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VB-6 König Monster (SMS Type) Destroid mode

VB-6 König Monster (SMS Type) Shuttle mode

Shinnakasu/Northrom Grumman VB-6 König Monster (SMS Type)

Technical Data

Equipment Type: variable bomber and heavy combat destroid
Unofficial codename: Rabbit-1
Government: U.N. Spacy, New U.N. Spacy, Strategic Military Services (SMS)
Manufacturer: Shinnakasu/Northrom Grumman
Introduction: 2032
Operational Deployment: 2040
Accommodation: three (pilot and two bombardment officers); single pilot operation possible via EX-Gear system
  • Destroid Mode: height 29.0 meters (Macross Chronicle 2nd Edition Mechanic Sheet ALL 02A #D48-05)
  • Shuttle/Bomber Mode: wingspan 24.42 meters; height 6.77 meters; length 29.78 meters
  • Mass: unknown (lighter than 101.9 metric ton weight of the mass-produced VB-6)
    Structure: ASWAG advanced energy conversion armor
    Power Plant: one power generator (built in rear dorsal section in Destroid/GERWALK configurations, central ventral section in Shuttle/Bomber configuration), output unknown; two Shinnakasu/P&W/Royce FF-2025BX thermonuclear turbine engines; four Shinnakasu/Vigors Combined Electromagnetic Plasma Rocket Engine & Railgun System (charged propellant expelled from rockets for thrust using the rail gun system)
    Propulsion: 31,700 kg x 2 (maximum thrust in space) (310.98 kN x 2 in space); 26,500 kg x 4 plasma rocket engines (259.97 kN x 4); (plasma rockets are only used for emergency landing and high acceleration; VB-6 thrust is usually obtained from four thermonuclear turbine engines); jet nozzles x 4 (mounted in wing/feet, used for hovering in GERWALK configuration); many x P&W HMM-6B high maneuverability vernier thrusters (mounted in forward nose in Shuttle/Bomber configuration)
    Thrust-to-weight ratio: VF-X Ravens Type (empty) 1.24; (with plasma rocket engines) 2.28
  • Shuttle/Bomber Mode: unknown (faster than Mach 1.7+/Mach 3.2 of the mass-produced VB-6)
  • Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; sensors (mounted on missile launcher/arm sections); power generator stowed in rear dorsal section in Destroid and GERWALK modes or in central ventral section in Shuttle/Bomber mode; Foldwave Amplification Device and Foldwave Analysis Device installed in bomb-bay (S.M.S.-specification)
    - Armament -
  • 4 x Shinnakasu/Vigors 320 mm rail guns; the railgun is capable of precision fire to a range of more than 100 km when utilizing self-guided warheads; reaction warheads available (mounted dorsal section in Destroid/GERWALK modes, stowed rear dorsal section in Shuttle/Bomber mode)
  • 1 x 30 mm small-bore Anti-Air Anti-Ground vulcan gun (mounted forward chest section in Destroid/GERWALK modes, aimed forward in nose section in Shuttle/Bomber mode)
  • Bombs & Missiles:
  • 2 x Raytheon/Shinnakasu 3-barrel Anti-Ground Anti-Ship Heavy Missile Launchers; (mounted in arm sections facing rearward in Destroid mode, forward in GERWALK mode, stowed port/starboard of center dorsal section in Shuttle/Bomber mode); missiles capable of firing in Shuttle/Bomber mode by extending missile launcher units or extending two rear auxillary barrels; anti-ground anti-ship missiles are normally loaded; option of multi-warhead, reaction warhead missiles and other missile types
  • 2 x High-Speed Anti-Air Anti-Ground Close-Range Small High-Maneuverability Missile Launchers, to fire arm unit missiles in Shuttle mode (mounted in mid outer arms in Destroid/GERWALK modes, mounted in rear dorsal section in Shuttle/Bomber mode)

  • Description and History

    The VB-6 König Monster is a large-scale variable bomber with overhelming firepower developed from the HWR-00 Monster destroid deployed in Space War I. Design of the VB-6 was initially advanced by a combined design team from both Northrom and Grumman in 2030. As time went on collaboration began with Shinnakasu (designer of the HWR-00-MkII Monster) and design chief Dr. König Tiegel. It was Shinnakasu and Dr. Tiegel that were responsible for solving various problems with the deterioration of the fuselage strength that accompanied the installation of the variable mechanism into the craft. By 2032, the VB-6 König Monster accomplished its maiden flight and the start of mass production. Many completed craft were deployed to special forces and in 2040 three VB-6 units (one machine was a spare for parts) were delivered to Strategic Military Services (SMS) in the Macross Frontier fleet. By 2059, the VB-6 belonging to S.M.S. featured various upgrades from the original specifications and had participated actively on the front lines of the Anti-Vajra War.

    Like the HWR-00 upon which it is designed, the role of the VB-6 König Monster is to field heavy weapons and artillery. Though the VB-6 is a versatile variable craft with heavy armoring and high defensive capabilities, the König is a very heavy craft that is restricted in movement. The powerful offensive payload of the VB-6 is most successfully utilized strategically when supported by other variable fighters. The S.M.S.-specification VB-6 König Monster has improved mobility attained by a change in the armor material. This change has lightened the craft as well as provided a small increase in atmospheric speed. In addition to these changes the SMS Type VB-6 has greater projectile resistance than the mass-produced König Monster owing to a change of armor to the same enhanced energy conversion armor/light-composite armor system used in the VF-25 Messiah armor pack. A final defensive modification to the SMS-Type VB-6 is the installation of a pin-point barrier system.

    During the war between the Macross Frontier fleet and the Vajra in 2059, the VB-6 König Monster was deployed by the Strategic Military Services (SMS) and piloted by Canaria Berstein.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross Frontier, Episode 7
    Pilot(s): Canaria Berstein
    Other appearances: none
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • shuttle mode ventral view
  • multiple views
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - Macross Chronicle and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist