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VF-0S Battroid with PWS-0X Reactive Armor

GPU-9 35mm Gun Pod
(drawn by Jeff Sorely)

GPU-9 35mm Gun Pod - high contrast background
(drawn by Jeff Sorely)

Northrop Grumman/Stonewell/Shinsei VF-0S Phoenix PWS-0X Reactive Armor

Technical Data

Equipment Type: developmental variable fighter
Government: U.N. Forces
Manufacturer: Northrop Grumman/Stonewell/Shinsei
Introduction: 2004
Operational Deployment: September 2008
Accommodation: pilot only
  • Battroid Mode: height 14.0 meters (Macross Chronicle 2E Mechanic Sheet ALL 02A)
  • Fighter Mode: length 18.69 meters
  • Mass: empty 16.191 metric tons
    Structure: space metal material frame; titanium/carbon composite outer shell; AWAG/RA 105 SWAG energy conversion armor; surplus power triples Fighter armor strength in Battroid mode, majority of engine output is dedicated to flight so energy converting armor is not functional during Fighter mode; in GERWALK mode the energy conversion armor has a defensive power-equivalent to an attack helicopter; although the strength in GERWALK-mode is 4~5 times greater than in fighter mode, it is still inferior compared to Battroid mode which is 10 times greater compared to fighter mode; PWS-0X Reactive Armor
    Power Plant: two EGF-127 custom overtuned conventional turbofan jet engines (power output unknown); due to its less efficient engines, the VF-0 has considerably shorter range, more delicate handling and a longer airframe compared to the VF-1 Valkyrie (engine nacelles are comparatively longer to accommodate the earlier engine design)
    Propulsion: 91.08 kN x 2; 148.9 kN x 2 afterburner; 2 x Reactive Armor jump boosters (output unknown); 3 x Shinnakasu ARR-2 maneuvering rocket motors (for use in GERWALK/Battroid modes)
    Performance (Limited to Battroid mode only unless PWS-0X Reactive Armor system is ejected):
  • Battroid Mode: unknown
  • g limit: unknown
    Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; two-dimensional thrust-vectoring engine nozzles; standard auxillary conformal fuel drop tanks (mounted on dorsal main body in Fighter mode, upper torso in Battroid mode); rectangular underfuselage air intake with semi-retractable slit-style shutters for Battroid mode/space use; triple-system digital fly-by-wire flight control system (FCS) in fighter mode; swing wing; air brake; 1 x AN/ALE 55 flare and chaff dispenser system; AN/ALQ 220A IDECM. ASS/PS 110 active stealth system; retractable shield canopy (Battroid mode); underwater capable in silent mode for up to several minutes using the electricity of the capacitors (max operational depth limit is 20 meters); option of reactive armor system or 2 x regular external atmospheric combat super parts (mounted one on each leg/engine nacelle); large energy capacitor installed in VF-0A for "mighty-wing mode" in which energy conversion armor can be used effectively for a short time in fighter mode. This mechanism, exclusive to the VF-0 and not seen is subsequent VFs, harnesses the electricity generating abilities of the EGF-127. In Battroid mode, 10% of full power is sufficient for land combat while the remaining 90% is used for energy conversion armor; aerial combat is possible in Battroid mode, but due to the leg turbines, activity is limited to 20 minutes; head unit has high-definition TV camera, night-vision, infrared laser pointer, laser-range finder, IFF-I data link and ultra-sonic motion sensor; VF-0A features compound eye system where 2 are arranged on the top and bottom of the head, unlike the VF-1 Valkyrie; PWS-0X Reactive Armor system with 2 x arm-mounted shields; 1 x reactive armor rear-mounted sensor
    - Armament -
  • 2 x Mauler laser cannons (mounted on head turret)
  • 1 x Howard three-barrel GPU-9 35mm gatling gun pod featuring adjustable rate-of-fire for 60/1,250/2,500 rounds-per-minute, driven by a 90-horsepower electric motor, muzzle velocity 1,100 m/s (550 rounds total, capable of utilizing heavy armor-piercing or AHEAD ammunition)
  • 2 x arm-mounted reactive armor shields
  • Bombs & Missiles:
  • 50 x micro-missiles (estimated count) in PWS-0X Reactive Armor launchers (20 mounted in two front torso launchers and 30 mounted in two shoulder launchers)
  • 6 x large hand grenades (6 mounted in two upper leg magazines)

  • Description and History

    The VF-0S Phoenix PWS-0X Reactive Armor variant was a completed equipment package which added heavy armor, additional thrusters and numerous missiles to the VF-0S Battroid configuration. The intent was to modify the Battroid mode of the VF-0S for heavy combat and increased survivability in high-fire battle situations. The armor was installed all over the VF-0S Battroid, two large boosters were mounted on the back torso and two-part missile launchers were installed on the front torso along with two large missile launchers mounted one per shoulder. The PWS-0X Reactive Armor parts provide protection by explosively reacting to hostile fire, effectively increasing the path-length of the armor and disrupting the projectile. However, the armor was significantly less effective against an assault upon the same location as a previous hit and thus the armor was frequently abandoned after deflecting an initial assault. In addition to the added protection, the reactive armor system carried 50 micro-missiles that were typically fired in simultaneous volleys from each of the four launchers. Roy Focker utilized the VF-0S Phoenix with a PWS-0X Reactive Armor system to repel an Anti-U.N. strike upon the carrier Asuka in 2008.

    NOTE: During development of the Macross game for the Playstation 2, when the VF-0 was being considered for inclusion, it was named "Phoenix" (ultimately, the VF-0 was not included in the game). This "pet name" was then dropped only to reappear in 2008 on the official Macross Frontier website. The Macross Chronicle (2008) has since made the name "Phoenix" official.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross Zero, Episode 3
    Pilot(s): Roy Focker
    Other Appearances: none
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori, Junya Ishigaki (cockpit)

    Line Art

  • Battroid mode (with PWS-0X Reactive Armor) rear view
  • cockpit fighter mode
  • cockpit battroid mode
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - Macross Zero booklet (from Macross Zero Blu-Ray Set, 2008) and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist