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Scorpion-class Landing Boat

Scorpion-class Landing Boat

by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Scorpion-class reference file
  • Scorpion-class gallery

The Scorpion-class is in a class all by its self, quite literally. This ship was the Invid Regent’s personal landing craft throughout much of his campaign against the Tirolean Mercantile Empire. This ship had limited troop-carrying ability but sported massive offensive weapons systems and lavish crew accommodations for the Regent and his entourage.

  • Designation: Scorpion-class Landing Boat
  • Builders: Unknown Invid Shipyard
  • Operators: Regent’s faction of the Invid race
  • Subclasses: None            
  • Cost: Unknown
  • In commission: Circa 2000 through February 2044
  • Completed: 1
  • Lost: 1

Design Notes:

This publication will refrain from belaboring the fact that the Scorpion-class was by all measures a ridiculous design. The ship’s unique external appearance was most likely down to the Regent’s vanity and desire to have a personal ship which projected an image of terrible power. In this regard, the design was completely successful. First hand accounts from civilians who were present during the Invid Invasion of Tirol bear witness to the sense of fear and dread that the Scorpion-class’s appearance instilled. So, while this configuration was certainly not ideal from a practical perspective, it did succeed in what was possibly its true design intent.

Unconventional looks aside, the ship also had some questionable design elements. For example, all of its propulsion and maneuvering thrusters were arrayed on the ventral surface. No Vernier thrusters were ever observed to be present on its horizontal or dorsal surfaces. It is speculated that the ships attitude was controlled by two large internal flywheels which could adjust the ships orientation via centrifugal force.   

Unlike other Invid capital ships, the Scorpion-class had a formidable weapon fit. It boasted three heavy lasers which could threaten most United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) capital ships of the period. Like all Invid capital ships, the Scorpion-class lacked effective point defense systems, relying on its mecha compliment for this task.

History:

The Scorpion-class was utilized exclusively by the Regent for his personal landing-ship. Constructed sometime in the first decade of the 21st century, the Scorpion-class served during the Invid conquest of the Tiresian Mercantile Empire’s local group of systems. The Scorpion-class did not engage much direct combat during this conquest, rather it was used by the Regent to transport him and his entourage to the surface of newly captured planets. When not being used in this capacity, the ship would typically be birthed in either a mobile hive or a Tridacna-class command ship. This ship was destroyed in February 2044 above Optera by UES Icarus, under the command of the renegade General T. R. Edwards. Admiral Breetai Kridanik, who was leading a boarding party in an attempt to kill or capture the Invid Regent, was killed in action during this event. 

Names and disposition:

  • Destroyed in orbit around Optera, 2044

Ship’s Complement:

  • Ship’s crew: 6 stage four Invid.
  • Troops: Varies, up to 360 Invid pilots of appropriate stages for their mecha.
  • Life support limits are for a full combat complement and about 200 supernumeraries.

Dimensions:

Length: 150 meters over all, with “tails” in the forward-facing position

  • Height: 44.2 meters
  • Width: 54.9 meters hull only, 73.1 meters overall
  • Mass: 100,000 metric tons, operational (typical)

Propulsion Systems:

  • Main Power: Protoculture system, details unknown..
  • Main Thruster:  1 x located on the center-ventral surface of the craft. Power unknown at this writing.
  • Secondary Thrusters: 8 x located on the ventral surface of the craft. Power unknown at this writing.
  • Maneuvering Thrusters: 9 x large maneuvering jets on the ventral surface of the craft. Power unknown at this writing. The peculiarity of the fact that all this craft’s thrusters are located on the ventral side. No maneuvering jets have been observed on the upper surfaces. It is speculated that the craft used a pair of large rotating flywheels to adjust attitude.
  • Anti-gravity System: 6 x anti-gravity nodes located between each “leg”. Propulsive power unknown at this writing.
  • Fold System: Standard, capabilities unknown.

Weapon Systems:

  • 1 x Anti-Ship Laser Weapon System (Main Laser); located in the “snout” of the craft. Output unknown, judged to be enough to hazard medium sized Terran capital ships, but not powerful enough to damage larger Zentraedi capital ships.  
  • 2 x Heavy Laser Weapons Systems (Weapon Heads); one located inside the left and right “heads”. In order to fire, the “mouth” opens, exposing the laser aperture. Output unknown, speculated to be similar (3000 MJ) to the Vickers MP-18 particle gun turret mounted on UEEF capital ships such as the Ikazuchi-class. 
  • 4 x Anti-Mecha Lasers (Eye Lasers); located in the left and right “heads”. Output unknown. Observed to be sufficient for scoring critical damage on Zentraedi Reguld Battlepods, but ineffective against heavier armored targets such as Terran Destroids. Field of fire is limited by both the 30-degree traverse of the “heads” and the aperture’s traverse ranging from 0 degrees straight ahead through 90 degree to the side. Elevation is limited to 45 degrees above horizontal and 20 degrees below. This left the craft highly vulnerable to attacks from above, below, and rear. Consequently, the craft required a large contingent of dedicated mecha to protect it from aerospace fighters and anti-spaceship missiles. It must be noted that the “eyes” on the “snout” were sensor clusters, not additional lasers as was previously reported in earlier publications.

Electronics Systems:

Full spectrum scanners, active and passive. Protoculture sensors, range in excess of 15 kilometers. It must be noted that in previous publications, the craft’s left and right tail arrays were speculated to have been point defense weapons systems. Though this would have made sense, as they would have provided coverage for the Scorpion-class’s prodigious blind spots, this was later shown to be not the case. It is currently thought that they were either passive Protoculture emissions receivers or that they were a super dimensional space communications array. 

The Scorpion-class was equipped with an integrated bio-computer command and control system, or “Invid Brain” as they are colloquially known. This bio-computer served as the central command and control nod for the Regent’s battle-group. It was capable of real time control of Invid drones and could communicate directly with Invid pilots. 

Air Group and Mecha Complement:

Estimates on total complement range up to 528 Invid mecha of various types. This could be accomplished since the Invid mecha did not have the need for ground handling and repair facilities or crew accommodation, since the pilots never actually left their mecha. Consequently, mecha would be stored in tight formation without room for accessibility.

Unlike the Mollusk-class, the Scorpion-class had no ability to quickly launch mecha via large bay doors. Rather, a single crew access ramp provided an ingress and egress point for all mech and crew.

Furthermore, it is suspected that the Scorpion-class rarely carried more than a skeleton compliment of mecha for self-defense. Most of the ship’s interior volume was more likely dedicated to living quarters for the Invid Regent.  


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

Original artwork by: Tatsunoko Production Company

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2019 Tim Wing


GLOBAL SUMMARY, Circa 2028

GLOBAL SUMMARY, Circa 2028

Adapted from the 1st edition Robotech RPG Book Two RDF Manual by Kevin Siembieda

The Sectors

The United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) split the world into Operational Sectors. These sectors did not quite conform to geographical continents but were rather for the purpose of dividing the planet into Areas of Responsibility for UEDF’s six Army Commands.

  1. The North American Sector – Included Canada and the United States. Non-aligned states included Quebec, the York Barony and the Arkansas Protectorate. Scattered communities with major industrial clusters.
  2. The South American Sector – Mostly jungle with pockets of civilization. It is believed to have the greatest concentration of Zentraedi in the world. Included the Venezuelan Territorial Sector, Brazil, West Brazil, The Highlands, Upper Argentine, the Argentine Territorial Sector, the Mexican Territorial Sector and the Central American Territorial Sector. Also included the Western Hemisphere’s lone Eastern Block Soviet Independent State (EBSIS) of the Republic of Cuba and the non-aligned state of the Merchant Republic.
  3. Northern European Sector – Included Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the United Kingdom and the Western European Union. EBSIS member states included the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, the German Democratic Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Albania, Yugoslavia and the People’s Republic of Greece. Non-aligned states included Andorra and Republic of Ireland. The white areas on the map represent habitable areas, the black is wasteland.
  4. Africa Sector – Encompassed the huge territories of Africa and Central Asia. Most unpopulated, a combination of desert and jungle. Included Turkey, the Saudi Peninsula Territorial Sector, the North Africa Territorial Sector, the Economic Community of West Africa, Sierra Leon, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, the Sub-Saharan Territorial Sector, the Economic Community of Central Africa, the East African Community, Angola, Zambia, the South African Customs Union, the South African Territorial Sector and the Madagascar Territorial Sector. EBSIS member states included Egypt, Ethiopia, Somalia, Benin, the People’s Republic of the Congo, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, the Saudi People’s Republic, Iran, Afghanistan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the East Asian Soviet Protectorate (China). Non-aligned states included the Islamic Republic, the Ethiopian Freeholding and the Empire of Greater Zimbabwe.
  5. The Far East Sector – Consisted solely of Japan. This was the most populated and technologically advanced sector in the world. The Robotech Research Center was in New Tokyo.
  6. The Eastern Sector – Included Indochina Territorial Sector, Indonesian Territorial Sector, Australia and New Zealand. Also included the non-Soviet controlled portion of the People’s Republic of China.

The Major Quadrants and Highlights

A. SX Point 83, site of the UES Macross, and UEDF headquarters at nearby Monument City, Ontario, Canada.

B. Quebec: Non-aligned nation.

C. Arkansas Protectorate: Self-governing Zentraedi state, under the protection of the UEG.

D. Mexico Territorial Sector: Widely populated Federally Administrated Territory of the UEG.

E. Venezuelan Territorial Sector: Federally Administrated Territory of the UEG. Modest population.

F. Former Zentraedi Control Zone: Widely populated by hostile Zentraedi in the post war period and site of the Malcontent Uprisings. Administrated by Brazil. Dense jungle terrain.

G. Brazil: Most populous South American state with major industrial, facilities and UEDF bases.

H. Upper Argentine and the Argentine Territorial Sector: Widely populated with several UEDF bases, was the hub of Zentraedi Control Zone operations.

I. Scandinavia Quadrant: Includes Norway, Sweden and Finland. Most widely populated region of the UEG. Largely untouched by the Zentraedi attack at the end of the First Robotech War. Industry and technology levels remained at the pre-war levels. Norway was the site of a major UEDF base.

J. Eastern Bloc Soviet Independent State: Included the Soviet Union, East Germany, Poland and the rest of the Warsaw Pact, as well as Communist States in Central Asia and Africa. Black areas represent wastelands.

K. Economic Community of Central Africa: One of several UEG African Customs Unions. Second largest center of hostile Zentraedi activity during the post-war period. Mostly jungle.

L. India Territorial Sector: Highly impoverished Federally Administrated Territory of the UEG. Site of Zentraedi activity in the post-war period.

M. East Asian Soviet Protectorate (also known as the Manchurian Quadrant): EBSIS occupied China. Government was a Soviet installed monarchy. A mix of high and low technology. Scattered communities; mostly grassland.

N. Peoples Republic of China (also known as Free China): Modestly populated and has a low technology level.

O. Indochina Territorial Sector: Federally Administrated Territory of the UEG. Includes Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaya. Mostly jungle which harbors large numbers of Zentraedi.

P. Indonesia Territorial Sector: Federally Administrated Territory of the UEG. Includes Sumatra, Philippines and New Guinea.

Q. Australia: Suffered relatively lite damage in the final attack of the First Robotech War, was a major industrial center in the post-war period.

Note: Black areas on the map represent vast wastelands resulting from the Zentraedi planetary attack. White areas represent habitable areas.


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

Original artwork by: Kevin Siembieda

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2019 Tim Wing

Closeup – The Army of the Southern Cross


Closeup – The Army of the Southern Cross, from Robotech II: The Malcontent Uprisings, Issue 6

by Bill Spangler

edited by Tim Wing

Our quarters in Perth were comfortable but modest. How much time, I wondered, had been spent choosing rooms that made the correct political statement? Nothing in these quarters could be taken as a snub, but nothing could be taken as even an indirect show of support.

We were entering deep and treacherous waters. I’d no doubt that Anatole Leonard could maneuver in them, but I wondered if the prize was worth the effort.

As Leonard’s chief aide, I participated in some of the discussions with the United Earth Government’s treaty negotiation committee. The sessions I attended were primarily information gathering meetings, though. The political discussions were apparently being reserved for the executive sessions.

When I was not assisting Leonard, I kept to myself as much as possible. At least three different news services had requested interviews, but I turned them all down. I watched several movies that hadn’t been released in the Southlands yet and worked out at nearby health club. Under different circumstances, I would have enjoyed the rest. In this situation, though, I was merely trying to distract myself… and not succeeding very well.

By the fourth day, the matters seemed to be coming to a head. Vice Admiral Richard Hunter had descended from the Olympian heights of the Robotech Factory Satellite to attend the meetings. I kept one eye on him during the proceedings to see if his expression could indicate the committee’s temper. His face remained unreadable.

The committee went into executive session at 3:00pm that day. I ate dinner in my room, expecting another quite evening. Just after 9:00pm, though, I received a vidphone call from Leonard, at the council chambers.

“We’ve done it, Joseph,” he said quietly. “We’ve won.”

The official vote wouldn’t be until the next morning, but we had gotten everything that we had asked for. The Brazilian Armed Forces, as well as the militaries of the rest of the UEG’s member states, would become a full partners in the newly formed Army of the Southern Cross Treaty, with the same authority and legal status as the soon to be defunct UN Spacy. We would move our headquarters from Brasilia to Monument City, where our armaments would be replaced by newer mecha. After a seeming eternity of scrimping and stopgap measures, we would have a regular supply of Protoculture.

The Brazilian Army would lose its separate identity, though, but Leonard would remain in charge. His official rank would be Commander. It sounded like a demotion from his self-bestowed title of Marechal (Field Marshall), but his authority would be the same. And titles could always be changed…

Leonard said the new arrangement would become official on January 1, 2018. The new year would usher in a new way of life.

“I think I’ll finally get some sleep tonight, Joseph,” he concluded.

I smiled at that, but I doubted it. I had not known Leonard to sleep more than five hours a night since those hellish days immediately after the Brasilia Sweep. I had adjusted my sleep patterns to accommodate his, but there still were times when I couldn’t match his energy.

And I couldn’t imagine Leonard sleeping after the biggest political victory of his career. Recognition by the United Earth Government was a goal we both had worked for.

In 2015, when Leonard formed the post war Brazilian Army, he stressed that our forces would not enter a region unless invited. Of course, these were the early days of the Malcontent Uprisings. Events moved at such a pace that the permission was sometimes given after the fact. This only added to our reputation as vigilantes and opportunists, attempting to gain power during a chaotic time.

The people of the Southlands wanted a strong response to the Zentraedi Malcontents. They needed it. I think this is illustrated by the fact that the Brazilian Army was able to recruit legendary warriors who had opted out of the Reconstruction movement, people like Aaron Rawlins and Krista Delgado.

Of course, these events had been given an entirely different interpretation in the relative safety of the Northlands. Still, the attitude toward the Brazilian Army was changing. I was amused by the new shorthand description of the Brazilian Army that was appearing in the news media ― a political-military party. How civil. How neutral. How northern.

After Leonard briefed me on the committee’s decision, I suggested that we go out for drinks. Leonard said to meet me at his apartment in an hour. When I did so, I found a tableau that I will always remember.

Anatole Leonard, the man described by some as the greatest threat to interspecies unity since Khyron, was kneeling on the floor of his room, his hands folded in prayer.

Without out a word, I knelt beside him…

̶ Joseph Petrie; The Cross and the Sword


Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. 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 to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Michael Ling

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2019 Tim Wing

Macross-class Super Dimensional Fortress (proposed refit)

Macross-class Super Dimensional Fortress (proposed refit)

by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • SDF-1 (refit) reference file
  • SDF-1 (refit) gallery

After the close of the 1st Robotech War, the UN Spacy found itself critically short of operational capital ships. Many steps were taken to alleviate this, to include the re-flagging of the remainder of the operational Zentraedi fleet that remained in Earth-space. This was only meant to be a temporary measure. Zentraedi capital ships were larger and far more resource intensive than the Earth had the ability to effectively operate. The UN Spacy decided instead to focus on the construction of additional Niven-class carriers, and then the new generation of Banshee, Battle, Tristar and Tokogawa-class capital ships.

While these new classes of ships were to fill out the battle groups of the UN Spacy, there was an additional requirement for long range exploration and colonization fleets of the Reconnaissance Expeditionary Force (REF). The first of these fleets was to be the Pioneer Mission, headed by the SDF-2 UES Odyssey. The Pioneer mission was tasked with reconnaissance, not colonization. Its role was to find the location of the Tirolian Mercantile Empires home world. Follow-on fleets were to be tasked with the role of exploration and colonization. These fleets would consist of an Angel-class Super Dimensional Colony Fortress (SDCF) and a small battle group. Each Emigration Fleet would include around 25,000 colonists.

In the year 2011, completion of the UES Odyssey and the UES Angel were years away. So, frightened by the now very real prospect of the extinction of the entire human race at the hands of follow on Zentraedi forces, the United Earth Government (UEG) found itself clambering for avenues to get portions of the Earth’s population off planet and out of the Solar System as quickly as possible. One proposal was to refit and recommission the SDF-1 UES Macross. This was a logical decision. The Macross had already been internally reconfigured during the 1st Robotech War to accommodate the refugees from Macross Island. All that would be required would be the repair of battle damaged suffered during the final battle of the war.

These repairs would have introduced a host of modifications. First, and most obviously, would have been the replacement of the UES Prometheus and UES Daedalus with Forestall-class aerospacecraft carriers. These carriers would roughly double the amount of aerospace fighters which were accommodated by the original SDF-1. Next, the entire hull of the Macross would need to be strengthened and rebuilt in key stress areas. This led to hull profile that would have differed significantly from the Zentraedi Sian Macross-class Border Fleet Gun Destroyer. Finally, the ship’s internal spaces, crew compartments and living area would have been modernized. With a colonial population of just 25,000 rather than the SDF-1’s refugee population of over 70,000, the internal stores and comfort level could be increased significantly.  

In the end, the extent of the SDF-1’s damage was to great to economically return the ship to service. Rather, it was decided to allocate these resources to the construction of the SDF-2 and the Angel-class colonization vessels. In any case, the argument became mute when the Macross was destroyed in the Zentraedi Malcontent attack on Macross City in January 2014.      


Designation: Macross-class Super Dimensional Fortress (SDF)

Operators: UN Spacy (proposed)

Program:

  • Ship Type: Super Dimensional Fortress/ Super Dimensional Colony Fortress
  • Government: United Earth Government
  • Ship Name: Macross
  • Refit start date (planned): July 2013
  • Launch Date (projected): October 2014

Dimensions:

  • Mass: 22,000,000 metric tons (up from 18,000,000 metric tons pre-refit)
  • Length: 1210 meters
  • Beam: 496 meters
  • Height: 312 meters

Structure: hypercarbon frame, hypercarbon hull

Propulsion:

  • Power Plant: RRG Mk.1 protoculture-fueled Reflex furnace cluster
  • Primary Systems: 1 x RRG YS-2 spacefold; 6 x RRG HPC-2 Fusion-Plasma Reaction Thrusters; 8 x RRG VFR-2 Fusion-Plasma Reaction Thrusters; 9 x RRG VFR-3 Fusion-Plasma Reaction Thrusters; 7 x RRG VFR-4 Fusion-Plasma Reaction Thrusters; 15 x RRG Olympic anti-gravity pods
  • Secondary Systems: Pin-Point Barrier/Full Barrier System

Armament:        

  • 1 x Mk.1 Reflex Cannon (Makral Ever 248 super-dimension-energy cannon)
  • 8 x HPC-SC440 Double-Barreled Heavy Particle Cannon (Makral Deim 773)
  • 4 x HRC-420 178cm Heavy Railgun (Gluph Tacim 56)
  • Multiple large automatic anti-ship missile launchers and various missile emplacements

Air Wing:

  • Variable Mecha: 120 x VF-4 Lightning III Veritech Fighters, 280 VF-1 Super Valkyrie Veritech Fighters
  • Aerospacecraft: 120 x FA-100 Swift Aerospace Fighters, 72 x QF-3000E Ghost Aerospace Drone Fighters
  • Non-Variable Mecha: 200 x Destroids (ADR-04 Defenders, SDR-04 Phalanxes and MBR-04 Tomahawks)
  • Docked Craft: 2 x Forestall-class ARMDs


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

Acknowledgement is extended to the work of Egan Loo and the Macross Compendium. Egan Loo is given all credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the Macross Compendium that has been utilized in this publication.

Images Courtesy of Chad Wilson (Marchly) and the Macross Mecha Manual. Chad Wilson is given all credit for all images from the Macross Mecha Manual that have been utilized in this publication.

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

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.

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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

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2018 Tim Wing

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.

 


 

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Original artwork by: Tim Wing

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

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Northrop F-5 Tiger II Fighter

Northrop F-5 Tiger II Fighter

Though the F-5E was certainly outdated by the end of the First Robotech War, it continued in service through much the Malcontent Uprisings and briefly through the early years of the United Earth Defense Force.  Its reliability and ease of operation made it a viable ground attack platform during the Malcontent Uprisings. It also served, as it had throughout its operational history, as an aggressor fighter. In 2019 the type was finally retired from the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) inventory after the consolidation of the Unified Forces under the Treaty of the Southern Cross.

  • Role: Light fighter
  • National origin: United States
  • Manufacturer: Northrop Corporation
  • First flight: F-5A – 30 July 1959, F-5E – 11 August 1972
  • Introduction: 1962
  • Retired: 2019
  • Primary users, post 2011: United States Navy (aggressor squadrons, retired 2014), Brazilian Air Force (operated through 2017), Republic of China Air Force (operated through 2017), Republic of Singapore Air Force (retired 2015), Mexican Air Force (retired 2016), UEDF Tactical Air Force (retired 2019)
  • Produced: 1959–1987
  • Number built: 2,246

A little over 70 examples of the F-5 survived the First Robotech War. These included 19 F-5Ns operated as aggressor aircraft by the United States Navy, 26 F-5EMs in service with the Brazilian Air Force, 16 F-5E Tiger 2000s in service with the Republic of China Air Force, 12 F-5Ss in service with the Republic of Singapore Air Force and 12 F-5Hs in service with the Mexican Air Force. Two squadrons, one from Brazil and one from Singapore, were integrated into the UEDF Tactical Air Force (TAF) and continued to operate their F-5s through 2019. Though the F-5’s story ended in 2019, several TAF and UEDF Navy squadrons continued to operate advance versions of the type’s F-20 Tiger Shark progeny through the Second Robotech War.

Brazil operated three Esquadrões of upgraded F-5EMs and F-5FMs during the Malcontent Uprisings. These Tigers had been modernized in the early 2000s by Elbit Systems and Embraer. The modernization centered on several areas: new electronic warfare systems, the Grifo F radar, an air-to-air refueling system, INS/GPS-based navigation, support for new weapons, targeting and self-defense systems, HOTAS, LCD displays, helmet-mounted displays (HMDs), Radar Warning Receiver, encrypted communications, cockpit compatibility for night vision goggles and various new onboard computer upgrades. One important capability was the secure communication with EC-33 Tiger’s Eye airborne early warning platforms and ground stations. These F-5s were used primarily for ground attack and close air support (CAS). While not particularly long legged in comparison to modern fusion turbine powered aircraft of the time, their simplicity and ruggedness led to perhaps the best availability rate of any CAS platform during the war. Due to this, the mighty F-5 flew a much higher portion of ground attack missions than their tiny numbers and old age would lead one to expect.Variants in use after 2012

  • F-5E/F Tiger II: Single-seat fighter version with AN/APQ-159 and two General Electric J85-GE-21B turbojet with 3,500 lb (16 kN) of thrust each.
  • F-5G: The temporary designation given to the Northrop F-20 Tigershark, armed with General Electric AN/APG-67 radar.
  • F-5H/I: F-5E/F upgraded with F-20 avionics suite and two General Electric J85-GE-J1A turbojet with 5,000 lb (22 kN) of thrust each.
  • F-5N: F-5Es used by the U.S. Navy as “aggressor” aircraft, with AN/APG-69 replacing the original AN/APQ-159.
  • F-5S: Upgraded version of the F-5E in use by the Republic of Singapore Air Force, equipped with the Galileo Avionica’s FIAR Grifo-F X-band radar and are capable of firing the AIM-120 AMRAAM.
  • F-5EM: Upgraded version of the F-5E of Brazilian Air Force armed with Italian Grifo-F radar.
  • F-5E Tiger 2000: Upgraded version of Taiwan AIDC, equipped with the GD-53 radar, capable of firing the TC-2 Sky Sword II, MIL-STD-1553B Link and GPS/INS


 

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

Original artwork by: Kaoru Shintani

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2018 Tim Wing