by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen
edited by Tim Wing
- Pluto reference file
- Pluto gallery
Designation: Liège Industries Lourd FA-115 Pluto Aerospace Fighter
- Total Length: 10.4 m
- Total Height: 3.1 m
- Total Wingspan: 10.2 m
- Total Dry Weight: 7.5 metric tons
- FA-115A: One seat light aerospace superiority fighter.
- FA-115T: Two seat aerospace fighter/trainer.
III. Service History:
- Served with the UEDF Tactical Space Corps from 2018 until 2030, UEEF Colonial Defense Fleet from 2024 until 2038.
- 2 x Pratt & Whitney JG99B fusion turbines with max. output of 121 kN each.
- Assorted auxiliary and maneuvering thrusters.
- 12 standard canisters of protoculture,
- 7.4 liter D20 reactant for fusion engines.
- Maximum speed: 6432 kph @ 45km (Mach 6)
- Delta-v capacity: 4.5 kps
- Powercell endurance: 250 hours continuous use
While the electronics suites of these vehicles differed with their respective dates of operational service, all electronics were regularly updated, and during the Second Robotech War the following standard was in use:
- Phillips AllView II multi-band omni-directional digital camera system, for medium range all attitude infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking
- Thomson LT-5 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.
Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):
- Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
- OlDelft Infra-red Warning Warning Receiver (IRWR)
- Selenia Sky Warrior active/passive sensor jammers
- Chaff dispenser
- 2 x Colt E-19 4.5 MJ lasers in a traversable ventral turret. Both lasers can fire 40 times per minute.
The skin of the Pluto is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The skin stops all small arms fire, provides fair protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and poor resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.
The Pluto provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure cockpit environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for one day maximum.
The creation of two new space fleets for the Robotech Defense Forces, the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) Navy and the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) Tactical Space Corps (TSC), led to the desire to procure a new generation of fighters to base on the capital ships. Each branch chose two classes of combat aircraft: a heavy strike fighter (the Vulture and Chimera), and a light interceptor. Where the UEEF Navy used the well-pedigreed VF/A-6 Alpha, the UEDF TSC opted for a non-transformable aircraft, to save on money, and because at the time the Battloid mode was thought to be superfluous in space. Introduced in 2018, the FA-115 Pluto was a very light-weight space fighter, with limited armament of two lasers, but the craft was extremely fast, maneuverable and capable of high accelerations. It was constructed from a center body with two very large engine pods at the side. The lasers were mounted in a laser turret under the main fuselage, and the plane was, like the UEEF’s SFA-5 Conbat, reminiscent of the VF-4 Lightning.
The FA-115 Pluto never saw wide action, as it was employed almost entirely during peacetime. The Pluto began to be replaced as early as 2026 by the VF-8 Logan, because of a change of heart in the UEDF’s with regard to the utility of space-based Veritechs. Some Plutos did go up against the Masters in the earliest days of the Second Robotech War, but most had been re-assigned to the near Earth colonies by the beginning of the War.
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Original artwork by: Shinji Aramaki, Toshihiro Hirano, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Yasuomi Umetsu and Hiroyuki Kitazume
Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication.
Content by Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker
Copyright © 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker