During the late stages of the Malcontent Uprisings, the United Earth Forces began diversifying its environmental capabilities. A handful of their ground mecha were designed to be all-environment with many of the rest being specialized to certain terrains. The Basilisk, fielded in numbers in the Zentraedi Control Zones, proved the need for mecha designed for desert warfare.
The results against the renegade Zentraedi showed this mecha to be more than capable. For a time there was a push to make the Basilisk the main CBH-Battloid of the Army of the Southern Cross. However, the Salamander retained its position due to a number of factors, not the least of which was the reduced price tag compared to the Basilisk.
Technology and Combat CharacteristicsEdit
More heavily armed and armored than the CBH-Salamander, the Basilisk carries a significant spread of weapons only slightly less than that of the MBR-Spartan Destroid. This increase in the weapons outload came at the cost of a reduced jump jet capacity, agility and overall land speed. A major shortcoming of the Basilisk is that it was never produced in large numbers compared to the Salamander.
The Basilisk performed relatively well during the Zentraedi uprising. Since then, it has served in keeping the peace in various conflict zones prior to the invasion of the Robotech Masters.
Few Basilisks were lost in the Second Robotech War, thanks to the fact that a significant number were deployed in the Middle East, which was not very high on the Robotech Masters’ list of priorities. After the Invid Invasion, this mecha all but disappeared. There are a handful of recorded instances of their use against the invaders.
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