ROBOTECH Technical Files
by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen with Rob Morgenstern


Veritech Armored Cyclone
VR-038 Bartley, -041 Blowsperior, -052 Battler, -055 Devastator

REF Seal
Cyclone Ride Armor - Color Cutaway
Cyclone Bike - Color Cutaway
Naval Separator

Cyclone Ride Armor - Rear View

I. Dimensions

II. Type:

III. Service History:

IV. Performance:

V. Electronics:

(-038 Bartley, -041 Blowsperior)
(-052 Battler)
(-055 Devastator)

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.

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:

GR-103 RPG launchers Internal:
(VR-038 and VR-052)


(All Cyclones mount one of the following additional packages)
A Model:
C Model:
F Model:
H Model:
RL-6 RPG Launcher
L Model:
M model:
R Model (seen exclusively with the VR-055):
T Model:

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.

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.

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.

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