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Drone Fighter


Drone Fighter profile schematic


High-Maneuverability Missile

Drone Fighter

Technical Data

Equipment Type: unmanned drone air combat fighter
Government: U.N. Forces
Manufacturer: unknown
Accommodation: none (unmanned)
Dimensions: length 10.0 to 12.0 meters
Mass: unknown
Power Plant: one engine
Design Features: docking boom, retractable beam cannon
- Armament -
Guns:
  • 1 x retractable beam cannon (mounted under nose in housing)
  • Bombs & Missiles:
  • 6 x dorsal/ventral wing hardpoints featuring 6 x high-maneuver missiles (1/point)

  • Description and History

    These small and deadly unmanned fighters were used extensively by the U.N. Forces, mostly as training craft. At some 10-12 meters in length, this small aircraft featured a retractable small-bore beam cannon under the front nose and could carry up to six high-maneuverability missiles upon the dorsal/ventral wing hardpoints. Typically, the drone fighter was not outfitted with live ammunition and carried mostly unarmed missiles used specifically in combat exercises. The drone fighter required the use of specialized equipment to land and to transport into combat zones so these fighters were often dependent upon larger aircraft for proper deployment. A small boom mounted on the dorsal fuselage was used to mount the drone fighter under the wings of larger carrier craft, like the SB-10/10 Starwing Bomber, and thus carry the craft much like ordnance.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross Plus, Episode 1
    Pilot(s): none (unmanned)
    Other appearances: Macross Plus Movie
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • Drone Fighter line art
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium: www.macross.anime.net/wiki/Main_Page
    Images From - This Is Animation Special Macross Plus and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist