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British Leyland M99 LUV (Light Utility Vehicle)

British Leyland M99 LUV (Light Utility Vehicle)

by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • M99 reference file
  • M99 gallery

The M99 Light Utility Vehicle (LUV) was a militarized version of Land Rover’s post war Defender 90. The LUV was available in a variety of drive train and body configurations. Power trains included conventional diesel engines, diesel hybrid electrics and pure electrics. The LUV, or Landy as it was more often referred to by its operators, was purchased in large numbers and equipped both the United Earth Defense Forces and the United Earth Expeditionary Forces. These rugged, if not always reliable, trucks served in every conflict from the Malcontent Uprisings to the Invid Occupation.  

  • Type: Four passenger light utility
  • In service: 2015-2038
  • Primary users: British Army, Australian Army, UEDF, UEEF
  • Manufacturer: Land Rover division of British Leyland.
  • Weight: 1778 kg (curb weight)
  • Wheelbase: 2.36 meters
  • Speed: 150 kph (diesel and electric versions), 200 kph (hybrid electric versions)
  • Unit Price: $40,000 (In 2070 adjusted International Credits)

History

Development

The first vehicle to enter production by the Land Rover division of British Leyland on post “Rain of Death” earth was an update of the venerable Defender, which had been in continues production from 1983 through till the endof the 1st Robotech War. Changes to the Defender were minimal. The “Newfor 2014” Defender still used the chassis, suspension and drive train from itspre-war self. Changes included a new body, now constructed from high impact ABS plastic instead of aluminum, and a decidedly more spartan interior. The new Defender was designed to do one thing: transport people and objects over the harshest terrain on the war ravaged and irradiated post war Earth. Initial production was at the Kulim plant in Malaysia, which survived the war reasonably intact. Production was later shifted to British Leyland’s new facility in the West Midland’s reconstruction zone of the United Kingdom. In 2015 British Leyland created the Defender XD2 (for Extra Duty Mark 2). Powered by the same Td5 turbo diesel as the pre-war XD, the XD2 had a much stronger chassis, with fibre webbing around the welded joints in the chassis and around stress points to massively increase load capacity.

Service History

The British and Australian Armies were quick to request a militarized version of the new Defender. Rover responded with the updated Defender XD2. The XD2 shared most of its mechanicals with the older Defender XD which was already in service with both countries. By the time most United Earth Government member state’s militaries consolidated under the Treaty of the Southern Cross in 2018,the XD2 was in service with at least 26 different armies. The XD2 was officially adopted into the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) inventory as the M99 Light Utility Vehicle (LUV).

The LUV was purchased in great numbers by the UEDF Tactical Corps and was later purchased in various electric drive train variants by the Reconnaissance Expeditionary Force (REF, later re-designated the United Earth Expeditionary Force, or UEEF). The LUV was used primarily as a non-tactical vehicle by both branches. Uses included patrol, communications and supply duties. As anon-tactical vehicle, many survived the 2nd Robotech War, and found their way into the hands of resistance fighters. In the context of an insurgent campaign against an occupying force, the LUV’s lack of armor was not of much concern. Rather, its traditional Land Rover traits of rugged design and excellent off-road performance made it a popular choice amongst Earths freedom fighters,second only to the Toyota Hilux. Its known popularity prompted the UEEF to send hundreds surplus LUVs back to Earth in an attempt to help the beleaguered partisans.   

Design

The LUV was available in several configurations. These included, but were not limited to four seat cargo/troop carriers, two seat cargo/troop carriers, four seat brimstone anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) carriers,two-litter and four litter ambulances, two seat armament carriers, two seat shelter carriers, two seat prime movers for 105-mm howitzers, a heavy variant based on the Defender 127 and a bare chassis variant which could be configured for whatever use was needed.

Armor

Though the LUV had no armor per-se, its body panels were constructed from Kevlar reinforce plastics. The body provided modest protection from shell fragments and small caliber infantry weapons, but with an open crew compartment this was of little help. Though attempts were made by the UEDF to field a fully enclosed up-armored version during the Malcontent Uprisings,these experiments met with little success.

Armament

While most LUVs were not armed, all had provisions for a pintle mounted crew serve weapon such as the Mk.25 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher,M-227 14.5mm Heavy Machine Gun, MG-8 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun, M3A2M Browning 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun, MG15 7.62mm Machine Gun and M-225 (M240) MAG 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun. The pintle attachment point was in the center of the vehicle, even with the backs of the front seats.  

An anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) carrier version was also built in the forms of the M102 LUV-RMP (for Rapier Missile Platform) and the later M137 LUV-IRMP (for Improved Rapier Missile Platform). Both versions carrier a single tube ATM-01 Rapier missile launcher with integrated sight. The launcher was mounted on a ring and pintle over where the right rear seat would normally be. Unlike all other soft top LUVs, the frame for the canvas top could not be removed, as it was integral for the turret ring of the launcher.  

Mobility

The LUV served with a variety of engines. The first, and most common, was the standard Rover Td5 turbo diesel. The Td5 was a five-cylinder multi-fuel turbo diesel producing 100 kW (135 hp) and 300 Nm (220 lb ft) of torque. This engine was based on Land Rover’s civilian market engine, but with a simplified engine management system and no concessions to such concerns such as emissions. This engine was mated to a four speed ZF automatic transmission with locking center differential. Both the front and rear differentials wear also locking.

The second variant was powered by a hybrid electric engine.This consisted of a 2.0 l multi-fuel diesel engine mounted to a Siemens electric motor. The electric motor drew power from a battery pack located in the back of the vehicle. The electric engine could propel the LUV by itself for silent operation, or it could be turned by the diesel engine to provide charging for the battery pack. Additionally, it could provide torque fill to the diesel engine, when maximum performance was required. This engine set-up was paired with the same drive train as the conventional diesel variant.

The electric drive train option consisted of two Siemens high torque electric engines mounted at the front and rear differentials. These engines drew power from a lithium ion battery pack located in what before was the engine compartment of the LUV. The standard battery packs allowed for around 400 km of range on one charge. Provisions for additional battery banks in the rear allowed for a booster pack which increased range by an extra 150 km per pack. A total of three packs could be carried, but at the expense of the entirety of the cargo area.

Camouflage and markings

Though the LUV served in a variety of paint and camouflage schemes throughout its service life, the most common were as follows: In UEDF use LUVs were either painted Desert Sand (FS30277) when in use in arid environments, Dark Green (FS34102) when in use in temperate environments and Field Drab (FS30118)when operating in either transitional environments or when the vehicles were part of a Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) or any other unit where it was not certain what sort of environment they would be fighting in. Early REF/UEEF LUVs were all painted Field Drab (FS30118) at the outset of the Pioneer Mission. Later,most LUVs in UEEF service were repainted either Forest Green (FS34082) or Sage Green (FS34103).

Variants and upgrades

  • M99 LUV: Four seat cargo/troop carrier, soft top, diesel version
  • M100 LUV: Two seat cargo/troop carrier, soft top, diesel version
  • M102 LUV-RMP: Four seat Rapier ATGM missile carrier, soft top,diesel version
  • M104 LUV-MA: Two seat mini-ambulance, two-litter, hard top,diesel version
  • M105 LUV-MAXA: Two seat maxi-ambulance, four-litter, hardtop, diesel version
  • XM119 LAV: Experimental up-armored light armored vehicle variant,diesel version
  • M124 LUV: Two seat armament carrier, soft top, diesel version
  • M136 LUV-A: Two seat soft top ambulance, two-litter, diesel version
  • M137 LUV-IRMP: Improved Rapier ATGM carrier, hard top, hybrid electric version
  • M138 LUV: Two seat shelter carrier, soft top, hybrid electric version
  • M139 LUV: Two seat shelter carrier MSE, hard top, hybrid electric version
  • M140 LUV: Two seat cargo/troop carrier, soft top, hybrid electric version (replacing the M100)
  • M142 LUV: Two seat shelter carrier, soft top, hybrid electric version (replacing the M138)
  • M169 LUV-PM: Two seat prime mover/tractor for 105-mm Gun, hybridelectric version
  • M197 LUV-XL: Four seat heavy duty variant based on the Defender127, soft top, hybrid electric version
  • M197 base platform: Bare chassis kit for multiple end-user configurations
  • M198 LUV: Four seat cargo/troop carrier/prime mover, soft top, hybrid electric version (replacing the M99)
  • M199 LUV: Four seat cargo/troop carrier, soft top, electric version (replacing the M99)
  • M200 LUV: Two seat cargo/troop carrier, soft top, electric version (replacing the M100)
  • M202 LUV-RMP: Four seat Rapier ATGM missile carrier, soft top,electric version (replacing the M102)
  • M204 LUV-MA: Two seat mini-ambulance, two-litter, hard top, electric version (replacing the M104)
  • M205 LUV-MAXA: Two seat maxi-ambulance, four-litter, hardtop, electric version (replacing the M105)

Operators

  • United Earth Government: United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) 2018to 2032, Reconnaissance Expeditionary Force/United Earth Expeditionary Force (REF/UEEF)2019 to 2042
  • United Kingdom: British Army 2015 to 2017, Royal Marines 2015to 2017
  • Australia: Australian Army 2015 to 2017
  • Israel: IsraeliDefense Force 2016 to 2032


Technical File

I. Dimensions:

  • Height: 1.3 meters (with windshield down), 1.8 m (withwindshield raised)
  • Length: 3.8 meters
  • Wheelbase: 2.36 meters
  • Width: 1.6 meters
  • Weight: 1778 kg (curb weight, baseline M99)

II. Type:

  • Design: Land Rover divisions of British Leyland
  • Builders: Land Rover divisions of British Leyland, Inokom Corporation, Santana Motor S.A., MDT Armor Corporation,
  • M99 LUV: 2 or 4-man multipurpose light utility non-tactical vehicle(see variants above).

III. Service History:

  • M99 through M136 Td5 powered LUVs: Served with the British Army, the Royal Marines, the Australian Army and various other UEG member state militaries from 2015 through 2017, and with the UEDF from 2018 until the Invid Invasion.
  • M137 through M198 hybrid electric powered LUVs: Served with the UEDF from 2020 until the Invid Invasion, and with the REF/UEEF from 2020 through 2037.
  • M199 through M205 electric powered LUVs: Served with the UEDF from 2025 until the Invid Invasion, and with the REF/UEEF from 2022 through 2037.

IV. Propulsion:

(M99 through M136)

  • Engine: 1 x Td5 5-cylinder turbocharged multi-fuel diesel producing 100 kW and 300 Nm of torque.
  • Transmission: 4-speed ZF 4HP22 automatic with locking front,rear and center differentials.
  • Fuel Capacity: 60 liter fuel tank for diesel, vegetable oil,kerosene or JP-8 jet fuel.

(M137 through M198)

  • Engine: 1 x 2.0 liter 3-cylinder turbocharged multi-fuel diesel producing 55 kW and 180 Nm of torque cupelled to a Siemens electric motor producing 68 kW.
  • Transmission: 4-speed ZF 4HP22 automatic with locking front,rear and center differentials.
  • Fuel Capacity: 50 liter fuel tank for diesel, vegetable oil,kerosene or JP-8 jet fuel and one lithium ion battery pack.

(M137 through M198)

  • Engine: 2 x Siemens electric motor producing 68 kW each.
  • Transmission: Direct drive.
  • Fuel Capacity: 1 x lithium ion battery pack with the option of additional battery packs for extended range.

V. Performance:

  • Maximum road speed: 150 km/h (Td5 and Electric), 200 km/h (Hybrid)
  • Maximum cross-country speed: 50 km/h
  • Maximum towing speed: 95 km/h
  • Maximum range: 600 km (Td5), 800 km (Hybrid), 400 km(Electric).
  • Fuel economy: 12 l/100 km
  • Maximum incline: 60-degree
  • Maximum combined cargo and towing capacity: 5000 kg

VI. Electronics:

  • Provisions for standard UEDF short- and long-rangedirectional radios.

VII. Armament:

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(M102 LUV-RMP and M137 LUV-IRMP Rapier Missile Platforms only)

  • 1 x Single tube ATGM launcher with firing a single short-range (8.2km) combined infra-red imager and passive laser homing 120mm ATM-01 Rapier III missile. The missile carries a HEAT warhead. Up to eight reloads can be carried in the dedicated stowage rack in the cargo area of the vehicle. Reload time is typically just under one minute.

VIII. Armor:

Skin:

  • Kevlar reinforced plastic.
  • Provides fair resistance small arms fire and shell fragments.

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 upontheir rights.

Original artwork by: Yoshitaka Amano, Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma.

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2018 Tim Wing

Proteus Group CBH-5 Basilisk Heavy Combat Battloid

CBH-5 Basilisk with the MM-28 missile launched attached to the chest flex-mount

Proteus Group CBH-5 Basilisk Heavy Combat Battloid

by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • CBH-5 Basilisk reference file
  • CBH-5 Basilisk gallery

The CBH-5 Basilisk was Proteus Group�s follow-on to the CBH-4 series of heavy combat battloids. Entering production half way through the 2nd Robotech War, the Basilisk made use of lessons learned during the development and deployment of the CBH-4 Hellcat tank destroyer heavy battloid. The Basilisk carried similar weapons to the Hellcat, however these weapons were flex mounted, allowing the mecha to make use of different armaments as the mission demanded. The chest mount could carry pods with either Hammerhead or Viper anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), and the arms could mount ion pulse cannons, grenade launchers or .50 caliber machine guns. The Basilisk served primarily with the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) Tactical Corps Desert Divisions (TC-DD) up until the Invid Invasion.

  • Type: One Man, All-Weather Heavy Combat Robot
  • In service: 2030-2032
  • Primary users: UEDF TC-Desert Division
  • Manufacturer: Proteus Group
  • Weight: 16.5 metric tons (combat)
  • Height: 6.2 meters
  • Main armament: 1 x EU-10, EU-11 or EU-12 gun pod
  • Speed: 90 kph
  • Unit Price: $14 Million (In 2070 adjusted International Credits)

History

Development

The CBH-5 Basilisk was developed by Proteus Group following the successful introduction of their Hellcat tank destroyer variant of the CBH-4 Salamander. Though the Hellcat was a significant improvement over the earlier models of the CBH-4 line, by the 2030 the age of the basic design was starting to show. The Basilisk was an improvement in both the speed and armor protection.It also introduced the notable features of flexible weapons mounts and low-density armor. Extensive cooling systems were included in the type�s design to help deal with the high temperatures associated with desert conditions. Though only one variant made it into production, a full line theatre specific and space capable models were to follow had further development not been cut short by the Invid Invasion.

Service History

The Basilisk served exclusively in the Tactical Corps�Desert Divisions. As these units received their new battloids starting in 2030,their Salamanders and Hellcats were transferred to main line Tactical Corps units. Very few Basilisks saw combat against the Robotech Master�s forces during the 2nd Robotech War since most Desert Division units were assigned to arid climates far away from North America where the bulk of the fighting occurred. This was of little significance though, as the Basilisk�s additional ATGM armament was far more suited to defending against slow moving Soviet tanks, not fast and maneuverable Master�s Bioroids.

After the 2nd Robotech War, the Basilisks saw combat in the brief war with the Eastern Block of Soviet Independent States(EBSIS) when they invaded West Germany. With the invasion anticipated, Desert Division units deployed to West Germany to help blunt the oncoming Soviet assault. During this conflict the Basilisk proved highly effective against the columns of Soviet tanks poring through the Fulda Gap and the destroyed city of Passau. Unfortunately for the defending UEDF units, numbers were on the side of the Soviets and they achieved their break through early in the first day of fighting.

After the Invid Invasion, a significant number of Basilisks still stationed in South-West Asia, North Africa and Mexico were left in operational condition. They were utilized successfully by insurgents during the first few years of the Invid Occupation. No Basilisks are known to have survived past the 3rd Robotech War.

Design

Armor

The armor of the torso and arms of the Basilisk was a low-mass composite-materials Chobham plating that became the standard for all Terranmecha after its application to the VQ-6A Vandal. Aside from the respectable protection provided against projectiles, missiles, and other kinetic weapons,this armor was also resistant to plasma globes (annihilation discs), lasers,and to a lesser extent, particle guns, owing to the fact that the armor could 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 stopped all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round and provided good resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry,such as the Valkyrie�s 55mm APFSDS round. The arm shields provided good resistance to medium mecha-mounted weapons and poor resistance to heavy mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the VHT-2�s 120mm shell.

The legs of the Basilisk made use of a then new stratified composite system of armor, comprised of a filler stratum that included elastomeric matrix material and low-density ceramic elements embedded there in and arranged along a geometric plane corresponding to the front surface of the strike stratum. The strike stratum was a cast shell of titanium-steel �space-metal�alloy. The armor package provided similar levels of protection to the standard Chobham, but at a fifty percent reduction in weight. The down side was the bulkiness of this style of armor, which increased the volume required to provide a similar level of protection. It was this bulkiness which gave the Basilisk its distinctive �chubby� legs. The armor stopped all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round and provided good resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry,such as the Valkyrie�s 55mm APFSDS round.

The Basilisk provided full protection from nuclear,biological, and chemical hazards, using a fully sealed cockpit module activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated.

Armament

The Basilisk introduced the flex mount system, allowing itto tailor its weapons fit to the combat scenario at hand. The torso could carry either two different types of missiles, the arms could mount one of three anti-infantry options and the full range of UEDF EU-series gun pods cold be carried. The Basilisk�s armament was tailored for defending against conventional Terran tanks and was not particularly well suited to fighting advance alien mecha such as the Bioroid.

The torso of the Basilisk was a flat armor plate with mounting tabs for one of two missile pods. The first was the MM-28 missile launcher, which carried 28 Hammerhead ATGMs. These were internally stored 190mm x 540mm variable warhead, short range (8.2 km) Mach 3.0 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing missiles. Rather than having a large armored cover which was more typical up to that point, the MM-28 had a pair of light Kevlar plates which were ejected when the missiles were readied to fire. 14 missiles were located in the front rows, with 14 additional missiles located behind them. After the first missiles were expended, the remaining missiles would move into firing position. The second option was the MIM-60 missile launcher system, with 60 Viper ATGMSs. The Viper was a 76mm x 305mm variable warhead, short range (3 km) 800 kph combined infra-red imager and active radar homing missile. They were designed for direct and indirect fire use against lightly armored mecha, tanks, and tank-like targets. The MIM-60 was identifiable by its distinct grid pattern of 20 individual missile tubes. Each tube carried three missiles, allowing the Basilisk to fire up to 20 Vipers at a time.

The Basilisk mounted four EL-8A1 medium lasers in the head surrounding the main sensor array. The EL-8A1, as its designation suggests, was a development of the Hellcat�s EL-8 medium laser system. The new variant boasted a 20% increase in yield over the older laser, with each laser being capable of 600 kJ output. The EL-8A1 was intended for use against light armoured vehicles and for self-defense. If you are planning on installing the EL-8A1, you’ll need to ensure you have self-defense insurance against any false claims of use, according to Sniper Country.

Each arm had an internal weapons bay which could mount either a LIW-87 ion pulse cannon, a GDS-8 40mm grenade launcher or an M35B Kodiak .50 caliber machine gun. In the cases of the GDS-8 and M35, all ammunition was carried internal to the Basilisk�s arms. The shoulders of the Basilisk included high capacity heat sinks for dealing with the high levels of waste heat created by the LIW-87. All three weapons systems were meant for the anti-infantry role.The Basilisk could carry any two of these weapons systems in whatever combination desired.

Lastly, the Basilisk could carry Mauser�s EU-10 or EU-11 laser gun pods, or General Electric�s EU-12 laser gun pod. The EU-12 was by far the most commonly issued gun pod, though all three saw use by Desert Division units.An interesting side note is the fact that the Basilisk was the only UEDF mecha which could mount a gun pod in either the right or the left hand. All other UEDF battloids were designed to only fire from the right sided hand.

Fire control

The Basilisk had the exact same fire control system as theCBH-4 Hellcat, with the exception that it did NOT mount a battlefield radar system. This cost saving measure was deemed acceptable because in combat the radar system was rarely used due to the short ranges involved and its habit of acting as a beacon for incoming anti-tank missiles. Other than that, the Hellcat�s Electro-Optics Industries made multi-band digital spherical camera system and laser range finder (LRF) were mounted in the head, though without the Hellcat�s quartz armored optics shield. The Basilisk also carried a full suite of active and passive self-defense jammers.

Mobility

The Basilisk�s main power plant was the then ubiquitous SCE-2P+miniaturized protoculture-cell energizer, fueled by ten standard protoculture canisters.This cell energizer provided electrical power for all of the mecha�s systems. A lithium ion battery pack was also included, which provided sufficient power for mecha�s fire control systems and up to ten minutes worth of locomotive movement. The battery pack of course not sufficient to power any of the mecha�s energy weapons.

The lighter leg armor of the Basilisk allowed a for an increased running speed over the CBH-4 series, giving it a top speed of 90 kilometers per hour. The legs also mounted four BRT-11 reaction thrusters. These thrusters provided a total of 80 kN of thrust for use in booster assisted airborne insertions. These thrusters would fire twenty meters from the ground, softening the mecha�s landing when being air dropped by parachute. The Basilisk was capable of being deployed from any of the UEDF�s cargo fixed wing aircraft,from the C-130 on up. These thrusters also allowed for booster assisted jumps of up to 75 meters.

Camouflage and markings

All CBH-5 Basilisks in UEDF TC Desert Divisions were painted Sand (FS30277) with lighter Sand (FS33303) ascents on the joints of the legs, arms and on sections of the head. CBH-5C command battloids were sometimes painted Sand (FS30277) with Insignia White (FS37875) ascents in order to distinguish themselves.

Variants and upgrades

  • CBH-5-Mk. I: One-man all-weather heavy combat Battloid, baseline variant.
  • CBH-5C-Mk. I: One-man all-weather heavy combat Battloid, Non-commissioned Officer and Officer �Command� variant.
  • CBH-5-Mk. II: Proposed space capable variant for the Tactical Armored Space Corps. This variant was still in the early design phase when the Invid Invasion occurred.

Operators

  • United Earth Defense Force Tactical Corps Desert Divisions 2030 to 2032.


Technical File

I. Dimensions:

  • Total Height: 6.2 meters
  • Total Depth: 2.8 meters
  • Total Breadth: 3 meters
  • Weight: 18 metric tons (dry), 20.1 metric tons (fully loaded).

II. Type:

  • Design: Proteus Group
  • Builders: Proteus Group
  • One-man all-weather heavy combat robot

III. Service History:

  • CBH-5-Mk. I: Served with the UEDF TC Desert Divisions from May 2030 until the Invid Invasion.
  • CBH-5C-Mk. I: Served with the UEDF TC Desert Divisions from July 2030 until the Invid Invasion.

IV. Propulsion:

  • Main powerplant: SCE-2P+ Miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer.
  • Fuel Capacity: 10 standard canisters of protoculture.
  • Auxiliary power unit: General Electric lithium ion batterypack.

Propulsion:

  • 4 x BRT-11 reaction thrusters mounted in the ankles, each capable of producing a maximum rated output of 20 kN.

V. Performance:

  • Maximum speed: 90 kph.
  • Maximum booster assisted jump: 75 meters
  • Protoculture endurance: an average of 250 hours operational use.

VI. Electronics:

Sensor Systems:

  • EL-OP Electro-Optics Industries Ltd. multi-band digital spherical camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging,optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking in Battloid mode.
  • EL-OP Electro-Optics Industries Ltd. multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System:

  • Selenia Ground Warrior active/passive sensor jammers.

(CBH-5C Models)

  • Improved combat computer allowing monitoring of up to 10 other Battloids.
  • Enhanced C3I suite providing command and communications with multiple Battloids, as well as remote command posts.
  • Enhanced tracking computers to allow additional targets tobe tracked.

VII. Armament:

  • 4 x EL-8A1 Medium lasers mounted in the head surrounding the main sensor array. Each laser is capable of 600 kJ output. For use against light armored vehicles and for self-defense.

Torso flex-mount:

  • 1 x MM-28 missile launcher in the chest, 28 internal 190mm x540mm variable warhead, short range (8.2 km) Mach 3.0 combined infra-red imagerand active radar homing Hammerhead missiles.
  • or 1 x MIM-60 missile launcher in the chest, 60 internal 76mm x 305mm variable warhead, short range (3 km) 800 kph combined infra-red imager and active radar homing Viper missiles. For direct and indirect fire use against lightly armored mecha, tanks, and tank-like targets.

Arm flex-mounts (x2):

  • 1 x LIW-87 Ion Pulse Cannon. Anti-infantry and personnel weapon firing single shot or three pulse bursts at an output of 400 kJ per burst. Typical effective range of 225 meters at sea-level. Anti-personnel and anti-armored infantry.
  • or 1 x GDS-8 40mm Grenade Launcher firing Fragmentation,High Explosive Armor Piercing (HEAP), High Yield Incendiary (HYI) or Smoke out to an effective range of 1500 meters. Ammunition supply of 55 rounds. Anti-personnel,anti-armored infantry and anti-light armored vehicle.
  • or 1 x M35B Kodiak .50 Caliber Machine Gun firing all types of .50 Caliber BMG ammunition (ball, tracer, armor piercing, armor piercing incendiary, saboted light armor perpetrator, etc�) out to an effective range of 1800 meters.Ammunition supply of 200 rounds. Anti-personnel, anti-armored infantry and anti-light armored vehicle.

Common hand-held gun pods:

  • 1 x Mauser EU-10 Laser Gun Pod. This gun pod fired energy pulses of up to 10 MJ per blast. This gun pod could fire up to 150 times/minute due to the large capacitors mounted on either side of the pod. This was the most common gunpod assigned to these Battloids due to its decent penetration capabilities and high rate of fire. The weapon incorporated a carrying handle to assist in transportation and could be attached to an arm in a carrying position.
  • or 1 x Mauser EU-11 28mm Laser Gun Pod. This gun pod fired energy pulses of up to 12.5MJ per blast. This gun pod could fire up to 110 times/minute. This was the gunpod issued to the VHT-2 Hovertank due to its smaller size and higher penetration capabilities.
  • or 1 x General Electric EU-12 pulse laser pod, firing 12 MJ pulses at 130 pulses per second. Specially developed for the SC ground Battloids, this cannon used pulse technology to offset the beam attenuation caused by the lower layers of the atmosphere in which it was used. This pod was utilized in cases where more impact than penetration was required, and was introduced around 2031, although primarily with the combat Battloids first.

VIII. Armor:

Torso:

  • Low-mass composite-materials Chobham plating.
  • Stops all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.
  • Provides good resistance (Mark IV) to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie�s 55mm APFSDS round.

Arms:

  • Low-mass composite-materials Chobham plating.
  • Stops all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.
  • Provides good resistance (Mark IV) to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie�s 55mm APFSDS round.
  • Provides poor resistance to heavy mecha-mounted weaponry,such as the VHT-2�s 120mm shell.

Legs:

  • Stratified composite low-density elastomeric matrix/ceramic armor.
  • Stops all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.
  • Provides good resistance (Mark IV) to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie�s 55mm APFSDS round.

Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC):

  • Full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards.
  • The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for three days maximum.


Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (R) is the property of Big West Advertising,Tatsunoko Studio and Ammonite studio. This document is in no way intended toinfringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Tim Wing

Content by Tim Wing

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Northrop AV-18 Guardian Attack GERWALK Aircraft

Northrop AV-18 Guardian Attack GERWALK Aircraft

by Tim Wing

I. Dimensions:

  • Height: 4 meters
  • Length: 9.7 meters (with legs extended rearward)
  • Wingspan:  5.5 meters
  • Dry Weight: 16 metric tons
  • Standard Take-off Weight: 21 metric tons
  • Max Take-off Weight: 39.5 metric tons

II. Type

  • Role: Attack GERWALK Aircraft
  • Design: Northrop Aviation
  • Builder: Northrop Aviation

III. Service History: Served with the UN Spacy from 2015 through 2017, and with the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) Tactical Air Force from 2018 through 2026.

IV. Propulsion:

  • Two Shinnakasu/P&W/Rolls-Royce FF-2001 fusion turbines, engine output 11,500 kg x 2 at max. power; 23,000 kg x 2 available with overboost. Exhaust nozzles allowed for vectored thrust, serving in place of conventional elevators. Exhaust could be diverted through the feet for VTOL lift, through the rear for horizontal propulsion, or through both when flying at low altitude in GERWALK configuration.
  • Powerplant: 2 x RRL-1 Miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer, delivering 650MW total power.
  • Fuel Capacity: 20 Standard Canisters of Protoculture

V. Performance:

  • Maximum level speed at 30,000+ meters: Mach 2
  • Minimum speed: VTOL capable
  • Maximum running speed: 56 kmph

VI. Electronics:

Radar System:

  • Hughes AWG-20 X-band pulse-Doppler radar, providing long-range detection and tracking of targets at all altitudes.

Optical tracking:

  • Thomson LT-3 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.
  • Zeiss TS-2 long range forward-looking telescopic array for IR spectrum (FLIR).

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
  • OlDelft Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • Westinghouse ALQ-200(V) active radar jammer
  • Chaff dispenser
  • Flares
  • Active missile jammers
  • Multiple L-band VHF and UHF antennas.

VII. Armament:

  • 2 x Colt E-19 4.5 MJ lasers located in the nose of the aircraft. Can fire 60 times per minute.
  • 2 x Mauser GU14 55mm single barrel autocannon; cannon fires APFSDS (Armor Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot) and HESH-I (High Explosive Squash Head-Incendiary) rounds at 250 rounds/minute. Each cannon has an ammunition supply of 250 rounds. Mounted in the wing-roots.
  • 1 x Hughes GU-11 55mm three barreled smoothbore rotary gun pod; has a 200 round capacity. Cannon fires APFSDS (Armor Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot) and HESH-I (High Explosive Squash Head-Incendiary) rounds at 1200 rounds/minute. Carried in the Guardian’s right hand.
  • or 1 x Rheinmetall GU-12 single smoothbore barrel gun pod. Fires 105mm APFSDS and HEAP (High Explosive Armor Piercing) semi-combustible case munitions at 45 rounds/minute. Ammunition supply is 40 rounds.

Six wing hardpoints (three per wing) can carry:

  • 3 x medium range (65 km) Mach 3.0 combined active radar and thermal imager guided AMM-1 Arrow missiles on a specialized MER (Multiple Ejection Rack). Various warhead options.
  • or 1 x missile pod with 10 short range (9km) variable warhead, combined infra-red imager and active radar homing guided Brimstone anti-armor missiles.
  • or 4 x AGM-114 Hellfire air-surface anti-tank missiles
  • or 1 x LAU-61 rocket pod with 19 Hydra 70 70mm unguided rockets.
  • or 1 x GU-11S “Slick” 55mm three barreled smoothbore rotary aerodynamic combat aviation gun pod.
  • or 1 x UMM-7; Armored container with 15 short range (2.5 kps in space) infra-red imager passive radar homing HMM-01 120mm Starburst missiles (from 2014 onward).
  • or 1 x UMM-9; Armored container with 10 short range (8 km) Mach 3.0 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 190mm Hammerhead missiles, firing from five tubes. Various warhead options (from 2017 onward).
  • or 1 x Firebird missiles. A conventional warhead mounted on the frame of an RMS missile with a range of 234 km and a speed of Mach 6.5, guided by a combined IIR and active/passive radar seeker.
  • or 1 x RMS-1 “Angel Of Death” Nuclear Stand-off missiles. Reaction warhead (200 kT) mounted on a long range (250 km) Mach 4.0 combined multi-spectrum imager and active radar homing Reflex missiles.
  • or 1 x Silencer Anti-Radiation Missile (ARM).
  • or 3 x Alarm anti-radiation missiles. Mounted to a MER.
  • or 3 x Mk-82LDGP 230kg bombs; various fuse options, laser-guided. Mounted to a MER.
  • or 3 x AGM-65R Maverick air-to-ground missiles. Mounted to a MER.

1. Brimstone ATGM pod 2. Brimstone missile 3. 1,800 L tanks Aerial Refueling System (ARS) for conventional aircraft 4. GU-14 55mm cannons 5. Zeiss TS-2 FLIR 6. Hellfire missile 7. AMM-1 Arrow missile 8. GU-11 55mm gun pod 9. Hydra 70 rocket pod 10. UUM-7 pod with HMM-01 120mm Starburst missiles

 

VIII. Armor:

The armor of the Guardian was composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy, commonly referred to as “Space-metal”. The armor stopped all small arms fire, provided excellent protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and good resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round. The armor protection on the Guardian was significantly heavier than that of the VF-1 series Valkyrie.

The Guardian provided 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.

IX. Development:

The AV-18 Guardian was developed by Northrop Aviation as a conceptual replacement for the helicopter gunships then in use by the UN Spacy and other member militaries of the Unified Forces. Combining the hovering capabilities and extended loiter time of a helicopter with the speed and range of a high-performance fixed wing aircraft, the AV-18 was in many ways the perfect close air support and armed reconnaissance platform. The design accomplished this by utilizing the GERWALK configuration of the VF-1 Valkyrie Veritech fighter. Though the AV-18 was a fusion turbine powered aircraft like the VF-1, significant cost savings were made by making it non-variable and giving it no space capability. Flyaway price was about one tenth that of a Valkyrie, more in line with the cost of a Destroid or comparable fusion powered fighter aircraft.

The Guardian was based on the general design of the VF-1 Valkyrie, which Northrop also manufactured. The design made use of the Valkyrie’s FF-2001 fusion turbines and RRL-1 Protoculture-cell energizers, as well its avionics suite and weapons systems. The cockpit was nearly identical to later block VF-1 Valkyries, save for the absence of all Battloid mode related control interfaces. The Guardian had significantly heavier armor, as befitted its role as a close air support aircraft. The canopy was remarkable for its thick multi-piece laminated transparent armor.

The Guardian, in YAV-18 form, won in a competitive flyoff with upstart company Maxwell Dynamic’s YAV-17 Aggressor. While the Guardian was based heavily on the already in production VF-1 Valkyrie, the YAV-17 was a more advanced clean-sheet design. Even though the Aggressor was arguably the better aircraft, the Guardian won the competition due to it being a more mature, lower risk design with a significantly lower unit cost. A design difference of note between the YAV-18 and the eventual production AV-18 was the prototype’s single centerline mounted arm. The design was modified to have a more conventional two arm layout in the final production version.

The AV-18 Guardian saw use during the Malcontent Uprisings and was retired shortly before the arrival of the Robotech Masters. No AV-18s accompanied the Pioneer Mission. Some Guardians are thought to have been used by freedom fighters during the Invid occupation.

 


 

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

Original artwork by: Tim Wing

Based on the Guardian from Robotech: RPG Book Eight Strike Force by Wayne Breaux Jr.

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2018 Tim Wing