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SF-3A Lancer II Fighter

Anti-Aircraft Thermonuclear Reaction Missile

Lockhee SF-3A Lancer II Space Fighter

Technical Data

Equipment Type: manned space fighter
Government: U.N. Spacy
Manufacturer: Lockhee
Accommodation: pilot only
Dimensions: height 2.65 meters; length 13.2 meters
Mass: empty 9.5 metric tons; max T-O mass 15.7 metric tons
Power Plant: OTEC thermonuclear reaction rocket engine
Propulsion: *153,000kg [xg] for 60 seconds (1,500.93 kN); 230,000kg [xg] for 5 seconds (2,256.3 kN); vernier belt in nose; high-maneuverability vernier nozzles located in the rear of the craft engine
Thrust-to-weight ratio: empty (60-second burn) 16.11; empty (5-second burn) 24.21; maximum T-O (60-second burn) 9.75; maximum T-O (5-second burn) 14.65
Performance: max speed 7.0 km/s
Design Features: 1 x targeting camera (mounted on nose); 1 x movable targeting radar antenna (mounted on dorsal fuselage)
- Armament -
  • 2 x Howard long-range charged particle beam cannon; rated at 750MW each (mounted upon forward fuselage)
  • Bombs & Missiles:
  • 2 x Hughes anti-aircraft thermonuclear reaction missiles; 0.5 kiloton-class yield (mounted within launchers housed in the left and right rear fuselage)

  • Description and History

    The SF-3A Lancer II is an interceptor space fighter designed for deployment from the space carrier ships of the U.N. Spacy. Armed with two long-range particle cannons and thermonuclear reaction missile launchers, the Lancer II delivers heavy firepower at long distances typical in space. Designed with an overwhelming emphasis on acceleration for hit-and-run attacks, the Lancer engines provide a maximum acceleration of over 10G and its vernier belt confers a maximum evasion acceleration of over 15G. Standard operating practice is to accelerate to maximum speed and perform a hit-and-run attack, exhausting most or all of its propellant before switching over to inertial guidance for recovery by its mothership. The SF-3A is equipped with a high-powered search and target acquisition radar and a fixed-forward aiming camera because visual-range combat and dogfighting was not considered in the craft design. There were 78 manned Lancer II fighters stationed aboard the ARMD-01 Space Carrier on February 2009 and they were the first combat craft to engage in battle at the start of Space War I. Over 1,500 SF-3A Lancer II fighters were built before the conclusion of Space War I.

    *Information taken from Macross Journal Extra: Sky Angels: VF-1 Valkyrie Special Edition (1984). Although the SF-3A Lancer II thrust ratings taken from this book are considered unofficial, the thrust-to-weight ratio from these figures matches the 10G acceleration trivia confirmed by the Macross Chronicle.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Episode 1
    Pilot(s): no notables
    Other Appearances: none
    Original mechanical designer: Miyatake Kazutaka

    Line Art

  • SF-3A Lancer II line art
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Additional Information Courtesy of fan translation (Seto Kaiba of the Macross World forum community)
    Images From - Macross Perfect Memory and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist