Shinnakasu GBP-1S Armored Valkyrie

GBP-1S Armor VF-1J Block 4 1ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen with Rob Morgenstern

edited by: Tim Wing



Designation: Shinnakasu Heavy Industries GBP-1S Ground Battle Protect system for the VF-1 Valkyrie



I. Dimensions:

  • Height: 14.1 meter
  • Depth: 4.8 meter
  • Breadth: 9.8 meter
  • Operational Weight: 37.1 metric tons.



II. Type:

GBP-1S: External booster, armor, and weapons pack optimized for ground combat outfitted onto a conventional Valkyrie. Restricted to Battloid mode.


III. Service History:

GBP-1S: Served with the UN Spacy from 2010 until 2017 and the UEDF Tactical Armored Space Corps from 2018 until 2020.


GBP-1S Armor VF-1J Block 4 6IV. Propulsion:

Same as the standard VF-1 Valkyrie plus:

  • Two Nakajima AST-11 assist thrusters on back, total output 85 kN.

Effective loss of one NBS-1 and sixteen LHP04 Vernier thrusters, and main engine reverse-Verniers from the standard model because of the external armor package; however, the GBP-1S armor system has a total of ten Nakajima NBS-1 Vernier thrusters integral to the Armor:


V. Performance:

  • Max running speed (ground only): 130 kph
  • Maximum delta-v (space): 4.9 kps


VI. Electronics:

All sensors the same as on a standard VF-1 Valkyrie, though the main radar is unusable as it is covered by the armor protection system.


VII. Armament:

While equipped with the GBP-1S Armor System, the VF-1 Valkyrie is unable to make use of its wing hardpoints. Only hand held weapons such as the GU-11 (in addition to the GBP-1S’s missiles) are available while this system is installed.

An armor and missile system designed to turn the Valkyrie into a Destroid. It sports two Nakajima AST-11 assist thrusters on the back and ten Nakajima NBS-1 vernier thrusters. Armament includes sixty-two GH-32 280mm short-range missiles (16 in chest, 11 in each shoulder, and 12 on each leg), three GH-100 armor-piercing short-range missiles in each forearm armor, with six additional missiles in each arm for a total of eighteen arm missiles, and six H-22T incendiary short-range missiles, three in each hip (86 missiles total).

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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 Armored Valkyrie is composed of a standard Chobam laminar developed in the late 20th century and improved with the materials science advances made during the Robotech era. This armor was mainly designed to defeat projectiles and other kinetic weapons. The armor stops all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, and provides fair to good 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:

An additional option for the standard Valkyrie was the use the Shinnakasu Heavy Industries GBP-1S external armor/missile system. These craft, known as Armored Valkyries, carried twice the armor and seventy additional short range missiles, but mobility was decreased immensely, and transformations were not possible until the armor was jettisoned. This concept was developed to further increase the versatility of the VF-1, turning it in minutes into a Destroid. However, since the ‘raison d’tre’ of the Veritech was mobility, and due to the Destroids’ own successes, this configuration was not used very often.

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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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