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General Galaxy VF-171 Nightmare Plus

Technical Data

Equipment Type: heavy variable fighter/bomber and heavy combat battroid
Government: New United Nations Spacy
Manufacturer: General Galaxy.
Introduction: 2046.
Operational Deployment: unknown.
Accommodation: pilot only
  • Fighter Mode: length 15.65 meters
  • Mass: empty 12.15 metric tons
    Structure: SWAG/RA155 SWAG energy conversion armor system
    Power Plant: two Shinnakasu/P&W/Royce FF-2110A thermonuclear turbine engine (initial type)
    Propulsion: 2 x 445.9 kN (maximum thrust in space).
    Thrust-to-weight ratio: (empty) 7.48
  • Fighter Mode: cruising speed standard in atmosphere at 10,000m Mach 3.5+; max cruising speed at 30,000+ m Mach 21+
  • g limit: unknown
    Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; variable setting EPM (Electronic Protective Measures); ASS/PS 155 3rd-generation active stealth system (same grade as VF-19 Excalibur); flare and chaff dispenser system; extended nose and trailing edge on main wing compared to VF-17; increased canopy field-of-view and redesigned leg improves aerodynamic characteristics beyond VF-17 Nightmare; active stealth ability improved due to more interception missions; option of radome (RVF-171); option of armor parts (VF-171EX); two fold boosters can be equipped for long-range reconnaissance (RVF-171)
    - Armament -
  • 2 x Mauler REB-22 beam cannons
  • 2 x Erikon AAB-7B beam cannons
  • 1 x Howard GU-14B gun pod OR 1 x General Galaxy MC-17C gun pod (mounted in ventral fuselage in Fighter/GERWALK mode, used in arm manipulator in Heavy Battroid mode)
  • 1 x pin-point barrier system
  • Bombs & Missiles:
  • 2 x Bifors BML-02S micro-missile launchers (mounted in main fuselage near the wing root in Fighter mode, on top shoulders in Battroid mode)
  • 6 x under-wing hard points for additional armaments and missile pods; capable of mounting 2 x reaction missiles
  • ordnance container loading system located in engine nacelle unit
  • Optional Armament:
  • 1 x SSL-9B Dragunov Semi/Fully-Automatic Anti-Armor Sniper Rifle with electromagnetic rails, 8 x target assisting balancers, built-in optical scope and SP-55X 55mm ultra-high-speed armor-piercing ammunition; includes standard 12+1 round magazine (optional 35 round drum magazine) of ultra-hard-metal jacketed ultra-dense alloy bullets, located on the underside near cooling fins
  • AAS-171 EX armored pack available for team leaders; energy converting armored protector mounted on leg sections
  • 1 x AVPAGC/MEDC30-EX-A 30mm Quantum Beam Gun (with MDE anti-gravity particle beam)

  • Description and History

    The VF-171 Nightmare Plus is the current New U.N. Spacy main variable fighter that evolved from the VF-17 Nightmare built in the late 2030s. The VF-17 Nightmare was designed by General Galaxy originally as a heavy variable fighter for special operations, but the New U.N. Spacy wished to pursue a mass production model of the Nightmare that would be built in far greater numbers. Since the VF-17 Nightmare proved difficult to mass-manufacture, the VF-171 Nightmare Plus was redesigned in 2050 as a comparatively downgraded version that was a more cost effective option to procure. While effectively a lesser version of the VF-17 Nightmare, the VF-171 Nightmare has also been improved and modified to enhance maneuverability and extend the craft's service life. In building the VF-171 Nightmare Plus, the most outwardly noticeable changes General Galaxy made were to extend the nose and enlarge the cockpit canopy for a superior field-of-view. The engine/leg units were also redesigned and the main wing, fuselage and arm units were changed for improved aerodynamic characteristics. Lastly, the defensive capabilities of the VF-171 were also strengthened and the Nightmare Plus features a pin-point barrier system.

    Designed so that even average pilots can operate the craft effectively in multiple roles, the VF-171 Nightmare Plus is deployed aboard the Macross Frontier fleet as a manned variable fighter/bomber. With a variety of optional hardware available, the VF-171 Nightmare Plus is a low cost and versatile variable fighter.

    NOTE: According to Shoji Kawamori, the VF-171 Nightmare Plus was chosen as the main variable fighter for the 2059 setting because the previously designated U.N. Spacy main variable fighter, the VF-19 Excalibur, appeared too much like a "hero" unit. Kawamori also desired a fighter that was clearly distinguishable from the hero unit of the Macross Frontier series, the VF-25 Messiah.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross Frontier, Episode 1 (Sniper Variant, Episode 9)
    Pilot(s): Jessica Blanc, Machida
    Other appearances: none
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • VF-171 Nightmare Plus line art
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - Macross Chronicle and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist