|M-23 Highlander Light Battle Tank|
The M-23 Highlander Light Battle Tank was a light combat vehicle of the United Earth Forces. It was designed for rapid movement, and was usually employed in the reconnaissance role, or in support of expeditionary forces where main battle tanks were not made available in the field.
The Highlander was designed to be a light battle tank for various milita during the post-Malcontent Uprisings era. This tank managed to significantly reduce its weight by using the advances in materials technology to significantly improve its field maneuverability over previous generation tanks.
The armor on the front of the Highlander was composed of a standard Chobam laminar developed in the late 20th century and improved with the materials science advances made during the Robotech era. This armor was mainly designed to defeat projectiles and other kinetic weapons. The armor stops all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, and provides excellent resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie's 55mm APFSDS round, and fair resistance to heavy mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Spartas Hovertank's 120mm smoothbore shells.
The armor on the rest of the M-23 was weaker. It stopped all small arms, and heavy infantry weapons fire, provided excellent resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, and fair to good resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie's 55mm APFSDS round.
The Highlander 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 one week maximum.
During the Invid invasion, the remainder of these vehicles still operating were brought to the front lines to replace the decimated ranks of the battloids and were mostly destroyed.
- M-23 Highlander Light Battle Tank on The Unofficial Robotech Reference Guide
- Light Tank on Wikipedia