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Northrom Grumman VA-3C Invader|
Equipment Type: all-regime variable attack craft
Government: civilian, pirate forces (illegally obtained)
Manufacturer: Northrom Grumman
Accommodation: pilot only (cockpit block is stored in the body, directly under the head in Battroid mode)
Attacker Mode: length 18.73 meters.
Mass: empty 12.81 metric tons
Structure: space metal frame, energy converting armor
Power Plant: two Shinnakasu/P&W/Roice FF-2020A thermonuclear turbine engines
Propulsion: 22,000 kg [x g] x 2 (215.82 kN x 2); 2 x VTOL nozzles in engines; many x P&W HMM-3A high maneuverability vernier thrusters.
Thrust-to-weight ratio: (empty) 3.43
Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 2.53; at 30,000+ m Mach 4.72+
g limit: unknown
Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; FCS in military variants; sensor (mounted on dorsal forward nose section in Attacker/GERWALK mode, above head unit in Battroid mode); vertical take-off and landing (VTOL); retractable canopy cover (for Battroid mode); 3 x special equipment hard point stations for option of fold booster and/or two rocket boosters (mounted on dorsal fuselage); VA series designed for stability and mobility in atmosphere, especially at low altitude; engine motors mounted within main wing roots; arm units mounted in center of main wing; the VA-3 series adopted a transformation structure different from the VF series (the battroid mode has a form similar to the Zentradi combat pod); main wing becomes shield in Battroid mode; small, sweep back main wing for stability; horizontal stabilizer and vertical tail on the rear section of the fuselage.
- Armament -
1 x large harpoon launcher with attached gun pod (mounted in manipulater in Battroid mode)
2 x fixed pulse laser guns (mounted in forward pontoons in Attacker mode, lower arm manipulators in GERWALK/Battroid modes).
Bombs & Missiles:
2 x fixed micro-missile launchers (mounted in forward outboard pontoons in Attacker mode, lower arm manipulators in GERWALK/Battroid modes)
6 x underwing hard points plus 5 x fuselage hardpoints for variable ordnance (including missiles and torpedoes) totaling 19.82 metric tons.
The Variable Attacker (VA) of the UN Forces is a mass produced airframe for ground suppression with the special characteristic of both a Variable Fighter (VF) and a destroid. The popular VA-3 Invader (a representative of the VA airframe) led to two or more derivative craft because its high operability. The VA-3 series has also been widely spread to emigration fleets. The VA-3C Custom airframe has been found in the black market where it was obtained and supposedly remodeled by a poaching group operating around the planet Zola.
In 2047, a group of galactic whale poachers utilized several VA-3C Invaders rearmed with weaponry and harpoon launchers. Their goal was to capture space whales that regularly travel to the planet Zola on the outer edges of UNG explored space. The custom insignia on the outer hull of the VA-3C clearly displays independent ownership of these Invader craft.
Debut: (as VA-3C Custom) Macross Dynamite 7, Episode 1
Other appearances: none.
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori
Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium: www.macross.anime.net/wiki/Main_Page
Images From - Macross Perfect Memory and other macross books.
C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist.