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The Glamor ES-11D Cat's Eye is one of two specialist air/spacecraft designed by Glamor specially for the Unified Forces, the other being a transport aircraft/space transport called the VC-33 Mom's Kitchen. The Cat's Eye Recon is a Space/Air AWAC Jet designed to provide detailed sensor data for the Unified Forces with its advanced sensor radome positioned on top of the ES-11D which has a 1000 miles range. During the SDF-1 Macross's journey from Pluto back to Earth the ES-11D Cat's Eye was used as a forward sensor when the SDF-1's own Sensors were damaged. The ES-11D is not designed to enter into combat, and if it must enter an area where combat may occur it is usually assigned a Variable Fighter escort. The Cat's Eye is a tried and tested aircraft that is still commonly used by the Unified Forces despite its lack of trans-atmospheric ability, only able to make a maximum height of 50,000 feet.
- ES-11D Cat's Eye: Standard version
UN Spacy All-Environ Reconnaisance Jet
2, pilot and sensor operator
MDC BY LOCATION:
(1) Main Body 270
(2) Main Engines (2) 135 each
(2) Fuselage Engines (2) 100 each
Reinforced Cockpit 100
Wings (2) 75 each
Sensor Radome 150
- Depleting the MDC of the Main Body will destroy the Jet.
- Destroying one thruster will reduce the flight speed of the fighter by 25%. Destroying all engines will render the Jet immobile in space, in an atmosphere it will crash.
650 mph (Mach 1)
65 ft (19.8 m)
POWER PLANT: Thermonuclear Fusion Reactor
STANDARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE ES-11D CAT'S EYE:
- AUTO-PILOT: The ES-11D Cat's Eye is equipped with a computerized auto-pilot, allowing the pilot to relax or even sleep during long voyages. The auto-pilot can be programmed with a single destination or a complex flight plan involving multiple speeds, directions, and destinations. The onboard computer will alert the pilot when the fighter is near its destination, and can also be set to automatically signal when sensors detect objects near the mecha. The auto-pilot was designed with long journeys in mind.
- COMBAT COMPUTER: The ES-11D is equipped with a combat computer that can store and analyze data. Data collected by the combat computer can be displayed on the HUD of the cockpit of the mecha, which allows the system to display large amounts of data to the pilot and even highlight enemies and missile attacks with overlaid graphics. The combat computer tracks and identifies specific enemy targets, and has a database of over 25,000 images stored in memory. The computer can identify and track up to 600 targets simultaneously.
- EJECTOR SEATS: The reinforced cockpit of the ES-11D contains ejector seats for the pilot and co-pilot that can be jettisoned when the jet is destroyed. The ejecter seats do not contain thrusters, but do contain powerful locator beacons. The ejector seats are also equipped with parachutes in case of ejection in an atmosphere. The combat computer is programmed to automatically eject the crew if the jet is destroyed (main body MDC reduced to 0), but this can be overridden if the pilot is feeling suicidal for some reason.
- HEAT AND RADIATION SHIELDS: Special shielding prevents the penetration of life threatening heat and radiation. A radiation detection and alarm system are linked with the shields and will sound an alarm if there is a is a breach in the shields and what the levels of radiation are.
- HOMING SIGNAL: The ejector seats of the ES-11D are equipped with a homing device that enables rescue teams to locate a disabled craft or ejected life pod. The range of the signal is 1000 miles (1600 km). Most UN Spacy ships and variable fighters can locate and track homing signals, and the onboard computers will automatically notify their pilots if such a signal is detected.
- OPTICS: INFRARED: Range: 2000 feet (610 m). This optical system projects a beam of infrared light that is invisible to the normal eye, but detectable by the mecha's sensors. The system allows the pilot to detect hidden/concealed objects by their IR reflectiveness. The beam will be visible to anyone with IR sensitive optics, however.
- OPTICS: NIGHTVISION: Range: 2000 feet (610 m). A passive light image intensifier that emits no light of its own, but relies on ambient light which is electronically amplified to produce a visible picture.
- OPTICS: THERMAL IMAGER: Range: 2000 feet (610 m). A passive optical heat sensor that detects infrared radiation projected by warm objects and converts that data into a false-color visible image. The system enables the pilot to see in the dark, in shadows, and through smoke, and also adds a +10% bonus to pilots using a tracking skill.
- RADAR: 1000 mile (1600 km) range.
- RADIO/VIDEO COMMUNICATION: Long range, directional communications system with satellite relay capabilities. Range: 600 miles (960 km) or can be boosted indefinitely via satellite relay.
- STANDARD SURVIVAL KITS: (2) All UN Spacy craft come equipped with a portable survival kit. Inside the small reinforced box is a medium-sized flashlight, two hand flares, one rocket flare, a compass,infrared distancing binoculars, a small mirror, a pocket knife, dehydrated and concentrated food (can be stretched into a five day supply for one person) and basic first aid items (aspirin, bandages, disinfectants, etc.)
- TACTICAL LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM: The ES-11D's cockpit is pressurized, and also provides additional air feeds to the crew's flight suit that provides him with pressurized breathing. The UN Spacy flight suit also contains an upper and lower g-suit that promotes blood circulation even during high-g turns, thus decreasing the possibility of pilot's blacking out in combat.
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