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VF-27 Battroid mode
VF-27 GERWALK mode
VF-27 Fighter mode
Equipment Type: variable fighter
Unofficial codename: Purple 1, YF-27
Government: Macross Galaxy Fleet
Manufacturer: Macross Galaxy Variable Fighter Development Arsenal.
Introduction: December 11, 2057.
Operational Deployment: 2059.
Accommodation: pilot plus passenger in auxiliary standard ejection seat
Battroid Mode: height 14.43 meters (with beam gun).
Fighter Mode: wingspan 14.57m (fully extended); height 4.29m (with landing gear); length 18.8m.
Mass: 12.08 metric tons
Structure: assumed space metal frame, energy converting armor
Power Plant: four Shinnakasu/P&W/RR/MG FF-3011/C Stage II thermonuclear reaction turbine engines.
Propulsion: 1,377 kN x 4 (maximum thrust in space); many x P&W HMM-9 High maneuverability thrusters.
Thrust-to-weight ratio: (empty) 46.48
Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 5.2+, maximum speed due to heat-resistance limit of the fuselage, Mach 9+ possible for brief periods by protecting the fuselage with the pin-point barrier and energy conversion armor; cruise mode uses 2 of the 4 engines and main wings serve as cooling system.
g limit: unknown
Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; thrust vectoring is possible on main-wing engines with circumferential-moving nozzles; circumferential-moving nozzles in the leg engines are equipped with thrust reverser; 4 x canard wings (on forward nose); capable of attaining unassisted orbital velocity over an Earth-class planet; MG development IVC/GC 01ɣ ISC (Inertia Store Converter); brain wave flight control system, developed from the YF-21 BDI system, with optional remote operation outside of the cockpit (links pilot cranial nerves and airframe central computer directly with optical circuit to reduce response time); equipment (like displays) are omitted as information is sent directly to the brain of the cyborg pilot; manual flight controls (for emergency-use only); secretly developed next-generation technology virtual cockpit (cockpit simulates transparency, pilot utilizes implant interface); improved maneuverability due to feedback (pilot feels as though flying through air); armored canopy protected by energy conversion armor (can be exchanged with clear canopy for non-cyborg use); linear actuators, similar to VF-25 Messiah, reduces transformation time and fragile mechanisms via electromagnetic system of non-contacting structures allowing smooth transformation; landing gearfeatures catapult link bar for carrier launch (thickened column to support the impact of carrier landings); surplus output from the four engines (which exceeds VF-25 performance) allows pin-point barrier and energy conversion armor to be used in fighter mode; VF-27β is standard model available in commander and non-commander variants; VF-27γ is custom variant with performance tuned-up to design limits.
- Armament -
1 x Mauler RÖV-20 20mm beam gun (mounted center dorsal section in Fighter/GERWALK mode, becomes head turret in Battroid mode)
2 x Sentinel HBC/HS-35B 35mm heavy beam machine guns (mounted forward outer engine nacelles in Fighter/GERWALK mode, rear torso in Battroid mode)
1 x BGP-01β 55mm beam gun pod / high-powered beam grenade, 16.85m in length and 3 metric tons in weight, (mounted center ventral section in Fighter mode, carried in manipulator in GERWALK/Battroid modes); the gun pod has both a rapid-fire mode and a hyper-grenade firing mode
1 x standard bulletproof (anti-projectile) shield (mounted center rear dorsal fuselage in Fighter mode, mounted on arm in GERWALK/Battroid modes)
2 x Remmington 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 retractable knife, reinforced by pin-point barrier system, for close-quarter combat (mounted inside left arm shield)
1 x pin-point barrier system
Bombs & Missiles:
4 x Bifors BML-04B internal micro-missile launchers (two launchers per wing mounted on the outer edge of the outboard engine nacelles)
1 x L.A.I. super fold booster.
25 mm high-speed machine gun and micro-missile warheads are later enhanced with anti-Vajra MDE warhead specification (armaments enhanced using Fold Quartz extracted from Vajra corpses). Beam gunpod is later refit to MDE particle beam specifications (enhanced to heavy quantum reaction beam-specifications for anti-Vajra combat).
Original development by the Macross Galaxy Variable Fighter Development Arsenal based on the YF-24 which Macross Galaxy fleet developed and used as its main fighter. The VF-27 Lucifer is an advanced variable fighter that shares a direct design lineage with the VF-22 Sturmvogel II (the most notable shared elements are seen in the nose, hands, feet and the main wings of the Lucifer). The VF-27 prototype took first flight in December 11, 2057, a launch that took place from the small aircraft carrier "Katmandu III". Capable of combat performance that exceeds even the standard VF-25 Messiah, the added advantage of cybernetic pilots allows the VF-27 to achieve high performance beyond what a flesh-and-blood body can withstand. Beyond these noteworthy capabilities, the VF-27 features an unusual four-engine design that mounts two, high mobility boosters upon the main wings (the boosters also house two internal micro-missile launchers each). A single FF-3011/C engine on the VF-27 produces slightly inferior thrust to that of the VF-25 FF-3001A engine, but the total of four engines in the VF-27 can produce overall thrust that exceeds the VF-25. Firepower is comparable to a VF-25 Messiah with Super Parts. Despite all these remarkable advantages, the VF-27 unfortunately suffers from a low airframe versatility that has made the variable fighter unsuitable for mass production. Due to the fact that the Macross Galaxy fleet never informed anyone they were building a new type of fighter, the New UN Spacy has designated the Lucifer as the YF-27. The VF-27 requires a cyborg pilot to operate, but the green variants of the Lucifer can also be built as either manned or unmanned.
NOTE: The Bandai model kits appear to designate two models of the VF-27: the VF-27β (Beta) and the VF-27γ (Gamma). The Beta has two designations as "standard" and "commander type" and supposedly the two different head units (one as shown in the pictures here and one that lacks "wings" on either side of the head unit) are meant to distinguish the two types. The VF-27 fighters piloted by Brera and Grace are likely commander types. The Gamma can't be distinguished based upon look; the differences are apparently internal. Thus there is no way of determining what is a Beta vs. Gamma unless a particular VF-27 is explicitly indicated a Beta/Gamma in some other publication (like the Macross Chronicle).
Debut: Macross Frontier, Episode 7
Pilot(s): Brera Sterne, Grace O'Connor
Other appearances: none.
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori
Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium: www.macross.anime.net/wiki/Main_Page
Images From - Macross Perfect Memory and other macross books.
C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist.