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VF-11 (Unmanned Specification)

VF-11 Drones during X-9 Ghost combat trials

VF-11 (Unmanned Specification)

Technical Data

Equipment Type: automated test craft
Government: U.N. Spacy, U.N. Space Air Force
Manufacturer: Shinsei Industry
Accommodation: none (automated)
  • Fighter Mode: wingspan 11.2 meters; height 3.49 meters; length 15.51 meters
  • Mass: empty 9.0 metric tons; with FAST Packs 11.2 metric tons
    Structure: space metal frame, energy converting armor
    Power Plant: two Shinsei Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2025G thermonuclear reaction turbine engines
    Propulsion: 28,500 kg [x g] x 2 (279.59 kN x 2); 2 x vertical two-dimensional vectored exhaust nozzles; 2 x dorsal auxiliary thruster pods; many x P&W HMM-5B high-maneuverability vernier thrusters
  • Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 3.5+; at 30,000+ m Mach 8.2
  • g limit: +22.0/- 14.5
    Design Features: automated control module; FAST Packs
    Armament: unknown

    Description and History

    When testing the next generation of advanced variable fighters and other spacecraft, the U.N. Spacy often employs various unmanned fighter craft as materiel for space flight exercises. In the early 2040's an unmanned specification of the VF-11 produced by the UN Forces (Macross Chronicle 2E Mechanic Sheet M+ UN 03B) saw active use in such test exercises. The cockpit pod is removed and is replaced by an automated control module. A simpler forward nose with smaller canard wings is installed and five sensors are fitted upon the hull (two sensors on top facing forward and rearward, two lateral sensors on either side of the forward nose and one sensor mounted ventral). This new autonomous hardware is used to control the craft without the need for a pilot. A set of FAST Packs is installed to provide optimal performance for the target craft in space. Once complete, the VF-11 Unmanned Specification craft can be launched and take part in any test exercise required. During the 2040 space combat trials of the X-9 Ghost Fighter in Earth orbit, the U.N. Spacy made use of dozens of these VF-11 unmanned drones to act as stationary and mobile targets for live fire tests.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross Plus, Episode 3
    Pilot(s): none (unmanned)
    Other appearances: Macross Plus Movie
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • VF-11 (Unmanned Specification) line art
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - This Is Animation Special Macross Plus and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist