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VF-1 Valkyrie primary versions.

Base VF-1A

Northrop VF-1A Valkyrie Veritech Fighter.

Base VF-1D

Rockwell Bell VF-1D Valkyrie Veritech Fighter.

Base VF-1J

Shinnakasu Heavy Industries VF-1J Valkyrie Veritech Fighter.

Base VF-1S

Northrop VF-1S Valkyrie Veritech Fighter.


Other VF-1 Valkyrie variants, major and minor.

VR-1A-RF VMS-38

VR-1A-RF Valkyrie Electronic Warfare and Reconnaissance Veritech.

The VR-1A was an electronic warfare and reconnaissance version of the baseline VF-1 Valkyrie. In addition to the standard electronic warfare suit carried by all VF-1 Valkyries, it also carried two multi-frequency radar warning receivers on its vertical stabilizers, two radar jamming pods on its leg nacelles, an Infrared search and track (IRST) system mounted in front of the cockpit and an infrared jamming system on the bottom side of the nose. The VR-1A pictured here also carried a Tactical Aerial Camera System (TACS) pod.

VF-1A VMS-39

VF-1A Valkyrie Veritech Fighter with Electronic Warfare tactical loadout.

As demonstrated in this picture, baseline VF-1 Valkyries could be configured for the electronic warfare role as well. This VF-1A Valkyrie has been fitted with the leg nacelle mounted radar jamming pods from the VR-1A-RF and an IRST system. On the centerline hard point, this VF-1A carried an ANGIRA multi-wave-length radar jamming pod.

VF-1D SVF-68

VF-1D Valkyrie Veritech Fighter.

Though intended primarily as a trainer aircraft for pilots undergoing conversion training, the VF-1D was a fully combat capable Veritech and was used as such throughout the First Robotech War. This type was eventually replaced in the training role by Northrop’s VT-1 Ostrich, which was a dedicated Veritech Trainer.

VF-1A external fuel tank

VF-1A Valkyrie Veritech Fighter with reaction mass drop tanks.

Early deployments in space highlighted the VF-1’s short legs. With a delta-V of only 4.1 kps (kilometers per second) the Valkyrie did not have the ability to engage in extended space to space combat engagements. This was an issue eventually addressed with the FAST Packs. The short term solution was to mount conventional drop tanks for additional reaction mass. These drop tanks did not interfere with the Valkyrie’s maneuverability in space, but the wing mounted tanks need to be ejected in order for the fighter to change to Battloid mode.

VF-1D SVF-37

VF-1D Valkyrie Veritech Fighter with anti-spaceship loadout.

During the First Robotech War, the first Veritech to find itself tasked with the anti-spaceship mission was the VF-1D. In this picture, a VF-1D from the CVS-101 UES Prometheus carries a pair of RMS-1 Angel of Death anti-spaceship thermonuclear missiles. 

VF-1L

VF-1L Valkyrie Long Range Interdiction Veritech Fighter.

The VF-1L was a variant built for long range interdiction and strike. It carried a pair of conformal reactions mass tanks with internal weapons bays capable of holding a total of six AAM-1 Arrow missiles or six conventional bombs. This allowed the VF-1L to cruise at high altitude at near its maximum speed of Mach 3.87, allowing it to reach any target in the world within hours. (Normally, with external weapons carriage, the VF-1 could not attain these high speeds for extended periods of time.) This variant also feature an aerodynamically faired head unit and improved radar warning receivers.

S-FAST Config ver.1.0

VF-1J Super Valkyrie Veritech Fighter with FAST Pack Version 2.0.

Block 7 VF-1J Super Valkyrie with a typical anti-spaceship loadout of four RMS-1 Angel of Death thermo-nuclear anti-spaceship missiles and six AAM-1 Arrows for self-defense.

VF-1A IRST

VF-1A Valkyrie Veritech Fighter with IRST upgrade.

About a third of VF-1 Valkyries were upgraded with Infrared Search and Track (IRST) systems from 2016 onward. This system can be seen on the upper side of the nose, just in front of the cockpit. This system allowed for long range search and track modes, freeing the pilot from the need to give away his position with radar emissions. This particular Valkyrie also improved radar warning receivers, which can be seen mounted on the wing-tips.

VR-1D SVFR-7

VR-1D Valkyrie Reconnaissance Veritech.

The VR-1D was the more prolific of the two VR type Veritechs. This specific VR-1D is configured for reconnaissance, with a Tactical Aerial Camera System (TACS) pod mounted on the centerline and no radar jamming or electronic warfare equipment present.

S-FAST Config ver.2.1 W-St

VF-1A Super Valkyrie Veritech Fighter with FAST Pack Version 2.1W-St.

One of the more useful Super Valkyrie variants was the version 2.1W-St. Though the inner wing hardpoint mounting arrangement of the third and fourth NP-BP-01 booster pods limited the max permissible thrust of the extra reaction thrusters, the massive reaction mass tanks mounted in place of the standard missile launchers extended the fighters useable combat radius in space immensely! The fragile mounting points made this configuration next to useless for mecha-to-mecha engagements.

VF-1A Block 1-8

VF-1A Valkyrie Veritech Fighter with radar upgrade.

A limited number of VF-1 Valkyries were upgraded with the VF-4 Lightning III’s Hughes APG-113 phased array radar. Though a significant improvement over the type’s AWG-20, very few received this update.

S-FAST Config ver.2.1 W

VF-1A Super Valkyrie Veritech Fighter with FAST Pack Version 2.1W.

The FAST Pack Version 2.1W was the same as the 2.1W-St, with the exception of the lower NP-BP-01s retaining the standard HMMP-02 missile pods. Though extra missiles are always welcomed by any pilot, the fragility of the mounting points made this system next to useless in practice, and thus it never found the niche that the 2.1W-St did.

VF-1DA

VF-1DA Valkyrie Veritech Fighter.

During the First Robotech War it became common practice on the SDF-1 to replace battle damaged heads of just about all VF-1s with those of the VF-1A. This was due to the fact that the head unit was the only one produced by Northrop’s Onboard Manufacturing Facility. One such example is this VF-1DA, shown configured for long range anti-spaceship interdiction.   

 


 

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Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Images From – Variable Fighter Master File: SDF-1 Macross VF-1 Squadrons  

Content by Tim Wing

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