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 armored vehicles and for self-defense.

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.


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Original artwork by: Tim Wing

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