by Tim Wing
- Height: 7 meters
- Depth: 2.7 meters
- Width: 2.8 meters
- Weight: 14 metric tons (dry)
- Design: Quimeliquola and Maxwell Dynamics
- Builder: Quimeliquola 74710020692nd Zentradi Fully-Automated Weapons Factory
- One man non-variable all-environment combat Battloid
III. Service History:
- ZBR(Y)-10: Pre-production prototype. Underwent testing from 2026 until 2031.
- TFR-29A (ZBR-10 Mk. I): Served with the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) from 2034 until 2068.
- TFR-29J (ZBR-10 Mk. I-J): Served with the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) from 2035 until 2068.
- 2 x Pratt & Whitney JG97M/S fusion plasma-reaction mass intermix turbines. Max thrust, 137 kN ea.
- 6 x Varshtanna type 985 plasma-shock expansion engines with vectorable exhaust. The thrusters are located in the lower calves. Each has a maximum 8.3 kN standard thrust, max overboost to 15.2 kN each.
- 1 x Zorr’lev-12-DCr protoculture generator
- Maximum level speed (Terra-type atmosphere): 500 kph
- Minimum speed: VTOL capable
- Maximum running speed: 95 kph
- Maximum jumping distance: 6.1 meters, unassisted by thrusters
- Delta-v: 1.5 kps
- Generator endurance: 7 years in fully charged condition.
- Quimeliquola Type-10 Phase-3 spherical phased array radar with surveillance modes, effective range over 10 km.
- 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-242(V) limited capability active sensor jammer
- Chaff and smoke dispensers
2 x HLC-90 Laser Cannons. Mounted in armored housings on the Interceptor’s back, these retractable laser cannons extend and swing down over the shoulders to fire. While very effective against large or slow-moving targets, anything smaller or faster than an Invid Scout gives them trouble. Max effective range is 1,830 m in an earth-like atmosphere.
1 x HPC-40 Particle Cannon. The HPC-40 is a drum-style, handheld particle cannon specifically designed for use with the Interceptor. It has its own integrated laser targeting system. Primary Purpose is anti-mecha. Maximum effective range in an earth-like atmosphere is 900 meters.
2 x LMMOS-16 Missile Delivery System. Mounted on the outside of each lower leg, each launcher holds 16 variable warhead, short range (8.2 km) Mach 3.0 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 190mm x 540mm Hammerhead missiles. This is essentially the same system used by the VF/A-6 Alpha.
The armor on the Interceptor 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 and heavy infantry weapons fire, provides good to excellent resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round, and poor to good resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round.
The Interceptor 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 one day maximum.
The Bioroid Interceptor was
In the early part of the Pioneer Mission, Zentraedi personnel serving in the Reconnaissance Expeditionary Force (REF) primarily crewed upgraded Gnerl fighter pods and Reguld Tactical Battle Pods configured for micronian sized pilots. As the Sentinels Campaign dragged on, it became apparent that these designs were no longer viable on the modern battlefield. Though there was no regulation forbidding Zentraedi from crewing variable fighters of Destroids, Zentraedi pilots (especially Reguld pilots) held a deep prejudice towards these human designed mecha. Continental’s ZBR-01 Thakun Light Battle Robot and ZBR-02 Yrallain Heavy Battle Robot were procured rom the late teens through the early thirties to accommodate this preference. But while these mecha were excellent ground combat platforms, they had no space combat capability. A platform was needed to replace the aging Regulds and Gnerls in the Expeditionary Fleet Combatants space fighter squadrons.
During the siege of Tirol, the Tirolian Legion’s Inbida T’siendiel Bioroid Armored Fighter (Invid Fighter Bioroid) had proved itself to be a tough adversary for the Regents forces. With a large supply of existing mecha, plus depots full of tooling and spares available on site, it was decided that a variant of this Bioroid was the way to go. the design team went to work. Tirolian weapons manufacturer Quimeliquola (of Queadluun-Rau fame) and Maxwell Dynamics (the defense contractor responsible for the VF/A-6 Veritech) collaborated to upgrade the Inbida T’siendiel for use by the United Earth Expeditionay Force (UEEF). The result was the TFR-29 Interceptor Tactical Fighter Robot, or the Bioroid Interceptor as it was commonly called.
The Interceptor started with an Inbida T’siendiel Bioroid, which was stripped to its frame and upgraded with Terran avionics and life support systems. As neither Zentraedi nor human pilots had any experience with anything remotely resembling the Bioroid Skysled, a more conventional space propulsion system was installed in the form of two Pratt & Whitney JG97M/S fusion plasma-reaction mass intermix turbines. These engines gave the Interceptor an excellent thrust to weight ratio, on par with a VF/A-6 with a full combat load. Quimeliquola attempted to scale down their Inertial Vector Control System (IVCS) for use in the Interceptor but were unsuccessful. An improved weapons fit was developed using both human and Tirolian technology. The Interceptor was protected by the same low-mass composite-materials Chobham armor as used by the VF/A-6. The pilot sat in the same chest mounted armored cocoon as was found in the donor Bioroid. The Interceptor dropped the redundant neural/physical controls of the original Inbida T’siendiel Bioroid and replaced them with a conventional physical interface more in keeping with both human and Zentraedi practice.
When the ZBR(Y)-10 performed well in preliminary testing, the UEEF acquisition board decided to add it to the ever-expanding proliferation of mecha platforms as the ZBR-10. The designation was later changed to TFR-29, which was more in line with the UEEF/UEDF Joint Service Designation System. The Interceptor proved a good ground combatant, well suited to countering both Bioroids as well as Invid mecha. In space, it performed well-enough in the space-superiority role, though it was hampered by the same lack of delta-v which plagued the VF/A-6 Veritech. Because of this, the type was primarily tasked with close-in fleet defense. Because of its relatively small size, it found itself adopted by the Expeditionary Force Marines in their Raider units as a dedicated ship-boarding mecha. The interceptor became the preferred mecha among both Zentraedi pilots and newly recruited Tirolian service members in the Expeditionary Force.
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Original artwork by: Brian Manning
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