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Long-Range Anti-Ship Reaction Missile

ARMD-Class Space Carrier

Technical Data

Ship Type: space carrier
Government: U.N. Spacy
Manufacturer: OTEC Company
Ship Class: 10 ARMD Class
Ship Name: ARMD-01, ARMD-02, Enterprise (ARMD-03), ARMD-04, AKAGI (ARMD-05), ARMD-06, RANGER (ARMD-07), ARMD-08
*H.J. Niven (Harlon J. Niven, first Prime Minister of the UN Government) ARMD-01; Invincible ARMD-02; Enterprise ARMD-03; Clemenceau ARMD-04; Akagi ARMD-05; Constellation ARMD-06; Ranger ARMD-07; Midway ARMD-08; Minsk ARMD-09; Haruna ARMD-10; Kiev ARMD-11; Independence ARMD-12; Forrestal ARMD-13; R.A. Rhysling (Robert A. Rhysling, second Prime Minister of the UN Government) ARMD-14
**Kilauea ARMD-204; Altamira ARMD-213; Hallstatt ARMD-240; Lassen Peak ARMD-244; Constitution ARMD-00
Commission Date: July 2008
Number of Class Commissioned: 10
Complement: unknown
Dimensions: length 430 meters; width 220 meters
Mass: standard operating displacement 174,000 metric tons
Power Plant: 2 x OverTechnology advanced heat pile system clusters
Primary Systems: 2 x OTMN-3T OverTechnology main nozzle clusters; many x vernier thrusters; Overtechnology advanced gravity control system; super dimension navigation system
  • 5 x guided converging beam cannon system
  • many x small anti-aircraft beam weaponry
  • 2 x large forty-meter-long (approximately) automatic anti-celestrial-object anti-ship missile launchers (mounted dorsal starboard and dorsal port)
  • 6 x large automatic guided anti-ship missile launchers
  • many x small anti-aircraft missile weaponry
  • Space fighters: 78 x SF-3A Lancer II
    Space planes: 270 x QF-3000E Ghost
    Variable Mecha: unknown number of VF-1 Valkyrie

    Description and History

    The ARMD Class vessels were designed as space carriers for variable fighters and other U.N.S. spacecraft. The ARMD began construction in April 2003 at the Lagrange Point 5 manufacturing station. The first two carriers ARMD-01 and ARMD-02 were commissioned in July 2008 and October 2008 respectively and were opertaional prior to Space War I in February 2009. Built by OTEC Company, the ARMD carriers featured OverTechnology with gravity control systems, a reaction heat pile system and even the fold drive (though this super dimension navigation system was never implemented). At 430 meters in length, the ARMD carriers were much smaller than the large SDF-1 Macross and both ARMD-01 and ARMD-02 were originally meant to dock with the larger craft when the ship achieved orbit during its maiden voyage.

    As a carrier vessel, the ARMDs held numerous ships and mecha. ARMD-01 held 78 SF-A3 Lancer II space fighters and 270 QF-3000E Ghost fighters (as well as an unknown number of VF-1A variable fighters) just prior to Space War I. In addition to several hundred fighters, the ARMD carrier was armed with many weapons including beam cannons, small anti-aircraft cannons and launchers as well as large anti-ship reaction warheads. The ARMD possessed many large vernier thruster nozzles positioned all over the craft. These powerful thrusters granted the ARMD excellent maneuverability in space and also proved very useful for combat engagement and evasion.

    Both ARMD-01 and ARMD-02 were destroyed in the first battle of Space War I on February 7, 2009. However, both vessels engaged in combat with the Zentradi fleet and proved quite successful at using anti-ship reaction warheads to destroy several large Zentradi warships. Eventually, six more vessels of the ARMD Class were commissioned and both the original ships were replaced. To this day, recommissioned ARMD-01 and ARMD-02 remain docked with the SDF-1 Macross on Earth.

    *Macross Journal Extra: Sky Angels: VF-1 Valkyrie Special Edition (1984) page 57 and Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie Vol. 1 (2009) page 94 list the named ARMD Class ships.
    **Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie Vol. 2 (2010) page 100 (and other pages) list several more named ARMD Class ships. Variable Fighter Master File VF-0 Phoenix (2012) page 27, 123 mentions the ARMD-00 Constitution.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Episode 1
    Crew: no notables
    Other Appearances: none
    Original mechanical designer: Miyatake Kazutaka

    Line Art

  • ARMD Class line art
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - Macross Perfect Memory and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist