- from: the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide
- by: Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen with Rob Morgenstern
- edited by: Tim Wing
- Reference File
- VFT-1 “Orguss Valkyrie” Fighter Orgroid gallery
The VFT-1 Orguss Valkyrie (VFT: Veritech Fighter-Tank) was a prototype Valkyrie was used only briefly in the later part of the First Robotech War. The Orguss Valkyrie was based on the Super Valkyrie, but was much smaller in scale. The UN Spacy did not pursue further development of this variable fighter after the war.
- Type: all-environment variable fighter, tank and tactical combat orgroid
- Place of origin: Earth
- In service: 2010-2014
- Primary users: UN Spacy
- Wars: First Robotech War
- Designer: Robotech Research Group
- Manufacturer: Macross Onboard Manufacturing Facility
- Unit cost: unknown
- Produced: 2010-2011
- Number built: 5
- Weight, dry: 6.7 metric tons
- Length: 5.1 meters
- Width: 6.0 meters
- Height: 8.7 meters
- Crew: one
One of the more interesting variants that was developed, but little used, for the Valkyrie was known as the “Orguss Valkyrie”. This modular attachment package design combined the motivating design parameters for the older Armored Valkyrie with components first fitted on the Super Valkyrie, as an attempt to create a more heavily armored Orgroid with most of the mobility advantages of the Super Valkyrie’s boosters and its retained transformation capability.
The best-known version of the Orguss Valkyrie consisted of several stock or slightly modified Super parts: NP-FB-01 fuel and thruster packs for the legs, a single NP-BP-01C/HMMP-02 thruster/missile launcher combination in the center back, attached through a special armored structural plate (see below), and the NP-AR-02X, a slightly modified version of the Super Valkyrie’s arm augmentation hardware, each capable of carrying a fourth Starbust missile over the NP-AR-01’s three.
The Orguss Valkyrie had a special four-mode transformation system with Orgroid mode (humanoid), fighter mode, GERWALK mode, and tank mode.
In addition to the Super components, the Orguss Valkyrie included two heavily armored exterior plates for the torso. The forward torso plate consisted of armor every bit as thick as that on the Tomahawk Destroid, and protected the Orguss Valkyrie from attacks to the front. This forward armor was to allow the mecha to act in a forward heavy battle mecha capacity. The rear armor plate was lighter, and mainly served, as mentioned above, to attach the thruster pod to the centerline of the back in such a way as distribute the loads it produced away from the relatively fragile tail section backpack it straddled. Additional armor plates were mounted atop the shoulders, to protect the mecha from missiles launched from above. Finally, two three-tube Starburst missile launchers were added to the hips, attached on swivelling mounts to the counter-vernier thrusters.
Unlike the Armored Valkyrie, the Orguss Valkyrie was designed to be able to transform without impacting its weapons load. The transformed mecha had only about 58% of the maximum thrust (and only about 65% of the thrust:weight ratio) of the Super Valkyrie, but because of the limited fuel storage in the booster pod compared to the leg tanks, almost 90% of the delta-v. Moreover, its thrust was thought to be more controllable by the average pilot than the extraordinary power of the Super Valkyrie. As with the Super Valkyrie, the Orguss Valkyrie was capable of ejecting all its external modules, leaving it in the standard Valkyrie configuration.
- Reactor: 2 x RRL-1 Miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer, delivering 650MW total power.
- Fuel capacity: 20 Standard Canisters of Protoculture
- Main thrusters: two Two Shinnakasu/P&W/Rolls-Royce FF-2060CT thermonuclear reaction turbine engines
- Secondary thruster: One 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.
- Four Shinnakasu NBS-1 high-thrust Vernier thrusters, one on the ventral in fighter mode, three in the ‘backpack’ in Guardian and Orgroid 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.
The missile load of the Orguss Valkyrie was slightly smaller than that of the Super Valkyrie. The loss of the second HMMP-02 was partially made up for by the addition of the hip launchers and the modified forearm launchers. Still, the Orguss Valkyrie sported only 30 Starbursts to the Super Valkyrie’s 38, though at the time of design, it was thought that the additional armor would compensate for the loss of ammunition.
Missiles included four micro-missile launchers (mounted forward two per side of the central rear booster), two lower torso missile racks with three micro missiles each and two micro missile launcher pods with two micro missiles each (mounted on lower arms in Orgroid mode).
The most interesting component of the Orguss Valkyrie was its new gun-pod. Attached to a shield-shaped capacitor, this weapon dwarfed the GU-11 and is similar to the PBC-11 of the Tomahawk destroid in yield and capacity.
- Designation: Orguss special projectile/missile gun pod
Mauser RöV-20 laser cannon (head/turret).
- Designation: RöV-20 anti-aircraft laser cannon
- Rate of fire, max: 6,000 pulses per minute
- Energetic output: 6 MJ
The Orguss Valkyrie underwent development almost immediately after the introduction of the Super Valkyrie, in 2010. Most of the RDF’s production facilities had been geared toward Valkyries at this point, and the shortage of new Destroids to defend the ship was beginning to be felt. It was thought that the Orguss Valkyrie would overcome the shortcomings of the Armored Valkyrie with its increased mission flexibility, and could serve to help fill the dwindling ranks of the Destroid defense contingent as a highly-mobile point-defender. At the same time, it was thought that the Orguss would make an excellent compromise between armor and acceleration, which might make it more useful than the Super Valkyrie on certain types of missions.
By the time of the arrival of Dolza’s fleet over Earth, five sets of the Orguss armor were built, and the mecha were employed in the defense of that ship in the battle. Four of the five were lost in action. After the Holocaust, the design languished, as mecha designs lost priority to the reconstruction effort for the next couple of years. No development on the mecha was seen, and the final prototype was destroyed in action defending the SDF-1 against Khyron’s ship in the minutes before the two vessels collided, in January 2014.
The development of the VF-4 signaled the death of the Orguss Valkyrie project. With Super Valkyries already in service, with the brand-new Strike Valkyrie offering equivalent cannon armament on an otherwise off-the-shelf package, the value of additional armor still under debate, and a replacement mecha already in the testing phases, the Orguss Valkyrie program was cancelled and almost forgotten.
The Orguss Valkyrie was unknown to modern historians until researchers at the Jason Smith Institute, in the process of archiving the gun camera footage from mecha in the First Robotech War, discovered old footage of two Orguss Valkyries in action, one in the great battle, and one defending the SDF-1, taken from other Destroids on the hull of the great ship. This led them to search files buried in the EVE computer archives, whereupon they discovered memos related to the mecha augmentation package’s development. Though some veterans of the Sentinels Wars have commented that this mecha closely resembles one used by the native Perytonian surface dwellers, it is quite clear that the resemblances are superficial, and that the Orguss Valkyrie not only has nothing to do with the Perytonian mecha in question.
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