Esbeliben Regult Tactical Battle Pod

Esbeliben Regult Tactical Battle Pod

by Tim Wing

I. Dimensions:

Regult

  • Height: 17.9 m
  • Length: 8.9 m
  • Width: 7.9 m
  • Weight: 39.5 metric tons (dry)

Mistraekor Regult

  • Height: 17.9 m
  • Length: 8.5 m
  • Width: 9.2 m
  • Weight: 42.0 metric tons (dry)

II. Type:

  • Design: Esbeliben 4432369th Fully-automated Weapons Factory.
  • Builder: Various manufacturers.

III. Designed roles:

  • Regult: One man, all weather ground combat mecha with secondary space capabilities.
  • Mistraekor Regult: One man, all weather ground combat mecha with secondary space capabilities.

IV. Service History:

  • Regult: Served with the Tirolian Border Fleets and the Regular Zentraedi forces from 1528 onwards. Replacement in the Zentraedi Main Fleet by the Reguld began in 1831 onwards, with most units (90%+) replaced by 1856. As of 1999, at least 40% of Battle Pods in the Border Fleets were still Regults.
  • Mistraekor Regult: Served with the Tirolian Border Fleets and the Regular Zentraedi forces from 1602 until 1759.

Propulsion:

Note: all plasma-shock expansion engines draw their plasma from a single fusion pile.

Regult:

  • Two Varredoush type 6 plasma-shock expansion engines with thrust vectoring nozzles. The thruster are located to the sides of the main body and have a maximum burst output of 310 kN and a maximum sustained output of 220 kN.

Mistraekor Regult:

  • Four Varredoush type 7 plasma-shock expansion engines in rotating mounts. The thruster are located to the sides of the main body and have a maximum burst output of 380 kN and a maximum sustained output of 310 kN.

All:

  • Assorted maneuvering thrusters, fed from the main engines, are spread out over the mecha.
  • Fuel Capacity: 12 Standard Canisters of Protoculture.

V. Performance:

Regult:

  • Maximum running speed: 270 kph.
  • Maximum jumping distance in Earth-normal conditions: 100 meters.
  • Average cell duration: 200 hours continuous operational use.
  • Delta-v capacity: 3 kps on graphite reaction mass.

Mistraekor Regult:

  • Maximum running speed (full missile load): 210 kph.
  • Maximum jumping distance in Earth-normal conditions: 90 meters.
  • Average cell duration: 200 hours continuous operational use.
  • Delta-v capacity: 2.4 kps on graphite reaction mass.

VI. Electronics:

Radar tracking:

  • VBPS0-SS(*) hull conformal phased array with spherical coverage, for various scan/track, battlefield surveillance and counterbattery options.

Optical tracking:

  • VBPS0-SS Multi-band digital camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking.
  • VBPS0-SS Multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • VBPS0-SS Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
  • VBPS0-SS Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • VBPS0-SS Active sensor jammer
  • VBPS0-SS Chaff and flare dispenser

(*) Terran designation. The Tirolian designers considered the sensors part of the design and did not assign separate designations for these systems.

VII. Armament:

Regult:

  • 2 x Makral Martszur-4 (also known under the Terran designation of PB-10) four-barreled rotary particle beam cannons mounted on the upper chest. The sub-barrels can each fire a particle beam of 2.5 MJ every second, all can be fired in parallel, for maximum localized damage, or in series for increased chances of a hit.
  • 2 x Moldile Tszan-83 (also known under the Terran designation of AC-L) 22.3mm autocannons in the chin of the mecha. Each cannon can rotate 150 degrees and elevate from -70 degrees to +60 degrees. The cannon fires caseless armor-piercing (AP) or (more commonly) fragmentation (FRAG) rounds rounds at 850 rpm. The ammunition supply is 2000 rounds.
  • 2 x Moldile Tszan-83L (also known under the Terran designation of AC-L-Ex) 22.3mm autocannons directly on top of the main body. The autocannons can rotate 360 degrees and elevate from -10 degrees to +85 degrees. The cannon fires caseless armor-piercing (AP) or (more commonly) fragmentation (FRAG) rounds rounds at 850 rpm. The ammunition supply is 1000 rounds.

Mistraekor Regult:

  • 6 x Moldile Mistraekor-49 (also known under the Terran designation of RGT-F) 64mm triple-barreled rotary liquid-fueled, self-propelled low velocity impact cannons on the torso. The cannons fired rocket-assisted semi-active laser guided HESH-shells with a maximum speed of 480 m/s at 180 rpm to a maximum effective range of up to 1.9 km in an Earth-like environment. The ammunition bin for each weapon could contain 60 rounds, for 360 rounds total.
  • 2 x Moldile Tszan-83L (also known under the Terran designation of AC-L-Ex) 22.3mm autocannons directly on top of the main body. The autocannons can rotate 360 degrees and elevate from -10 degrees to +85 degrees. The cannon fires caseless armor-piercing (AP) or (more commonly) fragmentation (FRAG) rounds rounds at 850 rpm. The ammunition supply is 1000 rounds.

VIII. Armor:

The armor of the Regult is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor stops all small arms and heavy infantry weapons fire, provides excellent resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round, and fair resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round.

The Regult provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a sealed cockpit environment. The internal consumables supplies can provide breathable atmosphere for four days maximum.

IX. Development:

After the Ci’Vonian crisis of 1519-1520 AD (AR 28 98 – 29 16), the Robotech Elders saw a need to seriously upgrade their primary infantry battle mecha, the T’zenult All Environment Combat Robot. The resulting mecha, the Regult Tactical Battle Pod, was the first of what would come to be considered the classical Zentraedi Battle Pod. The Regult entered production in 1528 and served through till the early part of the 19th century, when it began to be replaced by the less expensive Reguld Tactical Battle Pod.

The Regult was developed as the general-purpose mecha for the Zentraedi armies and fleets. As all other Zentraedi mecha, the Regult and its versions were produced in automated factories spread through the Tirolian Mercantile Empire. The number of Regult pods produced can only be estimated to lie around the two to three billion. The Regult Tactical Battle Pod formed the backbone of the Zentraedi mechanized infantry forces on both land in space.

It is hard to understand the design aspects of the original Regult Battle Pod without directly comparing it to the Reguld which would eventually come to replace it. In the simplest terms, the newer Reguld was a less expensive, easier to produce version of the Regult. The Masters switched to this quantity over quality mindset after the near disastrous Battle of Tirol, when the Ci’Vonian fleet folded into Tirol-space in 1792 (AR 77 24). Finding the planet nearly undefended due to the Zentraedi Main Fleet being spread throughout the local group in a vain attempt to engage them, the Disciples of Zor nearly brought an end to the Tiresian Mercantile Empire. Though the main fleet was eventually able to muster and arrive in enough time to evert disaster, the Masters resolved to massively increase the size of the fleet in order to ensure such a situation never occurred again.

Like the Reguld, the Regult Tactical Battle Pod had the strengths of high mobility and heavy armament. The armor of the Regult was composed of what Terrans would later come to call “Space-Metal”, a super advance high strength titanium-steel alloy. This alloy provided over double the armor protection of the later Reguld, which was composed of a far more conventional alloy. The Regult was propelled by a pair of high thrust, vectored Varredoush type 6 plasma-shock expansion engines. Total thrust to weight ratio was comparable to the later Reguld, though the Regult carried more reaction mass giving it a higher Delta-V. The sensor suite was of far higher quality than that of the Reguld, with roughly double the detection range and sensitivity. Weapons fit was nearly identical with the same main particle beam armament and chin mounted 22.3mm autocannons. Rather than anti-aircraft lasers on the back, the Regult mounted a second pair of 22.3mm autocannons with longer barrels. The longer barrels resulted in higher muzzle velocity and longer range than the anti-infantry-oriented chin guns. Though the Regult was roughly twice as effective as the Reguld, the later Battle Pod could be produced for about a tenth the unit price. This trade-off in capability for sheer numbers made good sense in an army where the pilots were callously looked upon as simply being biological weapons systems.

The Regult was issued as standard equipment to the mechanized troops of the Zentraedi Main Fleet, providing the race with a highly mobile and heavily armed infantry corps from 1528 until 1831, when it began to be replaced by the Reguld. Though the Regult was mostly superseded by the Reguld by the mid-1800s, examples did remain in use with the main fleet as late as the First Robotech War. Parts and spares continued to be produce, so those Regults that remained in the inventory continued to be combat effective. It is estimated that in 1999, as many as 3% of all Battle Pods in Main Fleet service were the vastly superior Regults. Due to the physical similarity of the two Pods, this was a fact that was not realized until well after the war. The Regult continues to be used in the Zentraedi Border Fleets, where it is estimated that it makes up as much as 40% of the overall Battle Pod force, not taking into account the newer Lotzor Battle Pods.

An interesting variant of the Regult was the Mistraekor Regult, so named for the sextuplet of Moldile Mistraekor-49 64mm triple-barreled rotary liquid-fueled, self-propelled low velocity impact cannons mounted on the torso. These were the same cannons that were later mounted in a pair on the chest of the Queadluun-Rau Aerospace Fighter Armor. The cannons fired rocket-assisted semi-active laser guided HESH-shells with an effective range of about two kilometers in an Earth-like environment. Ammunition supply was somewhat limited, with only 60 rounds per cannon. The ammunition magazines cut significantly into the internal volume of the Battle Pod, making it notoriously cramped and unpopular with its pilots. The Mistraekor Regult was also different in that it was powered by four Varredoush type 7 plasma-shock expansion engines in rotating mounts. This gave it a superior thrust to weight ratio over the standard Regult, but with an inferior Delta-V. The Mistraekor Regult was used as a shock-trooper, due to its massive speed and firepower but low endurance due to limited ammunition and reaction mass. Most of these have disappeared from service, though it is speculated that some remain in use with the Border Fleets.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin; Mistraekor Regult by Harvey Neil Johnston.

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 Tim Wing

Copyright © 2018 Tim Wing

 

 

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