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FBz-99G in Heavy Battroid Mode


FBz-99G in Fighter-Bomber Mode


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Northrom & Grumman/Mikoyan-Varauta FBz-99G Saubergeran

Technical Data

Equipment Type: Varauta variable fighter-bomber
Government: Varauta Army (Protodeviln)
Manufacturer: Northrom & Grumman/Mikoyan (original VAB-2D designer), Varauta (derived manufacturer)
Operational Deployment: November 2045
Accommodation: pilot (with provision for a second passenger)
Dimensions:
  • Heavy Battroid Mode: height 22.95 meters
  • Fighter-Bomber Mode: wingspan 37.81 meters; length 18.18 meters
  • Mass: empty 22.6 metric tons
    Structure: SWAG energy conversion armor
    Power Plant: four Shinnakasu/Daimler FF-2200G; two Roice/Daimler FR-60C thermonuclear rocket engines (battroid mode)
    Propulsion: 52,500 kg [x g] x 4 (maximum instantaneous thrust in space) (515.03 kN x 4); 24,600 kg [x g] x 2 (maximum instantaneous thrust in space; Battroid mode only) (241.33 kN x 2); 2 x vectored exhaust nozzles for VTOL and maneuverability; many x P&W/Daimler HMM-5C high-maneuverability vernier thrusters
    Thrust-to-weight ratio: (empty) 9.29
    Performance:
  • Fighter Mode: standard in atmosphere Mach 3.8+; maximum rate of climb at S/L 26,400 meters/minute
  • g limit: +30.0/- 20.0
    Design Features: 2-mode (Fighter-Bomber and Heavy Battroid mode) variable transformation; vertical Take-off and landing (VTOL); thrust vectoring; enclosed canopy cover; spiritia absorption system
    - Armament -
    Guns:
  • 2 x internal pulse guns (mounted forward under the main wing in Fighter-Bomber mode, one in each lower arm in Heavy Battroid mode)
  • 4 x fixed anti-air beam guns (mounted atop dorsal fuselage in Fighter-Bomber mode, atop each shoulder in Heavy Battroid mode)
  • 1 x spiritia spark gun (mounted center forward fuselage in Fighter-Bomber mode, on head unit in Heavy Battroid mode)
  • Bombs & Missiles:
  • 2 x fixed micro-missile launchers with 22 missiles each (mounted forward dorsal fuselage Fighter-Bomber mode, outer shoulders Heavy Battroid mode)
  • 2 x fixed rotary missile launchers (mounted on forward ventral fuselage in Fighter-Bomber mode, lower-mid torso in Heavy Battroid mode)
  • 2 x missile launchers (mounted on dorsal fuselage on either side of cockpit in Fighter-Bomber mode, inner shoulders in Heavy Battroid mode)
  • 6 x hard points for additional ordnance (total non-fixed ordnance capacity exceeds 60 metric tons)

  • Description and History

    Two years prior to the Protodevlin War the Varauta, true to their parasitic nature, acquired the technology of the UN Spacy fleet that explored their solar system and from that stolen technology they built new variable fighters of their own. The FBz-99 Saubergeran is a design modeled after the UN Forces VAB-2D variable fighter-bomber developed by Northrom & Grumman/Mikoyan. The Saubergeran is a very large variable fighter-bomber with a wingspan of nearly 38 meters and weighs 22 metric tons. The FBz-99 features numerous missiles in six separate launchers with an additional six hard points which can altogether accommodate in excess of 60 tons of ordnance. Though functioning as a bomber, the Saubergeran is also a variable fighter armed with two pulse guns in each lower arm and four anti-air beam guns mounted on the dorsal fuselage/shoulders. The missile launchers make the Saubergeran an incredibly dangerous variable fighter, capable of not only launching dozens of missiles simultaneously, but able to repeat this attack with a large supply of ordnance. The Heavy Battroid mode of the FBz-99, a huge Battroid over 22 meters tall, is very robust and can be difficult to damage quickly in battle without using heavy weapons. Unfortunately because of its size and weight, the Saubergeran is not as fast or maneuverable as other variable fighters. However the FBz-99G has four powerful engines (and two additional nozzles for Battroid mode) and can achieve orbit unaided. The FBz-99G also made use of a Sound Wave neutralization countermeasure that helped harden the fighter and provided some protection for the pilot against the Sound Energy of Sound Force. The Saubergeran was also equipped with a spiritia spark gun capable of draining spiritia and also reinforcing mental control of Varauta pilots subjected to the Sound Force attack.

    The FBz-99G Saubergeran was the model first deployed during the Protodevlin War in November 2045. The Protodevlin Gavil piloted this monstrous variable weapon into combat against the UN Forces of the 37th long-distance colonization fleet. Unfortunately for Gavil, the UN Spacy pilot Gamlin was coming into his own as an accomplished ace pilot and flying in his VF-17S Nightmare (armed with a powerful beam gun adaptor), Gamlin repeatedly shot down Gavil's Saubergeran fighter-bomber in one engagement after another.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross 7, Episode 30
    Pilot(s): Gavil
    Other appearances: none
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • battroid mode rear view
  • fighter-bomber mode line art
  • cockpit details (occupied)
  • cockpit details (vacant)
  • transformation details
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium: www.macross.anime.net/wiki/Main_Page
    Images From - Macross 7 Animation Materials and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist