Electronic Warfare Valkyrie Veritech variants

VE-1C ELINT Seeker Valkyrie Fighter 1ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen with Rob Morgenstern

edited by: Tim Wing

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Designation: Electronic Warfare Valkyrie Veritech variants

 

I. Dimensions:

(VE-1 Super Ostrich with FAST pack and radar dish)

Fighter mode

  • Length: 14.0 meters
  • Height: 6.3 meters
  • Breadth (antenna): 11.2 meters
  • Wingspan: 8.3-14.8 meter

GERWALK mode

  • Length: 11.3 meter
  • Height: 11.7 meter
  • Breadth (antenna): 11.2 meter
  • Wingspan: 8.3-14.8 meter

Battloid mode

  • Depth: 5.0 meter
  • Height: 16.7 meter
  • Breadth: 9.1 meter
  • Breadth (antenna): 11.2 meter
  • Wingspan: 4.7-14.8 meter

General

  • Dry Weight: 22.5 metric tons.

 

II. Type:

VE-1 Ostrich: Two seat electronic intelligence recon mecha (space use only), three form Veritech. Based on the VT-1 Ostrich airframe. Featured permanently attached configuration version T FAST Packs. Manufactured by Rockwell Textron (airframe) and Shinnakasu Heavy Industries (FAST Packs).

VEFR-1 Electronic Warfare Valkyrie Battloid 1VERF-1 Valkyrie: Two seat electronic intelligence recon mecha, three form Veritech. Based on the VF-1D, with a large rotating radar system mounted on the dorsal side of the mecha in fighter mode. Manufactured by Rockwell Bell.

VEF-1 Valkyrie: Two seat electronic intelligence recon mecha, three form Veritech. Based on the VERF-1D, with a simplified electronic warfare package. Manufactured by Rockwell Bell.

VF-1G Valkyrie: One man electronic intelligence recon mecha, three form Veritech. Based on the VF-1A, with a large rotating radar system mounted on the dorsal side of the mecha in fighter mode. Manufactured by Northrop.

VR-1A Valkyrie: One man all-weather aerospace electronic warfare and photographic reconnaissance mecha, three form Veritech. Electronic Warfare variant of the VF-1A. Featured radar and sensor jamming equipment. Manufactured by Northrop.

VR-1D Valkyrie: Two seat all-weather aerospace electronic warfare and photographic reconnaissance mecha, three form Veritech. Electronic Warfare variant of the VF-1D. Featured radar and sensor jamming equipment. Manufactured by Rockwell Bell.III.

 

III. Service History:

VEFR-1: Served with the UN Spacy from 2011 until 2017, and with the UEDF Tactical Air Corps and Naval Corps from 2018 until 2031.

VE-1: Served with the UN Spacy from 2014 until 2017, and with the REF/UEEF Expeditionary Tactical Naval Corps from 2018 until 2036.

 

IV. Propulsion:

Powerplant:

  • 2 x RRL-1 Miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer, delivering 650MW total power.

Fuel Capacity:

  • 20 Standard Canisters of Protoculture,
  • 12.9 lit. D2O reactant for fusion engines.

Propulsion:

  • Two Shinnakasu/P&W/Rolls-Royce FF-2001 fusion turbines, engine output 11,500 kg x 2 at max. power; 23,000 kg x 2 available with overboost. Exhaust nozzles allowed for vectored thrust, serving in place of conventional elevators. System includes two reverse-Vernier thrusters, on blisters outboard of each intake; exhaust came directly from main turbine at a maximum of 20% thrust.
  • Four Shinnakasu NBS-1 high-thrust Vernier thrusters, one on the ventral in fighter mode, three in the ‘backpack’ in Guardian and Battloid modes.
  • Eighteen P&W LHP04 low-thrust Vernier thrusters distributed around the aircraft; three on each engine block/leg, two on each arm, two on the nose cone, two on the ‘backpack’, and four on the torso/fuselage.
  • Vernier vents in the wings, as part of the aircraft’s space roll control.
  • Assorted gyroscopes for all-environment attitude adjustment and stability.

(VE-1 Super Ostrich)

As the standard model, plus:

  • Two P&W +EF-2001 booster engines in the FAST pack, capable of a total of 2354 kN of thrust. Total propellant capacity 11,000 kg in FAST pack and CTB-04 conformal fuel tanks on legs.
  • Extensive maneuvering thrusters on the NR-NP-E3 booster pack, and on two leg/engine-pod NR-FS-E3 Vernier systems. Effective loss of one NBS-1 and four LHP04 Verniers on the standard model because of the additional external units.

 

VEFR-1 Electronic Warfare Valkyrie Fighter 2

 

V. Performance:

(VE-1 Super Ostrich)

General data

  • Typical delta-v (space): 13.2 kps

Note: The VE-1 Super Ostrich configuration is extremely unmaneuverable in an Earth-like atmosphere, and is thus almost exclusively used in extra-atmospheric operations. Hence, atmospheric performance data for fighter mode is not listed.

 

VI. Electronics:

(VE-1 Super Ostrich)

Radar System:

  • APS-201 surveillance radar with rotary radome, mounted to FAST pack boosters;
  • Side-surveillance radar mounted onto NR-FS-E3 leg/engine pod attachments;
  • Hughes AWG-20 X-band pulse-Doppler radar, providing long-range detection and tracking of targets at all altitudes.

Optical tracking:

  • (Head/turret) Thomson DOS-2000 multi-band digital camera system, for medium range traversable UV, infra-red imaging and optical band detection and tracking; Thomson LT-3 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator; Marconi Spyeye broad-spectrum radiation sensors.
  • (Fighter-mode nose blisters) Zeiss TS-2 long range forward-looking telescopic array for IR spectrum (FLIR).

Additional:

  • HF, VHF, and VLF coantennas mounted on NR-SR-E3 (right) and NR-SL-E3 (left) arm attachments.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Elettronica Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)
  • OlDelft Infra-red Warning Receiver (IRWR)
  • Westinghouse ALQ-200(V) active radar jammer
  • Chaff dispenser
  • Flares
  • Active missile jammers
  • Multiple L-band VHF and UHF antennas.

 

VII. Armament:

No armament standard.

 

VIII. Armor:

The armor of the standard Valkyrie is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor stops all small arms fire, provides good protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and fair resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.

The additional armor on the reinforced sections of the Super Valkyrie 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 Valkyrie 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 two days maximum.

 

IX. Development:

VE-1C ELINT Seeker Valkyrie Battloid 3

The later VEFR-1 version was created by Rockwell International’s engineers when the standard Cat’s Eye recon plane was found to be too deficient in combat survivability to fully fulfill its role as Elint/AEW aircraft in the more hostile environs. Derived by upgrading their two seat VF-1D’s avionics and attaching a rotary radome dish to the fuselage, the Elint first saw service in the battle against Dolza’s armada. The VEFR-1 performed its mission flawlessly in both atmospheric and space conditions, though it could carry less electronics than the Cat’s Eye. Eventually, the need for a FAST Pack Elint Valkyrie was seen, and Shinnakasu Heavy Industries’ FAST Packs were modified to accommodate the main dish and additional sensors. This system was permanently attached to the Northrop VE-1 Super Ostich. Because of the replacement of the -1A head with an new laserless version, the VE-1 could no longer claim to be particularly robust in the heat of battle, though the overall range in space and integration of the sensory systems was far better than that of the VEFR-1.

 


 

 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

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

Acknowledgement is extended to the work of Egan Loo and the Macross Compendium. Egan Loo is given all credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the Macross Compendium that has been utilized in this publication. 

Images Courtesy of Chad Wilson (Marchly) and the Macross Mecha Manual. Chad Wilson is given all credit for all images from the Macross Mecha Manual that have been utilized in this publication. 

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. 

Images From – Macross Perfect Memory, This is Animation 11: the Super Dimension Fortress-1 Macross, Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie, Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie: Wings of Space, Variable Fighter Master File SDF-1 Macross VF-1 Squadrons, Macross Chronicle 23, Robotech Macross Saga Sourcebook and the Macross Mecha Manual

Content by Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern; edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2005, 2004, 1999, 1997, 1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

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