VR-038-LT Light Cyclone
The Cyclone is the latest achievement in human robotechnology. The mecha unit is a light, but heavy-duty motorcycle that can transform into a battloid mecha that's almost as formidable as the old Veritech Fighter. The veritech riding armour is composed of new super alloys that are incredibly light, making the creation of a heavily armoured, man-sized mecha possible. The mecha is so lightweight (200lbs/90kg) and compact that it can be folded down and placed inside a storage unit in an Alpha Fighter. Despite the fact that it is lightweight, the armour provides 200 M.D.C. protection, better than the Southern Cross' Logan and almost equal to the 40ft.(12.2m) VF series Veritech.
The Cyclone is designed to be the ultimate land combat system for the REF foot soldier. In motorcycle mode, the cyclone offers high mobility, manoeuvrability and speed. The motorcycle can travel over the worst terrain with minimal difficulty and is a much smaller target than a more conventional four wheeled vehicle. This makes the cyclone ideal for clandestine operations, reconnaissance and one-man missions, as well as for massive troop movements.
In battloid mode, the cyclone becomes a suit of protective power armour. The seven foot (2.1m) mecha provides a variety of devastating weapons, superhuman strength, superhuman speed and even limited flight. As power armour, the battloid is like a second skin that responds to the wearer's slightest movement. Combined with the unique bond between man and machine created by its protoculture power cells, the mecha can leap, roll and dodge with lightening speed.
To maximise the versatility of the Cyclone Veritech, the mecha can operate on both protoculture and gasoline. However, the limitations of liquid fuel prevents flight and inhibits its maximum speed and mobility. The liquid fuel is included as a back-up system to be used when the protoculture energy cells are running low or are unavailable.
A fully powered protoculture cell will last about two months of constant combat and riding. Moderate use of the motorcycle mecha can stretch that by two or three times. Flying depletes the energy twice as quickly. Cells not in use will stay at full power for decades.
The third type of veritech riding armour is the VR-038-LT (Light Combat Unit). The "38 Lite", as it is often called, is a lighter version of its predecessor (about 110lbs/50kg). It is designed specifically to accommodate the many valiant female soldiers in the RDF. The Light Combat Cyclone is less heavily armoured and does not come equipped with any type of missile system. However, the Light Combat Cyclone is even more manoeuvrable than the other cyclones. To compensate for its lack of built-in armaments, the 38-Lite comes equipped with the RL-6 Heavy Rocket Cannon, a sort of high-tech, multi-round bazooka. The weapon is hand-held and can be fired in the cyclone armour, or without the armour as a shoulder supported weapon like a LAW rocket launcher. Most cyclone designed weapon accessories are too heavy or awkward to be used without the cyclone armour.