rocket-propelled grenades standard, and an ever-widening array of weapons systems mountable to the forearms, the VR-041 Blowsperior, was a capable and deadly machine. Unfortunately, the production of this type of Cyclone was extremely costly, and it suffered from a sensor package that left much to be desired. Furthermore, extensive training was required to safely operate this mecha’s internal rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

The most prolific Cyclone was the VR-052, which would sacrifice all internal weapons in favor of a dramatically improved internal sensor suite. Because of the increased ease of construction, the VR-052 became the standard infantryman’s mecha of the later UEEF ground forces and the standard emergency vehicle for Air Force and Naval pilots, replacing most of the earlier Mk. I and Mk. II series Cyclones (see list above).


 

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Original artwork by: Yoshitaka Amano, Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma; Brian Manning and Charles Walton II.

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. 

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

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