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VF-25F Battroid mode


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GU-17A Gun Pod

AK/VF-M9 Assault Knife

VF-25F Messiah

Technical Data

Equipment Type: variable fighter
Government: Strategic Military Services (SMS)
Manufacturer: Shinsei Industry/Macross Frontier Arsenal Original Development/L.A.I.
Introduction: 2057
Operational Deployment: 2059
Accommodation: pilot only (deployable auxiliary seat for passenger)
  • Battroid Mode: height 15.59 meters (includes beam guns); 14.53 meters (without beam guns)
  • Fighter Mode: wingspan 15.5 meters (fully extended); height 4.03 meters; length 18.72 meters
  • GERWALK Mode: unknown
  • Mass: empty 8.45 metric tons
    Structure: SWAG energy conversion armor
    Power Plant: two Shinsei Industry/ P&W/ RR FF-3001A Stage II thermonuclear reaction turbine engines
    Propulsion: 2 x 1,620 kN (maximum thrust in space); many x P&W HMM-9 High maneuverability thrusters
    Thrust-to-weight ratio: (empty) 39.09
  • Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 5.0+, maximum speed due to heat-resistance limit of the fuselage
  • Maximum Airframe Design Load: 27.5G at maximum acceleration for 120 seconds
    Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; variable geometry wing; boundary layer control (BLC); capable of attaining unassisted orbital velocity over an Earth-class planet; ISC (Inertia Store Converter): Shinsei Industry Macross Frontier Arsenal / LAI Company self-development specification ISC/TO21; active stealth system antennae; chaff/flare/smoke discharger system; thrust reverser equipped with three-dimensional maneuvering nozzles; cockpit designed for EX-Gear equipped pilot; AA/AS/SF-06 integrated radar (mounted in nose); linear actuators (provide faster electromagnetic transformation without contact between moving parts)
    - Armament -
  • 2 x fixed Mauler RÖV-127C coaxial 12.7mm beam guns (mounted center dorsal section in Fighter/GERWALK mode, becomes head turret in Battroid mode)
  • 1 x Howard GU-17A new model 5-barrel 58mm gatling gun pod with retractable cover to provide air cooling for the barrels (mounted ventral fuselage in Fighter mode, in arm manipulator for GERWALK/Battroid modes)
  • 1 x standard bulletproof (anti-projectile) shield (mounted center rear dorsal fuselage in Fighter mode, mounted on arm in GERWALK/Battroid modes); the shield is composed of the enhanced energy conversion armor used in the APS-25A/MF25 Armored Pack
  • 2 x Remington ES-25A 25mm high-speed machine guns
  • or 2 x Mauler RÖV-25 25mm beam machine guns (mounted left/right of intakes in Fighter/GERWALK mode, on rotating hip mounts in Battroid mode)
  • 1 x Ka-Bar OTEC AK/VF-M9 Assault Knife, 1.65m, super strong material reinforced by pin-point barrier system (mounted under left arm shield block)
  • 1 x pin-point barrier system
  • Bombs & Missiles:
  • 6 x underwing hardpoints for anti-ship reaction missiles, fold speakers or other equipment
  • Optional Armament:
  • SPS-25S/MF25 High-maneuverability Super FAST pack system (includes some additional armor)
  • or APS-25A/MF25 Armored pack (deployable in all modes)
  • 1 x Howard GU-17V loaded with MDE warhead specification for anti-Vajra combat
  • 25 mm high-speed machine guns and super pack/full armor micro-missile warheads are later refit with anti-Vajra MDE warhead specification

  • Description and History

    The VF-25 Messiah is one of the newest-generation variable fighters used by humanity in 2059. The VF-25 was independently developed by Shinsei Industry / Macross Frontier Arsenal Original Development / L.A.I. from the YF-24 prototype as the potential successor to the VF-171 Nightmare Plus, the current main variable fighter of the New U.N. Spacy. The Messiah is armed with numerous offensive weapons that include a gatling gun, beam cannons, laser guns mounted in the head unit and a close-combat knife housed within the shield. The VF-25 is built for multipurpose operation and can be customized according to the pilot and the characteristics of the mission. By exchanging multipurpose modules the variable fighter is able to operate as a fighter craft, an attack craft, a fighter-bomber, a reconnaissance craft and command craft for unmanned combat aerial vehicles.

    For all previous generations of variable fighters it was nearly impossible for a valkyrie to reach its full potential because there was no technology to overcome the limits of the pilot's body. The AVF Development Project in 2040 addressed this problem and it was overcome via the new Inertia Store Converter (ISC). This technology supports the pilot and reduces inertial forces upon the pilot such that the VF-25 can achieve mobility and combat capability that exceeds the limits of typical manned maneuvering. Another special feature in this new variable fighter is a cockpit designed to connect to the EX-Gear reinforced-exoskeleton (powered suit) designed to support the pilot. Moreover, the power output, armaments, sensors and other systems have all been completely integrated which results in greatly enhanced performance. The VF-25 Messiah can also be fitted with an Armor Pack (no longer limited to Battroid mode only like the old VF-1 Valkyrie's Armored system) or a high-maneuverability Super Pack.

    The VF-25 Messiah is currently in early deployment for field testing in real combat scenarios with the Strategic Military Services (S.M.S.) and has not yet been deployed to the New U.N. Forces. The VF-25A is the mass produced version and other variants include the VF-25F Improved Air Combat Ability version, the VF-25G fitted with sniper weaponry, the VF-25S enhanced version for team leaders and the RVF-25 for enhanced electronic warfare operation. The VF-25 Messiah has not yet been adopted by the New UN Forces, but has been mass produced by the Strategic Military Services (SMS) for field testing in real combat scenarios.

    Additional Trivia: The name Messiah was chosen from a mobile phone call-in contest ran by the official Japanese Macross Frontier website from March 10 to April 20, 2008. Winning entry was revealed on May 10, 2008. According to an article in the June 2008 issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine called "The Official Art of Macross Frontier", the name "Messiah" invokes the image of Alto's white model and the lyrics of the song "Shao Pai Lon" ("Little White Dragon") from original The Super Dimension Fortress Macross series.

    According to creator Shoji Kawamori, the VF-25 is a deliberate move away from the passive stealth style silhouette that dominates current real-world fighters. He also notes that since this is the first major Valkyrie that transforms in all modes with its Armored parts still attached, he gave the unarmored fighter a slim profile. Kawamori thinks the VF-25 resembles a slimmer VF-1 Valkyrie in Fighter mode, but transforms like a VF-19 Excalibur.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross Frontier, Episode 1
    Pilot(s): Henry Gilliam, Alto Saotome
    Other appearances: none
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori, Junya Ishigaki (cockpit)

    Line Art

  • battroid mode alternate angle view
  • battroid head unit details
  • fighter mode rear view
  • VF-25 Messiah line art #1 - the nose
  • VF-25 Messiah line art #2 - the fuselage
  • VF-25 Messiah line art #3 - the engines
  • VF-25 Messiah line art #4 - other machinery
  • cockpit details #1
  • cockpit details #2
  • cockpit controls
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - Macross Chronicle and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist