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Пистолет Макарова 9×18mm

PM Makarov 9×18mm pistol

by Tim Wing

The Makarov pistol or PM (Russian: Пистолет Макарова, Pistolet Makarova, literally Makarov’s Pistol) is a Russian semi-automatic pistol. Under the project leadership of Nikolay Fyodorovich Makarov, it became the Soviet Union’s standard military and police side arm from 1951 to 2023. Though it was supplanted by the LP Laser Pistol in the early twenties, it remained in service all the way to the Invid Invasion.

  • Type: Semi-automatic pistol
  • Place of origin: Soviet Union
  • Service history: 1951–2031
  • Designer: Nikolay Makarov
  • Manufacturer: Izhevsk Mechanical Plant (Soviet Union), Ernst Thaelmann (German Democratic Republic), Arsenal AD (Bulgaria), Norinco (China), Factory 626 (China)
  • Weight: 730 g
  • Cartridge: 9×18mm Makarov
  • Effective firing range: 50 meters
  • Feed system: 8-round detachable box magazine

The PM is a medium-size, straight-blowback-action, all-steel construction, frame-fixed barrel handgun. The 9×18mm cartridge is a practical cartridge in blowback-operated pistols; producing a respectable level of energy from a gun of moderate weight and size. The PM was heavy for its size by UEDF standards, largely because in a blowback pistol, the heavy slide provides greater inertia to delay opening of the breech until internal pressures have fallen to a safe level. Though heavy, the Makarov is widely regarded as particularly well balanced in its design elements.

The general layout and field-strip procedure of the Makarov pistol is similar to that of the Walther PPK. However, designer Makarov and his team drastically simplified the construction of the pistol, improving reliability and reducing the part count to an astonishing 27, not including the magazine. This allowed considerable ease of manufacture and servicing. All of the individual parts of the PM have been optimized for mass production, robustness and interchangeability, partially thanks to captured German tooling, technology, and machinery.

 


 

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105mm Low-Recoil Rheinmetall Liquid-Propelled Ammunition

105mm Low-Recoil Rheinmetall Liquid-Propelled Ammunition

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

FSDS-TU Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot – Tungsten

A thin but long, high density (Tungsten) dart with a high muzzle velocity and little speed loss, giving a near instantaneous time-on-target. Due to the high flight speed, the round does not carry any guidance.

MAPHE-SG Multiple Kinetic Energy Penetrator — Self Guided

The MAPHE-SG is an anti-air artillery shell, with a warhead based on designs from the late 20th century. The shell incorporates a Lidar sensor and guides itself to the vicinity of the target, then fires four darts in an optimized firing pattern that virtually insures at least a 75% hit rate. These darts explode after penetrating the armor, destroying large parts of the internal structure of lightly armored targets, and large chunks of armor from heavier armored targets.

MPAF Multi-Purpose Airburst Flechette

This shell has a proximity fuse to explode above troop concentrations and releases hundreds of hypervelocity darts. Especially effective against body armor and light APCs, the effectiveness of this round is diminished by cover such as buildings. The round has some secondary capability against helicopters and other low and slow flying targets.

HESH High Explosive Squash Head

This round will impact on a target, crush the thin plating of the round and smear the plastic explosive inside over the armor of the target. A base fuse will detonate the plastic, causing a scab of armor to shatter. The shell is variable fused, and can be used as a general-purpose High Explosive shell. With impact fuse this shell is especially effective against Zentraedi battlepods.

SAD Sensor Artillery Delivered

Delivers a seismic/passive EM sensor and radio link to an area. Can stay active for two months.

Smoke & Incendiaries

Smoke and illumination/white phosphorus rounds are also available.

Plasma

Late in the Second Robotech War a plasma shell was developed as replacement for the HESH and MPAF shells, but only a few thousand of this version were produced before the SC fell to the Invid. It was a most impressive round, releasing 30 MJ of thermal energy on impact.

TacNuke Tactical Nuclear Shell

A boosted tactical nuclear device, available only through direct order of the SC High Command, with a yield of 1 kiloton. This shell is a special weapons round, available only through direct orders of the Southern Cross Division General or his superiors.


 

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

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Marconi Stingray Mk.10 Lightweight Anti-Submarine Torpedo

Honeywell mk53 Kraken1a

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Designation: Marconi Stingray Mk.10 air launched lightweight anti-submarine torpedo

  • Type: Air launched lightweight anti-submarine torpedo.
  • Service history: 2006-2017, UN Spacy; 2018-2031, UEDF.
  • Length: 250.2 cm.
  • Diameter: 32.4 cm.
  • Wingspan: none.Honeywell mk53 Kraken1c
  • Weight: 270 kg.
  • Warhead: Directed energy high explosive.
  • Weight/yield: 50 kg.
  • Propulsion: Otto fuel.
  • Guidance: Active/passive sonar.
  • Max speed: 55 knots.
  • Range: 9 nm @ 40 knots.

Platforms: Sea Sergeant, Sea Tunny, Space Kitchen.

History:

The Stingray Mk.10 torpedo is the result of over 30 years of continuous development. It was the standard air launched torpedo of the US Navy and the rest of the Naval air wings of the Unified Forces, and was used later by the UEDF on its anti-submarine VTOL aircraft.

The Stingray could take out any Terran submarine save for the Prometheus and Daedalus carriers. During the Macross Island assault and later in the Malcontent Uprisings several pods were destroyed in this manner. The Stingray is still in service, but anti-submarine warfare is rapidly becoming an extinct art, as no known possible enemy deploys submarines.

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Honeywell Mk.48 MADCAP Heavyweight Multi-Purpose Torpedo

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ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Designation: Honeywell Mk.48 MADCAP (mod 8) submarine launched heavyweight multi-purpose torpedo, (mod 9) air launched heavyweight multi-purpose torpedo.

  • Type: (mod 8) Submarine launched heavyweight multi-purpose torpedo, (mod 9) Air launched heavyweight multi-purpose torpedo.
  • Service history: 2006-2017, UN Spacy; 2018-2031, UEDF Navy.
  • Length: (mod 8) 548.2 cm, (mod 9) 578.6 cm (pre-drop), 548.2 cm (post-drop).
  • Diameter: 53.3 cm.
  • Wingspan: none.
  • Weight: (mod 8) 1756 kg, (mod 9) 1825 kg (including parachute).
  • Warhead: High explosive with contact and influence fuse.
  • Weight/yield: 800 kg.
  • Propulsion: Electrical with protoculture energizer, one protoculture cell for electrical power.
  • Guidance: Active/passive sonar, wakehoming and wire guidance.
  • Max speed: 70 knots.
  • Range: 70 nm @ 70 knots.

Platforms:

History:

The MADCAP torpedo served as the main submarine armament in both the early UN Spacy and Southern Cross Naval Forces. The MADCAP (Most ADvanced CAPability) was a development of the US Mk.48 mod 6 VADCAP torpedo. The propulsion system was replaced by an electric motor and protoculture cells scavenged from the crashed SDF-1. This both increased maximum speed and range and diminished the noise level emitted by the torpedo. In fact, the range (especially at lower speeds) was so enlarged that the torpedo could reach any target detectable by the launch platforms’ sonar systems at maximum speed, and the full range was never used in combat. All other VADCAP systems were kept, save for the computer section, which incorporated some of the advanced technology gleaned from the SDF-1.

The MADCAP was as potent a ship killer as the large USSR designed Type 65 torpedo because of the warhead, which was more than doubled after the MADCAPs fuel section had been deleted. Even so, the MADCAP was still 1 meter shorter than the VADCAP.

The MADCAP was used by the submarine forces of the Unified Forces and later by the United Earth Defense Forces. However, it was never used in the Robotech Wars because of the dearth of submerged targets.

The UEDF Tactical Air Force procured an air launched version of the MADCAP torpedo for use by its Space Kitchen anti-submarine planes, as the standard Terran air dropped ASW torpedo, the Stingray, could not be expected to be effective against such craft as the Prometheus. However, the Space Kitchen was never used in its anti-submarine role due to a lack of targets, and thus the mod 9 MADCAP, which was a standard mod 8 equipped with a parachute and hardpoint connections, was never fired in anger.

 


 

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Letkes Deuawhaug Ship Launched Anti-Spaceship Missile

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ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Designation: Letkes Deuawhaug (UEDF designation SSA-2 Scrapper) ship launched anti-ship/ground conventional missile

  • Type: Ship launched anti-ship/ground conventional torpedo.
  • Service history: Entered service around 1860.
  • Length: 1467 cm.missile3
  • Diameter: 375 cm.
  • Wingspan: none.
  • Weight: 65800 kg.
  • Warhead: HE blast/fragmentation with smart fuse.
  • Weight/yield: 2389 kg.
  • Propulsion: Six fusion/plasma reaction engines with one common protoculture energizer, one protoculture cell for electrical power.
  • Guidance: Combined inertial/IIR/active radar with Reflex AI guidance.
  • Max speed: Mach 25.
  • Range: 11.45 kps delta-v.
  • Platforms: Most Zentraedi Capital Ships.

History:

The Scrapper is a conventional torpedo, mounted on all Zentraedi fleet units. Although it cannot destroy another starship with one hit, as its Sniper sibling can, it is fast, difficult to intercept, and carries a large conventional warhead. The advanced fuse further gives it the possibility of contact detonation or delayed action, in addition to targeting specific parts of a target. The main disadvantage of this system is that it is unreliable on occasion, and Scrappers have a higher ‘dud’ rate than other Zentraedi missiles.

missile4The Scrapper has a large seeker head up front, followed by the warhead section. Behind this is the engine section, slowly increasing in diameter until the exhausts pipes. There is a Vernier-thruster section between the warhead and propulsion sections. Four radar aerials are mounted on the warhead section.

 


 

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

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Lojredbeth Deuawhaug-likran Ship Launched Anti-Ship Missile

Nupetiet-Vergnitzs Flagship Exterior Views 39a

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Designation: Lojredbeth Deuawhaug (UEDF designation SSA-1A Sniper), Lojredbeth Deuawhaug-likran (SSA-1B Sniper) ship launched anti-ship/ground torpedo

  • Type: Ship launched anti-ship/ground torpedo.
  • Service history: Entered service around 1830.
  • Length: 1203 cm.
  • Diameter: 375 cm.
  • Wingspan: 453 cm.
  • Weight: 54100 kg (SSA-1A), 53900 kg (SSA-1B).
  • Warhead: High Explosive (SSA-1A), Nuclear reaction (SSA-1B).
  • Weight/yield: 1509 kg (SSA-1A), 326 kT(SSA-1B).
  • Propulsion: 13 fusion/plasma reaction engines with one common protoculture energizer, one protoculture cell for electrical power.
  • Guidance: Multi-spectral active/passive sensors with Reflex AI guidance.
  • Max speed: Mach 20.
  • Range: 10.3 kps delta-v.
  • Platforms: Most Zentraedi Capital Ship classes.

History:

The nuclear Sniper missile is the primary weapon of mass-destruction available to the common Zentraedi fleets, which usually lack Reflex Cannon armed ships.

As the primary heavy strike weapon of the Zentraedi Fleet, the Sniper is equipped with the best engine available; not a rocket engine, but a fusion-plasma propulsion set. This gives the Sniper vastly superior range and speed compared to more conventional missiles. Also, the warhead on the nuclear Sniper is one of the largest warheads available to the Zentraedi.

In addition to the nuclear missile, a version with a conventional warhead is issued to the Zentraedi fleets. This missile has a less powerful warhead and less extensive fusing options than the SSA-2 Scrapper, and it were these limitations that lead to the development of the heavier conventional missile.

The basic missile shape is that of an elongated cone, with twelve circumference thrusters and a thirteenth, central thruster. Eight sensor blisters are mounted around the body, giving an excellent sensor coverage and a very accurate and ECCM capable guidance. An additional four radar aerials are mounted further aft.

Nupetiet-Vergnitzs Flagship Exterior Views 39bThe main disadvantage of the Sniper is that, compared to its Scrapper sibling, it is slower and less ranged, and thus easier to intercept. However, a nuclear version of the Scrapper, which would alleviate this, has never been encountered.

 

 

 


 

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. 

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

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RRG Tarantula Short Range Anti-Armor Missile

 

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ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Designation: Robotech Research Group (RRG) Tarantula short range anti-mecha missile

  • Type: Short range anti-mecha missile.
  • Service history: 2022-2028, UEDF; 2022-2048, UEEF.
  • Length: 18 cm.tarantula-2
  • Diameter: 7.6 cm.
  • Wingspan: none.
  • Weight: 5.6 kg.
  • Warhead: Thermite.
  • Weight/yield: 2 kg.
  • Propulsion: Rocket booster and sustainer engine.
  • Guidance: Combined LLLTV and active radar.
  • Max speed: 750 kph.
  • Range: 1.1 km.
  • Platforms: RL-6 missile thrower (Cyclone compatible).

History:

The Tarantula is a small, but still fast and accurately guided missile that was developed in concert with the RL-6 shoulder-mounted missile thrower in the early 2020s. Smaller and lighter than the RL-2, the Tarantula and RL-6 represented a compromise between warhead size and rate of fire that promised to pack a comparable amount of firepower into a more easily portable package.

RL-6 5The Tarantula was meant to give foot soldiers a better fighting chance against enemy mecha than its predecessor, the RL-1. Rather than the RL-2’s larger recoilless rifle round, which could carry a more substantial and effective warhead, the Tarantula was given a small incendiary warhead, and enough speed to enable the missile to penetrate into the target before detonating. The resulting, very hot fire would then wreck the mecha. What the warhead might have lacked in explosive power, it made up in numbers; with the capacity to fire six rockets per launcher in quick succession, a squad equipped with RL-6 launchers could fill the air with dozens of rockets in a matter of seconds.

With the lack of a workable anti-mecha energy rifle at the beginning of the Pioneer mission, the RL-6 was issued to REF infantry divisions in fairly large numbers. It also saw limited use in the Southern Cross as a stop-gap until their own energy weapons were developed. The introduction of the FAL-2 and Gallant rifles reduced the UEEF infantry’s dependence on the RL-6 as its primary anti-mecha weapon, but it continued to play an important part in infantry strategy.

Toward the end of the 2020s, the introduction of the Veritech Cyclone ride armor offered a new role for the RL-6 launcher. The Cyclone’s augmented strength and stability meant that even soldiers who had trouble with the RL-6’s recoil when fired from the shoulder could wield the launcher one-handed without difficulty—and the Cyclone’s targeting computer could link up with the RL-6’s integral sight for improved guidance as well. The RL-6 was often issued as the standard weapon for the Bartley-model Cyclone, to make up for its lack of internal munitions.

As one of the easier heavy weapons to find in Mars Division shuttle wreckage and old Southern Cross fortifications, the RL-6 was fairly common among the anti-Invid Resistance movement on Earth. It was used both with and without Cyclones, and was valued for its lightness and man-portability as much as for its extreme effectiveness against any Invid mecha up to the Gamo Pincer Command Unit. That it did not rely upon Invid-detectable protoculture was another point in its favor. Many of the launchers remain in civilian hands, though Tarantulas have become harder for civilians to obtain since the end of the Third Robotech War.

The RL-6 and Tarantula remain in service with the Terran Navy, particularly among Cyclone-mounted infantry divisions; however, the increased availability of energy weapons and the less-vulnerable Invid mecha designs produced by the end of the Third Robotech War have reduced its role.

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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. 

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

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RRG Scorpion II Short Range Anti-Armor Missile

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ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Designation: Robotech Research Group (RRG) Scorpion II short range anti-mecha missile

  • Type: Short range anti-mecha missile.Scorpion II B 2
  • Service history: 2028-present, UEEF.
  • Length: 25 cm.
  • Diameter: 4.5 cm.
  • Wingspan: none.
  • Weight: 7.6 kg.
  • Warhead: Plasma.
  • Weight/yield: 4 kg.
  • Propulsion: Single stage rocket engine.
  • Guidance: Combined passive laser and active radar.
  • Max speed: 650 kph.
  • Range: 1.7 km.
  • Platforms: Cyclone, GR-97 rocket launchers.

History:

The second most common infantry missile in the UEEF (the Recluse was produced in higher numbers), the Scorpion is unusual in that it has, as standard, a plasma warhead. Thinner but far longer than the Recluse, the Scorpion also has double the range and a higher speed than its smaller sibling. The Scorpion is more effective against the Gurab than the Recluse, but the small warhead still cannot guarantee destruction of this mecha unless it hits a vulnerable spot. However, the higher speed and longer range make it safer for a trooper to fire the missile. Against the newer Invid mecha the Scorpion has a mediocre performance at best.

Although no longer in production, large stores of Scorpion missiles ensure that this missile will be used for years to come.

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

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RRG Recluse Anti-Armor Rocket Propelled Grenade

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ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Designation: Robotech Research Group (RRG) Recluse short range anti-mecha rocket propelled grenade

  • Type: Short range anti-mecha rocket propelled grenade.
  • Service history: 2028- , REF Army and Marines.
  • Length: 15 cm.
  • Diameter: 6 cm.
  • Wingspan: none.
  • Weight: 4.3 kg.
  • Warhead: AP high explosive.VR-041 6c
  • Weight/yield: 2 kg.
  • Propulsion: Rocket booster and sustainer engine.
  • Guidance: Combined passive laser and active radar.
  • Max speed: 450 kph.
  • Range: 0.8 km.
  • Platforms: VR-041 Blowsperior Cyclone.

History:

The Recluse is the culmination of 80 years of development on grenades and grenade launchers. Equipped with both a booster and sustainer engine the Recluse can maneuver during its entire flight, and the guidance system is accurate up to 20 cm even at the maximum range. Fired mainly from the chest launchers on the Blowsperior Cyclone, the Recluse could be found anywhere with the REF or its allied forces.

Although reliable, simple to use, and accurate, the Recluse remains a small projectile with a small warhead. Although usually capable of taking out an Iigaa, it is less capable against the larger Gurab, and almost useless against the Gamo and Gosu. Recent trends therefore favor larger missiles, and the Recluse is bound to be retired in the near future.

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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. 

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

Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen; 2016 Tim Wing

 

 

SCAR Viper Short Range Anti-Armor Missile

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ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Designation: Southern Cross Armaments Research (SCAR) Viper (A,B) short range anti-mecha missile

  • Type: Short range anti-mecha missile.
  • Service history: (A) 2030-2033, SC Ground Forces, (B) 2033, SC Ground Forces.
  • Length: 30.5 cm.
  • Diameter: 7.6 cm.
  • Wingspan: none.
  • Weight: 13 kg.
  • Warhead: (A) High Explosive Squash Head, (B) Plasma.
  • Weight/yield: 6 kg.
  • Propulsion: Single stage rocket engine.
  • Guidance: Combination IIR and active radar.
  • Max speed: 800 kph.
  • Range: 3 km.
  • Platforms: GR-Series Garland Veritech Combat Motorcycle

History:

This missile is the UEDF’s equivalent to the better-known Recluse, Scorpion, and Tarantula missiles used by the REF. Compared to these, the Viper has a far better performance: twice the range of the REF missiles, higher speed, and a heavier warhead. This all comes at the cost of weight; the Viper is 3 times as heavy as the Recluse.

Although technically a great success, the Viper was only carried by the Strike Garland, itself a rare mecha. Large production runs were planned, as were shoulder and vehicle fired variants, but these never reached service before the Invid Invasion. Likewise, a version of the Viper with a plasma warhead (completely interchangeable with the standard missile) was produced, but the Invid Invasion stopped all production before more than 1000 Viper GR-002C Strike Garland 3B’s were constructed. The Viper is without question the most powerful small missile developed by Terran Forces to date; and a direct copy has been ordered as armament for the new Tempest infantry mecha, as the combat proven but smaller and slower Recluse and Scorpion missiles are less effective against the new Invid Gamo and Gosu mecha.

 


 

 

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Original artwork by: Shinji Aramaki, Toshihiro Hirano, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Yasuomi Umetsu and Hiroyuki Kitazume

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 – Megazone 23 Maneuver Book (April 2007)

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

Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen; 2016 Tim Wing