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Quanitszip Gnerl Aerospace Fighter/Attack Plane

A-FP2 Gnerl Fighter Pod Aerospace Fighter Attack Plane 3

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Gnerl reference file
  • Gnerl gallery

Designation: Quanitszip Gnerl Aerospace Fighter/Attack Plane

I. Dimensions:

  • Length: 20.6 meters
  • Width:  14.2 meters
  • Height: 14.2 meters
  • Weight (full load): 40.25 metric tons (Models 1 and 2), 42 metric tons (Model 3)

II. Type:

  • Design: Quanitszip design bureau.
  • Builder: Numerous yards and factory satellites throughout the Tirolian Mercantile Empire.
  • Type: One man aerospace fighter and attack plane.

III. Service History:

  • Gnerl Model 1: Served with all arms of the Regular Zentraedi Forces and Border Fleets from 1891 onwards, replacing the Soarove attack fighter.
  • Gnerl Model2: Served with all arms of the Regular Zentraedi Forces and Border Fleets from 1899 onwards, replacing the Soarove attack fighter.
  • Gnerl Model 3: Served with the Zentraedi Garrison Forces and Border fleets from 1904 onwards, replacing the Soarovela fighter.
  • FA-100 Swift (Refit): Served with the UN Spacy from 2012 until 2017, with the UEDF Tactical Armored Space Corps from 2018 until 2021, with the REF/UEEF Tactical Naval Corps from 2018 until 2026 and with the Colonial Defense Forces from 2019 until 2032.

IV. Propulsion:A-FP2 Gnerl Fighter Pod Aerospace Fighter Attack Plane 5

(All)

  • Three Varrebotzs type 49 plasma-shock expansion engines in the back. The thrusters have a maximum output of 190 kN for short periods and a sustainable output of 120 kN.
  • Three Varrebotzs type 50 plasma-shock expansion engines with vectorable nozzles (drawing their plasma from the type 49 engines), mounted in the back between the type 49 engines. These thrusters have a maximum output of 45 kN for short periods, and serve both as attitude thrusters and as boost engines for emergency accelerations.
  • Four Varrebotzs type 51 aplasma-shock expansion engines (drawing their plasma from the type 49 engines) in two pairs, one to port and one to starboard, in the center of the flanks. These engines are the primary jaw and roll attitude thrusters and have vectored thrust capabilities. Each thruster has a maximum sustained output of 78 kN.
  • Assorted attitude thrusters, fed from the type 49 engines.
  • Fuel: 20 standard canisters of protoculture.

(Models 1 and 2)

  • One Varrebotzs type 54 plasma-shock expansion engine (drawing its plasma from the type 49 engines) under the cockpit. This engine is the primary VTOL thruster and has limited vectored thrust capabilities. This thruster can deliver 400 kN for less than a minute during take-off and landing, or about 100 kN sustained thrust.

(Model 3)

  • Four Varrebotzs type 57 plasma-shock expansion engines under the cockpit. These engines are the primary VTOL thrusters and have vectored thrust capabilities. This installation can deliver 150 kN sustained thrust per engine or 180 kN for short periods.

V. Performance:

  • Maximum speed @ sea level: 1400 kph (in Earth-like atmosphere) (Model 3 slightly less)
  • Maximum speed @ 40,000 m: 5890 kph (in Earth-like atmosphere) (Model 3 slightly less)
  • Stall speed @ sea level: 350 khp (in Earth-like atmosphere)
  • Combat radius: total delta-v 4.7 kps
  • Protoculture supply: average operational life 175 hours operational use.

VI. Sensory Systems: (All models)

Radar tracking:

  • VFAS1-SS (*) phased array radar with spherical coverage, for various scan/track, targeting, mapping, reconnaissance and navigation functions.

Optical tracking:

  • VFAS1-SS Multi-band digital camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking.
  • VFAS1-SS Multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.
  • VFAS1-SS high resolution long range optical/IIR cluster in the nose, on top of the gun armament.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • VFAS1-SS Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
  • VFAS1-SS Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • VFAS1-SS Active sensor jammer system
  • VFAS1-SS Chaff and flare dispenser

(*) Terran designation. The Tirolian designers considered the sensors part of the design and did not assign separate designations for these systems.

VII. Armament:

Cannons:

(Model 1)

  • 3 x Makral Martszur-3 (also known under the Terran designation of PB-8) triple-barreled rotary particle beam cannons mounted in the extreme nose of the plane. The sub-barrels can each fire a particle beam of 2.5 MJ every second, all can be fired in parallel, for maximum localized damage, or in series for increased chances of a hit. Typically, Gnerl pilots fired in serial mode.

(Models 2 and 3)

  • 2 x Makral Martszur-4 (also known under the Terran designation of PB-8) triple-barreled rotary particle beam cannons mounted in the extreme nose of the plane. The sub-barrels can each fire a particle beam of 2.5 MJ every second, all can be fired in parallel, for maximum localized damage, or in series for increased chances of a hit. Typically, Gnerl pilots fired in serial mode.
  • 1 x Makral Rianulran-23 (also known under the Terran designation of AD-1) particle pulse cannon mounted in the extreme nose with the Makral Martszur-4 cannons. This cannons fires distinct packages of particle energy (‘annihilation discs’) at 3500 m/s in bursts of up to 1 second in duration. A maximum duration burst contains 25 MJ of particle energy, and will usually impact in a concentrated area. The Makral Rianulran 23 cannon has a recharge cycle of 8 seconds, yielding a rate of fire of 7.5 rpm.

Missiles:

(All)A-FP2 Gnerl Fighter Pod Aerospace Fighter Attack Plane 18

  • 3 x Touwhaug Gativar-9 missile launchers, lying flush with the skin between the engines. Each missile launcher carries 2 Whernid Awhaug (codenamed Mitten by the UEDF) missiles in a ready for launch position, and four more Whernid Awhaug missiles as reloads. The total load-out for the Gnerl mecha is 18 missiles.

(Model 3 only)

  • 1 x hardpoint on the upper pods for a Touwhaug Rasilszt-13 missile launcher. The missile launcher carries 5 Gerluj Touwhaug, Gluuk Awhaug or Vlwheralt Awhaug (codenamed Miff, Megrim or Morgoth by the UEDF) missiles, or a combination of these. Due to excessive drag and limited utility this option was rarely used.

VIII. Armor:

(All)

The armor of the Gnerl is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor stops all small arms and heavy infantry weapons fire, provides reasonable 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 Gnerl provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an fully enclosed cockpit environment. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for four days maximum, and the pilot can pack sufficient food and water containers for that period, although the cockpit will be somewhat cramped.

A-FP2 Gnerl Fighter Pod Aerospace Fighter Attack Plane 1
IX. Development:

First deployed operationally in 1891, the Gnerl was the last trans-atmospheric fighter used by the Zentraedi. In the early teens of the 21st century, when the last Gnerl were produced, a successor design was only in the earliest planning stages.

The Gnerl were fast trans-atmospheric fighters with an egg-shaped nose housing a powerful cannon installation and three thrusters at the back. The hull also accommodated three double dual-purpose missile launchers nested between the engines. The shipborne fighters had landing skids and small VTOL thrusters, enough to let the mecha land on a planet if required. However the margin for error was small during these operations. The planetary model had a more extensive VTOL setup, enough to let the fighter make a safe landing even if two of the thrusters were not operational. The redundancy was necessary because they relied on body lift and thus had no wings as such, which made for high stalling velocities and extensive use of the VTOL thrusters.

Three models of the Gnerl were built, of which the first two were identical in all but the cannon armament. The first model carried three identical particle beam cannons, the second model carried two of these cannons plus a burst-fire pulsed particle cannon. The latter version was intended as a ship/ground attack variant, and therefore carried a weapon (the pulsed particle beam) that could hand out larger amounts of damage in a small area in a shorter time than the other model could. This came at the price of a somewhat less effective air-to-air cannon armament.

These two models were carried on board Zentraedi warships and as such had simple landing skids and a limited VTOL installation, relying instead on equipment in the ships themselves to position themselves for launch. The third model had wheels rather than skids and a more robust VTOL system, and was intended to operate from groundside airfields. It had the cannon armament of the attack model, and two (seldom used) hardpoints for ten more medium missiles.

Compared to contemporary 2010 Terran designs (mainly the VF-1 Valkyrie) the Gnerl were faster, had a better thrust/weight ratio, and carried a far more lethal cannon armament (especially in space). The maneuverability in an atmosphere was acceptable, and was considered satisfactory in space. The missile armament was larger in numbers than that of the standard Valkyrie, but even though several Whernid Awhaug missile variants existed, not nearly as varied and capable as the external loads that could be carried by the Terran mecha. Hence, the shipborne Gnerl is perhaps best characterized as an interceptor with secondary attack capabilities, and the third model as a mediocre attack fighter, while the Terran mecha were more true swing-role designs.

The UN Spacy, and later the UEDF and UEEF, used the Gnerl after the First Robotech War as the FA-100 Swift. Several upgraded variants were fielded, some with minimal changes and some with major modifications to include full Terran sensor and weapons refit and conversion to human sized crew compartments. Theses variants saw limited use during the Sentinels Campaign, but were by and large transferred to the Colonial Defense Forces by the mid twenties.

 


 

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. 

Images From – Macross Perfect

Content by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Rob Morgenstern, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2003, 2000, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Yer’kimi Hava Karsı Bioroid Anti-gravity Skysled

Yer'kimi Hava Karsı Bioroid Anti-gravity Skysled 4

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Bioroid Skysled reference file
  • Bioroid Skysled gallery

Designation: Yer’kimi Hava Karsı Bioroid Anti-gravity Skysled

I. Dimensions:Yer'kimi Hava Karsı Bioroid Anti-gravity Skysled in action 2

  • Length: 9.4 meter
  • Width: 4.1 meter
  • Weight: 8.4 metric tons

II. Type:

  • One mecha transport aerospacecraft.

III. Propulsion:

  • 45 standard protoculture cells.
  • One anti-gravity system with a variant of the Quimeliquola special inertia vector control system.
  • Two plasma turbines, max. output estimated at 0.9 MW.

IV. Performance:

  • Max. atmospheric speed: 413 kph.
  • Max. delta-v (space): 2.4 kps with Bioroid.
  • Max. cell endurance: 500 hours continuous use.

V. Sensory Systems:

  • One spherical phased array radar, effective range over 245 km.
  • A multi-band digital spherical camera system for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking.
  • Active/passive broadband sensor jammers.

VI. Armament:

  • Two ion pulse cannons fire ion discs at 4000 m/s, impact energy equal to 20 MJ total (both firing together). Can fire for up to 120 seconds in automatic mode, after that limited to one burst/3 seconds, unless sub- maximum rate of fire allows replenishment of the ion supply.

VII. Armor:

Armor will stop all grenade/shell/mortar fragments, energy beams and solids originating in hand-held weaponry. Reasonable resistance against heavier weaponry.

VIII. Development:

The Bioroid mecha were fast, tough and hard-hitting, but they were still basically a relatively immobile land-only mecha. The Scientist Triumvirates briefly considered a strap-on booster much like the Zentraedi Armored Vehicle, or the UEEF’s Beta fighter, but decided instead on the Yer’kimi Hava Karsı “skysled”. The sled was far slower than the proposed booster, but since aerial combat was covered by the Troop Carriers, this was considered superfluous.

Each sled was equipped with powerful ion cannon, with enough firepower to deal with any known mecha or small ship. In addition, the open design would allow the Bioroid to fire its hand weapon at will, as well as dramatically decreasing boarding/disembarking times. Other standard equipment was a remote control circuit which allowed the Bioroid pilot to send the sled to a safer place when he engaged in ground combat. The pilot could also use this system to summon a sled from the storage area on board a Troop Carrier.

Yer'kimi Hava Karsı Bioroid Anti-gravity Skysled 2The Yer’kimi Hava Karsı skysled fulfilled all the expectations of its designers, and never showed any significant design flaws.

 

 

 

 


 

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

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. 

Images from – Unspecified Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross OSM, Robotech RPG (1st Edition) Southern Cross Sourcebook

Content by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

McDonnel-Douglas SM-11 Skögul Atmospheric-Escape Booster

SM-11 Skögul Atmospheric-Escape Booster 1

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen with Rob Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Valkyrie Booster reference file
  • Valkyrie Booster gallery

Designation: McDonnel-Douglas SM-11 Skögul Atmospheric-Escape Booster

I. Dimensions.

  • Total Length: 13.6 meters
  • Total Width: 4.2 meters
  • Total Height: 9.1 meters
  • Weight: 24.5 metric tons (dry, stand-alone), 161.2 metric tons (fueled, with Valkyrie attached).

II. Type:

  • Unmanned Booster unit for VF-1 Valkyrie mecha. Can be fitted on all Valkyries (save the AEW versions) provided these are not mounted with Super, Strike or Armor equipment.

III. Service History

  • Served with the UN Spacy from 2009 until 2017, and with the UEDF Tactical Armored Space Corps from 2018 until 2024.

SM-11 Skögul Atmospheric-Escape Booster 5IV. Propulsion:

  • 4 x Rolls Royce/Rocketdyne BV-3 engine clusters, each cluster containing 4 P&W/Nakajima FF-900 fusion ramjet/scramjet/reaction engines with 220.73 kN thrust each for a total of 3531 kN.
  • 2 x Nakajima NBS-1 high-thrust vernier thrusters, one on either side.
  • Powersource: fed from the Valkyrie’s protoculture energizers.

V. Performance:

  • Maximum acceleration: 2.5 g at take-off, 4 g cruising (typical).
  • Delta-v capacity: 11.8 kps.

VI. Electronics:

  • None of note, and is dependent on Valkyrie systems.

VII. Armor:

The skin of the Valkyrie booster is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The skin stops all small arms fire, provides fair protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and poor resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.

VIII. Development:

While the VF-1 Valkyrie was, by itself, capable of reaching low Earth orbit, it could do so only by exhausting nearly all its own reaction mass. As there was a need for the Valkyries to be able to transport themselves into a higher orbit (the ARMD platforms rarely descended to such low an orbit that an unaided Valkyrie could rendez-vous with them) an orbital booster was developed that gave the Valkyrie the capability to ascend as high as a geostationary orbit.

The booster took the form of a large attachment to the rear of the Valkyrie, with four large engine housings, each of which contained four small fusion engines. The engines drew their power from the Valkyrie’s own protoculture power systems. These engines would serve as reaction engines during take-off, then revert to ramjet mode until a speed of Mach 3 was reached, convert to a scramjet configuration, and then slowly reconvert to a reaction engine as the vehicle left the atmosphere. This mode of operation meant that the atmosphere provided a large part of the reaction mass required by the vehicle. For the atmospheric stages, the upper engines used inlets on top of the boosters, while the lower engines were fed through the Valkyries own fusion turbines in stationary mode. Attitude control was by the Valkyrie’s thrusters and by vectored exhaust, and by two vernier thrusters built into the booster’s lower sides. As the Valkyrie needed to convert into a partial Guardian configuration in order to mount the booster, and because the weight was concentrated to the rear, the vehicle could not use a runway. Instead, a tracked launch platform was developed which launched the craft from a rail. After detachment from the Valkyrie, the booster could be recovered by shuttle and reused.

M101 Sagittarius Launch PlatformThe booster was never meant for combat launches, only for ferry flights. As such it saw much service in the UN Spacy during the reconstruction years, when a dearth of cargo shuttles made the booster the most economic manner of ferrying a Valkyrie to the orbiting Zentraedi and Terran vessels.

 


 

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

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. 

Images From – Macross Perfect Memory 

Content by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen with Rob Morgenstern, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2005, 2004, 1999, 1997, 1995 Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen with Rob Morgenstern; 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Maxwell Dynamics SFA-4 Volcano Multi-role Fighter Aerospacecraft

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

Designation: Maxwell Dynamics SFA-4 Volcano Multi-role Fighter Aerospacecraft

I. Dimensions:

  • Length: 12.25 meters
  • Wingspan: 8.20 meters
  • Height: 5.60 meter

II. Type:

  • SFA-4A: One seat export multi-role fighter aerospacecraft.
  • FA-4A: One seat export multi-role fighter aircraft.
  • SFA-4B: One seat export multi-role fighter aerospacecraft.
  • SFA-4T: Two-seat export combat-capable trainer.

III. Service History:

  • SFA-4A: Served with the UEEF Tactical Air Force from 2028 until replaced by the –B variant, and with the Colonial Defense Forces from 2028 until 2046.
  • FA-4A: Served with the UEEF Tactical Air Force from 2030 until 2034, and with the Colonial Defense Forces from 2030 until 2049.
  • SFA-4B: Served with the UEEF Tactical Air Force and Naval Tactical Corps from 2031 until 2038, and with the Colonial Defense Forces from 2031 until 2054.
  • SFA-4T: Served with the UEEF Tactical Air Force from 2028 until 2038, and with the Colonial Defense Forces from 2028 until 2054.

IV. Propulsion:

  • 3 x Turbo-Union ATF 401

Fuel capacity:

  • 16 standard canisters of protoculture
  • Assorted auxiliary and maneuvering thrusters.

V. Performance:

  • Powercell endurance: 200 hours continuous use

VI. Electronics:

Radar tracking:

  • Hughes APG-99 X-band pulse-Doppler phased array, providing spherical long-range detection and tracking of targets at all attitudes.

Optical tracking:

  • Phillips AllView multi-band digital camera system, for medium range spherical 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-250(V) active sensor jammer
  • Chaff dispenser
  • Flares.

VII. Armament:

Cannons:

  • 1 x GU-13 three-barreled 35mm gun pod

Missiles:

  • 1 x AIMMS Alpha Integral Multi-missile system

Hardpoints include four underwing hardpoints can each mount:

  • 1 x RMS-3 “Archangel Of Death” Nuclear stand-off missile. Reaction warhead (500 kT) mounted on a long range (354 km) Mach 4.0 combined multi-spectrum imager and active radar homing missile. Customized for anti-starship operations. Maximum delta-v in space is 9.8 kps.
  • or 1 x CBM-200 Anti-mecha Cluster Missile. Two hundred guided cluster bombs with a range of 500 meters mounted on a long range (80 km) Mach 4.0 combined multi-spectrum imager and active radar homing missile. Customized for anti-mecha operations both in space and on the ground. Maximum delta-v in space is 3.5 kps.
  • or 1 x Carapace missile container, carrying 6 medium range (65km) Mach 3.2 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 260mm Diamondback missiles or 12 190x540mm short range (8.2km) combined active radar + home-on-jam/infra-red imager guided Hammerhead missiles.
  • or 1 x RMS-2 ‘Angel of Death’ Nuclear Stand-off missile. A reaction warhead (200 kT) mounted on a long range (293 km) Mach 4.0 combined multi-spectrum imager and active radar homing missile. Preferred ordnance for anti-starship missions. Maximum delta-v is 5 kps.
  • or 1 x Firebird missile. A conventional warhead mounted on the frame of a RMS missile with a range of 234 km and a speed of Mach 6.5, guided by a combined IIR and active/passive radar seeker. Weapon has a delta-v of 4 kps in space.
  • or 1 x Silencer anti-radiation missile.
  • or 1 x Hughes GU-11 55mm three barreled smoothbore rotary gun pod; has a 500 round capacity. Cannon fires APFSDS (Armor Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot) and HESH-I (High Explosive Squash Head-Incendiary) rounds at 600 rounds/minute.
  • or 1 x Rheinmetall GU-12 single smoothbore barrel gun pod. Fires 100mm APFSDS and HEAP (High Explosive Armor Piercing) semi-combustible case munitions at 110 rounds/minute. Ammunition supply is 60 rounds.
  • or 1 x MER for three optical, IIR, and active radar-guided Derringer missiles, with a range of 70km and a speed of Mach 3.0. Note however that because of the proximity of the hardpoints only one MER can be carried on the inner hardpoints; the outer hardpoints will have to remain unused in this case.
  • or any other military cargo such as a reconnaissance pod, missile or cargo pod.

VIII. Armor:

The skin of the Volcano is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armored skin stops all small arms fire, provides good protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and fair resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round. The total protection marginally better than that on the Valkyrie. The Volcano provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure cockpit environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for one day maximum.

IX. Development:

The SFA-4 Volcano was a multi-role aerospace fighter designed and built by Maxwell Dynamics primarily for the Colonial Defense Forces of the far-Earth colonies. It was also purchased in limited numbers by the UEEF Tactical Air Force and Tactical Naval Corps. The Volcano was a fusion turbine powered, three engine design with a lifting body fuselage. The Volcano had a great deal of commonality with the VFA-6 Thunderbolt III, and even used the same nose and cockpit section of that Veritech.

Four primary versions were built, with the A model being a general purpose air and space capable multirole fighter. The FA-4A was an atmosphere only variant operated almost exclusively by the Colonial Defense Forces for planetary defense. The SFA-4B introduced provisions for the attachment of a large Fuel Ammunition Sensor Tactical (FAST) Pack system. This FAST Pack was a large, blocky pallet that attached to the bottom of the Volcano and was used primarily in space as very little thought was given to the pallet’s aerodynamic qualities. The FAST Pack mounted two additional plasma shock expansion thrusters, additional tankage, short range missile launchers and a GU-13 gun pod with an ammunition feed from the FAST Pack’s internal 35mm magazine.

Though the Volcano was used primarily by the Colonial Defense Forces, a large of them number were sent to Earth with the Relief Expedition at the end of the Second Robotech War and then again with the First Earth Reclamation mission. By the late thirties, all of the remaining Volcanos had been turned back over to the Colonial Defense Forces, having been replaced by VFA-6 Alphas. The Volcano continued to serve in the colonies until the early fifties.

 


 

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 © 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Shimada Enterprises SFA-5 Conbat Anti-spaceship Strike Fighter

Shimada Enterprises SFA-5B Conbat 1

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Conbat reference file
  • Conbat gallery

Designation: Shimada Enterprises SFA-5 Conbat Anti-spaceship Strike Fighter Aerospacecraft

I. Dimensions:

  • Total Length: 17.1 meters
  • Total Height: 4.1 meters
  • Total Wingspan: 9.5 meters
  • Total Dry Weight: 12.9 metric tons

II. Type:

  • SFA-5A: One seat anti-spaceship multirole fighter aerospacecraft.
  • SFA-5D: Two-seat combat-capable trainer aerospacecraft.
  • SFA-5B: One seat anti-spaceship multirole fighter aerospacecraft.
  • SQA-5A: Two-seat electronic warfare aerospacecraft.
  • SFA-5S: One seat low-observability anti-spaceship multirole fighter aerospacecraft.
  • SFA-5DS: Two-seat low-observability combat-capable trainer aerospacecraft.
  • SQA-5S: Two-seat low-observability electronic warfare aerospacecraft.

III. Service History:

  • SFA-5A: Served with the UEEF Tactical Naval Corps from 2033 until replaced by the -E variant in the late 2030s, and with the Colonial Defense Forces from 2037 until 2052.
  • SFA-5D: Served with the UEEF Tactical Naval Corps from 2033 until 2062, and with the Colonial Defense Forces from 2037 until 2070.
  • SFA-5B: Served with the UEEF Tactical Naval Corps from 2035 until replaced by the –S variant in the early 2040s, and with the Colonial Defense Forces from 2043 until 2054.
  • SQA-5A: Served with the UEEF Tactical Naval Corps from 2033 until 2063, and with the Colonial Defense Forces from 2037 until 2071.
  • SFA-5S: Served with the UEEF Tactical Naval Corps from 2043 until 2070, and with the Colonial Defense Forces from 2037 until 2075.
  • SFA-5DS: Served with the UEEF Tactical Naval Corps from 2043 until 2070, and with the Colonial Defense Forces from 2037 until 2075.
  • SQA-5S: Served with the UEEF Tactical Naval Corps from 2044 until 2074, and with the Colonial Defense Forces from 2037.

IV. Propulsion:

(SFA-5B)

  • 2 x Nakajima/P&W/Rolls Royce FF-2011-4 fusion turbines, max. unboosted output 140 kN each (overboost, 275 kN each).
  • 2 x Nakajima/P&W/Rolls Royce FF-2011-4S plasma-shock expansion reaction engines, max. output 121.5 kN each (overboost, 249 kN each).

Fuel capacity:

  • 16 standard canisters of protoculture
  • 8.1 liter D20 reactant for fusion engines.
  • Assorted auxiliary and maneuvering thrusters.

V. Performance:

(SFA-5B)

  • Max level speed: Mach 5.4 at 25,000 meters.
  • Delta-v capacity: 5.2 kps
  • Powercell endurance: 200 hours continuous use
  • Initial climb rate: over 30,000 meters per minute.
  • Unboosted service ceiling: 29,000 meters
  • G limits: -5.4/+12.0.

VI. Electronics:

(SFA-5B)

Radar tracking:

  • Hughes APG-99 X-band pulse-Doppler phased array, providing spherical long-range detection and tracking of targets at all attitudes.

Optical tracking:

  • Phillips AllView multi-band digital camera system, for medium range spherical 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-250(V) active sensor jammer
  • Chaff dispenser
  • Flares.

VII. Armament:Shimada Enterprises SFA-5B Conbat 6

(SFA-5B)

Cannons:

  • 2 x Colt E-19 4.5MJ lasers in fixed-forward firing position. Both lasers can fire 40 times per minute, and are recessed in the ventral fuselage.

Missiles:

  • 1 x MM-16/8 Multi-missile system. Four missile bays under flip-open covers on inner and outer edges of the upper nacelles; each carries 2 medium range (65km) Mach 3.2 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 260mm Diamondback and four 190x540mm short range (8.2km) combined active radar + home-on-jam/infra-red imager guided Hammerhead missiles each, for a total of 16 SRMs and 8 MRMs.

Hardpoints – 4 underwing hardpoints under the inner wings can each mount:

  • RMS-3 Archangel Of Death Nuclear stand-off missile1 x RMS-3 “Archangel Of Death” Nuclear stand-off missile. Reaction warhead (500 kT) mounted on a long range (354 km) Mach 4.0 combined multi-spectrum imager and active radar homing missile. Customized for anti-starship operations. Maximum delta-v in space is 9.8 kps.
  • or 1 x CBM-200 Anti-mecha Cluster Missile. Two hundred guided cluster bombs with a range of 500 meters mounted on a long range (80 km) Mach 4.0 combined multi-spectrum imager and active radar homing missile. Customized for anti-mecha operations both in space and on the ground. Maximum delta-v in space is 3.5 kps.
  • or 1 x Carapace missile container, carrying 6 medium range (65km) Mach 3.2 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 260mm Diamondback missiles or 12 190x540mm short range (8.2km) combined active radar + home-on-jam/infra-red imager guided Hammerhead missiles.
  • or 1 x RMS-2 ‘Angel of Death’ Nuclear Stand-off missile. A reaction warhead (200 kT) mounted on a long range (293 km) Mach 4.0 combined multi-spectrum imager and active radar homing missile. Preferred ordnance for anti-starship missions. Maximum delta-v is 5 kps.
  • or 1 x Firebird missile. A conventional warhead mounted on the frame of a RMS missile with a range of 234 km and a speed of Mach 6.5, guided by a combined IIR and active/passive radar seeker. Weapon has a delta-v of 4 kps in space.
  • or 1 x Silencer anti-radiation missile.
  • or 1 x Hughes GU-11 55mm three barreled smoothbore rotary gun pod; has a 500 round capacity. Cannon fires APFSDS (Armor Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot) and HESH-I (High Explosive Squash Head-Incendiary) rounds at 600 rounds/minute.
  • or 1 x Rheinmetall GU-12 single smoothbore barrel gun pod. Fires 100mm APFSDS and HEAP (High Explosive Armor Piercing) semi-combustible case munitions at 110 rounds/minute. Ammunition supply is 60 rounds.
  • or 1 x MER for three optical, IIR, and active radar-guided Derringer missiles, with a range of 70km and a speed of Mach 3.0. Note however that because of the proximity of the hardpoints only one MER can be carried on the inner hardpoints; the outer hardpoints will have to remain unused in this case.
  • or any other military cargo such as a reconnaissance pod, missile or cargo pod.

VIII. Armor:

The skin of the Conbat is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armored skin stops all small arms fire, provides good protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and fair resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round. The total protection marginally better than that on the Valkyrie. The Bat provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure cockpit environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for one day maximum.

IX. Development:

In the 2030s the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) started replacing the anti-spaceship mecha of the Tactical Naval Corps with newly designed models incorporating the lessons of the Sentinels Campaign. By this time, legacy mecha such as the VF-1 Super Valkyrie, the FA-101 Vulture and the less than successful VF-4 Lightning III were in need of replacement. The first replacement for the Valkyrie was the VFA-6 Thunderbolt III in the air superiority role. This mecha was more than capable of taking over the Valkyrie’s air superiority and ground support roles, but was incapable of assuming the role of strike mecha due to its limited armament options compared to the Super Valkyrie. The Tactical Naval Corps first planned to replace their strike-tasked Valkyries by a project called VA-X which would have delivered a Veritech attack mecha. However, budgetary realities killed this project after a year. The Tactical Naval Corps then tried to procure an improved version of the VF-4 Lightning III, which was finally made to be reasonably reliable but was still the most expensive mecha ever fielded by the defense forces. This was also not acceptable to the Treasury Department. At about that time, however, the government began an investigation into the replacement of some of the expensive Veritechs with non-transformable planes. Since it was decided that a full-up Veritech was not required for the anti-spaceship and strike role, a request was sent to Rockwell Textron (soon to merger with Shinnakasu Heavy Industries to form Shimada Enterprises) for a true non-transformable variant of the VF-4 Lightning III. The result was the SFA-5 Conbat.

Shimada Enterprises SFA-5B Conbat 4The shape of the SFA-5 was very similar to the Lightning III; essentially it was a completely new airframe designed around the proven engines and avionics of the parent Veritech. The four engines were mounted in large engine pods on the wings. From there, relatively small wings led to the main hull, which contained the reaction mass tankage, the cockpit and electronics. Two high powered lasers in the fuselage replaced the Lightning III’s particle beam cannons. The missile hardpoints were mounted under the inner wings. With the complete deletion of all transformation related subsystems, the Conbat was less than a quarter of the price of the overly complex VF-4 but was superior in most performance categories. Compared with the VF-4, the Bat had a higher acceleration and top speed, and nearly the same effective weapons load. The Conbat was originally procured in two versions: the SFA-5A, the basic combat aircraft, and the SFA-5D, a combat-capable trainer. After two years newly delivered single seat aircraft were of the SFA-5B version, which had mainly minor improvements along with the introduction of VFA-6 style internal bays for Hammerhead and Diamondback missiles were added to the upper nacelles, to allow for a greater defensive capability. All remaining SFA-5A and D models were subsequently refitted up to SFA-5B standards, minus the missile bays.

As the Sentinels’ War rapped up, the Conbat proved to be the ideal weapon against Invid capital ships. The RMS missiles were more than capable of destroying a Hive or an Invid Mollusk troopcarrier, and the cluster weapons were welcome for their ability to thin out ranks of Invid mecha in space, or on the ground. However, as the Beta Fighter came into ever wider service, it was realized that a pair of Alpha/Beta Legios fighters were quite capable of doing the same job, and just at the time the Conbat began to suffer its worst attrition in the field, it was also made a victim of the UEEF’s perceived need for logistical simplicity and standardization. Most of the remaining Conbats were transferred to the Colonial Defense Forces.

 


 

 

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. 

Images From – Macross Perfect Memory and other macross books, Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie, Macross Mecha Manual

Content by Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Northrop F-110 Falcon II Fighter/Interceptor Aircraft

F-206E Falcon II Fighter Aircraft 3

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • F-110 Falcon II reference file
  • F-110 Falcon II gallery

Designation: Northrop F-110 Falcon II Fighter/Interceptor Aircraft

I. Dimensions:

  • Total Length: 18.9 meters
  • Total Height: 5.3 meters
  • Total Wingspan: 11.0 meters
  • Total Dry Weight: 12.2 metric tons

II. Type:

  • YF-110: One seat fighter-interceptor aircraft prototype.
  • F-110A: One seat fighter-interceptor aircraft.
  • F-110T: Two seat fighter-trainer aircraft.
  • F-110C: One seat carrier capable fighter-interceptor aircraft.
  • F-110D: Two seat carrier capable fighter-trainer aircraft.
  • F-110E: One seat multi-role attack fighter aircraft.
  • F-110F: Two seat attack fighter-trainer.
  • F-110G: One seat low-observability multi-role attack fighter aircraft.

III. Service History:

YF-110: Evaluated by the UN Spacy from 2015 through late 2016 during the Advanced Conventional Fighter (ACF) competition.

F-110A/T: Served with the UEDF Tactical Airforce from 2018 until 2026, and with the Civil Defense Flying Corps from 2018 until the Invid invasion.

F-110C/D: Served with the UEDF Naval Corps from 2020 until the Invid invasion.

F-110E/E: Served with the UEDF Tactical Airforce and Civil Defense Flying Corps from 2024 until the Invid invasion.

F-110G: Served with the UEDF Tactical Air Force from 2028 until the Invid invasion.

IV. Propulsion:

(F-110E/F)

  • 4 x General Electric FF-130 fusion turbines, max output 79 kN each.
  • 1 x General Electric PF-1156 plasma shock expansion engine, output 150 kN.

Fuel Capacity:

  • 16 standard canisters of protoculture,
  • 9.8 liter D20 of reactant for fusion engines.

V. Performance:

(F-110E/F)

  • Maximum speed: 1470 kph (Mach 1.2) @ sea level, 2695 kph (Mach 2.2) @ 18,900 meters with fusion turbines only, 5290 kph (Mach 5.8) @ >40,000 meters with plasma shock expansion engine,
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 meters,
  • Powercell endurance: 200 hours continuous use.

VI. Electronics:F-206G Falcon II Fighter Aircraft 7

(F-110E/F)

Radar tracking:

  • Westinghouse APG-145 X-band pulse-Doppler omni-directional radar.

Optical tracking:

  • Phillips AllView II multi-band omni-directional 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 Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • Selenia Sky Warrior active/passive sensor jammers
  • Chaff dispenser
  • Flares.

VII. Armament.

(F-110E/F)

Cannon:

(F-110A-D)

  • 1 x Hughes HRC-25 25mm five barrel rotary cannon firing SLAP (Saboted Light Armor Piercing) or HEI (High Explosive Incendiary) 25mm rounds at 6000 rounds per minute. Internal ammunition supply of 21mm rounds.

(F-110E-G)

  • 2 x Colt E-19B 4.5 MJ lasers in the nose. Both lasers can fire 60 times per minute.

4 hardpoints (2 under each engine nacelle) can each carry:

  • 1 x combined IIR and active radar guided, 75 km range, Mach 3 Python missile,
  • or 1 x Carapace missile container, containing three missile tubes, each of which can contain two Diamondback or Lightning missiles, or four Hammerhead missiles.

VIII. Armor.

The skin of the Falcon is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The skin stops all small arms fire, provides fair protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and poor resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.

The Falcon provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure cockpit environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for eight hours maximum.

IX. Development.

In 2014, the UN Spacy was in need of a new conventional fighter to supplement its Veritech fighter squadrons. For the important task of defending the Earth’s population centers proper, the UN Spacy needed high speed fighter-interceptor, capable of fighting the Gnerl Fighter Pods on their own terms. The call was put out for a beam-cannon armed, fusion turbine powered fighter interceptor. Four candidates were submitted: Northrop’s YF-110 Falcon, Rockwell Bell’s YF-204 Lightning III (a non-variable variant of the VF-4 Lighting III Veritech fighter), Lockheed’s YF-117 Drake (a non-space capable version of their YFA-117, which had already failed to win the contract for an aerospace fighter against the FA-101 Vulture) and McDonnel-Douglas’ YF-15 Super Eagle (a fusion turbine powered update of the positively geriatric F-15 Eagle). Northrop’s design won, being the leat compromised design, and the second least expensive after the YF-15, which was kind of a non-starter in the first place.

The Falcon II uses a flying body shape with minimal wings to support hypersonic speeds for its interceptor role. The small wings are used more for maneuvering and stabilization than for lift. As its Interceptor and Fighter Pod destroyer objectives required a high thrust/mass ratio, the aft end of the flying body was one large engine bay, housing two of the fusion turbines and one plasma shock expansion engine, which was used for sustained hypersonic flight and combat accelerations. The final two fusion turbines were housed in nacelles under the body. The Falcon II had a fairly standard electronics suite and its armament consisted out of two internal laser cannons with a high rate of fire, and four hardpoints for missiles or missile pods. The Falcon II was built from the advanced titanium alloys that gave the airplane a good protection against at least spall and shell fragments. Later, the F-110G introduced radar absorbing material (RAM), enhancing its already small radar cross section.

This fighter was used in various variants by the Civil Defense Flying Corps for the air defense role, the Naval Corps for the fleet defense role and the Tactical Air Force for air defense and as a tactical fighter bomber. It served all the way through till the Invid invasion. Because of the nature of its units, and the target choice of the F-206C Falcon II Fighter Aircraft 1Masters for most of the Second Robotech War, these planes saw only limited action. During the Invid invasion, most Falcons were destroyed in battle against the Invid. Most remaining ones were destroyed on orders of the Invid Occupation Authorities.

 


 

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

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. 

Images from – Unspecified Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross OSM, Robotech RPG (1st Edition) Southern Cross Sourcebook and Robotech RPG (2nd Edition) Southern Cross Sourcebook.

Content by Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker, 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

McDonnel-Douglas AH/R-15 Phantom III Attack Reconnaissance VTOL

AHR-15 Phantom Attack Reconnaissance VTOL Aircraft 1

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Rob Morgenstern, with Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Phantom III reference file
  • Phantom III gallery

Designation: McDonnel-Douglas AH/R-15 Phantom III Attack Reconnaissance VTOL Aircraft

I. Dimensions:

  • Total Length: 7.3 meters
  • Total Height: 2.6 meters
  • Total Wingspan: 6.6 meters
  • Total Dry Weight: 8.9 metric tons

II. Type:

  • AH/R-15: Two seat light VTOL reconnaissance aircraft
  • SH/R-15: Two seat light VTOL ASW/patrol aircraft
  • EH/R-15: Two seat light VTOL Electronic Warfare aircraft

III. Service History:

  • AH/R-15A: Served with the UEDF Reconnaissance Division and Civil Defense Flying Corps from 2026 until the Invid invasion.
  • AH/R-15B: Served with the UEDF Naval Corps from 2027 until the Invid Invasion.
  • EH/R-15A: Served with the UEDF Tactical Air Force and Naval Corps from 2027 until the Invid invasion.

IV. Propulsion:

  • 2 x Rolls-Royce PF500 ducted fan-props providing horizontal propulsion,
  • 1 x Rolls-Royce FT-5000 counter-rotating fan turbine engine for vertical lift. Three blades in each direction of rotation,
  • Powerplant: 2 x SCR-2P Miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer.

Fuel Capacity:

  • 8 standard canisters of protoculture.

V. Performance.

  • Service Ceiling: 25,000 meters
  • Maximum speed: 216 kph @ sea level, 248 kph @ 6,250 meters
  • Powercell endurance: 250 hours continuous use

VI. Electronics:

Radar tracking:

  • Westinghouse APG-145 X-band pulse-Doppler omni-directional radar.
  • Ericsson ASARS-10 mm-band Side-Looking Synthetic Aperature Radar terrain mapping & imaging system.

Optical tracking:

(AH/R-15A)

  • AHR-15 Phantom Attack Reconnaissance VTOL Aircraft 11Phillips AllView II multi-band omni-directional digital camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking;
  • Ericsson RedEye long-range forward-looking infra-red imaging, detection and tracking system;
  • Phillips video recording equipment capable of storing up to 18 hours of video from the digital cameras.
  • Thomson LT-5 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

Acoustical tracking: (-B Variant, For sea operations only)

  • Siemens ASY-3 deployable sonar pod, mounted to the center axle of the fan turbine on the underside.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
  • OlDelft Infra-red Warning Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • Selenia Sky Warrior active/passive sensor jammers
  • COMINT Pulse Analyzer
  • Chaff dispenser
  • Flares.

VII. Armament:

  • 1 x Oerlikon LRD-7 triple barrel 7.62x51mm rotary cannon, fires DU-HEAP (Depleted Uranium-High Explosive Armor Piercing) and HEI-T (High Explosive Incendiary – Tracer) rounds. Maximum rate of fire 3000 rounds/minute. Ammunition supply 1500 rounds. Effective range 600 meters.

2 x Hardpoints each capable of carrying the following ordinance:

  • 1 x MLOP Multiple Launch Ordnance Pod, each carrying 15 70mm unguided rockets;
  • or 1 x dual AMM-1 Arrow launcher with the air-air missiles mounted in line;
  • or 1 x SCAR Rattlesnake air-surface missile;
  • or 1 x Marconi Stingray Mk. 10 air-launched torpedo.

SCAR Rattlesnake air-surface missile

VIII. Armor:

The skin of the Phantom III is composed of treated steel plate. The skin stops all small arms fire, provides good protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and poor to fair resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.

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

IX. Development.

The Phantom III was developed to provide a small, agile, reconnaissance vessel in support of the ground infantry of the Tactical Corps. This craft could be considered an advanced cross of a hovercraft and a helicopter with the ‘main rotor’ embedded within the rear hull of the lifting body. This arrangement better protected the vulnerable rotor while providing for better survivability in case of rotor failure. This better survivability is due to the standard engines and lifting body that would allow significantly improved gliding and flight capabilities, yet the counter-rotating fan blades could still provide some autorotation capabilities to reduce the impact. The outboard engines and winglets provide the yaw control that the tail rotor previously provided, with the counter-rotation providing rotational stability. Due to the improved aerodynamics, the Phantom III was capable of breaking the sound barrier if it was needed to rapidly deploy or escape. The main engines AHR-15 Phantom Attack Reconnaissance VTOL Aircraft 8utilize fusion plasma to superheat the air entering the intakes. This provides an operating range that is only limited by the protoculture power systems needed to start and contain the fusion reactions. To achieve these speeds, secondary plasma shock thrusters provide the additional needed thrust.

The Phantom III is loaded with sensor equipment. The primary arrays are located on the underside to the right of centerline symmetric with the 7.62mm autocannon. Additional sensors are embedded in the leading edge of the wing and on the dorsal area. To maximize sensor loading, armor was sacrificed and the Phantom III relies on its speed and agility for survival.

The Phantom III frequently provided forward close air reconnaissance during ground operations as provided by the Tactical Corps’ Reconnaissance divisions for the other arms of the Army of the Southern Cross. The SH/R-15 variant of the Phantom III was devised to support anti-submarine warfare missions as well as better patrol the coastal and seaways, with an appropriate loadout on the hardpoints and the attachment of a sonar pod to the central axle of the lift fan rotors.

 


 

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

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. 

Images from – Unspecified Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross OSM, Robotech RPG (2nd Edition) Southern Cross Sourcebook

Content by Robert Morgenstern, with Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1998, 1997, 1996 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Grumman EVRP-1 Spider Bug Work Pod

EVRP-1 Spider Bug General Purpose Spacecraft

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Rob Morgenstern, Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Spider Bug reference file
  • Spider Bug gallery

Designation: Grumman EVRP-1 Spider Bug Zero-G General Purpose Spacecraft

I. Dimensions.

  • Length: 3.9 meters, 8.19 meter (with arms)
  • Width: 1.1 meters
  • Height: 2.4 meters
  • Weight: 2.5 metric tons.

II. Type.

  • One seat recovery and repair utility spacecraft.

III. Propulsion.

  • 2 Nakajima NBS-1 high-thrust vernier thrusters; one located on the underside and the other in the rear
  • 6 Pratt&Whitney LHP04 low-thrust vernier thrusters distributed around the pod.

IV. Performance:

  • Maximum battery endurance: 8 hours
  • Maximum Range (space): Delta-v limit of 0.5 kps.

V. Sensory Systems:

Radar System:

  • Hughes AWI-10 I-band pulse-Doppler/SLAR radar, providing short-range detection, imaging and tracking of targets at all altitudes.

Optical tracking:

  • Thomson DOS-2000 multi-band digital camera system, for medium range traversable UV, infra-red imaging and optical band detection and tracking;
  • Spotlights for illumination

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):EVRP-1 Spider Bug General Purpose Spacecraft 9

  • Multiple HF, VHF and UHF antennas.

VI. Armament:

  • None.

The pod is equipped with the following manipulators:

  • 4 utility arms
  • 1 heavy-duty grappler arm

VII. Armor:

Full nuclear and chemical protection, immunity from hand fired solids and energy beams, shrapnel and other fragments. This system is designed to enter areas littered with debris that might be capable of piercing lesser armored craft. Limited protection from heavier weaponry, adequate up to 20mm autocannon shells or equivalent.

VIII. Development:

This utility pod saw extensive use during the construction of the Oberth-class destroyers and H.J.Niven-class space platforms by providing construction workers a more protected environment as well as a more capable manipulative system than an EVA suit. These pods continued to see use by finished vessels to provide exterior maintenance and repairs during operations.

 


 

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.

Images From – Macross Perfect Memory, Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie, Macross Mecha Manual

Content by Robert Morgenstern, with Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1999, 1997, 1996 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Lockheed SC-37 Phoenix Tactical Transport Aerospacecraft

SC-37 Phoenix Cargo Aerospacecraft 1

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Rob Morgenstern, Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • SC-37 reference file
  • SC-37 gallery

Designation: Lockheed SC-37 Phoenix Heavy Tactical Transport Aerospacecraft

I. Dimensions:

  • Length: 73.4 meters
  • Width: 15.2 meters
  • Wingspan: 64.1 meters
  • Height: 23.6 meters
  • Dry Weight: 133 metric tons.

II. Type:

  • Two seat high-speed tactical military transport aircraft. There are seats for 6 passengers in the cockpit area.

III. Service History:

  • Served with the UEDF Military Airlift Corps (MAC) from 2024 until the Invid invasion.

IV. Propulsion:

  • 3 P&W F127 main fusion engines providing 294.2 kN of thrust each.
  • 2 P&W F126 secondary fusion engines providing 93.2 kN of thrust each.
  • 10 Rocketdyne DRaE-4b ram/scramjet/reaction engine in underwing pods (5 per wing pod), total thrust 87 kN each for efficient high-altitude flight.
  • Power-source: 4 x SCR-2P Miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer

Fuel Capacity:

  • 32 standard canisters of protoculture,
  • 49.6 liter D20 reactant for fusion engines.

V. Performance:

  • Maximum speed: 3210 kph @ 15,000 meters (Mach 2.6)
  • Service Ceiling: 26,000 meters
  • Powercell endurance: 250 hours continuous use
  • Maximum Take-off Weight: 450 metric tons

VI. Electronics:

Radar tracking:

  • AlliedSignal APS-140 X-band multi-mode pulse-Doppler forward-looking weather and terrain mapping radar.
  • APX-110 IFF secondary surveillance transponder

Optical tracking:

  • Phillips AllView II multi-band omni-directional digital camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
  • OlDelft Infra-red Warning Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • Selenia Sky Warrior active/passive sensor jammers
  • Chaff dispenser
  • Flares.

VII. Armament:

  • None.

VIII. Armor:

The skin of the Phoenix is composed of treated steel plate. The skin stops all small arms fire, provides fair protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and poor resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round. The Phoenix provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure cockpit environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for two days maximum.

SC-37 Phoenix Cargo Aerospacecraft 2IX. Development:

The Phoenix was designed by Lockheed to be able to transport entire units rapidly to far away locations. This aircraft built upon their research for the aerospace plane and high speed civil transport conducted in the 1980s and 90s. The United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) needed a platform that could quickly transport their limited troops anywhere in the world to deal Zentraedi uprisings or a resurgent Soviet Union. The designers decided that using protoculture cell and fusion reactor technology could drastically reduce the weight of fuel needed for a transport. This allowed for an incredible carrying capacity for this aircraft. This massive aircraft can be used for airborne insertions of an entire squadron of ground-based mecha into hostile landing zones. Due to its size and poor maneuverability, the Phoenix relies on its massive engines to provide sufficient speed to escape any threat.

SC-37 Phoenix Cargo Aerospacecraft 3Due to its high speed and poor maneuverability, no tanker, gunship or electronic warfare version of this transport were ever developed. At least one Phoenix was adopted by the Tactical Space Corps and had its wings reinforced and hardpoints added for use in launching booster-equipped satellites and shuttles. A bomber variant known as the SB-37 Starfire II was also under development at the beginning of the Second Robotech War. The Starfire II would have been an “arsenal aircraft” carrying hundreds of tons of conventional, nuclear or cruise munitions. Though three prototypes were built, the war shifted the UEDF’s focus and the project never came to fruition.

 


 

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

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. 

Images From – Unspecified Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross OSM, Robotech RPG Southern Cross Sourcebook

Content by Robert Morgenstern, with Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1999, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Rockwell International SC-27 Star Goose Light Passenger Shuttle

Rockwell International SC-27A Star Goose 1

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Rob Morgenstern, Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • SC-27 reference file
  • SC-27 gallery

Designation: Rockwell International SC-27 Star Goose Light Passenger Shuttle

I. Dimensions.

  • Length: 24.8 meters
  • Wingspan: 25.3 meters
  • Height: 13.5 meters
  • Weight: 45.3 metric tons (A model), 48.6 metric tons (B model)
  • Booster length: 80.2 meters
  • Booster diameter: 26.8 meters

II. Type.

  • Two pilot, 18/14 passenger space shuttle.

III. Propulsion.

(SC-27A)

  • 8 GE FF8-20J2 fusion turbines located in banks of four on either side of the tail providing 137 kN of thrust each. There are two intakes on this model above the fuselage.

(SC-27B)

  • 10 Nakajima/P&W/Rolls-Royce FF-2001D fusion turbines located in banks of five on either side of the tail providing 119 kN of thrust each. There are three intakes on this model above the fuselage.
  • 5 Nakajima NBS-1 high-thrust vernier thrusters mounted on the bottom for VTOL capable of providing 100 kN of thrust each; 2 on each side and 1 located near the tail.

(All)

  • Miscellaneous thrusters located around the spacecraft for manuevering.
  • Tirolian generator capable of providing 40 MVA of power.
  • Booster required for orbital insertion.

IV. Performance:

(SC-27A)Rockwell International SC-27A Star Goose 10

  • Maximum generator endurance: 12 years
  • Maximum Range (space): Delta-v limit of 4.5 kps.
  • Maximum Range (boosted): Delta-v limit of 13.5 kps.

(SC-27B)

  • VTOL Capability
  • Maximum generator endurance: 12 years
  • Maximum Range (space): Delta-v limit of 4.1 kps.
  • Maximum Range (boosted): Delta-v limit of 13.1 kps.

V. Sensory Systems:

Radar System:

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

Optical tracking:

  • Thomson DOS-2000 multi-band digital camera system, for medium range traversable UV, infra-red imaging and optical band detection and tracking;

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

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

VI. Armament:Rockwell International SC-27A Star Goose 2

  • None.

VII. Armor:

Full nuclear and chemical protection, immunity from hand fired solids and energy beams, shrapnel and other fragments. Limited protection from heavier weaponry, adequate up to 20mm autocannon shells or equivalent. Additional thermal shielding provided for repetitious re-entry maneuvers.

VIII. Development:

The SC-27 Star Goose was designed to provide a means to transport personnel and supplies from Earth up to spacecraft in orbit and back again. The passenger seats provide an individualized armor sheath/emergency life pod capable of sustaining life for up to 12 hours.

Few A models survived the Zentraedi Holocaust, mostly being stationed aboard the SDF-1. The UN Spacy still needed space shuttles to ferry troops up to the remaining Zentraedi fleet. Due to the limited production capabilities of the United Earth Government (UEG) until the procurement of the Factory Satellite, it was decided that a new model would be created that maximized sharing of components with other higher production units, especially the Valkyrie. The shuttle used the smaller the Valkyrie thrusters, but added a center thruster to each bank. The B model also has a third intake on top of the shuttle to support the VTOL thrusters.

Rockwell International SC-27A Star Goose 9

 


 

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. 

Images From – Macross Perfect Memory and other macross books, Macross Mecha Manual

Content by Robert Morgenstern, with Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1999, 1997, 1996 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2015 Tim Wing