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Zentraedi Nauglar Nodral In-flight Tanker

Zentraedi Seal
Nauglar Nodral Tanker
Aircraft Separator

I. Dimensions:

II. Type:

III. Service History:

IV. Propulsion:

Tanker in Flagship bay

V. Performance:

VI. Sensory Systems:

Radar tracking:
Optical tracking:
Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

(*) Terran designation. The Tirolian designers considered the sensors part of the design and did not assign separate designations for these systems.

VII. Armament:

Zentraedi Shuttle

VIII. Armor:

The armor of the Nauglar Nodral is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor stops all small arms and heavy infantry weapons fire, provides reasonable resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round, and poor resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie's 55mm APFSDS round.

The Nauglar Nodral, as a spacecraft, has a sealed cockpit that provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards,. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for two days maximum.

IX. Development:

The Nauglar Nodral provided the Zentraedi mechanized forces stationed on the large battlecruisers and space stations with a means of increasing their effective range with several orders of magnitude, by refueling them with new reaction mass after accelerating or after combat. In order to do so, the Nauglar Nodral had four large tanks, which could hold a maximum of 1492 tons of reaction mass, and transfer this to pods such as the Regult (or any other mecha) four at a time.

The tanker was designed for its task, with four large reaction mass tanks on the flanks, a cockpit in the middle and the engines and other systems forming the hull between tanks and cockpit. Four coupling locations were installed, two on the ventral and two on the dorsal, just inside of each tank. The receiving Zentraedi mecha would position itself near the tanker over the coupling point, after which the actual probe would telescope on a movable arm from the tanker, and automatically connect in the port on the mecha. Transferring fuel was then accomplished in less than a minute for each mecha.

The Nauglar Nodral was not adopted by the RDF, but the docking principle was later adapted for the tanker pod of the Horizont transport.

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