Veritech Armored Cyclone
t-type-armor-mode.jpgThe Ride Armor is the main thing people think of when they remember Mospeada or Robotech The New Generation. More of a battlesuit than a full mecha, The Ride Armor consists of a transformable motorcycle and the body armor onto which it combines to form deadly high tech knight. The Ride Armor comes in three models. The VR-038 LT Bartley is designed for female troopers and has no built-in weapon systems, but mounts an RL-6 rocket cannon on the right front end in Armor Bike mode and on the right arm in Ride Armor mode. The VR-041 H Blowsperior is designed for heavy combat and mounts twelve missles, six housed on each side of the chest in Ride Armor mode and on the front end in Armor Bike mode. In addition, although never seen in the footage there is a retractable blades mounted in the front wheel housing, which is mounted on the arm in Ride Armor mode. The VR-052 is intended as a emergency vehicle for shot down fighter pilots and comes in two varieties; the F, which mounts 2 missiles on each forearm while the T, mounts a beam pistol on the right forearm.
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I. Dimensions
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A. Motorcycle mode
Total Height: 1.09m 1.09m 1.29m
Total Width: 0.50m 0.50m 0.50m
Total Length: 2.05m 2.05m 2.41m

B. Battloid mode
Total Height: 2.10m 2.30m 2.50m
Total Breadth: 1.03m 1.03m 1.03m
Total Depth: 1.60m 1.60m 1.70m
Total Weight: 72 kg 132kg 169kg

II. Type:
One man motorcycle, two-form veritech high-mobility power armor. cyclone-storage.gif
III. Service History:
-038: Served with all branches of the REF from 2028.
-041: Served with the REF Army and Marines from 2030.
-052: Served with all branches of the REF from 2032.
-055: Served with the REF Army and Marines in limited numbers from 2043.
IV. Performance:
Speed, Motorcycle mode : 220kph max., 128kph typical cruising speed
Speed, Battloid (running): Approximately equal to that of the pilot.
Speed, Battloid (flying) : 185 kph at up to 61m, hover at 9.1m
Max Output: 98hp / 16000rpm
Protoculture supply : 100 hours operational use, on one standard protoculture cell (except the VR-055, which uses two).
Typical Range: 380 km.
V. Electronics:
(-038 Bartley, -041 Blowsperior)
Harris CT-12 computer targeting system and HUD in Battloid mode.
Short range radio.
(-052 Battler)
Avionica VR-34 short range millimeter radar (3 km range).
Phillips Miniview UV, IIR and optical sight system with light intensifier and computer enhancement.
Harris CT-12B computer targeting system with stereoscopic laser targeting and HUD in Battloid mode.
Short range radio.
(-055 Devastator)
As with the -052, but the targeting sensors are capable of a traverse up to +20 and -60 degrees in altitude above the horizon.
Note: All externally-mounted Cyclone weapons have integral laser designators built in, and the Cyclone is designed to detect and use the laser 'paint' for the targeting of the weapons.
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VI. Personal Armor:
To use the Cyclone, the pilot must be wearing a suit of CVR-3M or -3F body armor, to which the Cyclone attaches in Battloid mode. The introduction of the VR-055R Devastator required minor modifications to the armor, which was designated the CVR-4, and this new armor is not fully backwards-compatible with the Cyclones supported by the CVR-3 system, though most components of the armor are identical.

VII. Armament:
Internal:
(VR-041)
2 x GR-103, a RPG launcher built into the Cyclone's chest. The launcher holds six 60mm x 150mm Recluse terminally laser- and radar-guided rocket-propelled grenades in each side of the chest for a total of twelve. The missiles are armor piercing or high explosive, and have a range of 0.8 km.
(VR-038 and VR-052)
None.
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External:
(VR-055)

1 x EP-41R double-barreled rapid fire pulse particle gun, firing 1.0 MJ shots at a maximum sustained rate of the rate of 30 shots per minute, but capable of instantaneous rate of fire of 300 shots per minute. This weapon is mounted on the right shoulder of the Devastator Cyclone, and is capable of +60 to -30 degree traverse in altitude, and a 15 degree traverse in azimuth. The weapon is powered from its own dedicated protoculture cell, and is somewhat unreliable, tending to overheat at maximum firing rate. The gun machinery requires the removal of the Cyclone's flip-up targeting sensor, which is replaced by a fixed monocular head piece attached to a modified CVR helmet.
2 x GR-10 triple-tube rocket-propelled grenade launchers, mounted to the outer leg portion of the CVR-4 armor, for a total of six tubes, with a single missile in each tube. Guided by the Cyclone's internal sensors, this weapon fires the same Recluse projectiles as the GR-103.

(All Cyclones mount one of the following additional packages)
A Model:
None, though hand-held weapons are possible, especially including the EP-37 and the Mars Gallant H-90.
C Model:

1 x M312SC Military recording camera, for archival and reconnaissance in battlefield environments. Camera set includes IR-illuminator, and night-vision capability on a high-resolution wide-bandwidth CCD chip and six low-resolution narrow-band CCDs for full optical, near- and far-IR, and UV color imaging. Camera is capable of digitally storing thirty minutes of footage at highest resolution, or twelve hours at the lowest. Unit is also capable of three-color hard-copy production of single frames. Camera mounts to the right shoulder hardpoint in all modes.
F Model:

2 x GR-97 dual 45mm x 260mm Scorpion mini-missile tube mounted on the forearm plates (front wheel covers). The two Scorpion missiles are laser-guided, have plasma warheads, and a range of 1.7 km.
H Model:
2 x CADS-1, long ceramic swords that extend from round shields mounted on the forearms (front wheel covers). The swords vibrate at an extremely high frequency and can cut through most armors. The shields are covered in an advanced Chobham armor for additional protection against slow-moving explosive rounds and Invid annihilation disks. This model is mainly used for special operations, and is almost exclusively used on the VR-041.

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1 x RL-6, a hand-held rocket launcher that fires Tarantula Rocket-Propelled Grenades, similar in range and yield to the Recluse projectiles fired by the GR-103. It has a six missile payload. Weapon is fully usable without the Cyclone, but must be fired without benefit of the uplink to the Cyclone's targeting system. Weapon mounts to the interior of the right forearm plate (front wheel cover) in Battloid, and on the right shoulder hardpoint in Cycle mode.
M model:
1 x M122MK field medical kit mounted on the right forearm plate (right front wheel cover) containing numerous field-expedient medical supplies, including sterile blood-plasma substitutes, antibiotics, bandages, pressure bandages, burn treatments, and so forth.
1 x M132DK field medical diagnostic apparatus. System is capable of monitoring a wide array of body functions, and includes a defibrilator and miniature artificial blood circulation and oxygenation system.
R Model (seen exclusively with the VR-055):
1 x EP-42, a double-barreled 60mm pulse beam gun mounted to the left forearm plate. Deriving its power from the Cyclone's main generator, the EP-42 is capable of firing 3.0 MJ pulses from each barrel at a total rate of fire of twenty shots per minute. This weapon is based upon a miniaturized version of the gun machinery of the Alpha's EP-13. Like the EP-41R, this weapon is prone to malfunction.
1 x GR-105 triple 45mm x 260mm Scorpion mini-missile tube mounted on the right front wheel cover, with one set of reloads. The six Scorpion missiles are laser-guided, have plasma warheads, and a range of 1.7 km. Mounting of this system in Battloid mode requires a unique piece of forearm armor that is part of the CVR-4, but not the -3.
T Model:
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1 x EP-40, a 40mm pulse particle beam gun mounted in place of the right forearm plate (right front wheel cover) of the Cyclone. Firing 750 kJ per shot, it can pierce almost any armor, and stores 45 rounds per energy magazine. Magazines can recharge from the Cyclone's main generator, but at a slow rate. Weapon is also targetable from Cycle mode, though the arc of fire is limited. A targeting camera is mounted in the front, uplinking with the Cyclone's main targeting system. Action is semi-automatic. This weapon is appreciably lighter than the EP-37, at 4.5kg, but is still somewhat difficult to hold in prolonged combat without the added strength of the Cyclone.
Hand-held:
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A pilot may use a hand-held weapon in any hand not already occupied with a Cyclone weapon mounted on the inner forearm plate (such as the EP-37, EP-40, or RL-6). The most typical weapon carried is the Mars Gallant H90 in rifle mode.
1 x EP-37 60mm hand-held particle beam gun, capable of piercing almost any armor and doing devastating amounts of damage; each shot is rated at around 1.5 MJ. This weapon holds 15 rounds per energy magazine. Alternatively, the weapon may fire 30 shots at the lower energy setting of 750 kJ per shot. When used without the Cyclone system, the weapon is heavy (11.3 kg), and is difficult to aim. However, because servos connect the forearm plate/front wheel cover to the Cyclone torso (these servos, which double as shock absorbers in motorcycle mode, are often omitted from Battloid-mode sketches of the vehicle), the pilot's strength is augmented for all items physically mounted to the forearm plate, ameliorating the difficulty in using the weapon. Additionally, the gun possesses a sighting camera which can link into the Cyclone's targeting system. Weapon is mounted to the inside of the right forearm plate (right front wheel cover) in Battloid and the right shoulder hard-point in Cycle mode. Action is semi-automatic.
1 x M-100 12.7mm hand-held 3-barrel rotating gatling [[[machinemachine gun, used for anti-personnel use. This weapon uses 2 magazines containing 100 rounds each and can fire at a rate of 600 rounds per minute. The weapon also includes a large sensor/designator that can tie into the Cyclone's targeting system to assist in aiming. The Cyclone system's arm servos provide the strength to operate the weapon as well as dampening the recoil to allow this weapon to be used one or two handed. When used without the Cyclone system, the weapon is heavy, difficult to aim, and likely to cause significant injury to the operator from the recoil, though a port is built into the underside of the weapon that accepts a standard tripod.
VIII. Cyclone Armor:
The armor of the Cyclone is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor on the Bartley stops 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). The armor on all other models is significantly better, but the added weight reduces the vehicle's maneuverability. 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 are not protected by the Cyclone, but are covered by the CVR armor. Nuclear, biological, and chemical protection is limited to that provided by the CVR armor.
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IX. Development:
The Cyclone is definitely the most innovative design in multiform mecha since the renovation of the SDF-1. The most recent series of wars, beginning with the Gulf War in 1991 and continuing through the global civil wars through the next decade taught the military high commands that basic infantry units suffered great liabilities: they were relatively slow compared to armor and mecha, and they were too vulnerable to even the smallest weapons. Though the UNDF tried to improve upon the latter problem, the clunky HES body armor was rather immobile. The RDF made the first step towards improving things with the introduction of the its first hard armor, the CVR-1. The latter met with some success, but it became apparent that a man-sized mecha would be of invaluable use to the infantryman as a weapons platform, as would a personal vehicle. Dr. Emil Lang fulfilled this desire with the Cyclone, a Veritech motorcycle that attached itself to a slightly modified version of the CVR hard armor. Adopted in 2032 by the REF Marines and Army as their primary infantry vehicle, and as security mecha and an emergency vehicle for downed pilots by the Navy and Air Force branches, this small, nimble mecha has seen service on hundreds of worlds and all theaters of engagement. Prior to this, the Cyclone was available in more limited numbers, mainly for use in special forces units, and several hundred were brought to Earth with 3rd Planetary Corps in 2030.

The Cyclone is 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. In all, one can expect to see more mecha like this in the future.
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The earliest production model to be introduced was the VR-038 Bartley; though it began its life as a test platform for the Cyclone concept, it remained on as a light combat unit, mainly used by the smaller female soldiers (for whom the weight and heavier armor of the later models - at least in storage box-mode - was unmanageable), and by battlefield observers and medics. Attempts to improve the overall armor of both the main torso section of the Cyclone, and the leg sections in the CVR-3 armor, as well as a need to introduce a deadlier weapons package, led to the VR-041. With twelve rocket-propelled grenades standard, and an ever-widening array of weapons systems mountable to the forearms, the -041, or "Blowsperior", was a capable and deadly machine. Unfortunately, the production of this type of Cyclone was extremely costly, and it suffered from a sensor package that left much to be desired. Furthermore, extensive training was required to safely operate this mecha's internal rocket-propelled grenade launcher. As mass production of the Cyclone loomed in the near future, the decision was made to develop a third model, 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, relegating the -041 to the role of the weapon issued to anti-armor specialists in the ground forces. In late 2043, a new Cyclone was unveiled - the VR-055 Devastator. Though it was far more costly and difficult to produce than even the Blowsperior, the -055 lived up to its name. Coupled with the new -R model external weapons package and sporting a modified CVR armor, the Devastator had the equivalent firepower of an entire squad of conventional Cyclones. Unfortunately, problems with the two largest guns were never resolved, adding to the problem of its enormous cost of manufacture, and no more than a hundred Devastators ever saw service.
(Rey Type)

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The high cost of the VR-40 Blowsperior Ride Armor made it unsuited to either the pilot emergency vehicle role or that of a standard infantry unit. The M.O.S.P.E.A.D.A (Mobile Operation Soldier Protection Emergency Aviation Dive Armor) was developed using only forearm plate and hand held weaponry to reduce costs. The Ride Armors proved highly successful in giving the Mars Base infantry a more than even chance against the Inbit mecha. As the Inbit mecha progressed later in the conflict, groups of Ride Armors often had to combine their fire power to even cripple the Gamo or Gosu.

The T Standard was intended as an onboard ship model, trading the EP-40 energy pistol for the F models twin GR-97s. The T model was well received for it's acuracy and ammo efficiecy, but it lacked stopping power and unless the pilot hit the Inbit's vulnerable sensor eye combat was often drawn out. The ability to recharge to energy clip often made up for this however.
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Dimensions

Ride Mode Armor Mode
Total Height: 1.09m 2.30m
Total Width : .50m 1.03m
Total Length: 2.05m 1.60m
Total Weight: 132kg

Performance:
Speed, Ride mode : 336kph max., 128kph typical cruising speed
Speed, Armor mode (running): Approximately equal to that of the pilot.
Speed, Armor mode (flying) : 288 kph at up to 61m, hover at 9.1m
Fuel supply : 100 hours operational use, on one standard fuel cell
Personal Combat Armor:
To use the Ride Armors, the pilot must be wearing a suit of CVR-3M body armor, to which the Ride Armors attaches to in Armor mode. The transformation will not work without the CVR armor. RL-6.gifVR-52F-Gatling_EB16.gif

Weapon Systems
Internal:
The VR-52 MOSPEADA model Ride Armor has no internal armament.
External:
EP-40 40mm pulse beam gun mounted in place of the right forearm plate (right front wheel cover) of the Ride Armor. Each bolt is equal to a Gallant H-90 in rifle mode, 45 rounds per each energy clip. Clips can be recharged from any electricity producing source. Weapon is also usable from Ride mode, though the arc of fire is extremely limited. A targeting camera is mounted in the front, uplinking with the mecha's main targeting system. Action is semi-automatic.
Hand-held:
A pilot may use a hand-held weapon in the left hand as the EP-40 only requires just the right hand to fire it. The most typical weapon carried is the Mars Gallant H90 in rifle mode.

Armor:
While the best defensive feature the Ride Armor has is its amazing agility and maneuverability, they are constructed from advanced ceramics and alloys, and will stop all human small arms and rifle fire. The Ride Armors provide excellent protection for a personal armor against heavier weapons as well as against many anti-infantry energy weapons. A Ride Armor can sometimes withstand two or more blasts from Inbit plasma guns, and the armor holds even under fire from the Gamo's heat cannons for limited amounts of time. Vulnerable areas of the pilot are part of the upper arms; thighs and helmet are not protected by the Ride Armor, but are covered by the CVR-3 armor.
See additional design notes. After the Bartley was proven as a viable combat unit, a version designed for male soldiers was developed, trading the Bartley's light armor and weapon systems for heavy armor and heavy weapons meant for heavy combat. The Blowsperior main weapons were a pair of 6 shot internal missile racks giving it a heavy combat punch and was able to take on the heaviest of Inbit mecha. As the Ride Armors bounced around, under and often off the Inbit mecha, the Blowsperior's designers equipped it with CADS-1, powerful extendable close combat blades to cause extra damage.blowsperior-armor-mode.jpg

The Blowsperior's heavy weapons came at a heavy cost, the bike proved too expensive to manufacture for every Mars Base infantry trooper and was only given to special forces units. The GR-103 was a wide success and well liked, the CADS-1 however proved little use as often being in a good position long enough to use them meant taking a big swat from the enemy mecha. The VR-40 was mostly replaced by the cheaper VR-52 series, but it still continued to be produced in limited numbers for Mars Base special forces units.

Dimensions
Armor Cycle Mode Ride Armor Mode
Total Height: 1.09m 2.05m
Total Width : .50m 1.03m
Total Length: 2.08m 1.60m
Total Weight: 142kg

Performance:
Speed, Armor Bike: 200kph maximum.
Speed, Ride Armor: (running): Approximately equal to that of the pilot.
Speed, Ride Armor: (flying) : 65 kph maximum.
Max. Ride Armor Altitude: 100m
Engine power: 88hp/15000rpm.
Fuel supply : 300km/100 hours (5 days) operational use, on one standard HBT cell
Personal Combat Armor:
To use the Ride Armors, the pilot must be wearing a suit of CVR-3M body armor, to which the Armor Bike attaches to in Ride Armor mode. The transformation will not work without the CVR armor.

Weapon Systems
Internal:
GR-103 internal missile launcher the GR-103 is a RPG launcher built into the Blowsperior's chest. The launcher holds six 60mm x 150mm Recluse terminally laser- and radar-guided rocket-propelled grenades in each side of the chest for a total of twelve. The missiles are armor piercing or high explosive, and have a range of 0.8 km.
External:
CADS-1 The CADS-1 are long ceramic swords that extend from round shields mounted on the forearms (front wheel covers). The shields are covered in an thick armor to use parry close combat blows, as well as for increased protection against Inbit annihilation disks. As the system is reduces the Ride Armors weapons to close range only, the CADS-1 are usually only used with the VR-40
Hand-held:
The pilot may use any hand-held weapon. The most typical weapon carried is the Mars Gallant H90 in rifle mode.

Armor:
While the best defensive feature the Ride Armor has is its amazing agility and maneuverability, they are constructed from advanced ceramics and alloys, and will stop all human small arms and rifle fire. The Ride Armors provide excellent protection for a personal armor against heavier weapons as well as against many anti-infantry energy weapons. A Ride Armor can sometimes withstand two or more blasts from Inbit plasma guns, and the armor holds even under fire from the Gamo's heat cannons for limited amounts of time. Vulnerable areas of the pilot are part of the upper arms; thighs and helmet are not protected by the Ride Armor, but are covered by the CVR-3 armor.
As Mars Base realised the need to give infantry troops the heavy weapon, armor and manverability to fight against the Inbit mecha. The most promising concept was that of the combination Armor Bike/Ride Armor, a high speed motorcycle with transformed in batte armor. Women in the Mars Base military are rarely seen in front line combat roles, and the small number which were often felt they needed to prove something and were highly skilled, making them perfect for the first mass produced model of the then experimental Bartleys. Featuring light armor but faster speed than it's later brothers, the Bartley proved to be a big success and every female front line soldier was instructed in their use and received one in short order. The Bartley's main weapon was the RL-6, a heavy hand-held rocket launcher which attached to the forearm plate but could also be used by a normal human.

The Bartley served as the basis for the later VR-52 for male soldiers. Due to the limited numbers of females serving on the front lines, Bartley are only as common as the more expensive Blowsperior. The Bartley can use any of the other forearm plate weapons developed for the other Ride Armors, but it's common to see it using the RL-6

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Dimensions
Armor Bike Ride Armor
Total Height: 1.09m 2.10m
Total Width : .50m 1.03m
Total Length: 2.05m 1.60m
Total Weight: 72kg

Performance:
Speed, Ride mode : 336kph max., 128kph typical cruising speed
Speed, Armor mode (running): Approximately equal to that of the pilot.
Speed, Armor mode (flying) : 288 kph at up to 61m, hover at 9.1m
Fuel supply : 100 hours operational use, on one standard fuel cell
Personal Combat Armor:
To use the Bartley Ride Armor, the pilot must be wearing a suit of CVR-3F body armor, to which the Armor Bike attaches to in Ride Armor mode. The transformation will not work without the CVR armor. The Bartley is designed to fit the shape of the female version of the CVR-3 combat armor.

Weapon Systems
Internal:
The VR-38 Bartley model has no internal armament.
External:
RL-6 The RL-6 a hand-held rocket launcher that fires the same Recluse projectiles as the VR-40H's GR-103. It has a six missile payload. Weapon is fully usable without the Ride Armor, but must be fired without benefit of the uplink to the mecha's targeting system. Weapon mounts to the interior of the right forearm plate (front wheel cover) in Ride Armor form, and on the right shoulder hardpoint in Armor Bike mode.
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Hand-held:
The pilot may use a hand-held weapon in their left hand though better aim with the RL-6 is often gained by using both hands. The most typical weapon carried is the Mars Gallant H90 in rifle mode.
Armor:
While the best defensive feature the Ride Armor has is its amazing agility and maneuverability, they are constructed from advanced ceramics and alloys, and will stop all human small arms and rifle fire. The Ride Armors provide excellent protection for a personal armor against heavier weapons as well as against many anti-infantry energy weapons. A Ride Armor can sometimes withstand two or more blasts from Inbit plasma guns, and the armor holds even under fire from the Gamo's heat cannons for limited amounts of time. Vulnerable areas of the pilot are part of the upper arms; thighs and helmet are not protected by the Ride Armor, but are covered by the CVR-3 armor. The Bartley has less armor than the others, but it still provides good protection, and offers slightly improved maneuverability.

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