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Mk X Defender

Mk X Defender (detailed)

Mk X Defender Weapon Key
Viggers/Chrauler ADR-04-Mk X Defender Anti-Aircraft Defense Robot

Technical Data

Equipment Type: anti-aircraft robot, series 04
Government: U.N. Spacy
Manufacturer: Viggers/Chrauler
Introduction: March 2009
Accommodation: pilot only
Dimensions: height 11.27 meters (overall), 10.73 meters (up to antenna); length 4.3 meters; width 8.6 meters
Mass: 27.1 metric tons
Power Plant: Kranss-Maffai MT828 thermonuclear reactor developing 2800 shp; auxillary fuel generator GE EM10T rated at 510 kW
Propulsion: unknown
Design Features: vertical tracking main sensor; range setting radar and starlight scope; weapons bays and enclosed cockpit can both detach from the main body; removable ammunition drums; 2 x forward searchlights; electronics access hatch (for maintenance, underside forward center torso); ammunition feeds through the weapon bay from two double magazines mounted on top through the rotating section of the shoulder link; foot structure designed to reduce recoil when firing the main guns
- Armament -
  • 2 x Erlikon 78 mm liquid-cooled high-speed automatic cannon Type 966 PFG Contraves set (commonly known as Contraves II); standard 200 rounds ammunition each; rate-of-fire of 500 rds/min (per barrel), 2,000 rds/min combined total; muzzle velocity 3,300 m/s
  • Optional Equipment: 2 x enlarged variation of the double magazines, developed for greater ammunition capacity

    Description and History

    The ADR-04-Mk X Defender Destroid is a walking weapon developed using OverTechnology for deployment by the Unified Forces. During development of the MBR-04-Mk I Mark One, a version of the Destroid ambulatory system with the anti-aircraft Contraves system (for use during the early stages of battle) was simultaneously being developed in a joint effort by Viggers-Chrauler under direction from the United Nations. Designed for the purpose of super-long-range firing in space, the Defender was rolled out in March 2009 and put into action against the Zentradi military. Unfortunately the cost of the unit was high and posed significant difficulties for manufacturing, especially installing the high-definition targeting system, which lead to a bottleneck during mass production.

    The ADR-04-Mk X Defender's only weapons are two arms each featuring a pair of large caliber, specialized interception capability guns, but the arms lack manipulators. The anti-aircraft engagement model (anti-tank class) wide-bore guns each fire 500 rounds per minute and all four barrels firing in combination can unleash 2,000 rounds per minute. The 78 mm rounds are fired via the Erlikon Contraves system at an impressive muzzle velocity of 3,300 meters per second. Despite featuring a common destroid ambulatory system, the Defender mobility is more dull compared to a variable fighter Battroid. Hence, the Defender destroid is more a next generation of anti-aircraft tank and is said to moonlight as a movable turret. The rotating mechanism structure of the body allows the unit to respond quickly to enemies approaching from the rear. The shoulder and chest unit design was implemented for rapid-fire bullets and retrofitted to load a large number of major bullet types. Additionally, the targeting system provided in the chest was developed for long-range firing in space and can perform extremely precise shooting.

    The ADR-04-Mk X Defender - along with the MBR-04-Mk VI Destroid Tomahawk and SDR-04-Mk XII Destroid Phalanx were all parts of the Destroid weapon system used to oppose the Zentradi army attacks against the SDF-1 Macross. These destroids were deployed in multiple units upon the deck of Macross to intercept approaching forces coming from the air. Destroid Defenders also served as logistical support for the variable fighters (Macross Chronicle 2E Mechanic Sheet TV UN 09A).

    Production Notes

    Debut: Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Episode 8
    Pilot(s): no notables
    Other appearances: none
    Original mechanical designer: Kazutaka Miyatake

    Line Art

  • ADR-04-Mk X Destroid Defender line art
  • ADR-04-Mk X Destroid Defender schematics
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - Macross Perfect Memory and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist