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VF-11C equipped with APS-11 Protect Armor Pack


VF-11C Armor Ejected (Boosters & Shield retained)


GU-XS-06 Long-Range High-Piercing-Round Gun Pod

Shinsei Industry VF-11C Thunderbolt APS-11 Protect Armor Pack

Technical Data

Equipment Type: UNS/UNSAF main variable fighter
Government: U.N. Spacy, U.N. Space Air Force
Manufacturer: Shinsei Industry
Operational Deployment: September 2045
Accommodation: pilot only in Marty & Beck Mk11 ejection seat (entire canopy ejectable as an emergency escape pod)
Dimensions:
  • Battroid Mode: estimated height 14.5 meters
  • Mass: empty 9.0 metric tons; Protect Armor System weight unknown.
    Structure: SWAG energy conversion armor; Protect Armor system with reactive armor shield
    Power Plant: two Shinsei Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2025G thermonuclear reaction turbine engines
    Propulsion: 28,500 kg [x g] x 2 (279.59 kN x 2); 2 x protect armor assist boosters (output unknown; compensates for increased weight and boosters can be mounted in conjunction with the other FAST Pack units); 2 x vertical two-dimensional vectored exhaust nozzles; 2 x dorsal auxiliary thruster pods; many x P&W HMM-5B high-maneuverability vernier thrusters
    Performance (Limited to Battroid mode only, unless APS-11 Protect Armor Pack is ejected):
  • Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 3.5+; at 30,000+ m Mach 8.2; max rate of climb at S/L 28,500 meters/minute
  • g limit: +22.0/- 14.5
    Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; variable geometry sweep (VG) wing; canard forward wing; vertical Take-off and landing (VTOL); supersonic cruise and maneuvering in region of Mach 3.5+ below the stratosphere; two-dimensional thrust vectoring; improved waist joint system; anti-projectile (bulletproof) shield; retractable two-piece canopy cover (for Battroid mode); 4 x special equipment hard point stations for external Shinsei Industry space Super Part units; APS-11 Protect Armor Pack with reactive armor shield
    - Armament -
    Guns:
  • 1 x fixed rear anti-aircraft pulse laser gun (mounted center dorsal section in Fighter/GERWALK mode, becomes head turret in Battroid mode)
  • 1 x GU-XS-06 long-range high-piercing-round gun pod with multi-sensor located at the front, large magazine and motor power pack in the handle grip (for ground tactical missions in Battroid mode only)
  • 1 x large reactive armor shield (mounted on left arm)
  • 4 x shoulder-mounted beam (previously laser) guns (capable of firing 20 pulses from energy pack)
  • Bombs & Missiles:
  • 78+ x micro-missiles (estimated count) in 16 x special APS-11 Protect Armor Pack Hughes HMMM-Mk 6 micro-missile launchers (30 mounted in two shoulder launchers; 18 mounted in two torso launchers; 6 hand-thrown grenades mounted in two hip launchers; 6 mounted in two arm launchers; 12 mounted in two rear leg launchers; 12 mounted in two forward leg launchers; + unknown missile count inside 8 x rear booster micro-missile launchers mounted 4/booster)

  • Description and History

    Like variable fighters of decades past, the success of the VF-11 Thunderbolt prompted deployment of numerous specialized systems that could enhance the variable fighter for various mission profiles. One such set of augmentative equipment was the development of the "APS-11 Protect Armor Pack." Like the VF-0 Phoenix PWS-0X " Reactive Armor" and the VF-1 Valkyrie GBP-1S "Ground-Combat Protector Weapon System", the "APS-11 Protect Armor Pack" added numerous weapons, thrusters and armor to the battroid mode of the VF-11, all of which could be jettisoned selectively when not required. The new armored system included dozens of micro missiles, four laser cannons and a special large bore gun pod that increased the firepower of the VF-11 significantly. To offset the added weight of the armor system two large boosters are mounted on the back and to provide added defense a large shield was installed of the left arm. These added systems made the APS-11 Protect Armor pack ideal for heavy combat.

    During orbit of the planet Rax on September 2045, the Battle 7 came under attack from Gepernitch and his Varauta fleet. VF-11 Armored 05 (piloted by the commander of Diamond Force, Lt. Kinryu) joined in an assault upon Gepernitch's battle fortress, hoping to give the Battle 7 time to fire the main gun. In battle, the "Protect Armor" system proved incredibly robust, repelling several attacks from both enemy gun pod and missile fire while suffering minimal damage. The powerful missile systems of the "APS-11 Protect Armor Pack" proved equally potent offense and Armored 05 destroyed at least half a dozen enemy Fz-109 Elgerzorene mecha with a full missile volley. Lt. Kinryu also utilized the powerful GU-XS-06 long-range high-piercing-round gun pod of the "Protect Armor" VF-11 to punch through the armored hull of a Varauta Vanguard Frigate, fly inside and destroy the ship's reactor. The Varauta vessel then exploded and killed Lt. Kinryu but the explosion temporarlity screened the U.N. Spacy forces from attack. Kinryu's sacrifice allowed the Battle 7 time to fire the main gun and when the blast seriously damaged Gepernitch's battle fortress, the Varauta fleet withdrew.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross 7, Episode 26
    Pilot(s): Kinryu
    Other appearances: Macross 7: Encore
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • Battroid mode (with APS-11 Protect Armor) line art
  • Battroid mode (with APS-11 Protect Armor) line art, launchers open
  • GU-XS-06 long-range high-piercing-round gun pod 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