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VA-3M Battroid (VF-X Raven Colors)
VA-3M GERWALK (VF-X Raven Colors)
VA-3M Attacker (VF-X Raven Colors)
Northrom Grumman VA-3M Invader|
Equipment Type: UN Forces all-regime variable attack craft
Government: U.N. Spacy (727th Independent VF-X Ravens "Alpha Team")
Manufacturer: Northrom Grumman
Accommodation: pilot only (cockpit block is stored in the body, directly under the head in Battroid mode)
Attacker Mode: wingspan 16.20 meters; length 15.89 meters; height 4.82 meters.
Mass: empty 13.3 metric tons
Structure: SWAG energy conversion armor
Power Plant: two Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2020A thermonuclear turbine engines.
Propulsion: 22,000 kg [x g] x 2 (215.82 kN x 2); 2 x VTOL nozzles in engines; many x P&W HMM-3A high maneuverability vernier thrusters.
Thrust-to-weight ratio: (empty) 3.31
Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 2.2+; at 30,000+ m Mach 4.2+
g limit: unknown
Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; FCS in military variants; sensor (mounted on dorsal forward nose section in Attacker/GERWALK mode, above head unit in Battroid mode); vertical take-off and landing (VTOL); retractable canopy cover (for Battroid mode); 3 x special equipment hard point stations for option of fold booster and/or two rocket boosters (mounted on dorsal fuselage); VA series designed for stability and mobility in atmosphere, especially at low altitude; engine motors mounted within main wing roots; arm units mounted in center of main wing; the VA-3 series adopted a transformation structure different from the VF series (the battroid mode has a form similar to the Zentradi combat pod); main wing becomes shield in Battroid mode; small, sweep back main wing for stability; horizontal stabilizer and vertical tail on the rear section of the fuselage; pod under main wing doubles as a flotation pod with a vertical rudder; underwater submerged navagation mode; main wing tips fold down 90-degrees for diving to reduce overall width thereby decreasing water resistance.
- Armament -
2 x fixed beam guns (mounted in forward pontoons in Attacker mode, lower arm manipulators in GERWALK/Battroid modes)
Bombs & Missiles:
2 x fixed micro-missile launchers (mounted in forward outboard pontoons in Attacker mode, lower arm manipulators in GERWALK/Battroid modes)
many x hard points for 6 x high-manuverability missiles and torpedoes (for underwater use only)
The VA-3M is a variant of the standard Invader variable fighter built to be used for underwater warfare as well as surface/air operations. The VA-3M utilizes the same head unit as the VA-3 but features completely new pontoon/arm units. The amphibious VA-3M is armed with missiles and torpedoes for underwater combat and both of the traditional laser cannons in the forward pontoons/arm units are replaced with more versatile beam guns. When submerged underwater, the VA-3M has a special configuration that folds the main wings down and the rear horizontal stabilizers rotate forward to assist in underwater maneuvering. On December 1st, 2050 the 727th Independent VF-X Ravens "Alpha Team" pursued the Vindarance terrorists to Eden 3. In order to assault the submarines of the Vindarance forces, Commander Aegis Focker of the VF-X Ravens piloted a VA-3M and attacked the underwater forces. The heavy weaponry and versatile capabilities of the M variant Invader helped Focker succeed in destroying the enemy forces.
Debut: Macross Digital Mission VF-X2 (Video Game, 1999)
Pilot(s): Aegis Focker
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.