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|Mechanic: Zero UN 06A ADR-03-MkIII Cheyenne|
Illustrated by Hidetaka Tenjin
The experimental Destroid from which a mass production was attempted.
The ADR-03-MkIII Cheyenne is a close-range anti-air model Destroid. It was the only mass-produced experimental Destroid referred to as a Type 03. The Cheyenne has characteristic armaments that are midway between the Type 04 series MBR-04-MkVI Tomahawk and ADR-04-MkX Defender, and it featured excellent fecundity and highly reliable armaments. On the other hand, its weak points are such things as a main engine that's a gas turbine engine instead of the small-sized thermonuclear reactor that is loaded into the 04 series, and its ability to travel on foot is low as the two-leg walking system is weak. Nevertheless, the Cheyenne demonstrated a performance that was sufficient for practical use, and its deployment to combat proceeded.
Attached to: Earth Unified Forces
Height: 9.87 m
Gross Weight: 25.9 t (model equipped with 2x GAU-12)
Main Engine: Krans-Maffei AGT1200 Gas Turbine Engine (1,200 SHP output)
Sub-Engine: GE EM9G Fuel Power Generator (450 kW output)
Armament: 2x GAU-12 25 mm 5-barrel Gatling Machine-Gun (uses APSD bullets for anti-air) (or 2x RIM-116 4-tube RAM Missile Launcher), 7.6 mm Machine-Gun Turret
Development Manufacturer: Centinental-Kranz joint development
VF-1J, person, ADR-03-MkIII
Development Genealogy Chart:
ADR-O3-MkIII > Cheyenne II
* Translator's note: most likely a typo in the original text, and probably intended to be "Anti Unification Alliance Forces".
Caption: Even though the Cheyenne intercepted the Anti Unification Alliance force that surprise-attacked the Unified Forces' mobile fleet, the SV-51's manoeuvrability made sport of it.
Caption: A portion of craft loaded aboard the Asuka were assigned to the defence of Mayan Island and they battled the Anti Unification Alliance's Okutosu, which were attempting to land.
Fuselage Structure 1
The fuselage structure of the ADR-03-MkIII was more immature than the Type 04 Series, especially the two-legged walking system. Although a roller system was installed in them, they didn't have enough durability and its walking speed was also slow. Moreover, the Cheyenne was equipped with a rocket motor for jump movements in such places as operations in space and in aerial tactics. [o]* This rocket motor boasts a thrust that can float the Cheyenne in the air, even though its only for a period of several seconds. In the hand-to-hand combat with the Anti Unification Alliance's SV-51, the Cheyenne that had fallen from the carrier Asuka's deck activated its rocket motor, and levitated almost touching the surface of the sea (however, it was shot down without taking evasive action against the SV-51, as it appears that even with all its might, the system was adjusted only to keep the Cheyenne in midair).
* Translator's note: new (not on the original) from the [o].
Caption: In addition to the common type that used a gas turbine engine, variant craft were also committed into the battle on Mayan Island. One kind was the emergency-use fuel dynamo equipped ship-borne model that was used to defend the Asuka II.
Fuselage Structure 2
[o] The 03 Series has a 1,200 SHP output Gas Turbine Engine installed in it, as it is a Destroid that was developed before the small-sized thermonuclear reactors that were later built into the 04 series were completed. As far as the 20 to 30 t fully loaded weight class 03 Series is concerned, even though the engine output was judged to be necessary and sufficient, when the Destroid beam weapons are later developed, it turns out that the engines of the 03 Series had insufficient output to operate those weapons. Also, the Cheyenne was equipped with a rocket motor in the back, as it was hypothesized to be for such things as action in space, travelling over irregular ground, and deceleration during airdrop operations. However, it had low practicality, and due to such precedents as the rocket fuel being set off in an explosion when shot in combat - as the rocket engine was frail -, they were repealed in the 04 Series.
Left: Head Although the head unit is usually semi-recessed inside the torso, it can also change it's angle by popping up.
Right: A cupola hatch is arranged on the left of the head, and the part that projects from the back is a heat sink.
Caption: [o] Some of the pilots mastered the various mechanisms of the Cheyenne, such as mobility at will with the rocket motor.
Armament / Equipment
The armaments of the Cheyenne are composed of existing physical bullet firing guns. Even though these armaments are highly reliable, the Cheyenne's continuous combat time was short as all of the equipment had the problem of consuming their ammunition within a few minutes of starting combat. Nevertheless, as the mass production and deployment of the Defender, which was expected to be a real anti-aircraft Destroid, was delayed, the Cheyenne came to bear the anti-aircraft role of the Unified Forces camp in the Unification War.*
* Translator's note: on the original, it was: "The core of the armaments are physical bullet firing guns that existed prior to the Cheyenne's development. Even though their reliability is high, their intermittent combat time is short because of the relationship to the number of bullets loaded into the Cheyenne. For that reason, the Cheyenne is not assumed to be for long duration combat, and the specification for the ship-borne model's internal battery has only about 30 minutes of charge."
A: GAU-12 25 mm 5-barrel Gatling Machine Gun
The main armaments are 2 GAU-12 25 mm 5-barrel Gatling Machine Guns that are integrated into the arms. In anti-air combat, they are loaded with APSD bullets. As the GAU-12 have only enough bullets to endure only a few minutes of combat, the Cheyenne was assessed as being somewhat powerless for anti-aircraft uses.
Caption: An ADR-03-MkIII firing its arm Gatling Machine Guns. When operated as a gun battery, the Cheyenne links with the mother ship via a cable information system.
Caption: The Cheyenne can also exchange the arms at the shoulders for a RIM-116 4-tube Missile Launcher Unit. The missiles were used according to the operation.
Left: The Cheyenne features legs with reverse-joint construction. The back rocket had low practicality, and because there was the danger of induced explosion, it was discontinued in the Type 04 Series.
The rear of the arms are equipped with one, and there was a system that rotated the arm unit when the manipulators were used.
In the rear of the arm units are wrist parts that are the same shape as the VF-0 Phoenix's. The lower part possesses an internal manipulator for precise work.
Caption: [o] Stow-able Manipulator
Armament / Equipment Con't
Right: As a special forces mechanism, it was also possible to remotely control an unmanned Cheyenne as an automatic gun battery of the anti-air system.
Caption: When operating the Cheyenne as an anti-air system of the mother ship, the Cheyenne was generally used manned, as pilots were needed in cases where it separated from the armoured shelter.
B: 7.6 mm Machine Gun Turret
The Cheyenne is equipped with a 7.6 mm machine gun turret as a self-defence auxiliary armament in the hip joint. It is assumed to be for anti-personnel use as it has a calibre that's on the same level as the small arms that deal with infantrymen. For that reason, it's gun barrel is pointed downwards.
C: Roller System
The legs of the Cheyenne are equipped with a high-speed movement roller system in order to supplement the weak 2-legged walking system. This is because at the time of the Cheyenne's development, it coordinated with ground mechanized forces and was also assumed to be for long-range ground movement.
Caption: The shin roller descends to the ground, and operating together with the tiptoe roller, the Cheyenne could move at high-speed.
Related Matter: [o] The Cheyenne Model Loaded Onto Warships
[o] When the Cheyenne is used as a gun battery for such things as warships, the lower half of its body is stored in a specially designed armoured shelter, in order to protect the power section and fragile ambulatory system. A communication-by-wire information system and power-supply power cable connector are installed in the shelters. In addition, many of the Cheyenne that were operated as gun batteries were simple models (a model carried aboard warships) that had their main power gas turbine engine removed, and were equipped only with an emergency use fuel dynamo. This model was usually supplied power by a cable from the mother ship, and when they exited the shelter and took action, it was possible for them to take action for about 30 minutes, being driven by an internal battery.
Caption: [o] When operated as a gun battery, the ship-borne Cheyenne model is stationed in armoured shelters for their protection, and are supplied power from the mother-ship.