Glaug Eldare (Officer's Pod Armored Vehicle)
|Length :||20.4 m|
|:||23.9 m (With arms in flight position)|
|Width :||16.2 m|
|Height :||10.2 m|
|Weight :||81.8 metric ton|
(*) Terran designation. The Tirolian designers considered the sensors part of the design and did not assign separate designations for these systems.
The armor of the Glaug Eldare is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor stops all small arms and heavy infantry weapons fire, provides reasonable resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round, and poor resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie's 55mm APFSDS round.
To enhance the capabilities of the Glaug command battle pod in aerospace and spaceborne missions, where the danger long range guided missile attack were far larger than planetside, the Eldare armored vehicle was designed and built in conjunction with the Glaug pod. The aim was to increase the survivability and fighting power of the Glaug by enhancing manouverability and acceleration, as well as adding a more appropriate (to space) armament.
The resulting Eldare was a thruster, sensor and weapons package that could be bolted on a standard Glaug main body, after removal of its legs. As such, it was essentially the same in function as the Super Valkyrie equipment or the earliest design proposals for the Beta fighter.
Although the Eldare booster sported additional sensors, these were mostly designed to fill the blind spots created by bolting the Eldare onto the Glaug body, and did not offer any appreciable boost in combat capabilities, although they did facilitate reconaissance and navigation. The major enhancements were in speed and manouverability, which was greatly enlarged, as well as in armament. As the Glaug proper mounted sufficient particle beam firepower, the Eldare was equipped with missiles: 24 launchers for Glatrlan Diwhaug dogfight missiles were fitted to the Eldare (though these small missiles had to be launched at short range and in multiple salvos to be effective). The Glaug-Eldare combination, albeit relatively rare, has served with success and distinction to the present.
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