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X-9 Ghost


X-9 Ghost dorsal view


X-9 Ghost profile schematic


X-9 Super Ghost profile schematic


High-Maneuverability Missile
U.N. Spacy X-9 Ghost

Technical Data

Equipment Type: all environment unmanned spaceplane fighter
Unofficial codename: Ghost Bird
Government: U.N. Spacy
Manufacturer: U.N. Spacy
Introduction: March 2040
Operational Deployment: March 2040
Accommodation: none (AI controlled)
Power Plant: thermonuclear reaction turbine engine block
Propulsion: output unknown; many x high-maneuverability vernier thrusters
g limit: unknown
Design Features: lightweight construction with high maneuverability reaching design limits due to elimination of pilot protection functions; 3-slit engine block and nozzle arrangement in tail; super parts which serve as armaments and boosters, available for use outside of atmosphere, mounted on both sides of the upper rear fuselage with slit-like booster nozzles; hypersonic lifting body structure; small wing-span is sufficient to generate lift; ventral fin and wings arranged at the rear of the fuselage; folding main wing changes fuselage control for high-maneuverability or outer space; Sharon-type artificial intelligence (AI); sensor system built in the nose
- Armament -
Guns:
  • 5 x laser guns (internally mounted to the left, right, and underside of the fuselage); independent or tandem-use is possible
  • unknown number x chaff dispeners
  • Bombs & Missiles:
  • 1 x ventral missile launcher with 29 x high-maneuverability missiles (each missile can adjust the firing angle, forward or back, by 15-degrees)
  • Optional Armament:
  • Super Part augmentative weapon system with 4 x micro-missile launchers (mounted in booster pods of Super parts)

  • Description and History

    The X-9 Ghost (nicknamed "Ghost Bird") was developed as an unmanned combat aerial vehicle for use within and outside of atmosphere. The goal of the X-9 project was to replace manned variable fighter aircraft with unmanned AI-controlled craft capable of achieving superior performance. The X-9 possesses incredible maneuverability and firepower without the restrictions of a living pilot and boasts performance that exceeds in all areas the next generation variable fighters. Furthermore, the Sharon-type artificial intelligence, a completely autonomous-control-type AI applied from the Sharon Apple core, was mounted and demonstrated combat ability unlike earlier Ghosts equipped with conventional semi-autonomous AI (such as the QF-3000E Ghost).

    Senior UN leadership, led by General Gomez, pushed develpoment of the X-9 project in secret on Earth and became a force for the replacement of manned fighters with AI controlled war machines. The primary obstacle to the adoption of computer controlled military materiel was the lack of intelligently adaptive programming. The X-9 overcame this problem by utilizing an autonomous-control-type AI taken from the Sharon Apple core, that was itself a product of the bio-neural microchip. The result of this AI architecture was an unpredictable artificial intelligence, but unfortunately the Sharon autonomous-control-type AI also created an intense self-preservation psychology. Under direction of Gomez, Captain Higgins of the U.N. Spacy and Marge Gueldoa of the Macross Consortium conspired to keep the details of the X-9 Ghost AI a secret. There is little doubt that Gomez and his co-conspirators were hoping that once field tests proved the X-9 performed far beyond any next generation variable fighter, the U.N. Spacy would have little choice but to finally adopt an unmanned spaceplane as the primary fighter of the U.N. Forces.

    The X-9 was to be publicly unveiled at the 30th Anniversary of the Space War One Armistice in Macross City on Earth. Unfortunately, virtual singing idol Sharon Apple was also implanted with a bio-neural chip and became mentally unstable. After subduing the people of Macross City with high-frequency light and sound, Sharon Apple seized control of the X-9 Ghost computer and sent it to destroy the YF-19 piloted by Isamu Dyson and the YF-21 piloted by Guld Bowman. The X-9 proved more than a match for both the YF-19 and the YF-21 and able to dogfight the two fighters at once. The X-9 Ghost delivered several hits upon both fighters while remaining undamaged yet it was eventually defeated by Guld Bowman, but only at the cost of Bowman's life in a suicide run. With the X-9 prototype destroyed and the bio-neural chip scandal exposed in what came to be called the "Sharon Apple Incident," the Ghost project was abandoned.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross Plus OVA, Episode 3
    Pilot(s): (unmanned craft)
    Other appearances: Macross Plus Movie
    Original mechanical designer: Miyatake Kazutaka

    Line Art

  • X-9 Ghost line art
  • submerged launching tunnel and orbital booster
  • ventral missile launcher details
  • 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