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VF-1A In Battroid Mode w/GU-11 Gunpod
VF-1A In Gerwalk Mode
VF-1A In Fighter Mode
VF-1A In Fighter Mode (Full Armament)
VF-1A Fighter profile schematic
VF-1A Fighter dorsal schematic
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GU-11 55mm Gatling Gun Pod
Fire Suppression Missile
Northrom VF-1A Valkyrie|
Equipment Type: all-environment variable fighter and tactical combat battroid
Government: U.N. Spacy, U.N. Navy, U.N. Space Air Force
Cost: not publicly disclosed, but reported as approx 20 times that of a standard Destroid
Introduction: November 2007
Operational Deployment: February 7, 2009
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 meters (fully extended); height 3.84 meters; length 14.23 meters
GERWALK Mode: wingspan 14.78 meters (fully extended); height 8.7 meters; length 11.3 meters
Mass: empty 13.25 metric tons; standard T-O mass 18.5 metric tons; max T-O mass 37.0 metric tons
Structure: space metal frame, SWAG energy conversion armor
Power Plant: two Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2001 thermonuclear reaction turbine engines, output 650 MW each
Propulsion: 11,500 kg [x g] x 2; or 23,000 kg [x g] x 2 in overboost (225.63 kN x 2); 4 x Shinnakasu Heavy Industry NBS-1 high-thrust vernier thrusters (1 x counter reverse vernier thruster nozzle mounted on the side of each leg nacelle/air intake, 1 x wing thruster roll control system on each wingtip); 18 x P&W LHP04 low-thrust vernier thrusters beneath multipurpose hook/handles
Thrust-to-weight ratio: empty 3.47; standard T-O 2.49; maximum T-O 1.24
Battroid Mode: maximum walking speed 160 km/h
Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 2.71; at 30,000+ m Mach 3.87
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
After the crash-landing of the Alien StarShip-One in July 1999 it is discovered the alien crew was a race of giants some five times the size of a human. Fearful of being unprepared for a conflict with these aliens, the newly formed United Nations Government (UNG) begins researching anti-giant weapon systems technologies. Utilizing the now named OverTechnology found on the ASS-1, the non-variable humanoid mecha called the Destroid is designed; another weapon system is the transformable Battroid. The UNG contracts Stonewell and Bellcom to develop an all-environment variable fighter eventually known as the "Valkyrie." Rising to the challenge, Stonewell and Bellcom subcontract with OT reaction powerplant producer Shinnakasu Heavy Industry and Destroid developer Centinental to complete a basic design by 2005. The first transformable prototype is successfully tested in 2007 and the UNG decides to formally adopt the Valkyrie in November of that year. By late 2008, mass production is in full swing on the VF-1A variable fighter.
From February 2009 to March 2010, the VF-1A Valkyrie served as the standard variable fighter of the U.N. Spacy in Space War I. The VF-1 proved to be an extremely capable craft, successfully combating a variety of Zentradi mecha even in most sorties which saw UN Spacy forces significantly outnumbered. The versatility of the Valkyrie design enabled the variable fighter to act as both large-scale infantry and as air/space superiority fighter. The signature skills of U.N. Spacy ace pilot Maximilian Jenius exemplified the effectiveness of the variable systems as he near-constantly transformed the Valkyrie in battle to seize advantages of each mode as combat conditions changed from moment to moment. The basic VF-1 was deployed in four minor variants (designated A, D, J, and S) and its success was increased by continued development of various enhancements including the GBP-1S "Armored" Valkyrie and FAST Pack "Super" Valkyrie weapon systems.
After the end of Space War I, the VF-1A continued to be manufactured both in the Sol system (notably on the Lunar facility Apollo Base) and throughout the UNG space colonies. Although the VF-1 would eventually be replaced as the primary VF of the UN Spacy by the VF-4 Lightning III in 2020, a long service record and continued production after the war proved the lasting worth of the design. The VF-1A was without doubt the most recognizable variable fighter of Space War I and was seen as a vibrant symbol of the U.N. Spacy even into the first year of the New Era 0001 in 2013. At the end of 2015 the final rollout of the VF-1 was celebrated at a special ceremony, commemorating this most famous of variable fighters. The VF-1 Valkryie was built from 2006 to 2013 producing 5,459 VF-1 variable fighters (VF-1A = 5,093, VF-1D = 85, VF-1J = 49, VF-1S = 30, VF-1G = 12, VE-1 = 122, VT-1 = 68); (Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie Vol. 1, pg. 55)
Debut: Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Episode 1
Pilot(s): Hikaru Ichijyo, Hayao Kakizaki, Maximilian Jenius
Other Appearances: Super Dimension Fortress Macross The Movie: Do You Remember Love?
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