Cat's Eye Recon Aerospace Plane
Faction: RDF
In Service Date: 2002
Out of Service: 2034
Availability: Unlimited
Source: Macross
SCS Author: Paul Brown
Additional Info: Reference Guide

Unit Description:
      The Cat's Eye was designed to be the replacement for the carrier launched Hawkeye II. Unlike its predecessor, the Cat's Eye was developed to operate both in space and an atmosphere, though it did not posses transatmospheric capabilities. Unarmed, the Cat's Eye's purpose is reconnaissance. To this end it mounts a large, rotating radar and early warning system over the main fuselage which when used in concert with ship-borne sensors systems, can increase the overall coverage of allied forces. The SDF-1 used these ships to great effect, especially when its long-range radar was damaged by the Zentraedi in deep space. The Cat's Eye continued to be built and operated well after the war in both the REF and ASC until it was finally replaced in those forces by the VF-6J Alpha and the EC-32 Eyrie EWACS Shuttle respectively.
Ship Control Sheet: rdf_catseye_recon.pdf December 14/04