1x Warptron Plasma Mace WPM-2 2-megawatt 1-ton plasma mace; Proximal Type: bludgeoning type; Effective Range: melee/proximal; Payload: 72 hours of continuous use; ROF: based on the pilot's skill and reflexes, but normally up to 30 swings per minute. ELECTRONICS:
1x Laser Radio Communications array with a 10,000-mile range.
1x Gravitational/Antigravity Control Unit; Effect: Spacecraft type g-compensation unit modified to act as an inertia maneuvering system in place of vector control thrusters
1x Microwave Radio Communications array with a 12,000-mile range.
1x RADAR Sensor array with a 1000-mile range. DEFENSE SYSTEMS:
1x Shoulder mounted Medium Combat Shield; Armor Thickness: 36 inches; Weight: 2 tons. Description/Overview: (HBR-01K KABUTO)
The HBR-01K “Kabuto” model of heavy battle robot was built off the second design submitted to the EFSM in 2076 AD. A new company founded on Pallas called StarDragoon-Maxinger made that design. This newly founded manufacturer had built a mecha that was nearly identical to the SkyKing-GrandJäger design. This was no accident as members of their design team were the ones who founded the new company after a falling-out between some of the developers and the machine fabrication team. The StarDragoon-Maxinger design had initially been beaten by the SkyKing-GrandJäger design due the cost of their HBR. However, General Walsh, at the behest of Major Kabuto Tokugawa of the 7th Special Forces Mechanized Unit, lobbied for the StarDragoon-Maxinger model due to its increased firepower and usefulness as a “command mecha”. Major Kabuto Tokugawa’s persistent efforts garnered StarDragoon-Maxinger their contract to build the machine.In honor of his efforts, the design team at StarDragoon-Maxinger named the battle robot after him.
The HBR-01K was essentially the same battle robot as the HBR-01D except for its sensors and weapons. The StarDragoon-Maxinger team had emphasized the use of slug-throwing weapons over energy weapons for the fixed mounts on the battle robot due to the possibility of the UN forces using alien mecha from Alpha Centauri. It was thought that the UN has specimens of alien mecha types similar to those that were recovered from the Posse Comitatus
after the EFR had salvaged it from the Ross Sea where it crashed. The alien A.G.A.R.-01 (Armored Ground Assault Robot type one) and B.S.-01 (Battlesuit type one) both used energy-resistant armor plating. This meant that if the EFSM forces encountered alien units, piloted by UN personnel, on Mars they could find themselves at a great disadvantage.
The HBR-01K used three MMI SRM-01-G (ground type) short-range missile launchers instead of only two. The addition of this third launcher was to increase the anti-tank capabilities of the battle robot without the need for a more expensive weapon system. The SRM-01G was plentiful as was the missiles for it.
The MMI RFL-1.5LC remained unchanged and was used in exactly the same manner as on the HBR-01D model.
The primary weapon of the HBR-01K was the Pallas Arms RC-35-6 six-barrel Gatling rail cannon. This weapon system was an extension of the Norking RCR-35 35-millimeter rail cannon rifle gunpod used by the HBR-01D. The RC-35-6 had a much higher rate of fire than the gunpod weapon. However, the six-barrel weapon suffered from a limited field of fire, though any mecha caught within its kill-zone was almost certain to be heavily damaged or destroyed. This weapon’s high rate of fire required the use of an external ammo drum. This drum held 6000 rounds of 35-millimeter rail cannon ammunition giving the weapon the ability to fire up to one hundred of the sixty round bursts. One such burst could riddle a UN Type-55 heavy tank into metallic confetti.
The next of the HBR-01K’s primary weapons was the SkyKing-GrandJäger SG-EMPAC-28 electromagnetic particle accelerator cannon gunpod. This gunpod was designed for use against UN capital ships and assault MATs. It was a deadly weapon system capable of very high rates of fire for an EMPAC weapon. This rate of fire was due to the weapon’s use of a clutch-enhanced nuclear battery which was actually a drum-shaped e-clip located on the top of the gunpod. In theory, if the energy-clip was depleted, the HBR-01K pilot could “reload” the gunpod with a fresh one. However, that feature was never used on the HBR-01K due to the high cost of the nuclear battery. It was simply too expensive to discard during combat. Many SG-EMPAC-28s had their “ejection” systems disabled prior to the mecha’s launch in order to prevent pilot’s from jettisoning a nuclear battery to use a new one once theirs was depleted (not that a spare was even loaded onto the mecha).
The HBR-01K’s final weapon was its proximal one, the WPM-2 Warptron Plasma Mace. This plasma weapon was slightly more powerful then Warptron’s plasma axe used on the HBR-01D and half the weight of the axe. Like the plasma axe, the plasma mace was a devastatingly powerful weapon that could smash most UN mecha with a single hit and inflict heavy damage to space warships. The mace was stored on either hip of the HBR-01K via its U-shaped magnetic plate; once energized, this plate would hold the mace in place as if it were welded to the mecha.
Like the HBR-01D, the HBR-01K used a medium combat shield mounted on its left shoulder as its only defensive weapon.
The HBR-01K used the same antigravity inertia maneuvering system as the HBR-01D, and thus had the same performance in space as its sister battle robot. The HBR-01K suffered from the same speed and altitude restrictions as the HBR-01D due to its non-aerodynamic design.
The EFSM constructed 375 HBR-01K battle robots for the commanders of their Special Operations units. During the 1st Interplanetary War, there was normally only one HBR-01K for every twenty HBR-01Ds. At wars end, only sixty-three HBR-01Ks were left, all of which were in the hands of the EFSM forces on Saturn, which eventually became the Neo-Hebrews of Saturn. After the war, the Neo-Hebrews put the HBR-01K back into production and produced an additional 3750 units for their planetary defense forces. These mecha stayed in service up until the end of the 3rd Interplanetary War.
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