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VA-3 Battroid

VA-3 Attacker

VA-3 Invader Attacker profile schematic

Northrom Grumman VA-3 Invader

Technical Data

Equipment Type: UN Forces all-regime variable attack craft
Government: U.N. Spacy
Manufacturer: Northrom Grumman
Introduction: unknown
Accommodation: pilot only (cockpit block is stored in the body, directly under the head in Battroid mode)
  • Attacker Mode: length 18.73 meters
  • Mass: empty 12.81 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) 3.43
  • Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 2.53; at 30,000+ m Mach 4.72+
  • 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
    - Armament -
  • 1 x GA-22 60mm multi-purpose gatling gun pod
  • Bombs & Missiles:
  • 2 x fixed micro-missile launchers (mounted in forward outboard pontoons in Attacker mode, lower arm manipulators in GERWALK/Battroid modes)
  • 6 x underwing hard points plus 5 x fuselage hardpoints for variable ordnance (including missiles and torpedoes) totaling 19.82 metric tons

  • Description and History

    In the years following the first deployment of the variable fighter the UNG increased the number of variable weapons in the military to fit numerous operational roles. The VA-3 Invader is a Variable Attacker (VA) airframe mass produced for the UN Forces for ground suppression with the special characteristics of both a Variable Fighter (VF) and a destroid. It was developed by Northrom Grumman's aviation division as an all-regime (air and space) variable attack craft equipped with a dedicated ground-attack FCS (Fire Control System).. The VA-3 can perform heavy attack operations and close air/space support, conducting local strikes with tactical reaction armament or attacks using conventional bombs.

    The VA-3 airframe design focused on stability and low altitude atmosphere maneuverability. Despite an inferior speed performance compared to variable fighter craft, the Invader design excells in survivability. Weighing 12.81 tons and with a length of 18.73 meters long, the VA-3 Invader is among the largest and heaviest variable vehicles. Capable of carrying almost 20 tons of additional ordnance, the Invader is in every way a superior attack craft able to operate in any environment. Fully variable, the Invader can transform into Attacker, GERWALK and Battroid configurations and features heavy weaponry in all modes. The primary projectile weapon of the VA-3 is the GA-22 60mm multipurpose gatling gun pod, one of the heaviest rotary cannons mounted on a variable craft. The VA-3A and VA-3B models are built without fixed weaponry, but later models feature one laser cannon and one micro-missile launcher mounted in each pontoon/lower arm unit. For all other attack operations, the Invader has six underwing hard points and five fuselage hard points for any load of missile/bomb ordnance up to a total of 19.82 metric tons. The large weapon load makes the Invader ideal for strafing, low-level or high-altitude bombing, tactical strikes and virtually all manner of combat support. The Invader can not only conduct assault operations effectively but can also hold strategic objectives using the variable modes. That versatility in the Battroid and GERWALK configurations allows the VA-3 to participate in the follow up operations of any attack mission without support.

    The high operability of the popular VA-3 Invader led to two or more derivative craft to be built utilizing the VA airframe. The VA-3 series has also been widely spread to emigration fleets and even found use in other non-military markets. The VA-3C Custom airframe has been found in the black market where it was obtained and remodeled by a poaching group operating around the planet Zola.

    Production Notes

    Debut: (the "VA-3" was never animated; it first appears on pages 72-73 of This Is Animation Special Macross Plus; colors taken from page 94)
    Pilot(s): no notables
    Other appearances: none
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • head unit detail
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - This Is Animation Special Macross Plus and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist