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VHT-3 Kratos Hover Tank
Production information
Manufacturer

Shimada Enterprises

Class

Veritech Hover Tank

Technical specifications
Length/depth
  • 6.4 meters (Hovertank)
  • 7.9 meters (Guardian)
  • 2.3 meters (Battloid)
Width/breadth
  • 2.8 meters (Hovertank)
  • 4.5 meters (Guardian)
  • 4.4 meters (Battloid)
Height
  • 3.3 meters (Hovertank)
  • 2.6 meter (Guardian)
  • 6.9 meters (Battloid)
Maximum speed (atmosphere)

151 km/h

Propulsion

4 x HJ-850 hover jets

Sensor systems

Westinghouse TPG-144 X-band pulse-doppler phased array medium-range radar

Armament
  • 1 x RRG mk13 220mm ion cannon
  • 1 x Mauser EU-11 28mm Laser Gun Pod
  • 1 x Oerlikon PP36 triple-barrel 36mm plasma pulse cannon
Crew

1 pilot

Consumables

1 week

Usage
Availability

Military

Era(s)
Affiliation

The VHT-3 Kratos Hover Tank was an uparmored, more powerful battle hovertank that was deployed in limited capacity following the end of the Second Robotech War by the Army of the Southern Cross, and was featured in Robotech: Fall of the Southern Cross. Due to its very small production run, they were often assigned to experienced officers of the Alpha Tactical Armored Corps.

DevelopmentEdit

The Kratos was designed with a dual role capability. It was designed to be better armoured than the original VHT-1 and it was designed with increased artillery and anti-air capabilities. Since a number of limitations were revealed in the original Spartas, efforts were taken to create a more powerful variant, capable of knocking out alien landing craft at a far longer range. This design was taken off the boards upon the arrival of the Robotech Masters, and saw testing in various conflict zones.

The tank closely resembled the original Spartas, with a slightly thicker exterior for added protection. It had the same heavy arm shields and the same body frame. In Battloid Mode, it could be easily be distinguished from its darker shade and unique head design. The arm shields the normally house the tank's main weapons are somewhat different, they are bulkier and instead of being attached to the upper arms/shoulders, they are now connected to the forearms. This allows the tank's main weapons to be utilized in both Tank and in Battloid Mode.

Technology and Combat CharacteristicsEdit

The devastating main cannon was upgraded for increased range and power. While the Battloid and Tank modes of this veritech closely resembled the original Spartas Hovertank, the Transport mode was fully protected by a shieled compartment.

Technology and Combat CharacteristicsEdit

The main armament of the VHT-3 was a more powerful version of the reliable 105mm smoothbore, which was capable of destroying any known enemy mecha with one round at a much longer range. Due to its increase bulk, the design was capable of carrying a fairly sizable payload. The EU-11 laser rifle likewise proved itself to be a very rugged gun with a heavy punch. The plasma cannon was somewhat out of place on this mecha. As an energy weapon it was merely average in yield and effectiveness.

ArmorEdit

The armor on the Hover Tank was a new development in low-mass composite-materials Chobham plating that became the standard for all Terran mecha. Aside from the respectable protection provided against projectiles, missiles, and other kinetic weapons, this armor was also resistant to plasma globes (annihilation discs), lasers, and to a lesser extent, particle guns. This is owing to the fact that the armor could flake off and evaporate in layers under fire from such high-energy weapons, taking much of the weapon's energy and converting it into the latent heat of sublimation in the armor.

The armor stopped all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, and provided good resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie's 55mm APFSDS round, and poor resistance to heavy mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the VHT's 105mm smoothbore shells.

The main cannon and tri-cannon were mounted in armored housings on arms that have a thicker armor, and are often used to parry incoming fire. Here the armor resistance was better than that of almost any other mecha of its generation.

When equipped with the armored pilot compartment, the VHT 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 could provide atmosphere for eight hours maximum.

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