|Developed from||HT-01B Magella Attack|
|Manufacturer||Principality of Zeon|
|Operator||Principality of Zeon|
|Overall Length||7.7 meters|
|Overall Width||3.4 meters340 cm |
Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Magella Eins is an "airborne tank", meaning that it is designed to provide the otherwise lightly-equipped air- and/or orbital-landing troops with a weapon platform that can engage well-protected targets such as armoured vehicles and pillboxes as well as be easily transported inside the confines of transport airplanes or landing crafts. An interesting fact is that the supposedly more-compact Magella Eins is more adherent to the layout of a traditional tank, with its primary armaments mounted within a 360-degree-traversing turret. This is a surprising departure from the heavier and more-lethal Magella Attack which, despite being designed for general-purpose frontline combat, has its weapons restricted to engaging targets to its frontal arc. Nevertheless, the requirement of being brought into battle with airborne troops is likely to have imposed limits on the level of protection to be incorporated into the tank's design, thereby rendering it just as vulnerable in a head-on confrontation with heavily-armoured Earth Federation weapons such as the M61 Main Battle Tank.
The tank is also fitted for an additional, independently-traversing optical sensor on the turret roof, suggesting a "hunter-killer" capability for the turret crew (for example, the tank commander might search for enemies using the independently-traversing sensor and then pass the targetting information to the gunner or whoever responsible for aiming the main gun).
- 133mm Main Gun
- Machine guns
Little is mentioned on when the Magella Eins entered service, except that the type had reached frontline units by the time of Earth Federation's Odessa Campaign.
- The design of the Magella Eins closely resembles that of the real world Israeli Merkava main battle tank.