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VF-1J Valkyrie Target Colors (2040)
VF-1J Battroid in a combat test
VF-1J Valkyrie Target Battroid|
Equipment Type: all-environment variable fighter and tactical combat battroid
Government: U.N. Spacy, U.N. Navy, U.N. Space Air Force
Manufacturer: Shinnakasu Heavy Industries
Cost: not publicly disclosed, but reported as approx 20 times that of a standard Destroid.
Introduction: November 2007
Operational Deployment: February 7, 2009
Accommodation: pilot only in Marty & Beck Mk-7 zero/zero ejection seat
Battroid Mode: height 12.68 meters; width 7.3 meters; length 4.0 meters
Fighter Mode: wingspan 14.78 meters (fully extended); height 3.84 meters; length 14.23 meters
GERWALK Mode: wingspan 14.78 meters (fully extended); height 8.7 meters; length 11.3 meters
Mass: empty 13.25 metric tons; standard T-O 18.5 metric tons
Structure: SWAG energy conversion armor
Power Plant: two Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2001 thermonuclear reaction turbine engines, output 650 MW each.
Propulsion: 11,500 kg [x g] x 2; or 23,000 kg [x g] x 2 in overboost (225.63 kN x 2 overboost); 4 x Shinnakasu Heavy Industry NBS-1 high-thrust vernier thrusters (1 x counter reverse vernier thruster nozzle mounted on the side of each leg nacelle/air intake, 1 x wing thruster roll control system on each wingtip); 18 x P&W LHP04 low-thrust vernier thrusters beneath multipurpose hook/handles
Thrust-to-weight ratio: empty 3.47; standard T-O 2.49; maximum T-O 1.24
Battroid Mode: maximum walking speed 160 km/h
Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 2.71; at 30,000+ m Mach 3.87
GERWALK Mode: maximum walking speed 100 km/h; flying 500 km/h
g limit: in space +7
Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; variable geometry wing; vertical take-off and landing; control-configurable vehicle; single-axis thrust vectoring; three
"magic hand" manipulators for maintenance use; retractable canopy shield for Battroid mode and atmospheric reentry.
Min time from Fighter to GERWALK (automated): approx. 1.5 sec.
Min time from GERWALK to Battroid (automated): under 2 sec.
Standard time from Fighter to Battroid (automated): under 5 sec.
Min time from Fighter to Battroid (manual): 0.9 sec.
Valkyries long since destined for the scrap yard sometimes found use in testing scenarios conducted by the UNAF/UNS. In 2040 the VF-1J had long since been replaced by the several generations of variable fighters and 30 years of new technology. So it was that during Project Super Nova Advanced Variable Fighter (AVF) competition the UNAF utilized old VF-1J valkyries as target vehicles in non-lethal test fire scenarios. Specifically, the YF-19 and YF-21 battroid modes were tested in urban combat against Zentradi Nousjadeul-Ger powered armor suits. The tests were designed to gauge combat responsiveness of new variable fighter battroid modes and as such the VF-1J battroids were friendly units to be spared while overcoming the enemy. The results of these exercises were sometimes less than desirable.
Debut: Macross Plus OVA, Episode 2
Pilot(s): no notables
Other appearances: Super Dimension Fortress Macross; Super Dimension Fortress Macross The Movie: Do You Remember Love?; Macross 7
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori
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
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