The VR-052 Cyclone, sometimes referred to as the Battler, was a mass produced transformable Veritech motorcycle used by the Robotech Expeditionary Force (REF), and was featured in Robotech: The New Generation. The Battler became the standard infantry mecha during the latter part of the Third Robotech War. It was often used either as part of a planetary invasion forces or as an emergency vehicle for downed mecha and veritech pilots. Many Cyclone units were salvaged following the many failed attempts by the REF to reclaim earth from the Invid during theThird Robotech War, to be used by local resistance forces.
The Cyclone was a tough, durable piece of hardware that maximizes the versatility, survivability, and lethality of an individual soldier. The weapons systems are modular, accurate, and flexible, and the motorcycle mode is unmatched in its role.
Technology and Combat CharacteristicsEdit
The -052 Battler, which would sacrifice all internal weapons in favor of newly-developed weapons for the forearm plates and a dramatically improved internal sensor suite. Because of the increased ease of construction, the -052 became the standard infantryman's mecha of the later REF ground forces and the standard emergency vehicle for Air Force and Naval pilots,
The armor of the Cyclone was composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor stopped all small arms fire, provides fair protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and poor resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round (though the pilot will be badly concussed).
Field tests show that a Cyclone can sometimes withstand two or more blasts from Invid plasma guns. Vulnerable areas of the pilot are part of the upper arms, which are unarmored. The thighs and helmet were not protected by the Cyclone, but were covered by the CVR armor. Nuclear, biological, and chemical protection is limited to that provided by the CVR armor.