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VF-17D Fighter Equipped with Fold Booster

General Galaxy VF-17D Nightmare "Fold Booster"

Technical Data

Equipment Type: UNS special operations variable fighter and heavy battroid
Unofficial codename: Stealth Valkyrie
Government: U.N. Spacy
Manufacturer: General Galaxy
Introduction: 2035
Operational Deployment: unknown
Accommodation: pilot only in pressurized canopy featuring four framed flat-plate windows.
Dimensions:
  • Heavy Battroid Mode: height 15.18 meters (top of head)
  • Fighter Mode: wingspan 14.18 meters; height (with radome) unknown; length 15.63 meters
  • GERWALK Mode: wingspan 14.18 meters
    Mass: empty 11.85 metric tons
    Structure: SWAG energy conversion armor, strengthened armor in Battroid mode equal to Armored Valkyrie (forearm armor is used instead of a shield)
    Power Plant: two Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2100X thermonuclear turbine engines.
    Propulsion: 55,000 kg [x g] x 2 (539.55 kN x 2); 2 x horizontal two-dimensional vectored exhaust nozzles; 30+ x P&W HMM-6B high-maneuverability vernier thrusters (mounted in triple clusters).
    Performance:
  • Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 4.0+; at 30,000+ m Mach 21+
    g limit: +33.5/-18.0
    Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; vertical take-off and landing (VTOL); variable geometry sweep (VG) wing (featuring sawtooth delta wing in standard cruising configuration); wrap-around imaging monitor screens (for use in Heavy Battroid mode); passive stealth system; two-dimensional (horizontal) thrust vectoring; external fold booster and mount (mounted on dorsal fuselage)
    - Armament -
    Guns:
  • 2 x fixed anti-aircraft laser gun turrets (mounted center dorsal section in Fighter/GERWALK mode, becomes head turret in Heavy Battroid mode)
  • 2 x fixed small-bore forward laser guns (mounted left/right of cockpit)
  • 2 x fixed medium-bore laser beam guns, each gun featuring one retractable and one traversable opposite-facing barrels (mounted on dorsal section in Fighter mode and in forearm sections in GERWALK/Heavy Battroid modes)
  • 1 x MC-17A 40mm multipurpose seven-barrelled gatling gun pod, featuring retractable handle and fore grip, folding stock, muzzle sensors, and strap (mounted in ventral fuselage in Fighter/GERWALK mode with an exit port and stealth covers, ejectable from lower leg to be used in arm manipulator Heavy Battroid mode); 1 x spare gun pod magazine or 1 x gun pod beam adaptor (stored inside lower main fuselage/opposite lower leg section).
    Bombs & Missiles:
  • 2 x internal micro-missile launchers (mounted left/right of dorsal main fuselage with two launcher ports each)
    Additional Equipment:
  • 1 x external fold booster with single mounting pylon (mounted on dorsal fuselage)

  • Description and History

    During the events of May 2045, the Varauta successfully captured City 7, but the forces of Macross 7 were able to determine their destination. Unfortunately, the Macross 7 was unable to pursue until it could build sufficient power to commence a fold to the coordinates of City 7. Given the few options available for pursuit, pilot Lt. Kinryu requested authorization for his Diamond Force unit to pursue using Fold Boosters. The Fold Booster was still experimental at this time and not yet safely tested for long distance fold operations, but Diamond Force was willing to take the risk. Gamlin himself stepped forward to plead their case and Captain Maximillian Jenius granted authorization. The three members of Diamond Force, Kinryu, Gamlin and Physica, undertook the fold operation in pursuit of City 7. Pushing the limits of the Fold Boosters and their own endurance, Diamond Force successfully completed defold. After arriving at the destination, the Fold Boosters were then ejected from each VF-17D variable fighter.

    Production Information

    Debut: Macross 7, Episode 13
    Pilot(s): Kinryu, Physica, Gamlin Kizaki
    Other appearances: Macross 7
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • fold booster and mount
  • 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