|M-770 Staff Car|
The M-770 Staff Car was a hover transport used by diplomats and military personnel of the United Earth Forces.
The Staff Car was the standard personnel transport used by the elite of the Southern Cross Command. A convertible soft canopy is provided in case of rain. These open air 5-seat vehicles were also popular among the Global Military Police for their flexibility and durability. These vehicles were mass-produced near Monument City and a number can still be found today still in operation attesting the durability of the design.The Robotech Expeditionary Force (REF) used this vehicle where the simpler and easier to maintain M-304 jeep couldn't traverse. The design was sufficiently advanced that it was taken along with the Pioneer forces and limited production.
A shorter two-seat version was also produced but not in as great a quantity primarily for the reconnaissance forces and couriers. This vehicle is referred to as the hover jeep. Since it sometimes operates in combat environments, the skin of the vehicle has been reinforced to protect its riders from shrapnel and light arms fire.
The REF used this vehicle for similar functions after the design was provided after the return of the Southern Cross forces after the defeat of the Robotech Masters.
The armored body stops most small arms fire and grenade and shell fragments, and provides poor to fair resistance against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round. The basic hover cars are constructed of light weight composite materials and provide fair protection against small arms fire, and good protection against small grenade and shell fragments. The hover cars and jeeps have open air cabs with provide no environmental capabilities. Plastic/canvas covers are available to protect the driver and passengers from foul weather. These also provide limited biological and chemical protection.