Technology and Combat CharacteristicsEdit
The Invid Scout was one of the smallest mecha currently known in the galaxy. It was a design that reminded most in the Earth armed forces of a crab, with a triangular, low body, and prominent arms and legs. The arms end in pincers, while the feet resemble claws. A single, vectorable thruster is located in the back.
During the Invid Invasion on Earth, the Scout performed the functions of fighter, assault plane, and reconnaissance craft. In addition, many Scout were used as suicide ramming craft against naval fleet formations.
The Scout were small, and well suited to mass production. This serves the Invid swarming tactics well, although the respective kill rates against Terran or Robotech Masters' mecha were very lob-sided in favor of their designs. The reasons for this lay partly in the weapons design, which was less suited for aerial warfare, partly in low resistance to the standard weapons as mounted on the Terragen designs, and in the lack of any form of active electronic warfare system. Invid pilot training was also markedly inferior to human standards.
Regardless of this, however, the Scount remained an effective scout against protoculture-fueled opponents, with high mobility and a low emission signature. As a suicide craft the Scout lacked in penetrating power and destructive capability, but the numbers have so far always tended to make up any deficiencies, as evidenced by the defeats of the Robotech Expeditionary Force (REF) flotillas over Earth.
The armor of the Scout was composed of a composite of metals, ceramics, and organics unique to Invid manufacture. Research continued into the composition of this material, though results from X-ray crystallography, NMR, and mass spectroscopy studies remain classified. The armor stopped all small arms fire, provided good protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7 mm machinegun round, and fair resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3 mm HE autocannon round.
The IMSC-1 sensor eye was highly susceptible to damage, and any hit on it will disable the mecha and likely penetrate the cockpit and kill the pilot. All Invid mecha provided full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a sealed cockpit environment.
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