The AF-03 Condor was a heavy complementing fighter-bomber to the Alpha series of fighters. Its design was clearly based in identical roots as the Alpha, with the arms and legs having much the same transformation sequence as on the smaller design. However, the main body and cockpit sections clearly separate the Condor from the other designs, and resembled those the AB-01 Beta Fighter, which later became its successor.
Technology and Combat CharacteristicsEdit
Some of these features were the protruding snout, which, unlike in the later Beta, did not retract during transformation. The bomb bay swivelled forward and formed the connection between the legs and the main body. The Condor was propelled by no less than eight horizontal, two large and six smaller ones. This gave the Condor excellent acceleration, although the maximum sustained atmospheric speed was limited due to arodynamic constraints. However, by using maximum thrust for a short period, the Condor was capable of reaching low orbit independently. In addition, there were three dedicated VTOL thrusters for use in fighter and VTOL mode. although resistant to battle damage, this complex propulsion setup cost many additional maintenance hours, and the successor design reverted to three larger horizontal engines rather than a larger number of smaller ones.
The Condor was tasked in the Robotech Expeditionary Forces (REF) with heavy assault on starships and ground installations with missiles or bombs. As such, the design fulfilled its expectations, being very well armored and packing a large punch. Apart from the payload as a bomber, in its bay and on its hardpoints, the Condor carried thirty-two defensive missiles on its legs, and on the right arm one of the heaviest beam cannons ever carried by human airborne mecha. This weapon alone could destroy any opposing enemy mecha with its penetrating salvo's.
In addition to the bomber taskings, this tough design also served as a heavy, airmobile, assault mecha in battloid mode, usually with a thruster pack attached to the rear. Typically, the Condor was in these cases transported to the battle in a cargo craft, then released while still airborne.
The skin of the Condor was composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy, except that on the wings, which is made from a low-mass Chobham armor. The armor stopped all small arms fire, provided 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 armor on the wings is considerably stronger, allowing them to be used as parrying shields in close quarters while in Battloid mode.
The Condor provided 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 three days maximum.
When the Robotech Masters arrived in Earth space, the Logans were among the first mecha thrown into the fray, especially when one of the TASC's ground bases was suddenly attacked by Bioroids. Unfortunately, the Masters' tactics did not agree with the Logan; the Bioroids' Skyleds were not really meant to be aircraft, the Masters instead relying on their Landing Assault Carriers to destroy any opposing airborne mecha before releasing the Bioroids. This meant that the Logan had to slug it out with the slow and heavily armored Bioroids on their terms, where the Logan was somewhat outmatched despite its capabilities. Quite soon in the war, the Logans were supplanted by the far more robust and versatile AGACS, though many were still stationed as defense on a number of civilian and military areas prior to the Invid Invasion and the Third Robotech War.