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VAB-2 in Fighter-Bomber mode

Northrom & Grumman/Mikoyan VAB-2 Variable Fighter-Bomber

Technical Data

Equipment Type: variable fighter-bomber
Government: UN Spacy
Manufacturer: Northrom & Grumman/Mikoyan
Operational Deployment: 2042
Accommodation: pilot only
  • Heavy Battroid Mode: estimated height 22.0 meters
  • Fighter-Bomber Mode: estimated wingspan 38.00 meters; estimated length 18.00 meters
  • Mass: estimated empty 23.0 metric tons
    Structure: SWAG energy conversion armor
    Power Plant: four thermonuclear reaction engines; two thermonuclear rocket engines (battroid mode)
    Propulsion: thrust unknown; 2 x vectored exhaust nozzles for VTOL and maneuverability; many x vernier thrusters
  • Fighter Mode: unknown
  • g limit: unknown
    Design Features: 2-mode (Fighter-Bomber and Heavy Battroid mode) variable transformation; vertical Take-off and landing (VTOL); thrust vectoring
    Armament: unknown

    Description and History

    The VAB-2 variable fighter-bomber began development in 2035 and was deployed in 2042. Little information is known about the craft beyond the classification as a fighter-bomber. The VAB-2 is most infamous as the design stolen by the Varauta for use in building the FBz-99 Saubergeran variable fighter-bomber.

    NOTE: The VAB-2 does not have any officially designated line art. The pictures shown in this profile are concept drawings by Shoji Kawamori found on page 24 of the book Shoji Kawamori Macross Design Works (2001). The concept art strongly resembles the FBz-99 in both fighter and battroid modes (including two rotary missile launchers set in the front Battroid torso). The VAB-2 concept artwork is also included within the FBz-99 "concept" section on page 135 of the Macross Design Works book. The art is used here to provide pictures for the VAB-2 profile and because it is the most likely match (as well as likely Kawamori will never offer any further clarification on this matter).

    Production Notes

    Debut: never animated [appears on page 24 of Shoji Kawamori Macross Design Works (2001)]
    Pilot(s): no notables
    Other appearances: none
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • none
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - Macross 7 Animation Materials and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist