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Stonewell/Bellcom VF-3000 Crusader|
Equipment Type: variable fighter
Unofficial Codename: Stretch Valkyrie
Government: for license to independent national factions
Operational Deployment: sometime between 2012 and 2018
Accommodation: pilot plus passenger (operable with a single pilot)
Fighter Mode: overall length 15.5 meters; overall width 16.1 meters
Mass: empty 11.95 metric tons
Structure: space metal frame, SWAG energy conversion armor
Power Plant: two Shinnakasu/P&W/Royce FF-2450A thermonuclear turbine engines; 4 x auxiliary nozzles above engine nacelles and 2 x auxiliary nozzels in the aft center (fighter mode)
Propulsion: 22,500 kg x 2 (220.73 kN x 2); many x vernier thrusters
Thrust-to-weight ratio: (empty) 3.77
Performance: standard cruising speed at 10,000 m Mach 3.1+
Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; vertical Take-off and landing (VTOL); variable main wing; two-seater cockpit; enlarged tail fins form X-shape
- Armament -
1 x Howard GU-11 (*GU-11D) 55mm gatling gun pod
1 x large-bore laser gun (mounted center ventral section - right side - in Fighter/GERWALK modes, becomes head turret in Battroid mode)
2 x Mauler ROV-22 anti-aircraft laser machine guns (mounted center ventral section - left side - in Fighter/GERWALK modes, becomes head turret in Battroid mode)
Bombs & Missiles:
6 x under-wing hard point weapon stations
The VF-3000 is a variable fighter built by Stonewell/Bellcom, a new company formed via the merger of those separately named companies. Born from the need of a successor to the VF-1 Valkyrie the VF-3000 Crusader was one of the capability improvement proposals within the development plan of the VF-1. The Crusader benefitted from extensive operational data of the VF-1 and was designed with the aim of enhancing performance and to improve equipment by enlarging the VF-1 while simultaneously eliminating its shortcomings. The VF-3000 is a much larger variable fighter than the VF-1 yet while performance surpassed that earlier variable fighter the Crusader remained out of full-scale mass production and only a small number were produced for testing. The Crusader was intended to be licensed to various independent national factions within the United Nation Government sphere of influence and was to incorporate proprietary technologies from each buyer. The VF-3000 had a stretched, elongated body that unfortunately tends to make the Battroid/GERWALK joints slip slightly. Possibly due to this design flaw, few Crusader units were ever produced. However, mass production was officially passed in favor of production of the VF-4 Lightning III, a craft developed at the same time that was pushed forward and formerly adopted. Stonewell/Bellcom and Shinnakasu Heavy Industries later developed the VF-5000 Star Mirage utilizing operational data from the VF-3000 Crusader testing units. When the aerospace divisions of Stonewell/Bellcom and Shinnakasu merged to become Shinsei Industry, the VF-5000 Star Mirage became their first mass-produced variable fighter. A few VF-3000 Crusader testing units were deployed with the special operations unit "Dancing Skulls" circa 2020.
NOTE: The VF-3000 Crusader was originally a non-Macross mechanical design developed by Shoji Kawamori for the Advanced Valkyrie model project for Bandai. When Bandai decided against producing this model series, Shoji Kawamori revised the designs for inclusion in the Macross universe. Some fans have noted the VF-3000 Fighter has a concave hull (possibly for Area-rule performance) similar to the F-14 Tomcat.
*Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie Vol. 2 Space Wings (2010) designates the VF-3000 Crusader main gun as the GU-11D Gun Pod. The GU-11D is a second generation gun pod built for the VF-1P and is a notable improvement over the original gun pod due to the detachable magazine feed system. The GU-11D commonly employs propelled-type shells during atmospheric operation, which reduces recoil and improves accuracy (also reducing maintenance requirements). The removable magazine is set into a socket on the underside of the gunpod and holds 120 rounds (the magazine cover can also fit an anti-armor bayonet). The connector mechanism for docking the gun pod to the variable fighter has not changed, so a standard VF-1 Valkyrie can accomodate the GU-11D gun pod.
Addendum: A Bomber variant designated the VF-3000B was also produced. This craft features a tail assembly that combines the horizontal stabilizers and vertical tail fins to the rear fuselage. Other changes include a longer, sharper nose in fighter mode. While the forearm/legs remain similar to the VF-3000 the battroid torso was different and has a slender appearance.
Debut: Macross M3 (Video Game, 2001)
Pilot(s): Max Jenius, Milia Jenius
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.