Illustration featured in “Robotech: The Expeditionary Force Marines” Sourcebook published by Palladium Books, copyright owned by Harmony Gold ©2015.
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The VR-010 series is notably different from future Cyclone designs because the hover engines are built into the wheels. In the case of the VR-011 Rifleman in Battloid mode, he hover jets in the wheels enable the mecha to jump upwards extremely high and to drop from great heights, even sub-orbital heights, enabling the rider to land on a cushion of air that is unlikely to show on thermographic imagers or set landing areas on fire. However, the engines are incapable of actual flight and drop landings are awkward as terminal velocity can only be reduced by so much, and directional control in mid-flight is minimal a best.The Rifleman is the front-line Cyclone assigned for the Expeditionary Force marines and Infantry soldiers during much of the fleet’s operations, war and exploration. It gets is name from the fact that traditionally all Marines are skilled riflemen. At the time, the idea of being able to “drop” armored troops from a sub-orbital spacecraft and let them slow their decent to land on the ground without actual parachute was considered revolutionary. As a Veritech, once on the ground, the man-sized Battloid transforms into a combat variable motorcycle for speed and versatility. The VR-011 has very good speed (150 mph/240 km max) and armor protection, excellent mission flexibility, and is a reliable all terrain-vehicle as well as a means of troop transport. The Rifleman remains the standard for combat Cylcones until the advent of the VR-052 Battler after the war with the Regent ends