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Shinnakasu Configuration 3 FAST Pack “Strike Valkyrie” gallery

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FAST Pack configuration version 3.0 mounted on VF-1S Block 11 Fighter.

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1S Block 13 1

 

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1S Block 13 3

 

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1S Block 13 4

 

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1S Block 13 6

 

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1S Block 13 7

 

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1S Block 13 9

 

 

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1S Block 13 11

 

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1S Block 13 13FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1S Block 13 14


 

Technical views of the Configuration 3 FAST Pack as fitted to a Block 13 VF-1N Valkyrie Fighter.

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1A Block 13 2

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1A Block 13 1

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1A Block 13 3

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1A Block 13 4 FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1A Block 13 5 FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1A Block 13 6

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1A Block 13 8


FAST Pack Configuration 3 cutaway views.

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1S Block 13 17

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1S Block 13 18


Artist illustration of what appears to be a Strike Valkyrie configured late model VF-1S playing some sort of game against two Zentraedi Queadluun-Raus. This illustration was actually a wall mural from the post gym at Kirtland Air Base, New Mexico.

FAST Pack Configuration Version 3 VF-1S Block 13 16


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

Images From – 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 Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

Shinnakasu Configuration 2 FAST Pack “Super Valkyrie” gallery

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FAST Pack configuration version 2.0 mounted on VF-1S Block 1 Fighter.

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1S Block 1 Fighter 1

VF-1S Block 1 Valkyrie (Bu.No. 2107906/1) equipped with FAST Pack configuration version 2.0 from SVF-1 “Skull Squadron”, piloted by First Robotech War aces Commander Roy Fokker and 1st Lieutenant Richard Hunter. 

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1S Block 1 Fighter 2 FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1S Block 1 Fighter 3

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1S Block 1 Fighter 4

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1S Block 1 Battloid 1 FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1S Block 1 Battloid 2


FAST Pack Configuration version 2 mounted to a VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter.

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1J Block 4 1

VF-1J Block Valkyrie assigned to SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” during the First Robotech War.

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1J Block 4 3

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1J Block 4 5

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1J Block 4 7


FAST Pack Configuration 2, miscellaneous views.

S-FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 4

VF-1A Valkyrie Fighter, mounting a FAST Pack Configuration 2, from SVF-20 “Outlaws” on board the SDF-1 UES Macross during the First Robotech War. The reason behind the irregular main landing gear is unknown. 

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1S Block 1 GERWALK 1

VF-1S Valkyrie Fighter with FAST Pack Configuration 2 conducting some violent evasive maneuvers in space while engaging Zentraedi forces. 

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1S Block 1 Battloid 3

Detail of the NP-AR-01B arm unit of the Configuration 2 FAST Pack set.

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1N Block 11 Battloid 6

VF-1N Valkyrie Fighter with Configuration 2 FAST Pack “posing” for the camera.

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 9 Fighter 9

VF-1A Block 13 Valkyrie Fighter from SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” in the hanger bay of the UES Forestall. 


Technical views of the Configuration 2 FAST Pack as fitted to a Block 4 VF-1A Valkyrie Fighter.

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 4 2 FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 4 3 FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 4 4 FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 4 5 FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 4 6 FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 4 7


FAST Pack Configuration version 2 as mounted a VF-1A Block 10 Valkyrie Fighter.

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 9 Fighter 4


VF-1A Block 13 Valkyrie with Configuration 2 FAST Pack from SVF-1 “Skull Squadron”.

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 9 Fighter 1FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 9 Fighter 5

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 9 Fighter 6

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 9 Fighter 7

Detail view of the cockpit area of a VF-1A Block 13 Valkyrie Fighter from SVF-1 “Skull Squadron”.

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 9 Fighter 8

VF-1A Block 13 Valkyrie Fighter from SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” suspended from an external launch arm on the UES Forestall. 

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 9 Battloid 2FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 9 Battloid 3


Prototype FAST Pack (Configuration 2.X) attached to one of the early Block 0 VF-1J FDEs at Shinnakasu Heavy Industries’ facility outside of Tokyo Japan.

FAST Pack Config ver.2.X 2

Several notable difference can be seen on this early prototype. Most obvious is the four main thrusters and the fitment of what appear to be twin GU-11 rotary cannons in the forward part of the NP-BP-01s. The GU-11 gun pod held in the Valkyrie’s hand appears to have an expanded magazine as well.


FAST Pack Configuration 2 cutaway views.

FAST Config ver.2.0 NP-BP-01A

NP-BP-01A booster section showing the P&W+EF-2001 booster thruster. 

FAST Config ver.2.0 1

Detailed cutaway of FAST Pack components and typical weapons payload.


FAST Pack Configuration version 2 as mounted a VF-1A Block 11 Valkyrie Fighter in Battloid mode.

FAST Config ver.2.0 VF-1A Block 10 Battloid 5


Configuration Version 2.0 FAST Pack standardized markings.

FAST Config ver.2.0 4

Typically, the squadron logo will be painted on the side of the NP-BP-01A booster unit. Shown is SVF-1 “Skull Squadron” (top) and SVF-5 (bottom). 

FAST Config ver.2.0 2 FAST Config ver.2.0 3


 

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; Tim Wing

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 Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Shinnakasu Configuration Version 1 FAST Pack

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Configuration Version 1.0 FAST Pack fitted to a VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Veritech Fighter.

Version 1 FAST Pack VF-1A Valkyrie Veritech 2 Version 1 FAST Pack VF-1A Valkyrie Veritech 3 Version 1 FAST Pack VF-1A Valkyrie Veritech 4 Version 1 FAST Pack VF-1A Valkyrie Veritech 5 Version 1 FAST Pack VF-1A Valkyrie Veritech 6 Version 1 FAST Pack VF-1A Valkyrie Veritech 7


Configuration Version 1.0 FAST Pack standardized markings.

Version 1 FAST Pack VF-1A Valkyrie Veritech 8


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Images From – Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie: Wings of Space

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Shinnakasu Heavy Industries VF-1J Valkyrie Veritech Fighter gallery

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VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie Veritech in Fighter mode.

VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 1


VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie Veritech in GERWALK mode.

VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie GERWALK 1 VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie GERWALK 2


VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie Veritech in Battloid mode.

VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie Battloid 3 VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie Battloid 5 VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie Battloid 6


VF-1J Block 1 Valkyrie Veritech.

VF-1J Block 1 Valkyrie Fighter 1

The Block 1 VF-1J Valkyrie is most recognizable by its lack of a ventral Vernier thruster and the addition of third canopy frame rail. Only six Block 1 VF-1Js were built before Shinnakasu moved to the standardized configuration Block 1.

VF-1J Block 1 Valkyrie Battloid 2

VF-1J Block 1 Valkyrie shown with Rheinmetall GU-12 single smoothbore barrel gun pod.

VF-1J Block 1 Valkyrie Battloid 3


VF-1J+ Valkyrie Veritech.

VF-1J++ Block 20 Valkyrie Battloid 1

Detail of the VF-1J++ head unit. This head unit was unique to Shinnakasu’s final production Block 20 VF-1J++. 


VF-1J Valkyrie standardized markings.

Note: As the VF-1J left the factory, it had both English and Japanese markings. The Japanese markings were rarely retained when the VF-1J received a repaint.

VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie Markings Battloid 1 VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie Markings Battloid 2

VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie Markings Fighter 1A VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie Markings Fighter 1B VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie Markings Fighter 2A VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie Markings Fighter 2B


VF-1J Valkyrie Veritech Fighters.

VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie GERWALK 3

VF-1J Block 4 Valkyrie Veritech Fighter in VTOL mode.

VF-1J Block 8 Valkyrie Battloid 1

VF-1J Block 8 Valkyrie Veritech Fighter in Battloid mode, somewhere near Fort Victoria  in the East African Community, circa 2017.

 


 

 

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

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. 

Images From – Macross Perfect Memory and other macross books, Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie, Macross Mecha Manual

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Rockwell Bell VF-1 Valkyrie Veritech Fighter

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 1

ROBOTECH Technical Files

by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen with Rob Morgenstern

edited by: Tim Wing

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Designation: Rockwell Bell VF-1 Valkyrie Veritech Fighter

I. Dimensions:

(Early VF-1, Blocks 1-6)

  • Dry Weight: 13.3 metric tons
  • Standard Take-off Weight: 18.5 metric tons
  • Max Take-off Weight: 37 metric tons

Fighter mode

  • Length: 14.2 meters
  • Height: 3.8 meters
  • Wingspan: 8.3-14.8 meters

GERWALK

  • Length: 11.0 meters
  • Height: 8.7 meters
  • Breadth: 7.3 meters
  • Wingspan: 8.3-14.8 meters

Battloid mode

  • Depth: 4.0 meters
  • Height: 12.7 meters
  • Breadth: 7.3 meters
  • Wingspan: 4.7-14.8 meters

II. Type:

VF-X: One man aerodynamic demonstrator for the VF-1 Valkyrie program. This was the first prototype of the VF-1 Valkyrie. It was capable of fighter mode only, and was used to explore the basic flight characteristics of the design. Manufactured by Rockwell International.

VF-X: One man Battloid prototype. This was the Battloid mode demonstrator for the VF-1 Valkyrie program. It was capable of Battloid mode only and was used to test the motive systems of this mode. Manufactured by Shinnakasu Heavy Industries.

VF-1A Valkyrie: One man all-weather aerospace combat mecha, three form Veritech. This specific model was built in the first 10 production blocks. Baseline VF-1 variant. Replaced by the VF-1N, though this type was typically identified as a VF-1A as well. Manufactured by Northrop.

VF-1N Valkyrie: One man all-weather aerospace combat mecha, three form Veritech. Improved VF-1 variant, replacing the VF-1A in production from block 11 through block 15. Powered by FF-2008 fusion turbines. Manufactured by Northrop Grumman, hence the N in the designation. Typically identified simply as a VF-1A.

NoV-1 Val’kiriya (Victor A): One man all-weather aerospace combat mecha, three form Veritech. Soviet nomenclature for the VF-1A, as it served in the Soviet Air Force. Manufactured by Northrop.

VF-1B Valkyrie: One man all-weather aerospace combat mecha, three form Veritech. Original designation for the VF-1S. Designation was changed from VF-1B to VF-1S early in 2008. This designation was used again for Block 9-14 Valkyries fitted with VF-1S head units, but equipped with baseline VF-1A avionics and engines. Block 9-15 VF-1Bs were a relative rarity. Manufactured by Northrop.

VF-1D Valkyrie: Two seat trainer with operational capabilities, three form Veritech. This specific model was built in 15 production blocks. Manufactured by Rockwell Bell, later by Rockwell Textron after the two companies’ merger.

VF-1DA Valkyrie: Two seat trainer with operational capabilities, three form Veritech. VF-1D airframe fitted with a VF-1A head unit. Manufactured by Rockwell Bell.

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

VF-1F Valkyrie: Two seat Wild Weasel defense suppression mecha, three form Veritech. Based on the VF-1D airframe with a VF-1R style head unit. Manufactured by Rockwell Bell.

VF-1J Valkyrie: One man all-weather aerospace combat mecha, three form Veritech. Manufactured by Shinnakasu Heavy Industries. This designation covered Blocks 1 through 7. Recognizable by distinctive head and typically assigned to flight leads and aces.

VF-1J+ Valkyrie: One man all-weather aerospace combat mecha, three form Veritech. This was a Northrop VF-1X, fitted with a special head built by Shinnakasu Heavy Industries. Shinnakasu did not build complete VF-1s after the Zentraedi Rain of Death, due to the destruction of their manufacturing facility in Japan.

VF-1JA Valkyrie: One man all-weather aerospace combat mecha, three form Veritech. VF-1J with a VF-1A style head unit. This designation covered Blocks 1 through 7. Manufactured by Shinnakasu Heavy Industries. Typically identified simply as a VF-1A.

VF-1L Valkyrie: One man all-weather aerospace combat mecha, three form Veritech. Long range interdiction variant with conformal reaction mass tanks and a VF-1A style head, minus the laser armament.

SuV-1 Val’kiriya (Victor B): One man all-weather aerospace combat mecha, three form Veritech. Soviet development of the VF-1A produced after the First Robotech War and the UEG-Soviet split. Manufactured by the Sukhoi Design Bureau.

VF-1R Valkyrie: One man all-weather aerospace combat mecha, three form Veritech. VF-1 with improved avionics. Feature a unique head based on that of the VF-1A, but with three Mauser RöV-20 lasers. Manufactured by Northrop. Typically assigned to flight leads and aces.

VF-1S Valkyrie: One man all-weather aerospace combat mecha, three form Veritech. Featured a distinctive head with four Mauser RöV-20 lasers, improved avionics and FF-2001D fusion turbines. Manufactured by Northrop. Typically assigned to squadron commanders.

VF-1X Valkyrie: One man all-weather aerospace combat mecha, three form Veritech. Introduced saw-tooth panel lines as the VF-1X, for lowered radar signature. Featured improved avionics and FF-2012 fusion turbines.

VF-1P Freya Valkyrie: One man all-weather aerospace combat mecha, three form Veritech. Originally designated VF-1X+. Final production variant. Incorporated the same saw-tooth panel lines as the VF-1X, for lowered radar signature. Introduced the FF-2021 fusion turbine, APG-997 radar and improved avionics. Recognizable by updated thrust vectoring nozzles/feet. The VF-1P featured the same head as the later block VF-1A, N and X Valkyries. Manufactured by Northrop Grumman.

VF-1X++ Valkyrie: One man all-weather aerospace combat mecha, three form Veritech. Proposed upgrade of the VF-1P. Introduced improved Vernier thrusters for greater maneuverability in space. Recognizable by shortened tail surfaces. The VF-1X++ did not go into production.

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).

VERF-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.

VT-1A Ostrich: Two seat, non-combat capable trainer, three form Veritech. Manufactured by Northrop.

VT-1B Ostrich: Two seat trainer with operational capabilities, three form Veritech. Combat capable VT-1 Ostrich, fitted with a VF-1A head unit. Manufactured by Northrop.

VF-1B Super 03FAST Pack Super Valkyrie: External booster and armor configuration optimized for space combat outfitted onto a conventional Valkyrie. Built in five variants. Manufactured by Shinnakasu Heavy Industries.

GBP-1S Armored Valkyrie: External booster, armor, and weapons pack optimized for ground and space combat outfitted onto a conventional Valkyrie. Restricted to Battloid mode. Manufactured by Shinnakasu Heavy Industries.

VFT-1 Orguss Valkyrie: Prototype external booster, heavy armor and weapons pack optimized for space and assault combat. Manufactured by Macross Onboard Factories.

SDP-1 Stampede Valkyrie: Permanently affixed external booster and armor configuration optimized for anti-spaceship assault. Outfitted onto a modified VF-1 airframe. Not capable of operations in atmosphere. Manufactured by Shinnakasu Heavy Industries.

III. Service History:

VF-X: Experimental aircraft, saw operation from 2005 until 2009.

VF-1A: Served with the UN Spacy and the Unified Forces from 2008 until 2017. (The Unified Forces included the US Air Force and US Navy from 2008 until 2017, the British Royal Air Force and Royal Navy from 2009 until 2017, the French Air Force and Navy from 2009 until 2017, the German Luftwaffe from 2009 until 2017, the Japanese Self Defense Force from 2008 until 2017, the Brazilian Air Force and Navy from 2013 until 2017, the Royal Australian Air Force and Navy from 2015 until 2017, the Argentine Air Force and Navy from 2015 until 2017 and the Soviet Air Force and Navy from 2009 until 2031.) Served with the UEDF Tactical Air Corps from 2018 until 2022, the UEDF Tactical Armored Space Corps from 2018 until 2024 and the UEDF Navy from 2018 until 2024. Served with the REF/UEEF Expeditionary Tactical Naval Corps from 2018 until 2028.

VF-1B: Served with the UN Spacy and the Unified Forces from 2014 until 2017, served with the UEDF Tactical Air Corps from 2018 until 2022, the UEDF Tactical Armored Space Corps from 2018 until 2024 and the UEDF Navy from 2018 until 2024. Served with the REF/UEEF Expeditionary Tactical Naval Corps from 2018 until 2028.

VF-1D: Served with the UN Spacy and the Unified Forces from 2008 until replaced by the VT-1 Ostrich.

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.

VF-1F: Served with the UN Spacy and the Unified Forces from 2008 until 2018 and with the UEDF Tactical Armored Space Corps from 2018 until 2020.

VF-1J: Served with the UN Spacy and the Unified Forces from 2008 until 2017, served with the UEDF Tactical Air Corps from 2018 until 2022, the UEDF Tactical Armored Space Corps from 2018 until 2024 and the UEDF Navy from 2018 until 2024. Served with the REF/UEEF Expeditionary Tactical Naval Corps from 2018 until 2028.

VF-1S: Served with the UN Spacy and the Unified Forces from 2008 until 2017, served with the UEDF Tactical Air Corps from 2018 until 2022, the UEDF Tactical Armored Space Corps from 2018 until 2024 and the UEDF Navy from 2018 until 2024. Served with the REF/UEEF Expeditionary Tactical Naval Corps from 2018 until 2028.

VF-1X: Served with the UEDF from 2019 until replaced by the VF-1P and with the REF/UEEF Expeditionary Tactical Naval Corps from 2019 until 2028.

VF-1P: Served with the UEDF Tactical Air Corps from 2021 until 2024, the UEDF Tactical Armored Space Corps from 2021 until 2029 and the UEDF Navy from 2018 until 2028.

VT-1: Served with the UN Spacy and the Unified Forces from 2009 until 2017, served with the UEDF from 2018 until 2031. Served with the REF/UEEF Expeditionary Tactical Naval Corps from 2018 until 2036.

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

FAST Pack VF-1 Super Valkyrie: Served with the UN Spacy from 2011 until 2017, served with the UEDF Tactical Armored Space Corps from 2018 until 2029 and with the REF/UEEF Expeditionary Tactical Naval Corps from 2018 until 2028.

GBP-1S Armored Valkyrie: Served with the UN Spacy from 2010 until 2020.

VFT-1 Orguss Valkyrie: Prototypes pressed into service with the UN Spacy from 2011-2014. Most models destroyed during conflict with Dolza’s forces. Last remaining model destroyed in the final battle of the SDF-1 with Khyron’s ship.

IV. Propulsion:

(Early VF-1, Blocks 1-6)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

V. Performance:

(Early VF-1, Blocks 1-6)

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  • Max speed at 10,000 meters: Mach 2.71
  • Max speed at 30,000+ meters: Mach 3.87
  • Max speed at sea level: Mach 1.4
  • Stall speed (VTOL shift possible): 230 kph
  • Unboosted ceiling: 35,000 meters
  • Design g limit: +7

GERWALK Mode

  • Max speed at all altitudes: 500 kph
  • Stall speed: 0 kph (hover)
  • Max loiter time: 420 seconds
  • Max walking speed 100 kph

Battloid mode

  • Max flying speed at all altitudes: 194 kph
  • Stall speed: 0 kph (hover)
  • Max loiter time: 420 seconds
  • Max running speed (ground only): 160 kph

General data

  • Thrust-to-weight ratio, empty: 3.47
  • Thrust-to-weight ratio, standard T-O: 2.49
  • Thrust-to-weight ratio, maximum T-O: 1.24
  • Typical delta-v (space): 4.1 kps

VI. Electronics:

(Early VF-1, Blocks 1-6)

Radar System:

  • 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.
  • (Fighter-mode nose blisters) Zeiss TS-2 long range forward-looking telescopic array for IR spectrum (FLIR).

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:

(Early VF-1, Blocks 1-6)

Cannons:

  • 1, 2 or 4 x Mauser RöV-20 laser cannon (head/turret). Capable of firing 6000 pulses per minute, peak power 6 megawatts per cannon. One gun was mounted on the VF-1A, two on the VF-1J and VF-1D, and four on the VF-1S.

(2010-2011)

  • 2 x Mauser RöV-20 laser cannon in the nose blisters. Each laser was capable of firing 6000 pulses per minute, peak power 6 megawatts per gun. Weapons fired in a fixed-forward configuration. These guns were installed in place of the FLIR cameras on most of the SDF-1’s Valkyries beginning in 2010, in an attempt to relieve some of the thermal pressures on the guns in the head turret, as well as to reduce some of the ammunition pressures the SDF-1’s fighters faced after the vessel’s exile from Earth. Though sometimes used for precision strikes, the effectiveness of these additional guns was never more than dubious, and were not incorporated in models produced on Earth or after the Zentraedi Holocaust.

One center-line hardpoint could carry:

  • 1 x Hughes GU-11 55mm three barreled smoothbore rotary gun pod; has a 200 round capacity. Cannon fires APFSDS (Armor Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot) and HESH-I (High Explosive Squash Head-Incendiary) rounds at 1200 rounds/minute. Can fire in all modes: usually mounted on centerline hardpoint, or in the Battloid’s/Guardian’s hand.
  • or 1 x Rheinmetall GU-12 single smoothbore barrel gun pod. Fires 105mm APFSDS and HEAP (High Explosive Armor Piercing) semi-combustible case munitions at 45 rounds/minute. Ammunition supply is 40 rounds.
  • or 1 x Westinghouse ALQ-203 multi-spectrum jammer.
  • or a number of dedicated military payloads: sensor pods, weapons, or cargo pods.

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 20Four wing hardpoints (two per wing) can each carry:

  • 3 x medium range (65 km) Mach 3.0 combined active radar and thermal imager guided AMM-1 Arrow missiles on a specialized MER (Multiple Ejection Rack). Various warhead options.
  • or 1 (inner) or 2 (outer) x Firebird missiles. A conventional warhead mounted on the frame of a RMS missile with a range of 234 km and a speed of Mach 6.5, guided by a combined IIR and active/passive radar seeker.
  • or 1 (inner) or 2 (outer) x RMS-1 “Angel Of Death” Nuclear Stand-off missiles. Reaction warhead (200 kT) mounted on a long range (250 km) Mach 4.0 combined multi-spectrum imager and active radar homing Reflex missiles. Customized for anti-starship operations. Maximum delta-v in space is 4 kps. RMS-1
  • or 1 x Silencer Anti-Radiation Missile (ARM).
  • or 3 x Alarm anti-radiation missiles. Mounted to a MER.
  • or 3 x Mk-82LDGP 230kg bombs; various fuse options, laser-guided. Mounted to a MER.
  • or 3 x AGM-65R Maverick air-to-ground missiles. Mounted to a MER.
  • or 1 x UMM-7; Armored container with 15 short range (2.5 kps in space) infra-red imager passive radar homing HMM-01 120mm Starburst missiles (from 2014 onward).
  • or 1 x UMM-9; Armored container with 10 short range (8 km) Mach 3.0 combined infra-red imager and active radar homing 190mm Hammerhead missiles, firing from five tubes. Various warhead options (from 2017 onward).

NOTE: The hardpoints can also carry recon and cargo pods and other weapons than the above. The hardpoints are on pivots, and can adjust as the Valkyrie’s wings swing forward or back. Loads held close to the wing (such as the triple AMM-1 MER) do not interfere with the Battloid-mode transformation. However, larger loads require the Valkyrie to keep its wings extended as it switches to Battloid.

NOTE: Some Valkyries were modified to carry up to eighteen AMM-1 medium-range missiles on each tail for a total of thirty-six missiles in addition to those under the wings. These missiles had to be fired and their support racks ejected before Guardian- or Battloid-mode transformation was possible. This option was considered hazardous to friendly aircraft, and was only made available under strict firing guidelines. Even then, only the most skilled pilots were allowed to carry this arsenal. In addition, though in principle the Vernier systems could compensate for the loss of the use of the tail by these racks, no atmospheric use of these additional missiles was ever recorded.

The most common payloads for this mecha were:

  • Air Superiority: one GU-11 on the centerline, 3 AMM-1 Stilettos on each wing hardpoint.
  • Ground Attack: one GU-11 on the centerline, 3 AMM-1 Stilettos on each outer wing hardpoint, and three Maverick R missiles or mk82 LDGP bombs on each of the inner wing hardpoints.

VIII. Armor:

The armor of the standard Valkyrie was composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy, commonly referred to as “Space-metal”. The armor stopped all small arms fire, provided 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.

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie GERWALK 1The Valkyrie provided 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 could provide atmosphere for two days maximum.

IX. Development:

No mecha is as well-known and admired by friend and enemy alike as the Valkyrie Veritech. It was the first mecha incorporating reconfiguring components that made it a transformable craft. It was also the fastest and most versatile of all UN Spacy mecha that fought in the First Robotech war.

The story of the Valkyrie begins in 2004. After 5 years of study, the Robotech Research Group led by Dr. Lang was capable of creating Earth mecha of sufficient power to counter the mecha utilized by the Zentraedi, as found in the SDF-1. However, the ground mecha that were being developed were not as fast as the Zentraedi mecha, and the fighters under development were of course not capable of ground combat. But because the Battle Pods were known to have such a great mobility, a fast mecha was necessary to counter incursions by these (the existence of the Zentraedi Power Armor designs was unknown at this early date). For a while the research group considered an assault helicopter mecha (that would ultimately evolve into the Southern Cross’ AGACS two decades later), but Dr. Lang eventually came up with the mechamorphosis concept which promised a far better speed since it could be incorporated into a jet fighter.

The Valkyrie would need a jet fighter form, to execute its main objective (air combat) and a humanoid form to give maximum mobility and versatility on the ground. Dr. Lang also incorporated an intermediate form to ease the conversion from airborne to ground mecha, and this GERWALK mode (later called Guardian) proved to be such a useful merger of the Fighter and Battloid characteristics that it was also used for high-mobility work near the ground, and not just for VTOL landings. The result was in full scale production a full year before the SDF-1’s launch date.

The original contractors for this craft were a consortium of Rockwell International and Bell Aircraft (a division of Textron). The standard variant of this craft was the VF-1A, which sported a single laser on the head, and was produced by Northrop Aviation. Under license, Shinnakasu Heavy Industries, one of the manufacturers of the FF-2001 engine for the aircraft, soon began to produce the VF-1J, which used an upgraded head, designed by Kyuusei industries, which added a second laser; the “J” designation denoting Japanese manufacture. This variant was used by flight and squadron leaders. Northrop also began to produce, in limited numbers, a ‘special’ Valkyrie, the VF-1S. With a new head-unit with four lasers, and substantially improved avionics and engines, this aircraft was issued only to commanders air group (CAGs). A conversion two-seat trainer, the VF-1D, with a new two-laser head and a slightly modified fuselage (the airbrake was deleted) was the only major variant to be produced by Rockwell International. It was fully combat-capable, and often was pressed into service in the war. The Valkyrie was also produced in some numbers by the factories on board the SDF-1 during its long journey in interplanetary space. In early 2009, a new dedicated trainer, known as the VT-1, was developed. The VT-1 was very similar to the VF-1D, but there were subtle changes. Firstly, its -1A derived head was modified to carry a dish-shaped retractable sensor pallet in the place of the single Mauser laser. In addition, the VT-1 sported small blisters on the wingtips that contained improved Vernier thrusters. Finally, the instructor, who sat at the same height as the student pilot in the VF-1D, was elevated approximately 30 centimeters. This caused a redesigned canopy and some minor changes to the fuselage. After the Holocaust, the Valkyrie remained in production as the premier combat mecha of the Earth forces, although its production had been shifted to factories on the moon, until it was replaced on the production lines by the Lightning and Alpha Veritech fighters. In 2016, new manufacture of the VF-1A stopped in favor of the VF-1N, which was basically a VF-1A with improved engines and avionics. At about the same time, the control interface of all Valkyries was completely redesigned. In earlier models, the main Fighter/Guardian mode controls included a center control stick, a throttle, and a stick to control fine movement for each arm in Guardian mode on the main control panel. This redundancy was eliminated, and the two sticks (now to either side of the pilot) controlled both the plane (in Fighter and Guardian modes), and the arms (in Guardian mode). In addition, the ejection seat was replaced by a new model, better suited for space maneuvering in case of a bail-out outside the atmosphere.

The Valkyrie saw service with the UN Spacy and several members of the Unified Forces (specifically the armed forces of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and Argentina) until these branches were disbanded, and with the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) Tactical Air Corps and Tactical Armored Space Corps from their creation in 2018 until 2022 and 2026, respectively. The VF-1X and later the VF-1P continued in service with the UEDF Navy as their main variable fighter until the Invid Invasion. SDP-1 Stampede Valkyries served with the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF) Expeditionary Tactical Naval Corps in the anti-spaceship role until 2028. The VE-1 survived longer, serving in the UEEF until replaced by the VF-6R/VE-12A combined ELINT Legioss in the mid-2030s.

 


 

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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

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Rockwell Bell VF-1D Valkyrie combat-capable trainer Veritech gallery

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Rockwell Bell VF-1D Block 4 Valkyrie in Fighter mode.

VF-1D Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 1

VF-1D Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 4

VF-1D Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 5


Rockwell Bell VF-1D Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter in Battloid Mode.

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Detail of the VF-1D Block 3-17 head unit. This head design was common through all VF-1D variants manufactured by Rockwell Bell. The exceptions are the first hundred or so Block 1 and 2 VF-1Ds (see below) and the VF-1DA variant built by Northrop, which featured a VF-1A style head unit. 


 Rockwell Bell VF-1D Blocks 1 and 2 head unit.

VF-1D Block 1 Valkyrie Battloid

Early manufacture VF-1Ds featured a slightly different upper torso, which included a forward notch similar to the single seat VF-1 variants. The most noticeable difference, of course, was the head unit. The head on the early VF-1D featured two independently targetable RöV-20 laser cannons, mounted in a staggered configuration.


Rockwell Bell VF-1D Valkyrie cockpit arrangement.

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Self-recovery procedures for damaged VF-1 series Valkyries.

VF-1D Block 4 Valkyrie Battloid 1

Example of a battle damaged VF-1D Valkyrie. This particular example was damaged during the Battle for Macross Island, the first action of the First Robotech War.

VF-1D Block 4 Valkyrie Battloid 12

Access panels on the VF-1D allow rescue crews to quickly detach the nose section from the aircraft, without interfering with the life support systems. This feature was designed for rescue of downed aircrews in space. Also pictured are the manipulator arms of a VF-1S Valkyrie. These arms were found on all Block 1 Valkyries, though they were dropped from the design sometime during the second production block.

VF-1D Block 4 Valkyrie Technical 2

VF-1D Block 4 Valkyrie Technical 3

The detached nose section had an extending male connector that plugged into a female receptacle on the rescuing VF-1’s left arm. 

VF-1D Block 4 Valkyrie Technical 4 VF-1D Block 4 Valkyrie Technical 5

Carriage of a VF-1D nose section in GERWALK mode.

VF-1D Block 4 Valkyrie Technical 6

Carriage of a VF-1D nose section in Fighter mode.


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Northrop VF-1A (Blocks 1-8) Valkyrie Veritech Fighter gallery

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Northrop VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie in Fighter mode.


VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 1

 

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 3

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 4

 

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 5

 

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 6

 

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 7

 

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 8

 

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 9

 


 

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie in GERWALK mode.

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie GERWALK 1 VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie GERWALK 2


VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie in Battliod mode

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Battloid 3

Details of the VF-1A Block 4’s head in Battloid mode. (The editor of Mecha Journal apologizes for not have a reasonable full aircraft picture of the early VF-1A in Battloid mode. If anyone wishes to submit an example of the early VF-1A in Battloid, please contact the site administrator.) 


VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie in Fighter mode with full weapons load of 12 AAM-1 Arrow long range, all mode anti-mecha/surface missiles and GU-11 55mm gun pod.

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VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 21

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VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 25


VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie in flight.

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 17

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 11

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 12

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 13

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 14

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 15

  VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie Fighter 18


VF-1A Block 1 Valkyrie four view technical illustration.

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VF-1A Blocks 1-8 technical illustration.

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VF-1A Valkyrie standardized markings. Note: These markings are standardized across the range of VF-1 variants, with the exception of the VF-1J, which also carries markings in Japanese, as befitted it’s Japanese manufacturing origin.

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VF-1A Block 2 Valkyrie from the “Angel Birds” aerial acrobatics demonstration team.

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Illustrations of the VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie flown by then Corporal Maximilian Sterling.

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie of CPL Max Sterling 1

This picture depicts CPL Sterling’s VF-1A Valkyrie disguised in a captured Zentraedi uniform. This ruse was successful, and lead to the rescue of future United Earth Expeditionary Force Admirals Lisa Hayse and  Richard Hunter.  

VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie of CPL Max Sterling 2 VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie of CPL Max Sterling 3 VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie of CPL Max Sterling 4 VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie of CPL Max Sterling 5 VF-1A Block 4 Valkyrie of CPL Max Sterling 6


VF-1A Valkyrie Veritech Fighters.

VF-1A Block 1 Valkyrie Battloid Robotech Return to Macross

VF-1A Block 1 Valkyrie Veritech Fighter in Battloid mode outside the student barracks on Macross Island, circa 2008. This picture is notable, due to the fact that it is widely reported that the VF-1 Valkyrie was restricted to fighter mode while in public areas, prior to the beginning of the First Robotech War.

VF-1A Block 8 Valkyrie Battloid 1

Damaged VF-1A Block 8 Valkyrie Fighter somewhere in South America (?) during the Malcontent Uprisings. Source unknown. 


 

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

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Rockwell Bell VF-X Valkyrie Veritech Fighter prototype gallery

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VF-X Variable Technology (Veritech) pre-production scale mock-up

VF-X Valkyrie Veritech Fighter Mock-up

VF-X Valkyrie pre-production scale mock-up. This was the model shown to UN Spacy procurement officers by Rockwell International and Bell Textron during the design proposal submission period. Though obviously different from the final product, the overall design layout can clearly be seen.

 


 

Rockwell Bell VF-X  Valkyrie Veritech Fighter Aerodynamic Demonstrator

VF-X Valkyrie Veritech Fighter Aerodynamic Demonstrator 2

 

VF-X  Valkyrie Veritech Fighter Aerodynamic Demonstrator. This non-transformable test aircraft was built by Rockwell Bell to test the aerodynamic qualities of the VF-1 Valkyrie while in fighter mode. 

VF-X Valkyrie Veritech Fighter Aerodynamic Demonstrator 5

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Shinnakasu Heavy Industries VF-X Valkyrie Battloid Technology Demonstrator

VF-X Valkyrie Battloid Technology Demonstrator 2

VF-X Valkyrie Battloid Technology Demonstrator. Built by Shinnakasu Heavy Industries in Japan, the Battloid Technology Demonstrator tested and evaluated the robotic drive systems of the Valkyrie design. The VF-X Battloid was non-transformable and non-flight capable. Battloid mode flight characteristics were not explored until the YF-1 Valkyrie entered its testing phase.

 

 


 

Rockwell Bell VF-1A FDE Block 0 (Full-production Development Experimental)

YF-1 FDE (Full-production Development Experimental)

Rockwell Bell VF-1 FDE (Full-production Development Experimental). Alternately referred to as the VF-1 or YF-1, depending on the source, the FDE was the first fully functional Veritech prototype. Testing of this aircraft was carried out on Macross Island by chief test pilot Lieutenant Commander Roy Fokker.  

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YF-1 FDE (Full-production Development Experimental) 8

YF-1 FDE (Full-production Development Experimental) 11

VF-1 FDE undergoing final assembly at Rockwell International’s facility on Macross Island.


Shinnakasu Heavy Industries VF-1J FDE Block 0  (Full-production Development Experimental)

YF-1J Block 0 FDE Valkyrie Battloid 1

The VF-1J FDE was produced by Shinnakasu Heavy Industries concurrently to the VF-1A FDE. This VF-1J FDE is shown with a prototype GU-12 gun pod.

 VF-1J head unit prototypes 2

Detail comparison between the VF-X Valkyrie Battloid Technology Demonstrator head unit and the VF-1J FDE Block 0 (Full-production Development Experimental) head unit. The design lineage leading to Shinnakasu Heavy Industries’ final VF-1J head unit is quite obvious.


 

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Rockwell Bell VF-1 Valkyrie Veritech Fighter

VF-1A Block 1-8 01 (3)

Rockwell Bell VF-1 Valkyrie Veritech Fighter

VF-1 series Veritech Fighter technical file index

 


 

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VF-1 series Veritech Fighters

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VF-1 series Valkyrie Veritech Fighter technical illustrations

 


 

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2С4 Тюльпан самоходный миномет

2S4

2S4 Tyulpan Self-propelled Mortar

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edited by: Tim Wing

The 2S4 Tyulpan (English: tulip) was a Soviet self-propelled 240mm mortar system. The Tyulpan was at one time the heaviest mortar in deployment among any country.

General Characteristics

  • Type: Self-propelled mortar
  • Place of origin: Soviet Union
  • In service: 1972-2024
  • Primary users: Soviet Union
  • Produced: 1969-1978

Specifications

  • Weight: 30 tons
  • Length: 8.5 meters
  • Width: 3.2 meters
  • Height: 3.2 meters
  • Crew: 9

History

The 2S4 entered service with the Soviet Army in 1972. In design, it was based a GMZ tracked minelaying vehicle, carrying an externally mounted M-240 240 mm breech-loading mortar on the rear of the hull.

 

Propulsion

  • Engine: V59 V-12 liquid-cooled diesel 387.76 kW (520 HP)
  • Suspension: Torsion bar

Performance

  • Road speed: 62 km/h
  • Operational range: 420 km
  • Power to weight: 17 HP/ton

Armor

 

Armor thickness, in Rolled Homogenous Steel Armor equivalency (RHAe)

  • Hull, frontal: 20 mm RHAe

 

2S4 2Armament

Primary

Though the crew consisted of four men, an extra five were required to operate the mortar. The 240mm mortar had a range of 9.65 km, or up to 20 km with extended range ammunition. Due to the large size of the weapon and the weight of the ammunition (130 kg for a standard projectile), it had a slow rate of fire: one round per minute. In addition to the high explosive rounds, it could fire armor-piercing, chemical and nuclear rounds. It could also fire the “Smel’chak” (“Daredevil”) laser-guided round.

  • 2S4 1Designation: M-240 240 mm breech-loading mortar
  • Calibers: 240 mm
  • Range, conventional rounds: 9.65 km
  • Range, extended range rounds: 20 km
  • Rate of fire: 1 round per minute
  • Warhead:HE, AP, Chemical, Nuclear (Fission)

Secondary

 

  • Designation: 7.62 mm PKT machine gun

 

Service History

The 2S4 saw action during the Soviet Union’s conflict in Afghanistan and the Global Civil War. In both conflicts, the Smel’chak projectile consistently destroyed targets quickly, precisely, and with only a few rounds. The extreme firepower per round compensated for the Tyulpan’s slow rate of fire.

Operators

Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Syria

 


 

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