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VF-x-4 Trial-Production Fighter
Stonewell Bellcom VF-X-4 Prototype|
Equipment Type: UNS/UNSM main variable fighter prototype
Government: U.N. Spacy, U.N. Space Marines
Introduction: January 2012
Operational (Test) Deployment: January 2012
Accommodation: pilot only
Fighter Mode: wingspan 14.28 meters; height 3.72 meters; length 14.92 meters
Mass: empty 13.95 metric tons
Structure: space metal frame, energy converting armor
Power Plant: two Shinnakasu/P&W/Roice FF-2011 thermonuclear turbine engines.
Propulsion: 14,000 kg [x g] x 2 (137.34 kN x 2); P&W HMM-1A high-maneuverability vernier thrusters
Thrust-to-weight ratio: empty 2.01 (rating for turbine engine thrust ONLY)
Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 3.02; at 30,000+ m Mach 5.15
g limit: unknown
Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; wing-mounted engines; inward-canted vertical stabilizers; nose-mounted ventral fin; two-dimensional thrust vectoring.
- Armament -
2 x large beam cannons (mounted in forward engine nacelles/lower arms in GERWALK and Battroid modes)
Bombs & Missiles:
6 (with a maximum of 12) x semi-recessed long range missiles (mounted on engine nacelles and ventral fuselage)
2 x underwing pylons for missiles
1 x Howard GU-11 55 mm three-barrel Gatling gun pod with 200 rds fired at 1200 rds/min
Before the development of the VF-4, Stonewell/Bellcom built the VF-X-4 trial-production variable fighter as a prototype for the Lightning III. Development started in 2005 and eventually test flights were conducted in which some VF-X-4 flights were flown by Space War I veteran Hikaru Ichijo. The trial-produced VF-X-4 featured most of the key design features that would be included in the final VF-4 Lightning III design, but was initially built using 35% VF-1 Valkyrie parts (notably, the nose and forward fuselage of the VF-1 fighter). Hikaru Ichijo had a scale model of the VF-X-4 in his house in Macross City on Earth.
Debut: Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Episode 36 (scale model)
Pilot(s): Hikaru Ichijo
Appearances: Super Dimension Fortress Macross
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.