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Zentradi "Enemy" Battle Suit|
Equipment Type: high maneuverability powered battle suit
Introduction: late 2030/early 2040
Operational Deployment: late 2030/early 2040
Accommodation: pilot only
Dimensions: height 18.1 meters; width 5.2 meters; length 7.1 meters (see note below)
Mass: 42.0 metric tons (see note below)
Power Plant: thermonuclear reaction engine
Propulsion: 3 x primary boosters (mounted back torso); 8 x high-maneuverability vernier thrusters; 2 x maneuvering vanes; other thrusters
Design Features: main sensor mounted in head unit; other sensors
- Armament -
2 x medium-bore cannons (mounted one per arm)
1 x triple-barrel gun (mounted front left torso)
2 x small-bore cannons (both mounted front right torso)
Bombs & Missiles:
2 x large micro-missile launchers with 23 high-maneuverability missiles each (mounted left/right of back engine mount)
1 x small micro-missile launcher with 10 high-maneuverability missiles (mounted forward in center torso)
Deployed during the late 2030's and early 2040's, the Zentradi Battle Suit was a hostile mecha active within the U.N. Spacy sphere of influence, though it was mostly encountered in deep space due to strong U.N.S. interplanetary security. The Battle Suit itself, while clearly a powered armor in appearance, resembles an amalgamation of previously encountered Zentradi mecha such as the Nousjadeul-Ger and Queadluun-Rau units. The Battle Suit lacks large-bore, long-range weaponry and functions mostly as a medium-to-close range war machine, though many U.N.S. analysts have debated whether the Battle Suit is a new design based upon a Nousjadeul-Ger or a Queadluun-Rau (given the many structural similarties the Battle Suit shares with both mecha). One popular theory designates the Battle Suit as a Nousjadeul-Ger suit designed to function like a Queadluun-Rau.
Regardless of the mecha's design lineage, the Battle Suit operates much like the Queadluun-Rau and shares a similar weapons load. Most notably, the Battle Suit has two large primary micro-missile launchers mounted on either side of the back torso with a smaller third launcher situated in the front of the upper chassis. On either side of the front torso are cannons, two small-bore guns on the right side and one triple-barreled cannon on the left. For additional firepower, the Battle Suit also features a pair of cannons mounted one in each arm (though these weapons are ballistic, not energy based). In combat, the Battle Suit can unleash large torrents of missile fire, launching literally dozens of micro-missiles at single or multiple targets. The Battle Suit is also highly maneuverable and can utilize it's eleven thrusters to position itself for superior angles of attack in both missile and melee combat. The Battle Suit is a proven and dependable combat unit, able to operate with modest damage and in virtually any combat environment.
A VF-11 squadron encountered a large group of Zentradi Battle Suits during a deep space operation in 2040. The Battle Suit easily proves the equal of the VF-11 Thunderbolt variable fighter and some U.N.S. analysts have suggested the VF-11 is outgunned despite stronger defensive options and a much larger ammunition payload. However, the rogue group of Battle Suits soon found themselves outmatched against the skills of ace pilot Isamu Dyson in unit 107, who single handedly destroyed seven Battle Suits and rescued a fellow pilot hindered by a malfunctioning gun pod.
NOTE: The dimensions and mass for the Zentradi "Enemy" Battle Suit are from page 20 of the Macross Plus Archives, a booklet in the Remastered DVD Set (2007). However, these statistics existed in other Macross publications since at least 1995. Macross Chronicle 2E PLUS Mechanic Sheet Zentradi 01A profiled the Battle Suit as 20.0 meters in height, but lacked all other figures. It is as yet unclear why the Chronicle did not include the previously published statistics for the Battle Suit, but it appears trivia from the Macross Plus booklet (and earlier sources) was somehow overlooked.
Debut: Macross Plus OVA, Episode 1
Pilot(s): no notables
Other Appearances: none
Original mechanical designer: Miyatake Kazutaka
Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium: www.macross.anime.net/wiki/Main_Page
Images From - This Is Animation Special Macross Plus and other macross books
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