The higher-ranking field commanders in the Zentraedi Legion were all issued a Glaug command battle pod. This mecha was even more mobile than the standard Regult series, and the Glaug also had the advantage of heavier weaponry and armor. All this was in accordance with Zentraedi military practice, which equipped officers and higher commanders with more robust equipment in general, to the point that these individuals even differed in having a far more robust physical structure. At the extreme end of this spectrum, Zentraedi fleet commanders often were so large as to no longer fit inside the mecha they commanded.
Technology and Combat CharacteristicsEdit
The Glaug had two arms, ending in double-barreled weapon pods. This gave the weapons mounted there better fields of fire and increased training and elevation rates. In addition, the Glaug mounted a long-range particle beam cannon of almost thrice the power of a hand gun on the torso, and two medium autocannons were fitted below the particle beam guns on the arms. To compensate for the recoil of these weapons in space, a dedicated thruster was fitted to the rear of the weapon hands. Almost as an afterthought, two light autocannons, mostly for anti-personnel use, were mounted in the chin. Finally, six small missiles were fitted in front of the cockpit, but these proved to be of limited usefulness and many Glaug sortied without loaded missile tubes, to reduce (incoming) fire hazards.
The Glaug usually led groups of Regult on the ground, but could also be equipped with a booster, much as the REF's Alpha fighter could be equipped with a Beta as booster, to turn the essentially ground-based mecha into a transorbital fighter. This booster, the Glaug Armored Vehicle, also had some extra weapons built in: 144 Maggot Universal Dogfight Missiles. However, both the Glaug and the Regult could function as space fighters, though not as aerial fighters, without the benefit of extra boosters. Also, both mecha could 'swim' short distances underwater; although the armament could not be used when submerged, approaching a target underwater when possible and then emerging nearly on top of the objective was a favored Zentraedi tactic.
The armor of the Glaug was composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor stops all small arms and heavy infantry weapons fire, provides reasonable resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round, and poor resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie's 55mm APFSDS round.
The Glaug provided full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a sealed cockpit environment. The internal consumables supplies could provide breathable atmosphere for four days maximum.
The Glaug had remained in production at least until 2015 in some parts of the Robotech Masters' Empire. The replacement for this mecha was, in fact, designed and production had started.
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