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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


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.

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 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

БМП-3 Боевая машина пехоты

Kurganmashzavod BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

by Tim Wing

I. Dimensions:

  • Height: 2.4 meters
  • Length: 7.14 meters
  • Width: 3.2 meters
  • Weight: 18.7 metric tons (standard), 22.2 metric tons (with reactive armor kit)

II. Type:

  • Design: Kurgan Special Design Bureau of Mechanical Engineering
  • Builder: Kurganmashzavod and Rubtsovsk Machine Building Plant (RMZ)
  • Infantry Fighting Vehicle

III. Service History:

Served with the Soviet Army from 1987 until 2023. Continued to be serve with Soviet Army reserve formations and various Eastern Block of Soviet Independent States (EBSIS) members state’s militaries until 2031.

IV. Propulsion:

  • Powerplant: UTD-29M diesel producing 375 kW (500 hp).

V. Performance:

  • Maximum speed: 72 kp/h
  • Power to weight: 27 hp/ton
  • Range: 600 km

VI. Electronics:

  • SOZH-M gunner’s main sight with an integrated laser range-finder and missile-guidance channel
  • AST-B Vesna-K targeting system with thermal imaging camera and automatic target tracker
  • PL-1 IR laser projector
  • OU-5-1 IR searchlight
  • 1PZ-10 combined optical sight
  • SOZH-M thermal imaging camera
  • OU-3GA2 IR searchlight

VII. Armament:

Main armament

  • 1 x 2A70 100 mm low-pressure gun/missile launcher (able to fire shells or the 9M117 Bastion ATGM)
  • 1 x 2A72 30 mm autocannon

Secondary armament

  • 3 x 7.62 mm PKT machine guns
  • 5 x firing ports with associated vision blocks for embarked infantrymen to fire from
  • 6 x 902V “Tucha-2” 81 mm smoke grenade launchers

VIII. Armor:

The hull and turret are made of a high-strength aluminum alloy, with the front of the hull being provided with an extra steel plate welded over it plus spaced armor from the trim vane. The turret is also provided with a thick steel spaced armor shield over its frontal arc. The maximum thickness is over 35mm in the front.

The armor stops small arms fire, provides excellent resistance to heavy infantry weapons fire, and poor resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.

The BMP-3 included full nuclear, biological and chemical protect with the GO-27 radiation and chemical agent detector and an FVU filtration system. An automatic fire extinguisher system was also included.

Note: At least two distinct sets of explosive reactive armor kit were available, giving the BMP-3 protection from less advanced rocket propelled grenades. One of them was the Kaktus ERA kit, which had a unique design that created minimal acoustic and kinetic backlash to the armor behind it upon detonation, thus ensuring that the occupants would not be harmed by shockwaves from the ERA block. The BMP-3 could also be fitted with additional side armor tiles, which could resist .50 caliber armor-piercing ammunition perpendicularly at close ranges.

IX. Development:

The BMP-3 was a Soviet lightly armored, fully tracked, infantry fighting vehicle designed to transport seven fully equipped infantrymen. The BMP-3 was the successor to the BMP-1 and BMP-2. The abbreviation BMP stands for Boevaya Mashina Pehoty (Боевая Машина Пехоты, literally “Infantry Combat Vehicle”). It was developed by the Kurgan Special Design Bureau of Mechanical Engineering and produced at the OAO Kurganmashzavod plant in Russia. It entered operational service in 1987 and remained in front line service until 2023. Though it left front line service with the Soviet Army in 2023, it continued to serve in reserve units and with the Hungarian, Romanian and Polish Armies until 2031.

The design of the BMP-3, or Object 688M, can be traced back to the Object 685 light tank prototype with its 100 mm gun 2A48-1 from 1975. This vehicle did not enter series production, but the chassis, with a new engine, was used for the next-generation infantry combat vehicle. The resulting BMP-3 was developed in the early 1980s and entered service with the Soviet Army officially in 1987. It was shown for the first time in public during the 1990 Victory Day parade. The BMP-3 is designed and produced by the Kurganmashzavod (“Kurgan Machine Building Plant”) some variants however are built by the Rubtsovsk Machine Building Plant (RMZ).

The BMP-3 was one of the most heavily armed infantry combat vehicles to enter service, fitted with a low-velocity 2A70 100 mm rifled gun, which could fire conventional shells or 9M117 ATGMs (AT-10 Stabber). 40 100mm-rounds and 8 ATGMs were carried. A 2A72 30 mm dual feed autocannon with 500 (300 HEI and 200 APT) rounds and a rate of fire of 350 to 400 RPM, and a 7.62mm PKT machine gun with 2,000 rounds, were also mounted coaxially in the turret. There were also two 7.62mm PKT bow machine guns, again with 2,000 rounds each. The BMP-3 was capable of engaging targets out to 5,000–6,000 meters with its ATGM weapon system 9K116-3 “Basnya”. With conventional ammunition, such as the HE-Frag shell 3OF32, the 2A70 gun had a claimed range of 4,000 meters.

The BMP-3 had an unconventional layout. The engine was in the back of the vehicle to the right (unlike most other IFVs, which have the engine located forward in the hull). As a result, the driver was seated forward in the hull (in the center) together with two infantrymen (one on each side of the driver). The vehicle had a double bottom and the engine is located under the floor of the vehicle (troops enter/leave the vehicle over the engine). The remaining five infantrymen were seated aft of the two-man turret.

Operators included the Soviet Army (up until 2023), the East German Army (up until 2026), the Hungarian Army, the Polish People’s Army, the Romanian Army, the Hellenic Army (up until 2025), the Syrian Army, the Iraqi Army, the Kuwaiti Army, the Saudi People’s Army, the Iranian Revolutionary Army, the North Korean Army and the Cuban Army. The BMP-3 saw action in several conflicts, to include the Global Civil War, the Unification War, the Malcontent Uprisings, the Palestinian Liberation War and the Soviet Invasion of Western Europe in 2031. The BMP-3 also saw plenty of use in the early years of the Invid Occupation with rebel groups within the former territories of the Eastern Block of Soviet Independent States.


 

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Original artwork by: Steven Zolago (Jane’s Armour and Artillery 1992-93)

Content by Tim Wing

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Offshore Submersibles Ltd. HADS-10 Kraken Hard Atmospheric Diving Suit

Offshore Submersibles Ltd. HADS-10 Kraken Hard Atmospheric Diving Suit

by Tim Wing

I. Dimensions:

  • Height: 3 meters
  • Depth: 1.2 meters
  • Width: 1.5 meters
  • Weight: 473 kg

II. Type:

  • Design: Brisbane RRG and Offshore Submersibles Ltd.
  • Builder: Offshore Submersibles Ltd.
  • Type: one-man power assisted hard atmospheric diving suit

III. Service History:

  • WASP-4: Hard atmospheric diving suit used by the Royal Navy from 1996 until 2017; by the UN Spacy from 2004 until 2017; and by the UEDF Naval Division from 2018 until 2023.
  • HADS-10: Combat capable hard atmospheric diving suit used by the UEDF Naval Division from 2021 until 2031.

IV. Propulsion:

  • Engines: 6 x hydrojets, one mounted on each shoulder and two in each calve
  • Powerplant: 1 x Brisbane RRG protoculture cell energizer
  • Fuel Capacity: 4 x standard protoculture cells

V. Performance:

  • Maximum speed in water: 64 kph
  • Maximum running speed: 72 kph
  • Maximum dive depth: 1,800 meters

VI. Electronics:

  • Synthetic aperture sonar suite. Utilizes both active and passive modes. Can detect targets at up to 80 km in active modes.
  • High-intensity multi-spectrum diving lights.

VII. Armament:

  • 1 x TDWS-45 Torpedo Gun. The TDWS-45 was 45mm dual tube underwater torpedo launcher designed specifically for underwater combat. Fires a 45mm sonar guided torpedo with a high explosive shaped charge warhead, propelled by a Stored Chemical Energy Propulsion (SCEP) system. Payload consists of six torpedoes, loaded in two magazines with three torpedoes each. Maximum range is 3.7 km. The warhead is intended primarily for anti-ship operations, though it is capable of engaging mecha, if said mecha are underwater.
  • Note: The HADS-10 can also carry a broad range of hand held light infantry and powered armor specific weapons systems for land combat and amphibious operations.

VIII. Armor:

The armor of the HADS-10 is composed of high strength steel titanium alloy, or “space metal” as it is colloquially known. The armor of the HADS-10 stops all light infantry weapons small, provides fair resistance to heavy infantry weapons fire and poor resistance light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.

The HADS-10 provides protection from all nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. Internal consumables provide oxygen for up to 24 hours of operational use.

WASP-4

IX. Development:

The HADS-10 was built by Offshore Submersibles Ltd., designer of pre-war diving suits such as the WASP-4. The WASP-4 was already in service with the Royal Navy and the UN Spacy, before both services were combined under the Treaty of the Southern Cross. The newly formed Naval Infantry Corps of the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) Naval Division wanted an upgraded version of the old WASP-4 which would be capable of amphibious combat. The Robotech Research Group in Brisbane Australia took up the challenge, completely redesigning the WASP.

The HADS-10 introduced power assist to the articulated joints as well as an integral water propulsion system consisting of pump jets to the basic design of the WASP-4. Provisions were made for a detachable propulsion pack. This pack did not increase speed, but rather was for long range amphibious missions. The HADS-10 was built for amphibious operations, being capable of both land and sea combat.

The HADS-10 was used for two primary combat missions: anti-shipping and amphibious assault. In the anti-shipping role, the Kraken would typically be used against ships in port where they would be safe from attack submarines. This sort of mission was reserved for the Naval Divisions Underwater Demolitions Teams (UDTs). The amphibious assault mission was the job of the more conventional Naval Infantry. For this mission, the HADS-10 could disembark from ships at sea over the horizon from the target area. The Kraken would then swim in at high speed and attack coastal defenses with hand held anti-mecha guided missiles. In addition to its combat duties, the HADS-10 was used for a variety of more mundane purposes, from rescue to deep sea salvage. Krakens continued to be involved in recovering protoculture supplies from down Zentraedi spaceships all the way up to the Invid Invasion.

An HADS-10 Kraken engaged in combat with EBSIS genetically engineered guard dolphins at the port of Sevastopol.

 


 

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Original artwork by: Kogawa Tomonori, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Miyo Sonoda, Hiroshi Ogawa, Hirotoshi Ohkura and Takashi Ono

Content by Tim Wing

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Northrop VF-3000 Crusader Air-Superiority Aerospace Variable Fighter

Northrop VF-3000 Crusader Air-Superiority Aerospace Variable Fighter

by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • VF-3000 reference file
  • VF-3000 gallery

The VF-3000 was a Veritech fighter designed by Northrop Aviation as a competitor to Rockwell Bell’s VF-4 Lightning. Both Veritechs were born from the need of a successor to the VF-1 Valkyrie. Like the VF-4, the VF-3000 Crusader (nicknamed the “Stretch Valkyrie”) was significantly larger than the VF-1, though it kept the same basic design layout as the Valkyrie. This lead to a lawsuit by Rockwell Bell, alleging that even though the majority of Valkyries were built by Northrop under contract, the intellectual property rights for the design belonged to the Rockwell team. This lawsuit failed in court, but it did manage to hold up the development of the VF-3000 significantly. This delay helped give the Rockwell Bell team the edge, allowing them to win the contract. This is a shame, as the VF-4 Lightning ended up being a flop due to obscene failure rates with its transformation sequence and its high purchase and operational costs. The VF-3000, on the other hand, used a proven and much simpler transformation sequence. Even though there were some early problems with the Battloid/GERWALK leg to fuselage interface, these were minor in comparison to the sequence of miracles needed for the VF-4 to successfully convert from fighter to Battloid. A second lawsuit was also filed by Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) for the rights of the name Crusader. LTV won this case and Northrop was forced to pay them a nominal licensing fee.

The VF-3000 Crusader’s gun pod was the second-generation GU-11D. The GU-11D gun pod was originally built for the VF-1 and was a notable improvement over the original gun pod due to the detachable magazine feed system. The GU-11D introduced rocket assisted, self-guided 55mm ammunition. These rounds were effectively miniaturized anti-tank guided missiles. They extended the range and accuracy of the GU-11 significantly, at the cost of warhead wield. The removable magazine held 320 rounds. The gun pod also had provisions for a (ridicules) anti-armor bayonet, though this was a concept that was never used operationally on a Veritech. While the smaller VF-1 Valkyrie could also accommodate the GU-11D gun pod, its enormous size prevented it from being adopted.

With the VF-4 officially winning the contract in 2014, Northrop continued to develop the VF-3000 on its own dime in the hope of marketing it to United Earth Government (UEG) member states. In fact, the United States Air Force and Navy were on board to purchase the VF-3000, having signed a contract in 2016. These plans were scuttled in 2017 when the decision came down to standardize all weapons systems once the individual militaries of the UEG consolidated under the Treaty of the Southern Cross. The United States continued to hold out hope for the VF-3000, but all funding and development officially ended in 2018 when the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) was created. The VF-3000 was briefly reconsidered in 2020 as the major problems with the VF-4 Lightning became apparent. Eight final production examples were indeed dusted off and assigned to the Tactical Armored Space Corps’ VX-2 “Dancing Skulls” operational test and evaluation squadron. While the VF-3000 performed well, the UEDF decided against it in favor of the far cheaper VF/F-6.

A strike variant designated the VF-3000B was also submitted to the UN Spacy and later the US Air Force for consideration. The most obvious difference was a tail assembly that combined the horizontal stabilizers and vertical tail fins, mounted on the rear of the fuselage. Less obvious was the massively increased wing area, which would have doubled the type’s useful combat load. With no examples ever being produced, this type existing on paper only.

 

  • Manufacturer: Northrop
  • Development: 2012 to 2018
  • Crew: pilot plus radar intercept officer (REO)
  • Dimensions in fighter mode: length 15.5 meters; wingspan 16.1 meters
  • Mass: empty 11.95 metric tons
  • Power Plant: 2 x Shinnakasu/P&W/Rolls Royce FF-2450A thermonuclear turbine engines; 4 x auxiliary nozzles above engine nacelles and 2 x auxiliary nozzels in the aft center (fighter mode)
  • Propulsion: 22,500 kg x 2 (220.73 kN x 2); many x vernier thrusters
  • Thrust-to-weight ratio: (empty) 3.77
  • Performance: standard cruising speed at 10,000 m Mach 3.1+
  • Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; vertical Take-off and landing (VTOL); variable main wing; two-seater cockpit; enlarged tail fins form X-shape

Armament:

  • 1 x Hughes GU-11D 55mm gatling gun pod
  • 1 x large laser cannon (mounted center ventral section – right side – in Fighter/GERWALK modes, becomes head turret in Battloid mode)
  • 2 x Mauser RöV-22 anti-aircraft laser cannons (mounted center ventral section – left side – in Fighter/GERWALK modes, becomes head turret in Battloid mode)
  • 6 x under-wing hard point weapon stations


 

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.

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2018 Tim Wing

 

 

Independence-class Super Dimensional Carrier (SCV)

Independence-class Super Dimensional Carrier (SCV)

by Tim Wing

Names and disposition:

  • SCV-07 UES Independence, commissioned in 2034, destroyed over Earth, 2042
  • SCV-08 UES Ikazuti, commissioned in 2034, destroyed over Earth, 2042
  • SCV-09 UES Graf Zeppelin, commissioned in 2034, destroyed over Earth, 2042
  • SCV-10 UES Vengeance, commissioned in 2035, destroyed over Earth, 2044
  • SCV-11 UES Shangri-La, commissioned in 2035, destroyed over Earth, 2044

These ships were built at the Robotech Factory Satellite and the Robotech Repair Factory. Their names are written with the ‘UES’ prefix.

Ship’s complement:

  • Ships’ crew (1302 men),
  • One mechanized division (5350 men),
  • Air group (600 men),

Life support limits are for a full combat complement and about 800 supernumeraries (7900 men total).

Dimensions:

  • Length: 832 m over all, 748 m excluding engine shielding blades.
  • Height: 172 m over all.
  • Width: 153 m over all.
  • Mass: 1,480,000 metric tons, operational (typical).
  • Fuel Mass: 147,000 metric tons, maximum (typical).

Propulsion systems:

Main power system: RRG Mk16 protoculture-fueled Reflex furnace. The powerplant of the Independence-class vessel can deliver up to 3.38 Petawatts of power, and can operate for seventy-two minutes at maximum power before overheat initiates autoshutdown.

Maneuvering Thrusters (8): Fusion-plasma reaction thruster clusters mounted on the bottom, top, and sides of the main hull, halfway to the bow and the stern.

Reaction-mass Thrusters (4): Rolls-Royce/P&W SP-25 Fusion-Plasma Reaction Thrusters with protoculture energizer.

Secondary Reaction Thrusters (2): Rolls-Royce Kestrel Mk3 Fusion-Plasma Reaction Thrusters with protoculture energizer.

Anti-gravity System (1): 27 RRG Titan anti-gravity pods.

Space Fold (1): RRG (Robotech Research Group) Mk9 spacefold. This system generates a spherical fold bubble and can transport 30 to 40 subluminal ships in its fold radius.

Planetary Capabilities: The Independence-class has atmospheric capabilities through its reaction thrusters and anti-gravity system. The ships’ structure has sufficient strength to let the ship land; however, any particle gun turrets under the hull would be crushed by the weight and, without previous preparation on the ground, damage to the hangars will occur. Therefore, when landing its troops, the ships are advised to generate a -99% of the local gravity counterforce with their anti-gravity systems. Note that the ground underneath should still be as firm as possible. The ship will float in an ocean, and this is the preferred landing method for extended planetary operations. Unfortunately, the main hangars access doors will be submerged.

Endurance and mobility limits:

The dry stores endurance is 2 years maximum. After that time, the Independence-class will have to restock its supplies. Water stores are recycled almost completely. The hydroponics installations on board will provide the crew with a reasonable amount of fresh food, but the ship, while far better equipped than the smaller Garfishes, is not completely self-sufficient.

The mecha consumables supplies (missiles mainly) are reasonably extensive, and can sustain continuous combat operations for over twenty days against the Invid. However, a battle against Zentraedi or other forces with a capital ship capability will swiftly drain the stores of anti-ship missiles, as these are not usually carried in very large numbers. The ship launched missile magazines should suffice for two large battles or three or more skirmishes.

The Reflex furnace can function for about 30 years at normal usage levels before an energizer rebuild is necessary.

At full power, the main propulsion systems can produce up to 34.5 Giganewtons of thrust at a minimal reaction mass efficiency profile, or as little as 1.34 Giganewtons of thrust at a maximum efficiency setting. At lower power levels, these thrusts are commensurately smaller.

At full power, the Independence-class can achieve a maximum delta-v of 204 kps at the cruising acceleration of 0.1 gees, a maximum delta-v of 40.8 kps at the battle acceleration of 1.0 gees, and a delta-v of at most 11.4 kps at the flank acceleration of 2.5 gees. At lower power levels, these ranges are commensurately smaller. Ultra-high efficiency modes will extend the delta-v, but always at the cost of very low accelerations and hence extended travel times.

The fold systems are not navigationally guaranteed for any single jump beyond 10 kiloparsecs (32,600 ly). If longer voyages are required, the ships must conduct multiple fold jumps. These jumps can however be made in quick succession.

The maximum sustained atmospheric speed is limited to subsonic values. During a re-entry, the ship will exceed this, but flight control is sluggish and the speed is always reduced to subsonic speeds as soon as possible. The maximum hover time on the anti-gravity systems is limited only by the protoculture supplies and maintenance requirements.

Weapon systems:

PL-1e Point Defense turrets (12): Mounted the top (8) and bottom (4) of hull behind movable panels, these close in weapon systems can fire 63 MJ of particle energy four times per second. Typically, these weapons are used against enemy mecha.

Mk.253 MLS missile systems (2): This is a VLS missile system. Each system has 10 individual rotating silos which contain 6 missiles each. The missiles are launched through one firing port per silo; and the upper cover of the launcher is armored, thus exposing only one missile per silo directly to enemy fire. The ready magazines under each silo cluster store another 120 missiles, and the magazine can reload the silo launchers while these are in use. The missiles typically used in these launchers are the Warhawk and the Spacehawk. These are usually the standard HE, nuclear reaction anti-warship and nuclear reaction re-entry capable versions. Both launchers are mounted on the bottom of the hull, amidship.

Air group and mecha complement:

Standard air group:

  • 144 VF-6 Alpha fighters in quick-reaction launch bays.
  • 100 additional VF-6 Alpha fighters.
  • 60 fighter-bombers such as the VF-5 Condor and the VF-12 Beta
  • 68 Elint Legioss ESM reconnaissance craft,
  • 4 EC-32 Eyrie AWACS shuttles,
  • 10 RC-4 Rabbit light personnel and cargo shuttles.

Ground forces mecha (if embarked):

  • 210 Destroids (various types),
  • 4500 Cyclones (various types).

Notes: This is a typical complement c. 2043; only 144 Alphas and 72 fighter-bombers are part of the Naval Combatants Air Wing, while the other mecha belong to Tactical Corps or Marine units stationed on board. The exact number and type of mecha vary somewhat due to operational realities. About 660 large mecha total is normal, but there is storage and hangar space for 800+ craft. However, this would cause overcrowding in the launch bays.

Design notes:

The Independence-class was developed from the Nergal-class cruisers, which they resemble to a large degree. However, the Independence-class is larger and more capable overall, as well as more suited to receiving upgrades without undue removal of other systems. The Independence-class had a short production run, before being developed into the Ikazuchi-class.

The Independence series of large cruisers are vaguely rectangular in shape, with a gravity-well attitude that might remind one of a brick flying on its side. The hull narrows considerably in the center, effectively making for an hourglass-silhouette when viewed from the bow or the stern. The four main thrusters are located astern, one on each of the corner-points. The two auxiliary engines are located in sponsons that run along the port and starboard hull, beginning amidships and running along aft until the end of the ship. There is also a command citadel on the upper port side of the vessel, with an observation deck on top of it. Six Alpha launch bays are located on the sides of the ship, capable of launching up to 144 Alphas in battloid mode. The main hangars and their movable blast shield doors are located in the lower amidship levels. The doors cover the exits of three hangar decks and roll toward the stern of the ship when craft are being launched or retrieved.

In the lower stern of the hull is a rapid launch bay. This bay is a 140-meter triangular tube used to accelerate aerospace craft during combat launches using an Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS). This system can accelerate an aerospace craft to 720 kph by the end of the launch track. This translated into a .2 kps increase in delta-v for the aerospace craft. While this was a significant increase in overall delta-v, the down side is that the system takes up allot of space: the entire forward lower deck. The system is only able to launch one aerospace craft at a time, and then only one every three minutes. This made for slow scramble times, and huge variances in remaining delt-v for the aerospace craft involved, as each succeeding mecha would have to accelerate exponentially to catch up with the lead craft. This, combined with a 7 to 8 G load on the pilot and airframe, which no-one likes, doomed this system as a concept. By removing it on the follow-on Ikazuchi-class, naval-architects were able to increase hanger space by a third.

The command citadel houses two command decks, the main hull 12 main decks, though deck 12 is just a small outcropping on the underside of the vessel, usually used as a Horizont shuttle hangar and staging area. The main decks serve the following purposes: deck one is mainly crew and officers’ quarters, and this deck houses the navigation computer and the Astrogator and his mates. Deck two contains crew facilities and the port and starboard launch bays. Deck three consists of the senior officers’ quarters and the engineering block, which includes the hyperspatial communications array, life support, auxiliary gravity control, and quarters for the engineers’ mates. Decks four and seven include much of the quarters and facilities for the crew, as well as the ship’s stores. Decks five and eight are mainly used for the Planetary Forces troops, though there are also cargo holds and crew and officers’ quarters as well. Decks six and nine contain the auxiliary systems, as well as quarters for the Veritech pilots. Decks ten, eleven, and twelve are mainly hangar facilities for the ship’s mecha.

The absence of an extensive point defense capability was the most serious flaw of the pre-refit version of this design. This is even odder when one considers the rather extensive AAA installations on the SDF-1 and 2, and on the Armor series orbital platforms. This lack of attention to anti-mecha operations in the original design would prove to be very costly. The later Ikazuchi-class suffered from the same short fall, which was corrected in the refitted version which added no less than 24 additional defensive cannon emplacements, in a brute-force approach to increase the defenses against Invid ramming tactics.

History:

The Independence-class was the forerunner of the Ikazuchi-class, which became the mainstay of the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF). In 2032 the UEEF found themselves depleted both in vessels and in manpower, though they did possess, in the Robotech Satellites, the means to rebuild the fleet. Since the demographic make-up of the UEEF delayed significant reinforcements for almost ten years, the Expeditionary Force design bureau decided not to proceed with emergency construction of the existing Nergal-class cruiser, but to design a new cruiser, incorporating new advances in warship engineering.

Because of conceptual problems with the Independence-class’s rapid launch bay, the type was redesigned shortly after its initial deployment. Only five ships of this class were built before production shifted to the improved Ikazuchi-class. Like the Ikazuchi-class, the Independence-class suffered from deficiencies in their air defense capabilities. All five ships remained in service until their destruction over Earth during the UEEF’s reclamation attempts.

While the rapid launch bay was considered a failure, it did demonstrate some advantages when launching reconnaissance and electronic warfare aerospace craft. Since these types typically operate alone or in pairs, the need for following craft to expend reaction mass in order to catch up was attenuated. Because of this, the Independence-class was not retired nor refit. Rather, one Independence-class was assigned to each battle group to act as the primary ship for electronic attack squadrons, reconnaissance squadrons and other electronic warfare squadrons.

 


 

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 upon their rights.

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

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 Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

Maxwell Dynamics ST-10 Sandstorm Unconventional-warfare Tactical Vehicle (UTV)

Maxwell Dynamics ST-10 Sandstorm Unconventional-warfare Tactical Vehicle (UTV)

by Tim Wing

The Sandstorm was a light-armored, two-person, side-by-side, all-terrain vehicle. It was designed by General Dynamics in the late nineties for the Special Forces community. It was meant to replace the various commercial side-by-side all-terrain vehicles then in use by the US Army’s Special Forces, Combat Applications Group (CAG, or more commonly known as Delta Force), United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and the US Navy’s SEAL teams. The final design crossed the looks of a side-by-side sport all-terrain vehicle and a dune buggy. It was rugged, fast, but unarmed and lightly armored. It was powered by a 660cc Single-Cylinder flex fuel engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The engine could burn bio-diesel, diesel, JP-8, kerosene or various other hydrocarbon-based fuels.

After the end of the First Robotech War Maxwell Dynamics acquired the rights for the ST-10 with its acquisition of General Dynamics. The design went back into production and was purchased by the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) for their Special Purpose Divisions. Most were used Reconnaissance Division, the Forest Division, the Desert Division and the Jungle Division. Maxwell Dynamics also pushed it on the Reconnaissance Expeditionary Force (REF) for use by their Special Warfare troops. The acquisition of the ST-10 was frivolous, as the Special Forces community in the REF preferred to use hover vehicles such as the HR-32 Flash-Clapper. Because of this, most Sandstorms did not come out of their shipping containers for the duration of the Sentinels Campaign. The ST-10 received a new lease on life during the Invid Occupation. It had a flex fuel engine that gave it respectable range and allowed operation near the Invid without fear of Protoculture emissions detection.

  • Vehicle Type: Off-Road All-Terrain Vehicle
  • Crew: Two
  • Max speed: 128 kph
  • Fuel economy: 2.9 l/100 km
  • Height: 1.5 m
  • Length: 2.9 m
  • Width: 1.4 m
  • Weight: 495 kg
  • Cargo capacity: 350 kg
  • Power System: 660cc Single-Cylinder flex fuel engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • Fuel capacity: 30.2 liters


 

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 upon their rights.

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

Content by Tim Wing

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Quimeliquola TFR-29 Interceptor Tactical Fighter Robot

Quimeliquola TFR-29 (ZBR-10 Mk. I) Interceptor Tactical Fighter Robot

by Tim Wing

Dimensions:

  • Height: 7 meters
  • Depth: 2.7 meters
  • Width: 2.8 meters
  • Weight: 14 metric tons (dry)

Type:

  • Design: Quimeliquola and Maxwell Dynamics
  • Builder: Quimeliquola 74710020692nd Zentradi Fully-Automated Weapons Factory
  • One man non-variable all-environment combat Battloid

TFR-29J/ZBR-10 Mk. I-J

III. Service History:

  • ZBR(Y)-10: Pre-production prototype. Underwent testing from 2026 until 2031.
  • TFR-29A (ZBR-10 Mk. I): Served with the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) from 2034 until 2068.
  • TFR-29J (ZBR-10 Mk. I-J): Served with the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) from 2035 until 2068.

Propulsion:

Engines

  • 2 x Pratt & Whitney JG97M/S fusion plasma-reaction mass intermix turbines. Max thrust, 137 kN ea.
  • 6 x Varshtanna type 985 plasma-shock expansion engines with vectorable exhaust. The thrusters are located in the lower calves. Each has a maximum 8.3 kN standard thrust, max overboost to 15.2 kN each.

Powerplant

  • 1 x Zorr’lev-12-DCr protoculture generator

Performance:

  • Maximum level speed (Terra-type atmosphere): 500 kph
  • Minimum speed: VTOL capable
  • Maximum running speed: 95 kph
  • Maximum jumping distance: 6.1 meters, unassisted by thrusters
  • Delta-v: 1.5 kps
  • Generator endurance: 7 years in fully charged condition.

Electronics:

  • Quimeliquola Type-10 Phase-3 spherical phased array radar with surveillance modes, effective range over 10 km.
  • Phillips AllView multi-band digital camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking
  • Thomson LT-5 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
  • OlDelft Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • Westinghouse ALQ-242(V) limited capability active sensor jammer
  • Chaff and smoke dispensers
  • Flares.

VII. Armament:

2 x HLC-90 Laser Cannons. Mounted in armored housings on the Interceptor’s back, these retractable laser cannons extend and swing down over the shoulders to fire. While very effective against large or slow-moving targets, anything smaller or faster than an Invid Scout gives them trouble. Max effective range is 1,830 m in an earth-like atmosphere.

1 x HPC-40 Particle Cannon. The HPC-40 is a drum-style, handheld particle cannon specifically designed for use with the Interceptor. It has its own integrated laser targeting system. Primary Purpose is anti-mecha. Maximum effective range in an earth-like atmosphere is 900 meters.

2 x LMMOS-16 Missile Delivery System. Mounted on the outside of each lower leg, each launcher holds 16 variable warhead, short range (8.2 km) Mach 3.0 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 190mm x 540mm Hammerhead missiles. This is essentially the same system used by the VF/A-6 Alpha.

VIII. Armor:

The armor on the Interceptor is a new development in low-mass composite-materials Chobham plating that became the standard for all Terran mecha after its application to the VQ-6A Vandal. Aside from the respectable protection provided against projectiles, missiles, and other kinetic weapons, this armor is also resistant to plasma globes (annihilation discs), lasers, and to a lesser extent, particle guns, owing to the fact that the armor can flake off and evaporate in layers under fire from such high-energy weapons, taking much of the weapon’s energy and converting it into the latent heat of sublimation in the armor. The armor stops all small arms and heavy infantry weapons fire, provides good to excellent resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round, and poor to good resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round.

The Interceptor provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a sealed cockpit environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for one day maximum.

Development:

The Bioroid Interceptor was

In the early part of the Pioneer Mission, Zentraedi personnel serving in the Reconnaissance Expeditionary Force (REF) primarily crewed upgraded Gnerl fighter pods and Reguld Tactical Battle Pods configured for micronian sized pilots. As the Sentinels Campaign dragged on, it became apparent that these designs were no longer viable on the modern battlefield. Though there was no regulation forbidding Zentraedi from crewing variable fighters of Destroids, Zentraedi pilots (especially Reguld pilots) held a deep prejudice towards these human designed mecha. Continental’s ZBR-01 Thakun Light Battle Robot and ZBR-02 Yrallain Heavy Battle Robot were procured rom the late teens through the early thirties to accommodate this preference. But while these mecha were excellent ground combat platforms, they had no space combat capability. A platform was needed to replace the aging Regulds and Gnerls in the Expeditionary Fleet Combatants space fighter squadrons.

During the siege of Tirol, the Tirolian Legion’s Inbida T’siendiel Bioroid Armored Fighter (Invid Fighter Bioroid) had proved itself to be a tough adversary for the Regents forces. With a large supply of existing mecha, plus depots full of tooling and spares available on site, it was decided that a variant of this Bioroid was the way to go. the design team went to work. Tirolian weapons manufacturer Quimeliquola (of Queadluun-Rau fame) and Maxwell Dynamics (the defense contractor responsible for the VF/A-6 Veritech) collaborated to upgrade the Inbida T’siendiel for use by the United Earth Expeditionay Force (UEEF). The result was the TFR-29 Interceptor Tactical Fighter Robot, or the Bioroid Interceptor as it was commonly called.

The Interceptor started with an Inbida T’siendiel Bioroid, which was stripped to its frame and upgraded with Terran avionics and life support systems. As neither Zentraedi nor human pilots had any experience with anything remotely resembling the Bioroid Skysled, a more conventional space propulsion system was installed in the form of two Pratt & Whitney JG97M/S fusion plasma-reaction mass intermix turbines. These engines gave the Interceptor an excellent thrust to weight ratio, on par with a VF/A-6 with a full combat load. Quimeliquola attempted to scale down their Inertial Vector Control System (IVCS) for use in the Interceptor but were unsuccessful. An improved weapons fit was developed using both human and Tirolian technology. The Interceptor was protected by the same low-mass composite-materials Chobham armor as used by the VF/A-6. The pilot sat in the same chest mounted armored cocoon as was found in the donor Bioroid. The Interceptor dropped the redundant neural/physical controls of the original Inbida T’siendiel Bioroid and replaced them with a conventional physical interface more in keeping with both human and Zentraedi practice.

When the ZBR(Y)-10 performed well in preliminary testing, the UEEF acquisition board decided to add it to the ever-expanding proliferation of mecha platforms as the ZBR-10. The designation was later changed to TFR-29, which was more in line with the UEEF/UEDF Joint Service Designation System. The Interceptor proved a good ground combatant, well suited to countering both Bioroids as well as Invid mecha. In space, it performed well-enough in the space-superiority role, though it was hampered by the same lack of delta-v which plagued the VF/A-6 Veritech. Because of this, the type was primarily tasked with close-in fleet defense. Because of its relatively small size, it found itself adopted by the Expeditionary Force Marines in their Raider units as a dedicated ship-boarding mecha. The interceptor became the preferred mecha among both Zentraedi pilots and newly recruited Tirolian service members in the Expeditionary Force.


 

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Original artwork by: Brian Manning

Content by Tim Wing

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