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VF-1X Plus Battroid with GU-11 Gunpod
VF-1A In Fighter Mode
GU-11 55mm Gatling Gun Pod
Northrom VF-1X Valkyrie Plus|
Equipment Type: all-environment variable fighter and tactical combat battroid
Government: U.N. Spacy, U.N. Navy, U.N. Space Air Force
Introduction: November 2007
Operational Deployment: 2047
Accommodation: pilot only in Marty & Beck Mk-7 zero/zero ejection seat
Battroid Mode: height 12.68 meters; width 7.3 meters; length 4.0 meters
Fighter Mode: wingspan 14.78 (fully extended); height 3.84 meters; length 14.23 meters
GERWALK Mode: wingspan 14.78 (fully extended); height 8.7 meters; length 11.3 meters
Mass: empty 13.85 metric tons; standard T-O 19.1 metric tons
Structure: space metal frame, SWAG energy converting armor
Power Plant: two Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2079J thermonuclear reaction turbine engines, output 650 MW each.
Propulsion: 15,000 kg [x g] x 2; or 30,000 kg [x g] x 2 in overboost (294.3 kN x 2 overboost); 4 x Shinnakasu Heavy Industry NBS-1 high-thrust vernier thrusters; 18 x P&W LHP04 low-thrust vernier thrusters beneath multipurpose hook/handles.
Thrust-to-weight ratio: (empty) 4.33; standard T-O mass 3.14
Battroid Mode: maximum walking speed 160 km/h
Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 3.05; at 30,000+ m Mach 4.28
GERWALK Mode: maximum walking speed 100 km/h; flying 500 km/h
g limit: in space +7
Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; variable geometry wing; vertical take-off and landing; control-configurable vehicle; single-axis thrust vectoring; three "magic hand" manipulators for maintenance use; retractable canopy shield for Battroid mode and atmospheric reentry; option of GBP-1S system, atmospheric-escape booster, or FAST Pack system.
Min time from Fighter to GERWALK (automated): approx. 1.5 sec.
Min time from GERWALK to Battroid (automated): under 2 sec.
Standard time from Fighter to Battroid (automated): under 5 sec.
Min time from Fighter to Battroid (manual): 0.9 sec.
- Armament -
1 x Fixed Mauler RÖV-20 anti-aircraft laser cannon, firing 6,000 pulses per minute
1 x Howard GU-11 55 mm three-barrel Gatling gun pod with 200 rds fired at 1,200 rds/min
Bombs & Missiles:
4 x underwing hard points for 12 x AMM-1 hybrid guided multipurpose missiles (3/point)
or 12 x MK-82 LDGB conventional bombs (3/point)
or 6 x RMS-1 large anti-ship reaction missiles (2/outboard point, 1/inboard point)
or 4 x UUM-7 micro-missile pods (1/point) each carrying 15 x Bifors HMM-01 micro-missiles
or a combination of above load-outs
Shinnakasu Heavy Industry GBP-1S ground-combat protector weapon system
or Shinnakasu Heavy Industry FAST Pack augmentative space weapon system
The final rollout of the original VF-1 Valkyrie in 2015 marked the end of mass production for the variable fighter made famous in Space War I. In the decades that followed, the VF-1 Valkyrie was removed from active service in most branches of the UNG military. The only new variable fighters built from the VF-1 design were commercial versions such as the VT-1C and construction vehicles used in shipyards. Those few VF-1 Valkyries still in active service in the late 2040s featured an extended service life through a complete refit program. This modernized Valkyrie was re-designated the VF-1X Plus and was overhauled with upgraded materials, avionics and power plants. The new systems had to be accommodated within a variable fighter frame not designed for such modern technology and as a result added some 600 kg to the vehicle for a total variable fighter weight of 13.85 metric tons. However, two Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2079J thermonuclear turbine engines improved the performance of the VF-1 considerably with a combined 7,000 kg of additional thrust. The added thrust not only improved acceleration of the VF-1X, but also increased the maximum velocity of the fighter mode. Though the VF-1X Valkyrie Plus still underperformed relative to the current variable fighters of the late 2040 era, the old Valkyrie was upgraded sufficiently to once again operate practically on the modern battlefield.
Debut: Macross Digital Mission VF-X (Video Game, 1997)
Pilot(s): Captain Aegis Focker, Maximilian Jenius
Appearances: Macross Digital Mission VF-X 2 (Video Game, 1997)
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.