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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.


 

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

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

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2018 Tim Wing

 

 

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.

 


 

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

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

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2018 Tim Wing

 

 

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


 

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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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Hughes ARH-34 Snoop Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter

LH-2000 four seat, unarmed light observation/utility variant

Hughes ARH-34 Snoop Scout Helicopter

by Tim Wing

I. Dimensions:

  • Height: 3.4 meters
  • Length: 9.8 meters
  • Rotor diameter: 8.3 meters
  • Weight: 900 kilograms (dry)

II. Type:

  • Design: Hughes Helicopters
  • Builder: Hughes Helicopters, Kawasaki Heavy Industries
  • LH-2000 Snoop: Four seat, all-weather light observation/utility helicopter
  • TH-2000: Four seat, primary and instrument helicopter trainer
  • ARH-34 Snoop: Two seat, all-weather light observation/armed reconnaissance helicopter

III. Service History:

  • LH-2000: Served with the Japanese Self Defense Force from 1998 until 2017; with the UN Spacy from 2002 until 2017; with the UEDF Tactical Corps from 2018 until 2022.
  • TH-2000: Served in the UN Spacy from 2002 until 2017; with the UEDF Tactical Corps from 2018 until 2031.
  • ARH-34: Served in the UN Spacy from 2008 until 2017; with the UEDF Tactical Corps from 2018 until 2026 and with the UEDF Civil Defense Flying Corps (CDFC) from 2024 until 2031.

IV. Propulsion:

Engines

  • Powerplant: 1 × Honeywell HTS900-2 turboshaft, 970 shp (723 kW)

V. Performance:

  • Maximum level speed: 280 kp/h
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,875 meters
  • Combat radius: 427 km
  • Useful combat load: 890 kg
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,100 kg

VI. Electronics:

LH-2000 and ARH-34:

  • Hughes HCEP-5 with infra-red imagers
  • Night Vision optics
  • Laser ranger/designator

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
  • OlDelft Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • Chaff dispenser
  • Flares

ARH-34 only:

  • Osiris sight/sensor Mast Mounted Sight (MMS); incorporates optical TV and thermal cameras, a laser range finder/tracker/designator, and multiple gyroscopes for stabilization

VII. Armament:

Two detachable pylon hardpoints. Each hardpoint can mount:

  • 1 x LAU-65 15 tube rocket launcher carrying 15 Hydra 70 Mk 66 Mod 6 70mm unguided rockets
  • 2 x AGM-114 Hellfire anti-mecha air-to-surface missiles (ASMs)
  • 1 × GAU-19/B .50 BMG (12.7 mm) Gatling gun with a 1200 round ammunition capacity

VIII. Armor:

The fuselages of all variants are composed of aircraft grade aluminum. On the ARH-34 variant, key components such as the engine, gearbox, fuel tanks and crew compartment are protected by titanium-steel alloy armor. The armor provides excellent protection against heavy infantry weapons fire and fair resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.

IX. Development:

The LH-2000 was based on the Hughes 2000-series of light utility commercial helicopters. The 2000 series was designed in the mid nineties as a replacement for the 500-series helicopter. Originally the 2000 was marketed to the United States Army as a replacement for the Hughes MH-6 Little Bird Special Operations helicopter. Though the US Army was uninterested in the proposition, several foreign buyers expressed interest with Japan, South Korea, Argentina and Italy eventually purchasing them in the LH-2000 light observation variant.

The 2000-series continued the Hughes tradition of the flying Easter-egg, with a bulbus fuselage accented with a spindly tail boom coming out the back. The engine was mounted in the center rear of the fuselage, below the tail boom. The main rotor was a high performance, rigid four bladed design. The air intakes for the engine sport a pair of diverters to protect against dust ingestion and to lower the aircrafts IR signature. The engine exhaust nozzle was a large horizontal Hover Infrared Suppression System (HIRSS). Both features are interesting because they were present on all models of the 2000-series, to include civil aviation variants. This is indicative of Hughes’ true target market for the aircraft.

The UN Spacy ending up adopting three versions of the 2000-series helicopter. The first version was the LH-2000, which was already in service with the Japanese Self Defense Force. This version was an unarmed four-seater and was used as a scout helicopter and forward air control (FAC) aircraft. The sensor package, while adequate, was not as extensive as follow versions. The TH-2000 was adopted as the primary flight training helicopter.

The final, and most advanced version, was the ARH-34. The ARH-34 Blackfoot was a rival to Bell’s ARH-70 Arapaho in the US Army’s competition for a replacement to the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior observation and reconnaissance helicopter. Though the US Army ended up going with the ARH-70, the UN Spacy decided to purchase ARH-34s in leu of additional LH-2000s. The ARH-34 was powered by the same Honeywell HTS900-2 970 shp (723 kW) turboshaft engine as the ARH-70. Detachable weapons hardpoints for mounting rockets and machineguns were added to the sides, and a mast mounted sight (MMS) sensor package was mounted above the main rotor. The ARH-34 was adopted in UN Spacy service under the name Snoop, rather than the US Army’s traditional Native American Tribal name of Blackfoot.

All versions served with the UN Spacy from the early 2000’s until the UN Spacy’s dissolution in 2017. The type continued in service with the United Earth Defense Forces (UEDF) well into the 2020s as a front-line scout helicopter. The type was still in service with reserve units when the Invid invaded in 2031. The Snoop saw combat during the Malcontent Uprisings, where it proved its worth by hunting down renegade Zentraedi in the jungles of South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. The Snoop did not see much use during the Second Robotech War. The type rendered its final service during the Soviet invasion of Western Europe, where it was used in both the scout role and in the anti-mecha role.

Late LH-2000C variant, with rear seats removed to make way for additional fuel

 

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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. http://macross.anime.net/wiki/Main_Page

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. http://www.macross2.net/m3/m3-index.htm

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Speeder Invid Reconnaissance Aerospace Craft

Designation: (UEEF Reporting Name: Speeder) Invid Reconnaissance Aerospace Craft

by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Speeder reference file
  • Speeder gallery

I. Dimensions.

  • Length: 7.3 meters
  • Width: 1.7 meters
  • Height: 3.7 meters
  • Weight: 6 metric tons.

II. Type.

  • One Man Reconnaissance Hover Car sized for a Malar-gar (Overseer) pilot
  • The service entry date is unknown. The earliest confirmed recording of the Speeder was taken in 2023. The last known sighting was in 2036, though it is believed to have been in service through till 2044.

III. Propulsion.

  • 3 x vectorable thruster ports for forward thrust mounted rearward, max. combined output power 90 kN (estimated).
  • 2 x vectorable thruster ports for lifting thrust mounted rearward on the left and right sides, max. combined output power 40 kN (estimated).
  • 2 x vectorable thruster ports for lifting thrust mounted forward on the canard struts, max. combined output power 25 kN (estimated).
  • Powerplant: 1 protoculture cell energizer.
  • Fuel Capacity: 6 Standard canisters of Protoculture.

IV. Performance.

  • Maximum speed: 1541 kph (Mach 2.3) (observed)
  • Maximum altitude: unknown
  • Delta-V: unknown

V. Electronics Suite.

  • One visual/LLLTV sensor cluster in the center of the nose. The spectral resolution of this sensor is very poor.
  • Two side looking visual/LLLTV sensor clusters on the left and right of the nose. The spectral resolution of these sensors is equally poor.

VI. Armament.

None, other than the weapons systems of the Overseer pilot.

Note that the forward control canards are constructed form the same metal-ceramic-organic composite material as the claws of other Invid mecha. These canards can reportedly be used in slashing attacks against dismounted infantry. It has also been reported that they are strong enough to be used in attacking full size mecha, though these claims seem dubious.

VII. Armor.

The armor of the Speeder is composed of a composite of metals, ceramics, and organics unique to Invid manufacture. Research continues into the composition of this material, though results from X-ray crystallography, NMR, and mass spectroscopy studies remain classified. The armor stops all small arms and heavy infantry weapons fire, provides good resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round, and poor resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round. The armor on the forward canards is substantially superior, and stops all small arms and heavy infantry weapons fire, provides good resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, and fair resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry.

VIII. Development.

The Speeder (Invid designation unknown) was a small one-man reconnaissance aerospacecraft used by the Regent’s faction of the Invid race. It was used exclusively to transport the Malar-gar (UEEF reporting name: Overseer). On an Earth-like planet or moon, such as Tirol, the Speeder only seemed capable of low altitude flight. This was probably due to the body having no lift producing surfaces, being completely reliant on its lift-thrusters. It was capable of extreme straight-line speed at low altitude, with an observed top speed of Mach 2.3. The Speeder has also been observed operating in space, though delta-v and endurance capabilities remain unknown. The Speeder is unarmed and is dependent on the weapons systems of its Overseer pilot. Very little else is known about the Speeder. What is known comes from direct battlefield observation and from the examination of the wreckage of one downed example.

The Speeder was first encountered on Tirol by the planetary defense forces of the Tiresian Legion. These craft, along with their Overseer pilots, were used in small numbers as battlefield observers for the Regent’s invasion force. The actual in-service date is not known. On the rare occasions that they were seen, their pilots appeared to have been carrying out battlefield damage assessments for the Regent’s forces. All contacts with the Overseers and their Speeders ceased after the departure of the Regent. For this reason, it is thought that the Overseers acted as a Royal Guard for the Regent himself. This is supported by the fact that all sightings of the Overseer by the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) were in theatres of operation where the Regent was present. The last known sighting was in 2036, though it is believed to have been in service through till 2044.


 

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: Tatsunoko Production Company

Content by Tim Wing

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Malar-gan (Overseer) Large General-Purpose Robot

Malar-gan (UEEF Reporting name: Overseer) Large General-Purpose Robot

by Tim Wing

The Overseer, or Red Enforcer as it was first called, was a combat robot used by the Regent’s faction of the Invid race. Externally, it appeared to be identical to the Malar (Enforcer) power armor in use by both factions, only it was approximately twice as large. Little is known about this mecha in the way of concrete data, as no example has ever been captured for examination. For example, it is not known if this mecha was a conventional robot powered by stage four Invid pilot, or if it was a powered armor suit made specifically for an evolved Invid pilot of increased size. For the purposes of this article, it will be assumed that the Overseer was indeed a robot built for a normal sized pilot as this is the prevailing opinion.

The Overseer’s weapons fit was similar in appearance to the Enforcer’s. It had two forearm-mounted anti-personnel laser cannons. It is calculated that each shot should have delivered 500 kJ of laser energy if they were indeed scaled up versions of the Enforcer’s lasers. It is also quite possible that these lasers were the same in specification to its smaller brother. The Overseer also carried a torpedo shaped plasma rifle similar in appearance to that of the Enforcer’s, only twice as large of course. If it was simply a scaled-up design, it is calculated that it would fire a 25 MJ plasma beam. This would make this weapon comparable to the MBR-04 Tomahawk’s main particle beam gun.

The Overseer was first encountered on Tirol by the planetary defense forces of the Tiresian Legion. These mecha, along with their Speeder aircraft which appear to be specifically designed for their use, were used in small numbers as battlefield observers for the Regents invasion force. On the rare occasions that they were seen, they appeared to have been carrying out battlefield damage assessments for the Regent’s forces. All contacts with the Overseer ceased after the departure of the Regent. For this reason, it is thought that the Overseers acted as a Royal Guard for the Regent himself. This is supported by the fact that all sightings of the Overseer by the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) were in theatres of operation where the Regent was present. All sightings ended after the destruction of the Regent’s hive on Optera in March 2044.

Dimensions

  • Height: 4.3 meters (observed)
  • Depth: 1.5 meters (observed)
  • Breadth: 1.8 meters (observed)
  • Weight:  1160 kilograms (estimated, without pilot)

Armament:

  • 2 x forearm-mounted anti-personnel laser cannons.
  • Optional: 1 x plasma rifle.


 

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Original artwork by: Yoshitaka Amano, Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma; Tatsunoko Production Company

Content by Tim Wing

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Nupetiet-Basgalitz-class Fleet Command Battleship

Nupetiet-Basgalitz-class Fleet Command Battleship

by Tim Wing

The Nupetiet-Basgalitz-class Zentraedi battleship was assumed to be the predecessor to Nupetiet-T’zanaltz Fleet Command Ship, which was in turn the predecessor to the current Nupetiet Vergnitzs-class Fleet Command Battleship. It is thought that the class was first built in the early days of the Masters’ use of the Zentraedi, sometime in the early fifteenth century. The ship fell out of service sometime in the seventeenth century, having been replaced by both the Nupetiet-T’zanaltz-class and the Nupetiet Vergnitzs-class Command Battleships. Due to superficial similarities to the two succeeding classes of ships, it is assumed that it was also designed and built by the Worquli-Quatafilla 755,819th Zentraedi Fully-Automated Armory Planet. Very few Nupetiet-Basgalitz-class ships are believed to have been built before the class was replaced. Estimates are in the range of 900 ships. Several examples have been found mothballed in various shipyards across the former Tirolian Mercantile Empire. None have been observed in operational use.

  • Ship Type: Fleet Command Battleship
  • Operator: Zentradi Main Fleet
  • Manufacturer: Unknown (assumed to be Worquli-Quatafilla)
  • Ship Name: Nupetiet-Basgalitz-class
  • Commission Date: Circa 1400
  • Dimensions: length 3,200 meters, width 650 meters, height 540 meters
  • Mass: standard operating displacement 120,000,000 metric tons
  • Power Plant: reflex furnace cluster
  • Primary Systems: main thruster nozzle cluster, multiple vernier nozzle clusters, gravity control system, fold system cluster
  • Armament:
  • multiple guided beam cannons
  • multiple small maneuverable warship weapons
  • multiple anti-ship/anti-aircraft missile launchers
  • Airwing: hanger space to accommodate at least 5,000 mecha and aerospace fighters of multiple types

 


 

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Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Content by Tim Wing

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