Defender Air Defense Robot
Faction: RDF
In Service Date: 2009
Out of Service: 2020
Availability: Unlimited
Source: Macross
SCS Author: Paul Brown
Additional Info: Reference Guide

Unit Description:
      With the exception of the MAC II Monster, the Defender had the longest ranged weaponry of any destroid. The Defender was built specifically for air defense, primarily on the in the planetary armies of the Robotech Defense Force. When the Daedelus was accidenty transported into deep space during a fold, Defenders were easily adapted for space combat and put into operation on the SDF-1. The initial model used a pair of Autocannons in either arm, but due to supply constraints a second model was introduced which used mk15 Laser cannons. Both weapon systems were very effective, though the later had more inconsistent damage. The Defender is well armoured throughout, except on its rear section. Any enemy mecha which penetrate the outer defenses and skimmed or landed on the SDF-1s hull often made short work of any Defenders. Due to the nature of its arms, it was always woefully inadequate in hand to hand combat, which due to the nature of the Zentraedi's mission occured far more regularly than one would normally expect.
Ship Control Sheet: rdf_defender_destroid.pdf December 14/04