The Mk X Defender Destroid proved successful and was approved for mass production. Unfortunately the weapons systems were prohibitively expensive and notoriously difficult to manufacture, resulting in a lengthy lead-time to deployment. The first Defender units saw action shortly after the beginning of Space War I but only in limited numbers. Forty units were manufactured aboard the SDF-1 Macross and served throughout the war along side other destroid units. Though the Defender was a capable mecha, as a defensive unit in constant front line engagements, these destroids suffered heavy losses during the war.
|Type||Anti-aircraft robot, series 4|
|Dimensions||Height 11.27 meters (overall), 10.73 meters (up to antennae); length 4.3 meters; width 8.6 meters|
|Mass||27.1 metric tons|
|Power Plant||Kranss-Maffai MT828 thermonuclear reactor developing 2800 shp; auxillary fuel generator GE EM10T rated at 510 kW.|
|Propulsion||Multiple low-thrust vernier thrusters beneath multipurpose hook/handles.|
|Design Features||Vertical tracking main sensor; range setting radar and starlight scope; removable weapons bays and enclosed cockpit; removable ammunition drums; 2 x forward searchlights.|
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