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Sukhoi/Israel Aircraft Industries/Dornier SV-51

Technical Data

Equipment Type: variable fighter and tactical combat battroid
Government: Anti-U.N.
Manufacturer: Sukhoi/Israel Aircraft Industries/Dornier
Introduction: September 2008
Operational Deployment: September 2008
Accommodation: pilot only
Dimensions:
  • Fighter Mode: length 22.77 meters
  • Mass: empty 17.8 metric tons
    Structure: SW-51 SWAG energy conversion armor
    Power Plant: two Aviadvigatel D-30F6X conventional turbofan jet engines, power rating unknown (10% improvement in output over the Sukhoi S-37's D-30F6 and made from OTEC super-heat resistant, ultra lightweight space alloys)
    Propulsion: 102.5 kN x 2; or 204.7 kN x 2 afterburner; 2 x VTOL high maneuverability fan jets operating as supplementary lift fan or high-maneuverability jets in Battroid mode (mounted center fuselage in Fighter mode)
    Thrust-to-weight ratio: (empty) 2.34
    Performance:
  • Fighter Mode: at 11,000 m Mach 2.81; cruising range (with standard micro-missile launcher/auxiliary tank composite pods) 1,910 km; service ceiling 22,500 m
  • g limit: unknown
    Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; vertical take-off and landing; multi-axis 90 degree thrust vectoring; extending/retracting main wings; SPO-15C 360 passive radar warning receiver system; 1 x APP-60 chaff and flare dispenser system; RP-51 active stealth system; option of two high-speed, high-maneuverability jet boosters equipped with Klimov RD-35A/R composite engines featuring variable nozzles (mounted on overwing hard points); In Battroid mode, the front panel covers the field of view and serves as a wide-range screen; four-channel analog fly-by-wire (SDU-29 electronic remote control system); SBA-29 Battroid-mode control system, subordinate to the SAU-29 CNI airframe system; top and bottom vertical tails and canard wings, located behind the cockpit, function as air brakes; wings can be deployed in Battroid mode, guarantees high mobility despite drag; main wing extends/retracts for simplification, preserving strength and saving weight; in GERWALK mode, main wing folding structure is used for movement control (similar to flapping bird wings) demonstrating high-maneuverability when hovering; heavy armor in Battroid mode using energy converting armor at its maximum is used due to the enlarged body (energy capacitor performance for energy converting armor is equal to VF-0); cropped-type shield in the visor block of the head protects main camera during close-quarter combat; hovering is possible in Battroid mode
    - Armament -
    Guns:
  • 1 x (2 x in SV-51γ) fixed anti-personnel/light vehicle Gsh-231 12.7mm mini-gun (mounted on port intake/hip; added starboard gun in SV-51γ)
  • 1 x Gsh-371 55mm gun pod with 120 rounds plus one standard spare magazine stowed in special aft gun pod rack
  • Bombs & Missiles:
  • 6 x underwing hard points for 4 x micro-missile launcher/auxiliary tank composite pods with 18 x Turopov SA-19M I/IR-guided micro-missiles (1/point); 2 x R-33D Amos+ medium-range maneuvering missiles (1/point); when wings are folded, four of the hard points cannot be used
  • or a combination of above load-outs
  • Optional Armament:
  • 2 x air blast bomb nicknamed "Daisy Cutter"

  • Description and History

    In 2007, the Unification Wars ended badly for the Anti-U.N. and the United Nations Government firmly established itself on Earth. Despite their loss, the A.U.N. held considerable influence and resources, using both to continue espionage against the U.N.G. Armed with OverTechnology illicitly obtained from the U.N.G.'s military programs, the A.U.N. developed their own variable fighter designated the SV-51. Built and flown before the VF-1 series of the U.N. Spacy, the SV-51 is powered by overtuned conventional engines rather than the more powerful thermonuclear reaction engines. Nonetheless, the SV-51 was designed to be a practical combat machine and operational deployment revealed the SV-51's stability in battle over that of the U.N.G.'s competing VF-0 fighter. In September 2008, the SV-51 entered active service in the A.U.N. and was utilized in a recovery operation of an alien artifact around the island of Mayan in the South Pacific Ocean, the details of this conflict remaining secret for nearly 50 years.

    The SV-51 is a large fighter with numerous weapons and fully variable systems. Capable of transforming into both GERWALK and Battroid mode, the SV-51 utilized one Gsh-371 55mm gun pod as its primary weapon. The SV-51 also featured a fixed mini-gun (two in SV-51γ) and six hard points for mounting missile launchers and auxiliary fuel pods. Several additional systems added to the effectiveness of the SV-51 including a high-efficiency active stealth system and two fan jets for VTOL capabilities in fighter mode. In comparison, the U.N.G.'s VF-0 fighter possessed a lower output stealth system and no such VTOL capabilities in fighter mode. Though the SV-51 enjoys numerous advances over last-generation conventional fighters, the craft does suffer from several design flaws. The size of the aircraft places a burden on the transformation actuators leading to a longer transformation time from one mode to the next. Lacking thermonuclear reaction engines needed to properly operate a variable fighter meant the SV-51 has a much shorter range due to high fuel consumption. Rathering than cruising to a destination using it's own fuel, it was often necessary for the SV-51 to be transported to the operational area, typically by a modified submarine and launched from underwater. The SV-51 was jointly developed by Sukhoi, Israel Aircraft Industries and Dornier and progressed 1-2 years earlier than the VF-0 schedule (reaching a practical stage by the end of the UN War). The SV-51 is first combat-type variable fighter (VF) in history that members of the Anti-UN Alliance developed for combat against giant aliens. Like the VF-0 Phoenix of the U.N. Forces, the SV-51 was a developmental unit. However, the SV-51 was unlike the hastily combat-equipped VF-0 Phoenix in that the Anti-U.N. craft was considered for use in actual combat from the very beginning.

    The SV-51 saw very limited production, with 32 mass-production type SV-51α (alpha) units manufactured (a dozen would have been modified for the SV-52). A further 6 two-seater variants were built and a small but unknown number of specially tuned versions designated the SV-51γ. A.U.N. ace pilots Nora Polyansky and D.D. Ivanov flew SV-51γ (gamma) fighters during the events around the island of Mayan in 2008.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross Zero, Episode 1
    Pilot(s): Nora Polyanksy, D.D. Ivanov
    Appearances: none
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori, Junya Ishigaki (cockpit)

    Line Art

  • battroid rear view
  • battroid side view
  • battroid top view
  • battroid with gun pod and wings deployed
  • fighter aft view with gun pod rack equipped
  • fighter with gun pod rack equipped
  • fighter ventral view with gun pod equipped
  • fighter ventral view with landing gear deployed
  • CG model: battroid mode
  • CG model: battroid rear view
  • CG model: battroid with gun pod and wings deployed
  • CG model: GERWALK view one
  • CG model: GERWALK view two
  • CG model: GERWALK rear view
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium: www.macross.anime.net/wiki/Main_Page
    Images From - Macross Zero booklet (from Macross Zero Blu-Ray Set, 2008) and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist