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VA-3C Custom Battroid (Pirate Colors)

VA-3C Custom Attacker (Pirate Colors)

Northrom Grumman VA-3C Invader Custom

Technical Data

Equipment Type: all-regime variable attack craft
Government: civilian, pirate forces (illegally obtained)
Manufacturer: Northrom Grumman
Introduction: unknown
Accommodation: pilot only (cockpit block is stored in the body, directly under the head in Battroid mode)
  • Attacker Mode: length 18.73 meters
  • Mass: empty 13.28 metric tons
    Structure: SWAG energy conversion armor
    Power Plant: two Shinsei/P&W/Roice FF-2020A thermonuclear turbine engines
    Propulsion: 22,000 kg [x g] x 2 (215.82 kN x 2); 2 x VTOL nozzles in engines; many x P&W HMM-3A high maneuverability vernier thrusters
    Thrust-to-weight ratio: (empty) 3.31
  • Fighter Mode: cruising speed Mach 2.2+
  • g limit: unknown
    Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; FCS in military variants; sensor (mounted on dorsal forward nose section in Attacker/GERWALK mode, above head unit in Battroid mode); vertical take-off and landing (VTOL); retractable canopy cover (for Battroid mode); 3 x special equipment hard point stations for option of fold booster and/or two rocket boosters (mounted on dorsal fuselage); VA series designed for stability and mobility in atmosphere, especially at low altitude; engine motors mounted within main wing roots; arm units mounted in center of main wing; the VA-3 series adopted a transformation structure different from the VF series (the battroid mode has a form similar to the Zentradi combat pod); main wing becomes shield in Battroid mode; small, sweep back main wing for stability; horizontal stabilizer and vertical tail on the rear section of the fuselage; two propellant tanks mounted below air intakes; compound sensor in head unit; shape and connection system vary from other variants
    - Armament -
  • 1 x multi-purpose gatling gun pod with most of the barrel consisting of the harpoon-firing mechanism and gun pod muzzle located at the front of the grip (mounted in manipulater in Battroid mode)
  • 2 x fixed pulse laser guns (mounted in forward pontoons in Attacker mode, lower arm manipulators in GERWALK/Battroid modes)
  • Bombs & Missiles:
  • 2 x fixed micro-missile pods (mounted in forward outboard pontoons in Attacker mode, lower arm manipulators in GERWALK/Battroid modes)
  • 6 x High Maneuver missiles
  • 12 x Micro-missiles
  • other armaments
  • Additional Equipment:
  • 1 x underwing tank (mounted upon inboard port pontoon in Attacker mode)
  • 2 x propellant tanks (mounted under ventral intakes in Attacker mode)
  • 2 x rocket boosters (mounted atop dorsal fuselage in Attacker mode)

  • Description and History

    The Invader Custom is a modified version of the civilian VA-3C variable attack craft equipped with added propellant tanks and thruster units. Notorious whale poachers operating in the region of planet Zola converted dozens of VA-3C variable attack valkyries into combat units using illegal weapons and other appropriated military hardware. During the events in orbit of planet Zola in 2047, Basara, UN Spacy pilot Gamlin and Zolan military officer Laiza battled dozens of VA-3C valkyries operated by pirate forces determined to poach space whales migrating near the planet.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross Dynamite 7, Episode 1
    Pilot(s): pirates
    Other appearances: none
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • battroid mode (with additional hardware) rear view
  • attacker mode (with additional hardware) multiple views
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - Macross 7 Animation Materials and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist