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Northrop F-5 Tiger II Fighter

Northrop F-5 Tiger II Fighter

Though the F-5E was certainly outdated by the end of the First Robotech War, it continued in service through much the Malcontent Uprisings and briefly through the early years of the United Earth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

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

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

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

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


 

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Original artwork by: Kaoru Shintani

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2018 Tim Wing

 

 

McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Attack Aircraft

McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Attack Aircraft

by Tim Wing

The McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk was a single seat subsonic carrier-capable attack aircraft developed for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps in the early 1950s. The delta winged, single turbojet engined Skyhawk was designed and produced by Douglas Aircraft Company, and later by McDonnell Douglas. Though very old by the beginning of the Robotech era, it was still in use with the Argentine Air Force, the Israeli Self Defense (IDF) and the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) at the time of the SDF-1’s launch ceremony in 2009. After the end of the war, the A-4 continued to serve in the Argentine Air Force (and later the Merchant Republic), and saw use during the Malcontent Uprisings. The IDF also continued to fly the A-4 for a brief time after the end of the war, but retired the type in 2015.

  • Role: Attack aircraft
  • Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas
  • Introduction: October 1956
  • Retired: US Marine Corps (1998), RNZAF (2011), IDF (2015), Argentinian Air Force/Merchant Republic Air Force (2024)
  • Produced: 1954–1979
  • Number built: 2,960

Variants

A-4K+ Kahu

The McDonnell Douglas A-4K+ Kahu was a major upgrade for the A-4 Skyhawk light bomber. In 1986, the Royal New Zealand Air Force initiated this project which included the installation of a Westinghouse AN/APG-66 radar optimized for maritime tracking, HOTAS controls and a ‘glass’ cockpit (2 large CRT screens), MIL-STD 1553B databus; Litton Industries LN-93 inertial navigation system, Ferranti 4510 wide-angle HUD, the Vinten airborne video recording system, the General Instruments ALR-66 radar warning receiver, and a Tracor ALR-39 chaff/flare dispenser. This type served with the RNZAF until the end of the First Robotech War, all examples being destroyed in the closing battle.

IAI A-4 Ayit

The IDF operated four variants of the A-4, starting in the sixties with the A-4H. Later variants included the A-4N, and two combat capable trainer variants, the TA-4F and TA-4J. In 2003, Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) upgraded all surviving A-4s to A-4I standard (or TA-4I standard in the case of the two-seat variant). Upgrades were limited to an avionics refit, based on the systems in IAI’s Lavi fighter. The A-4I soldiered on in Israeli service until its retirement after the First Robotech War in 2016.

General Dynamics A-4AR Fightinghawk

The General Dynamics A-4AR Fightinghawk was a major upgrade of the McDonnell Douglas A-4M Skyhawk attack aircraft developed for the Argentine Air Force which entered service in 1998. The program was named Fightinghawk in recognition of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, which was the source of its new avionics. The upgrades included: Complete overhaul of the airframe, wiring looms and the Pratt & Whitney J52P-408A engine, installation of Douglas Escapac 1-G3 ejection seats, HGU-55/P helmets, Westinghouse/Northrop Grumman AN/APG-66V2 (ARG-1) radar, HOTAS controls and a ‘glass’ cockpit (2 CRT color screens), Sextant Avionique/Thales Avionics SHUD, two General Dynamics Information Systems AN/AYK-14 mission computers, Northrop AN/ALR-93 (V)1 Radar warning receiver, AN/ALQ-126B jammer, AN/ALQ-162 jammer, ALR-47 chaff/flare dispenser and IFF AN/APX-72.

General characteristics (A-4AR Fighting Hawk)

  • Crew: 1 (2 in OA-4AR)
  • Length12.30 m
  • Wingspan: 8.38 m
  • Height: 4.57 m
  • Wing area: 24.15 m²
  • Empty weight: 4,900 kg
  • Loaded weight: 11,000 kg
  • Max. takeoff weight: 11,136 kg
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney J52P-408A Turbojet, 50.0 kN

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1080 km/h
  • Range: 3,220 km
  • Service ceiling: 12,880 m
  • Rate of climb: 43 m/s
  • Wing loading: 344.4 kg/m²
  • Thrust/weight: 0.51

Armament

  • Guns: 2× 20 mm (0.787 in) Colt Mk 12 cannon, 100 rounds/gun
  • Missiles: 2× AIM-9M Sidewinder, CITEFA AS-25K
  • Bombs: 9,900 lb (4,490 kg) on five external hardpoints


 

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Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

Ruger M1993 9mm Service Revolver

Sturm, Ruger & Co. M1993 .38 Special (9×29.5mmR) and .357 Magnum (9×33mmR) Service Revolver

by Tim Wing

The M1993 service revolver was first introduced as the Sparrow Hawk in 1993. The revolver was later adopted by the UN Spacy as the M1993 Service Revolver. Though originally adopted as a special purpose sidearm for the UN Spacy Pistol Shooting Team, the Ruger Sparrow Hawk was procured in the largest numbers as the two inch barreled M1993A1 Survival Pistol. This pistol was issued to Veritech Pilots and other air crewmen starting in 2008. It continued to serve in this capacity all the way through till the Invid Invasion. The irony that the pilots of aircraft packed with advance alien technology carried a old fashioned wheel gun as their last line of defense was lost on very few people.

  • Type: double action revolver
  • Place of origin: United States
  • Service history: 1993-2031
  • Used by: UN Spacy, UEDF, various militaries and police departments
  • Manufacturer: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
  • Produced: 1993-2011
  • Number built: 26,000+
  • Cartridge: .38 Special (9×29.5mmR) and .357 Magnum (9×33mmR)
  • Effective firing range: 75 m (M1993) 25 m (M1993A1)
  • Capacity: 6 rounds

 


 

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Original artwork by: Tim Wing

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

Maxwell Dynamics VF/A-6 Veritech Fighter Variants gallery

 

Maxwell Dynamics Block 10-14 VAF-6B Thunderbolt III space-optimized Veritech Fighter.


Maxwell Dynamics/Shimada Block 30-45 VE-6J Lightning Bolt electronic warfare Veritech.


Maxwell Dynamics Block 20-29 VF/A-6E with AFC/1 Ground-combat protector weapon system.


Maxwell Dynamics/Shimada Block 30-45 VF/A-6H with  AFC/3-B Legioss with additional armor.


Maxwell Dynamics/Shimada Block 30-45 VF/A-6J with GSA-2 Armored Interceptor armor system.


Shimada Enterprises Block 51-52 VF/A-6Y Shadow Veritech Stealth Fighter.


Shimada Enterprises Block 45+ VF/A-6ZS Shadow Veritech Stealth Fighter.


 

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. http://ptn.home.xs4all.nl/robotech.html

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

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Vickers-Chrysler ADR-10-Mk II Raider Air Defense Robot gallery

 

Vickers-Chrysler ADR-10-Mk II Raider Air Defense Robot.

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Early production ADR-10-Mk I Raider Air Defense Robot.

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Vickers-Chrysler ADR-10-Mk II Raider Air Defense Robot technical illustrations.

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

Original artwork by: Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. (Robotech II: The Sentinels)

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 on Robotech Illustrated. 

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

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

 

 

(Invid Hellcat) Unmanned Reconnaissance/Strike Drone gallery

 

Cougar (Invid Hellcat) Unmanned Reconnaissance/Strike Drone.

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Cougar (Invid Hellcat) Unmanned Reconnaissance/Strike Drone in action.

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

Original artwork by: Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. (Robotech II: The Sentinels) and John Waltrip.

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 on Robotech Illustrated. 

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

Copyright © 2013 Tim Wing 

 

 

Vickers-Chrysler MBR-10 Excalibur Main Battle Robot gallery

 

Vickers-Chrysler Robotech Systems Inc. MBR-10 mk II/III/IV Excalibur Main Battle Robot.

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MBR-10 mk II/III/IV Excalibur Main Battle Robot markings.

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VMBR-10 mk II/III/IV Excalibur Main Battle Robot technical illustrations.

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

Original artwork by: Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. and Tim Wing

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 – Robotech II: The RPG, Robotech Expeditionary Force Field Guide (March 1989)

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

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Queadol Magdomilla class Fleet Command Medium Battleship gallery

 

Queadol Magdomilla class Fleet Command Medium Battleship, docked.

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Queadol Magdomilla class Fleet Command Medium Battleship, Assault/Command Ship.

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Queadol Magdomilla-Luhoutzs class Fleet Command Medium Battleship, Orbiter.

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Queadol Magdomilla-Luhoutzs class Fleet Command Medium Battleship, interior spaces.

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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: Miyatake Kazutaka

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 (1983)

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

Copyright © 2004, 1999 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

Hoppler 12 Passenger Hover Van

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Robert Morgenstern, with Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

Designation: Hoppler (UEDF reporting code: HC2 Hover Van) 12 Passenger Hover Van

I. Type.

  • 12 Passenger Hover Van

II. Propulsion.

  • 1 x Zorr’lev-18-DCr protoculture generator.

III. Performance.

  • Generator Endurance: 7 years in fully charged condition.

IV. Electronics Suite.

  • Short-range radio

V. Armament.

  • None

VI. Armor.

Light resistance to small arms fire.

VII. Development.

On Tirol and its colonies, this vehicle was used as a light cargo transport as well as a personnel transport by the security triumvirates.

 


 

 

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 – Robotech original TV series,  Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross original TV series

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

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