The M2204 Mameluke Command Vehicle, designated the MCV, was a tactical command vehicle used by the Army of the Southern Cross, and it was featured in the series Robotech: The Masters. As an IFV was much less heavily armed and armoured than main battle tanks, though that doesn't mean they can't still pose a threat in the battlefield.
The MCV was developed by the Army of the Southern Cross command to provide protection to their occupation troops and civil defense units. This armored vehicle could traverse rough terrain and was amphibious, so long as the water was not too rough to capsize the carrier. This MCV primarily saw use in maintaining the strenuous peace and fighting ground troops.
Technology and Combat CharacteristicsEdit
The research division of the Southern Cross developed this command variant of the popular M2200 Janissary Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle to provide a forward command post near the battlefield. The turret was removed and replaced with sensors and communications equipment. The passenger compartment is modified to contain a command compartment for controlling joint forces during battle. The command compartment is open air to provide all-angle visual access and capable of being raised to provide the command personnel with a better vantage of the battlefield without giving away the position of the carrier. This was useful during surprise raids, when the surveillance systems had to be in passive modes to prevent detection by opposing forces, so the command crew could coordinate units via low-probability-of-intercept communications systems. Because of this, the command personnel were wary to approach an active battlefield and tried to stay a reasonable distance away. This vulnerability of the command cab quickly relegated this vehicle to base and facility defense command roles, such as control of surface to air and surface to orbital missile defenses. Behind the command compartment, a sensor suite has been added that required that the rear end of the Inca be raised to allow full sensitivity of the sensor array.
The MCV was frequently fielded as a semi-permanent mobile command post during alert status since it would be harder to destroy than a fixed command post in a building. In addition to field troops, these command posts directed the close air support aircraft and control the surface to air and surface to orbit defense missile batteries found in the major Southern Cross installations.
The armor on the MCC made it highly vulnerable to attack from ground and air-based mecha, but the EU-1 80mm pulse laser earns it some respect on the field.