The Officer’s Battlepod were issued to higher officers in the Zentraedi armed forces, when they are in the field commanding forces of Regult Battlepods.
Macross Robotech Zentraedi Officer Battlepod
This was partly because it was thicker, but mostly because the Officer’s BP was better at deflecting incoming fire due to its streamlining.
It also had a heavy cannon armament, with 3 beam cannons, including a large, long-range cannon on top, and 4 smaller projectile weapons in the chin and in the arms.
In addition, there is a last ditch missile battery with 6 missiles.