Northrop Grumman FAV-105 Vixen Multi-role GERWALK Aerospace Fighter

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ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Vixen/Voyeur reference file
  • Vixen/Voyeur gallery 

Designation: FAV-105 Vixen Multi-role GERWALK Aerospace Fighter

I. Dimensions:

  • Flight Length: 16.1 m
  • GERWALK Length: 15.5 m
  • Flight Height: 5.1 m
  • GERWALK Height: 8.9 m
  • Max. Wingspan: 9.5 m
  • Min. Wingspan: 6.2 m
  • Total Dry Weight: 13.6 metric tons

II. Type:

  • TV-105 Vixen: Two man GERWALK aerospace trainer.
  • FTV-105 Vixen: Two man combat capable GERWALK aerospace trainer.
  • FAV-105 Vixen: One man all weather GERWALK attack fighter aerospacecraft.
  • RFV-105 Voyeur: One man all weather GERWALK reconnaissance aerospacecraft.

III. Service History:

  • TV-105 Vixen: Served with the UEDF from 2021 to 2031, and with UEEF from 2021.
  • FTV-105 Vixen: Served with the UEDF Navy, Tactical Air Corps and Civil Defense Flying Corps from 2021 to 2031, and with the UEEF Marine Corps and Tactical Flying Corps from 2021 to 2032.
  • FAV-105 Vixen: Served with the UEDF Navy, Tactical Air Corps and Civil Defense Flying Corps from 2021 to 2031, and with the UEEF Marine Corps and Tactical Flying Corps from 2021 to 2032.
  • RFV-105 Voyeur: Served with the UEDF Navy and Recon Escort Patrol from 2021 to 2031, and with the UEEF Marine Corps and Tactical Air Corps from 2021 to 2036.

IV. Propulsion:

  • 2 Nakajima/P&W/Rolls Royce FF-2011-4 fusion turbines, max. unboosted output 140 kN each (boosted, 275 kN each). The engines are mounted in the legs.
  • 2 Turbo-Union RRJ-399 ramjet engines in two engines pods alongside the fuselage, over the legs. max. unboosted output 160 kN each (boosted, 300 kN each).
  • 6 x P&W HMM-4A high-maneuverability vernier thrusters are mounted on the main fuselage (2), legs (2) and engine pods (2).
  • 1 Tirolian mecha proto-generator (known on Earth as the RT/PS-4d), providing electrical power to the mecha; output 325 MW.
  • Fuel capacity: 8.1 liter D20 reactant for fusion engines.
  • Assorted small reaction thrusters for maneuvers and stability.

V. Performance:

  • Max level speed at sea level: Mach 1.25
  • Max level speed at 10 km: Mach 4.1
  • Max level speed at 30+ km: Mach 6.4
  • Stall speed (VTOL shift possible): 198 kph.
  • Initial climb rate: over 30000m per minute.
  • Unboosted service ceiling: 45 km.
  • Total delta-v (TV-105): 5.5 kps on internal fuel. An additional 3.2 kps delta-v can be added by an external tank.
  • Total delta-v (all others): 7.9 kps on internal fuel. An additional 3.2 kps delta-v can be added by an external tank.
  • Generator endurance: 8 years operational use.
  • G limits: -5.0/+11.5 g.

VI. Electronics:

Radar tracking:

(FAV-105 and FTV-105 Vixen)

  • Hughes APG-111 X-band pulse-doppler, providing long-range detection and tracking of targets at all altitudes.

(RFV-105 Voyeur)

  • Texas Instruments APG-131 Synthetic Aperture Radar for long range radar reconnaissance

Optical tracking:

  • Phillips AllView multi-band digital camera system, for medium range spherical infra-red imaging, optical and ultra-violet band detection and tracking.
  • Thomson LT-5 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.
  • Zeiss Multi-Band optical digital cameras in the Elint bay (RFV-105 Voyeur only).

Additional ELINT Equipment (RFV-105 Voyeur only):

  • Thompson radiation and motion sensors in the Elint bay
  • Hewlett-Packard on-board automatic data interpretation system tying all sensors into one information processing system.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR),
  • OlDelft Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR),
  • Westinghouse ALQ-250(V) active sensor jammer,
  • Chaff dispenser,
  • Flares.

VII. Armament:6 1

(TV-105 Vixen)

  • None

(RFV-105 Voyeur)

  • 1x Colt E-19 4.5 MJ lasers on the ventral centerline. Can fire 60 times per minute.

(FAV-105 and FTV-105 Vixens)

  • 2x Colt E-19 4.5 MJ lasers on the ventral centerline. Can fire 60 times per minute.

Hardpoints:

(TV-105 Vixen)

  • None

(RFV-105 Voyeur, FAV-105 and FTV-105 Vixens)

There are two inner-underwing hard points on the RFV-105 Voyeur and four on the FAV-105 and FTV-105 Vixens. Each hardpoint can carry:

  • 1 x MER (Multiple Ejector Rack) for two Derringer missiles. These missiles have a range of 70 km (A variant) or 130 km (E/F variants) and a speed of Mach 3.0, guided by a combined optical, IIR, and active radar seeker.
  • or 1 x MER for three AGM-65R Maverick air-to-ground missiles (outer-underwing hardpoint only).
  • or 1 x RMS-2 “Angel Of Death” Nuclear Stand-off missile. A reaction warhead (200 kT) mounted on a long range (293 km) Mach 4.0 combined multi-spectrum imager and active radar homing missile and preferred ordnance for anti-starship missions. Maximum delta-v is 5 kps.
  • or 1 x Firebird missile. A conventional warhead mounted on the frame of a RMS missile with a range of 234 km and a speed of Mach 6.5, guided by a combined IIR and active/passive radarseeker. Delta-v in space is 4.0 kps.
  • or 1 x RMS-3 “Archangel of Death” nuclear stand-off missile. A reaction warhead (500 kT) mounted on a long range (454 km) Mach 4.0 combined multi-spectrum imager and active radar homing missile. Customized for anti-starship operations. Maximum delta-v is 6 kps.
  • or 1 x CBM-200 cluster missile. A long range missile based on the RMS-3 with 200 cluster bomblets with a range of 1 km and a speed of Mach 4.0.
  • or 1 x Carapace missile container (see notes below).
  • or 1 x MER for three Mk-82 Paveway V 230kg bombs; various fuse options, laser-guided (outer-underwing hardpoint only).
  • or any other military cargo such as a recon pod, missile or cargo pod.

The Carapace missile container is an armored casing with three missile tubes. Each tube can be loaded with 1 x medium range (65 km) Mach 3.0 combined active radar and thermal imager guided AMM-1 Stiletto missile, or with 2 x medium range (65km) Mach 3.2 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 260mm Diamondback missiles, or with 4 x 190x540mm short range (8.2km) combined active radar and home-on-jam/infra-red imager guided Hammerhead missiles.

VIII. Armor:

The skin of the Voyeur and Vixen is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The skin stops all small arms and heavy infantry weapons fire, provides good resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round, and poor resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round.

The wing, hull and tailplane leading edges are covered with a special heat resistant ceramic tile to protect the plane against the high temperatures associated with high Mach numbers in an atmosphere. However, the armor protection these tiles provide is minimal.

The Voyeur and Vixen provide 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 two days maximum in the single seat version, one day maximum in the double seat version.

6 2IX. Development:

The Voyeur and the Vixen are two versions of the same aircraft. Originally, the TV-105 Vixen was developed as an advance trainer for the United Earth Defense Force. Though designed from the outset as a trainer, the platforms performance quickly led to the development of the FTV-105 and FAV-105 attack fighter variants. The RFV-105 Voyeur was developed as a reconnaissance system relying on speed and a stand-off radar and camera system to collect its information and retire to its base. The design requirement was caught up in the anti-Veritech backlash that coursed through the Earth Government in the mid 2010s. As a consequence, the Voyeur was never designed with a Battloid or full Guardian form, leaving only the legs for use in VTOL landings.

The Vixen was a well-streamlined plane with a single tailplane and two aft-mounted, variable geometry wings. The whole wing assemblage could swivel forwards, increasing the wingspan and low-speed characteristics. Two fusion turbines were mounted in the legs, and two more powerful ramjets were placed in pods above the legs, alongside the fuselage. Although these could not be used below Mach 0.75, above this airspeed the Vixen demonstrated amazing performance. The lack of any significant internal armaments other than the E-19 laser and the largely non-Veritech design freed up a lot of room for additional reaction mass stowage, and the Voyeur enjoyed a large delta-v capacity in space. The reconnaissance equipment was based on the standard avionics of the Alpha fighter, augmented with high-resolution long range sensors and interpretation systems. So effective was the sensor suite that it was later copied in the VF/A-6R version of the Alpha fighter.

The FTV-105 and FAV-105 Vixen served with the UEDF Navy as their primary light attack fighter from its introduction until the Invid Invasion in 2031, replacing most of the A-16 Executioners in service by the late twenties. The Vixen’s VTOL GERWALK capability allowed it to serve not just on the conventional long-deck super carriers but also on the Daedalus-class Amphibious Warfare vessels and other VTOL carriers. Vixen also served as tactical fighter and light attack platform with the Tactical Air Corps and Civil Defense Flying Corps. Though it was still in service with reserve squadrons by the time of the Invid Invasion, most active duty squadrons by this time had transitioned to the F-206 Falcon II. In the UEEF, the Marine Corps and Tactical Flying Corps operated the Vixen from 2021 to 2032.
The RFV-105 Voyeur was employed on all ships in the UEDF and United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) from light cruisers up, and remained in service with the UEEF until the VF/A-6R, and the VE-12, which together formed the Elint Legioss, replaced them. At that time, only three had been destroyed by enemy forces, despite usage of the plane in nearly all theaters in which the UEEF fought.

VEFR-7RavenII01The TV-105 Vixen was also procured as an operational trainer. The Vixen outlasted the Voyeur by decades in operational service; because of its speed and additional seat, the Vixen was also an excellent high-speed courier and VIP transport plane. In addition, many of the higher-ranking flight-qualified officers took to upholding their flight hours (to keep their pilots’ wings and the additional pay that went with them) in the Vixen, which had excellent handling, a large range in space, and a reputation as the ‘hottest ride’ available in the UEEF. But most importantly for the lower echelon combat pilots was its use as a pick-up plane for downed pilots behind enemy lines: with its high speed, excellent sensors, large tankage and extra seat, the Vixen could infiltrate hostile airspace, locate a downed pilot, extricate him or her and ascend to orbit or just dash to safety faster than any other plane or mecha in the UEEF. The Vixen remained in service with the UEEF until long after the Reflex Point operation, and decommissioned planes were extremely popular in the private aircraft market.

 


 

 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. and Jason Waltrip.

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 Peter Walker, edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 1999, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

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