Shimada Enterprises VF-14 Omega Veritech Fighter

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen, and Rob Morgenstern

edited by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • VF-14 reference file
  • VF-14 gallery

Designation: Shimada Enterprises VF-14 Omega Veritech Fighter

I. Dimensions:

Fighter

  • Total Length: 11.8m
  • Total Height: 5.30m
  • Total Wingspan: 9.50m

GERWALK

  • Total Length: 9.2m
  • Total Height: 6.6m
  • Total Breadth: 5.0m

Battloid

  • Total Height: 10.0m
  • Total Breadth: 5.0m

General

  • Total Dry Weight: 22 tons (metric)

II. Type:

  • VF-14D, -14S: Single seat, all-weather, aerospace combat mecha; three-form Veritech.
  • VF-14T: Two seat, all-weather, aerospace combat trainer; three-form Veritech.

III. Service History:

  • All versions: Served with the Terran Union Armed Forces from 2049 and with Federal Combined Planetary Forces from 2055.

IV. Propulsion:

Engines:

  • 2 x SNECMA Sirocco [main] fusion turbines, max unboosted output 180 kN each.
  • 2 x P&W JG-100 [auxiliary] reaction thrusters, max output 50 kN ton each.

Powerplant:

  • 2 x RRL-2P Miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer

Fuel Capacity:

  • 16 Standard Canisters of Protoculture,
  • 1 dedicated canister for each EP-13/EU-13 gun pod (if applicable),
  • 9.8 lit. D2O reactant for fusion engines.

V. Performance:

Fighter Mode:

  • Max level speed: 4280 kph @ 36,000 meter (Mach 4), 1650 kph @ sea level (Mach 1.4)
  • Stall speed: 182 kph w/o VTOL rectification
  • Climb rate: > 32,000 meter/minute
  • Ceiling: 40,000 meters

GERWALK Mode:

  • Max level speed: 1391 kph @ 10,000 meter, 800 kph @ sea level
  • Ceiling: 16,000 meters

Battloid mode:

  • Max running speed: 150 kph
  • Max flying speed: 400 kph
  • Ceiling: 16,000 meters

General:

  • Range (space):2.5 kps delta-v on internal fuel, 5 kps w/external tankage
  • Range (atmosphere): pilot endurance or protoculture exhaustion
  • Protoculture cell endurance: 200 hours operational use
  • Design-g limits: -5.0/+12.0

VI. Electronics:

Radar tracking:

  • Westinghouse NER-150A spherical UWB radar.

Optical tracking:

  • Ferranti NEO-12 multi-band spherical digital VL/IIR/UV cameras,
  • Thomson LT-5 multi-frequency laser ranger and designator.

Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

  • Selenia wide band radiation detectors,
  • Elettronica LWR,
  • Selenia IRWR,
  • Marconi NEE-10 active/passive broadband sensor/com/missile jammer installation,
  • Chaff, flare and smoke dispensers.

Electronic Masking Systems:

(All):

  • RRG mk7 EM-absorbing skin cover, strongly absorbing EM radiation from radio through ultra-violet wavelengths, and emitting only weakly in these wavebands.

(D, T versions only):

  • RRG mk3D protoculture dampener device,

(S version only):

  • RRG mk4S Shadow: four-dimensional distortion field generator (downshifts and dampens protoculture radiation),

Optional recon pod:

  • Recon pod with TI APG-137G ISAR; Zeiss LR multi-optics; HP data interpretation system.

VII. Armament:

Cannons:

Fixed:

  • 1 x Oerlikon E-46 pulsed ion cannon in the nose. The cannon can only fire in Fighter and Guardian modes. The cannon fires bursts averaging a yield of 4.5 MJ of thermal and kinetic energy. The capacitators can store enough energy for 6 seconds of burst-firing, and the generators can generate 15 bursts/minute.

Podded:

  • One side-mounted (Fighter) or hand-held (Guardian, Battloid) gunpod. The specific type varies with the mission:
  • 1 x General Electric E-52 Destabilizer. Cannon fires a sub-nuclear particle beam with a rate of fire of 60 shots/minute. Particles have a specific disruptive effect on force fields, but act like a standard 10 MJ particle beam otherwise,
  • or 1 x Mauser E-47 Particle Beam cannon. The cannon can fire 25 MJ maximum yield particle beams at 60 shots/minute.
  • or 1 x GU-16 55mm laser guided, liquid propellant plasma shell cannon. Weapon fires a 9 MJ plasma shell to an effective range of 4.2 km. The magazine can hold 600 rounds, though usually only 300-400 rounds are loaded to keep the weight down. The cannon fires semi-automatically or, for suppressive fire, in three round bursts.

Missiles:

  • 1 x OIMMS Omega Integral Multi-missile system. Sixty internal variable warhead, short range (8.2 km) Mach 3.0 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 190mm x 540mm Hammerhead IIA missiles.
  • 1 x OMMMS Omega Medium Multi-missile system. Eighteen (10 Over the intakes and 8 winglet mounted) 260×1200 mm, combined visual/IIR and active/passive radar homing, 0.1-100 km Mach 3.5 Diamondback II medium range missiles.
  • [optional] The Diamondback II missiles can be replaced with canisters containing two Hammerhead IIA missiles each.
  • [optional] One MPM-2 missile pod, located on the back in Fighter and Guardian modes, and elevated to the shoulder in Battloid mode. The missile pod can contain:
  • 2 x long range active/passive multi-spectrum imager Derringer missiles;
  • or one RMS-2 “Angel Of Death” Nuclear Stand-off missile. A reaction warhead (up to 200 kT) mounted on a long range (15 to 293 km) Mach 4.0 combined multi-spectrum imager and active radar homing Reflex missile, customized for anti-starship/anti hive operations. The maximum delta-v in space is 5 kps.

VIII. Armor:

The armor on the Omega series of Fighters is a lighter, improved version of the light-weight Chobham armor introduced on the Alpha/Beta series. Aside from the considerable protection provided against projectiles, missiles, and other kinetic weapons, this armor is also resistant to plasma globes (annihilation discs), lasers, and to a lesser extent, particle guns. The armor stops all small arms fire, and has excellent resistance to all weapons commonly mounted on combat mecha, up to and including 55mm armor piercing/incendiary.

The Omega provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a sealed 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 four days maximum.

The cockpit forms an independent, armored box that can be ejected to form an escape capsule in case of emergency. However, this capsule has no means of propulsion.

IX. Development:

The Omega is Shimada Enterprise’s successor to the Alpha. As the Alpha airframes in service with the Federal Combined Planetary Forces (FCPF) and Terran Union Armed Forces (TUAF, Terran Forces) began to approach the end of their useful lives, the decision was made to develop a new plane, in tandem with restarting the Alpha Fighter production lines on Earth (including the old Maxwell Dynamics Factory in Texas that built 300 planes from the time it was discovered by stranded Mars Fleet UEEF engineers until the Battle of Reflex Point). The new plane was to be the logical next step in design philosophy, and was intended to replace all VF/A-6 Alpha and Shadow fighters then in service. The newest technologies available were integral to the design, and the final result was an extremely capable multi-role aerospace mecha. The Omega had completely replaced the Alphas of the Terran forces by the mid-fifties.

Visually, the Omega is very similar to the Alpha. The differences lie in the fact that the Omega is slightly larger, with more care given to stealth characteristics in the design. All further improvements are internal, such as a protoculture generator rather than a protoculture canister system, improved armament and the likes.

In the project phase of the development, it turned out that the armament fit of the Alpha would not be sufficient for the Omega. The primary envisioned opponents were Invid Gosu mecha, who have a powerful short range missile battery on top of their thrusters. Projections showed that the new mecha should have an extended and longer ranged weapons package to achieve the desired degree of superiority over the Gosu, which was a design goal after the Alpha was proven to be about equally matched against the Gosu. The missile battery would also have to be more versatile than that on board the Alpha, because the new order of battle called for fewer large ground-attack fighters like the Beta, whose attack missions were to be gradually taken over by the smaller fighters and the proposed VF/B-12 Omicron. This meant that the Omega would need to have the capacity to deliver heavy long range cruise missiles to a target.

This was solved by standardizing and increasing the medium range missile fit, from a meager 6 missiles under the main intakes to no less than 18 missiles, partly conformally mounted under the winglets and partly mounted in two pop-up launchers on top of the main intakes. In addition to this air superiority load-out, the Omega can also be fitted with a heavy weapons missile pod between the auxiliary engines. This pod can only take a relatively small number of missiles, but this will be sufficient for most targets. Only the more specialized ground attack weapons cannot be carried by the Omega, and are thus carried by the VF/B-9 Beta, and would have been carried by the VF/B-12 Omicron Attack Fighters/Bombers, had it gone into production.

The cannon armament was improved as well. Apart from being equipped with more modern guns, the Omega’s main cannon armament is based on an interchangeable pod system much like that of the Robotech Masters Bioroids. The only difference is that the gun pods do not all look alike, but only share a common link-up structure, to enable the mecha to carry any of the three provided standard pods. The possible choices, dependent on the mission requirements, are a rapid fire destabilizer, a powerful plasma shell cannon or an EU-11 derivative particle beam cannon. The Omega also has a secondary cannon armament of a proven E-46 ion pulse cannons (annihilation discs), which can fire in both Fighter and Guardian mode.

Another requirement was prompted by the development of new fusion turbines with a far more efficient thermal shielding. This engine would enable an Omega-sized plane to have a tactically meaningful orbital capability, eliminating the need for a Beta booster. The Omega was promptly equipped with these new engines, and can effectively operate as its own space booster. A side effect of this engine upgrade was the possible achievement of a performance envelope much like that of the failed VF-4 Lightning. This envelope, with its Mach 4 speeds at medium altitudes, had been absent in the Robotech forces since the retirement of the VF-4 Lightning III in the early twenties. Although the Beta series could achieve higher speeds than the VF-4, and the Alpha was a better dogfighter, the VF-1 was, as was readily admitted by every mecha designer, a plane that offered superior thrust to weight figures at the expense of armor. The performance of the Omega is was similar to that of the famous first Veritechs, with Alpha-levels of armor and maneuverability thrown in for good measure.

Naturally, the Omega is equipped with sensor masking technology. A small number of Omegas (-14S) carry a Shadow device, but the main force (-14D) carries the only slightly less effective (but far cheaper) protoculture dampener devices, developed by a resistance engineer during the Invid Occupation. A standard EM absorbing skin covers the Omega, and the electronics suite sets the standard for all following mecha designs of the period. The cockpit of the Omega is one step further even than the virtual cockpit of the VF-13 Gamma Veritech Fighter. Though still located in the same general area as the cockpit of the Alpha, the VF-14 cockpit is completely built into the airframe, leaving only a small sensor blister on top. In addition, the entire cockpit is surrounded by an armored tub, with access to the mecha via a ‘Beta’-style trapdoor in the bottom. This decreases boarding time and keeps pilots from breaking any bones when boarding the plane on a wet and dark night. Not unimportantly, the electronics in the cockpit stay dry as well. In case of an emergency, the armored cockpit forms a rocket-propelled escape capsule. This dramatically increases the pilot’s chances of survival in space or on an uninhabitable celestial body.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

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. 

Content by Pieter Thomassen and Peter Walker; edited by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2003-1995 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

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