ROBOTECH Technical Files
by Rob Morgenstern, Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen


McDonnell-Douglas EC-33B Tiger's Eye AWACS Plane

UN SPACY Seal Southern Cross Seal
EC-33B Tiger's Eye
Aircraft Separator


I. Dimensions.

II. Type.

III. Propulsion.

IV. Performance:

V. Sensory Systems:

Radar System:
Optical tracking:
Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

VI. Armament:

VII. Armor:

Full nuclear and chemical protection. Limited protection from hand fired solids and energy beams, shrapnel and other fragments.

VIII. Development:

The Tiger's Eye provided the UN SPACY with an airborne command and control post that was used extensively during the Global Civil War. A few of these aircraft survived the Zentraedi Holocaust and were fielded by the RDF as forward command bases during long range patrols and to put down Zentraedi uprisings. These aircraft were used to extend the RDF sphere of influence into the wastelands and to provide buffer zones around the pockets of civilization that sprang up after the Zentraedi Holocaust. These aircraft were crucial to maintain order so that Earth could recover from the catastrophe.

McDonnell-Douglas provided the winning bid with an extensively modified MD-97ER aircraft. An entirely new wing and twin tail assembly integrating the self-defense systems is provided for the aircraft, as well as dual engines replacing the larger turbines. In addition, the advanced in new materials provided a significantly more durable outer skin thereby improving the survivability of the aircraft. This aircraft is similar to previous AWACS aircraft based on the Boeing 707 and 767 passenger aircraft with a slightly smaller airframe. The radome was used on this model instead of a phased array due to the cost of the system and the tight budget of the United Earth Government during the unrest that preceded the crash of ASS-1.

The Southern Cross Tactical Air Force used the Tiger's Eye for patrolling the wastelands between populated areas. Towards the end of the Southern Cross influence, the the Eyrie EWACS shuttle began to supplant the Tiger's Eye with updated electronics.

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