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VF-17D Fighter Equipped with Radome

General Galaxy VF-17D Nightmare "Radome"

Technical Data

Equipment Type: UNS special operations variable fighter and heavy battroid
Unofficial codename: Stealth Valkyrie
Government: U.N. Spacy
Manufacturer: General Galaxy
Introduction: 2035
Operational Deployment: unknown
Accommodation: pilot only in pressurized canopy featuring four framed flat-plate windows.
  • Heavy Battroid Mode: height 15.18 meters (top of head)
  • Fighter Mode: wingspan 14.18 meters; height (with radome) unknown; length 15.63 meters
  • GERWALK Mode: wingspan 14.18 meters
    Mass: empty 11.85 metric tons
    Structure: SWAG energy conversion armor, strengthened armor in Battroid mode equal to Armored Valkyrie (forearm armor is used instead of a shield)
    Power Plant: two Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2100X thermonuclear turbine engines.
    Propulsion: 55,000 kg [x g] x 2 (539.55 kN x 2); 2 x horizontal two-dimensional vectored exhaust nozzles; 30+ x P&W HMM-6B high-maneuverability vernier thrusters (mounted in triple clusters).
  • Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 4.0+; at 30,000+ m Mach 21+
    g limit: +33.5/-18.0
    Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; vertical take-off and landing (VTOL); variable geometry sweep (VG) wing (featuring sawtooth delta wing in standard cruising configuration); wrap-around imaging monitor screens (for use in Heavy Battroid mode); passive stealth system; two-dimensional (horizontal) thrust vectoring; external radome (mounted on dorsal fuselage)
    - Armament -
  • 2 x fixed anti-aircraft laser gun turrets (mounted center dorsal section in Fighter/GERWALK mode, becomes head turret in Heavy Battroid mode)
  • 2 x fixed small-bore forward laser guns (mounted left/right of cockpit)
  • 2 x fixed medium-bore laser beam guns, each gun featuring one retractable and one traversable opposite-facing barrels (mounted on dorsal section in Fighter mode and in forearm sections in GERWALK/Heavy Battroid modes)
  • 1 x MC-17A 40mm multipurpose seven-barrelled gatling gun pod, featuring retractable handle and fore grip, folding stock, muzzle sensors, and strap (mounted in ventral fuselage in Fighter/GERWALK mode with an exit port and stealth covers, ejectable from lower leg to be used in arm manipulator Heavy Battroid mode); 1 x spare gun pod magazine or 1 x gun pod beam adaptor (stored inside lower main fuselage/opposite lower leg section).
    Bombs & Missiles:
  • 2 x internal micro-missile launchers (mounted left/right of dorsal main fuselage with two launcher ports each)
    Additional Equipment:
  • 1 x external radome with single mounting pylon (mounted on dorsal fuselage)

  • Description and History

    In May 2045, Varauta operatives stole the City 7 section of the Macross 7 by infiltrating the ship and seizing control of the City 7 fold system. Equipped with an external radome attached to the dorsal fuselage of his VF-17D, Gamlin Kizaki conducted a search of the area for possible traces of the commandeered vessel. The external radome not only significantly increased the electronic detection capabilities of the standard VF-17D Nightmare, but also greatly improved detection range and detailed information gathering. With this system, Kizaki was able to locate incredibly small fragments of debris found in the wake of the City 7 space fold. Analysis of the debris onboard the Macross 7 garnered enough information to trace the origin of the displaced material to a previously explored solar system, allowing the Macross 7 fleet a chance to give chase and attempt recovery of City 7.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross 7, Episode 13
    Pilot(s): Gamlin Kizaki
    Other appearances: Macross 7
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • fighter mode (with external radome) side view
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - Macross 7 Animation Materials and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist