NoP-1 Val’kiriya (UEDF reporting name: Victor) Veritech Fighter
by Tim Wing
- NoP-1 Victor reference file
- SuP-1 Victor technical file
- VF-1 Valkyrie technical file
Though it is not widely known, the VF-1 Valkyrie did also serve with the Soviet Air Force. During those salad days of the early unification period, East-West relations were far better than they had ever been before, or subsequently. As a full-fledged member of the United Nations of Earth Government, the Soviet Union had full rights to purchase any weapons systems available to the UN Spacy. Despite the strenuous objections of the United States and Japan, who were chiefly concerned about the Soviet Union using these examples to reverse engineer their own copies, enough VF-1s were purchased prior to the battle with Dolza’s Armada to equip two fighter squadrons (24 in total). After the first Robotech War, an additional 16 were delivered before relations between the newly formed United Earth Government and the Eastern Block of Soviet Independent States broke down.
In Soviet service, the VF-1 was referred to as the NoP-1 Val’kiriya (the Russian word for Valkyrie), and carried the UEDF reporting name of Victor. The No in the prefix stood for Northrop, the type’s manufacturer, and the P stood for peremennaya velichina (переменная величина), the Russian word for variable. Three types served with the Soviet Airforce and Navy: The Victor A, which was a standard VF-1A, the Victor B, which was a standard VF-1D, and the Victor C, which was a reconstructed version of the VF-1A equipped with fusion turbines and avionics of Soviet origin. The SuP-1 Victor D was not a VF-1, but rather was a reverse engineered copy produced by the Sukhoi Design Bureau, proving the United States and Japan right in their fears, however belatedly.
By the beginning of the Second Robotech War, the Soviets still retained 27 fully operational NoP-1 Victors. This was enough to supply one squadron for both the Soviet Air Force and the Navy. These Veritechs were able to stay in service so long in comparison to their UEDF counterparts because the Soviets put far fewer annual flight hours on each airframe, thus not exceeding the types meager flight hour limit of 2000 hours. The SuP-1 was only slightly more common with a total of 134 being produced before the program was canceled. The Victor remained in service right up to the Invid Invasion in 2031. None are known to have survived the war.
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Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin
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