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VF-1S Battroid equipped with FAST Pack system
VF-1S Fighter equipped with FAST Pack system
VF-1S Super Fighter schematics
GU-11 55mm Gatling Gun Pod
RMS-1 Anti-Ship Reaction Warhead
HMM-01 Micro Missiles
Micro Missiles (mounted in FAST Pack Arm Unit)
Shinnakasu VF-1S Super Valkyrie|
Equipment Type: FAST Pack augmentative space weapon system
Unofficial codename: Super Valkyrie, Booby Duck
Government: U.N. Spacy
Manufacturer: Northrom (FAST Packs manufactured by Shinnakasu Heavy Industry)
Introduction: January 2010
Operational Deployment: January 2010
Accommodation: pilot only in Marty & Beck Mk-7 zero/zero ejection seat
Battroid Mode: height 14.1 meters; width 9.8 meters; length 4.8 meters
Fighter Mode: wingspan 14.78 meters (fully extended); height 5.5 meters; length 14.0 meters
GERWALK Mode: wingspan 14.78 meters (fully extended); height 10.36 meters; length 11.3 meters
Mass: empty 19.2 metric tons; standard T-O mass 45.0 metric tons; maximum T-O mass 72.0 metric tons
Structure: space metal frame, SWAG energy conversion armor
Power Plant: two Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2001D thermonuclear reaction turbine engines, output 650 MW each
Propulsion: estimated 12,500 kg [x g] x 2, estimated 25,000 kg [x g] x 2 in overboost (245.25 kN x 2 overboost); FAST Pack P&W+EF-2001 booster thrusters 2 x 120,000 kg [x g] (1,177.2 kN x 2); vernier thrusters with chemical fuel tanks (within backpack section for GERWALK and Battroid modes); 16 x high-maneuverability vernier thrusters, 4 x low-thrust vernier thrusters beneath multipurpose hook/handles
Thrust-to-weight ratio (VF-1A Super): (with FAST packs) standard T-O 6.36; maximum T-O 3.97
Battroid Mode: maximum walking speed 160 km/h
Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 2.71; at 30,000+ m Mach 3.87
GERWALK Mode: maximum walking speed 100 km/h; flying 500 km/h
g limit: in space +7
Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; variable geometry wing; vertical take-off and landing; control-configurable vehicle; fly-by-light; rectangular underfuselage air intakes with intake vane, variable ramps, and retractable cover shutters (for Battroid mode or space use); single-axis two-dimensional thrust vectoring nozzles operate in lieu of conventional elevators and horizontal stabilizers and in tandem with wing thruster roll control system; one ventral fin under each engine nacelle; large airbrake directly rear of cockpit canopy (nozzle feet operate as airbrakes also); two-section flap (with spoiler) and fowler flap occupy almost entire wing trailing-edge; leading-edge slats; conventional rudders with honeycomb construction in outward-canted vertical tail surfaces; two cooling sub-air intake/airframe lift adjustment slits located on forward main body in Fighter mode operate in lieu of glove vanes by controlling airflow; four times the mobility of the Destroid Spartan; three "magic hand" manipulators for maintenance use; retractable canopy shield for Battroid mode and atmospheric reentry; retractable tricycle undercarriage (landing gear) with two steerable nosewheels retract rearward into nose and twin coupled mainwheels inward into fuselage; 2 x arresting hooks mounted underfuselage on engine nacelles; 2 x forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensors in recessed emplacements within leg-joint nacelles (built below and to the fore of the cockpit canopy in egg-shaped blisters on either side of the Fighter mode nosecone); VF-1S enhanced avionics suite; option of GBP-1S system, atmospheric-escape booster, or FAST Pack system
Min time from Fighter to GERWALK (automated): approx. 1.5 sec.
Min time from GERWALK to Battroid (automated): under 2 sec.
Standard time from Fighter to Battroid (automated): under 5 sec.
Min time from Fighter to Battroid (manual): 0.9 sec.
- Armament -
4 x Fixed Mauler RÖV-20 anti-aircraft laser cannons, each firing 6,000 pulses per minute
1 x Howard GU-11 55 mm three-barrel Gatling gun pod with 200 rds fired at 1,200 rds/min
Bombs & Missiles:
4 x underwing hard points for 12 x AMM-1 hybrid guided multipurpose missiles (3/point)
or 12 x MK-82 LDGB conventional bombs (3/point)
or 6 x RMS-1 large anti-ship reaction missiles (2/outboard point, 1/inboard point)
or 4 x UUM-7 micro-missile pods (1/point) each carrying 15 x Bifors HMM-01 micro-missiles
or a combination of above load-outs
Additional Armament (Shinnakasu FAST Pack augmentative space weapon system):
6 x micro-missiles in two NP-AR-01 micro-missile launcher pods (mounted rear-ward under center ventral section in Fighter mode or on lower arm sections in GERWALK/Battroid mode)
24 x micro-missiles (estimated count) in two HMMP-02 micro-missile launcher pods
The FAST Pack system was designed to enhance the VF-1 Valkyrie variable fighter for space operations. Granting the VF-1 a significantly increased weapons payload as well as greater fuel and thrust, Shinnakasu Heavy Industry's FAST Pack system was in every way a major success in space combat. The FAST Pack system featured two 120,000 kg class P&W+EF-2001 booster thrusters (mounted on the dorsal section of the VF-1) and two CTB-04 conformal propellant/coolant tanks (mounted on the leg/engines). Included in FAST Pack boosters and conformal tanks were six high-maneuverability vernier thrusters and two low-thrust vernier thrusters beneath multipurpose hook/handles in two dorsal-mounted NP-BP-01 as well as ten more high-maneuverability vernier thrusters and two low-thrust vernier thrusters beneath multipurpose hook/handles in the two leg/engine-mounted NP-FB-01 systems.
The first VF-1 equipped with FAST Packs was deployed in January 2010 for an interception mission. Captain Misa Hayase's Star Goose shuttle and her escort lead by First Lieutenant Maximilian Jenius had come under fire by advance Zentradi forces. A decoy force had engaged Lt. Jenius's squadron and drawn the defenders away from the Star Goose. Captain Bruno J. Global ordered First Lieutenant Hikaru Ichijo to intercept the Zentradi forces in the FAST Pack equipped VF-1S Valkyrie unofficially codenamed "Booby Duck." The significantly enhanced thrust of the FAST Packs enabled Lt. Ichijo's VF-1S to intercept the enemy forces and with a full weapons load, Lt. Ichijo single-handedly destroyed some thirty enemy Regulds.
Following first operational deployment, the FAST Pack system was embraced enthusiastically by the U.N. Spacy. By February 2010, there were over 300+ "Super Valkyries" stationed onboard the SDF-1 Macross.
NOTE: The estimated number of micro-missiles within the HMMP-02 launcher pods was observed from two sources: the anime TV series and cross-section line art from the "Macross The Movie: Do You Remember Love? Data Bank" book.
In episode 24 of the "Super Dimension Fortress Macross" TV series, Hiakru Ichijo destroys 30 enemy Reguld battle pods with the FAST Pack micro-missiles. Official trivia confirms each NP-AR-01 pack has three missiles, for a total of six missiles. In order for Hikaru to destroy 30 enemy Regulds (assuming one missile per target), the two HMMP-02 launchers must hold 24 additional missiles. Each HMMP-02 launcher would then hold 12 missiles making the loadout 3 missiles within each of the four launching ports for either HMMP-02 launcher pod.
In the "Macross The Movie: Do You Remember Love? Data Bank" book an official cross-section drawing for the VF-1S Strike Valkyrie confirms a HMMP-02 launcher with 12 missiles. One missile is held inside each of the four launching ports and two additional missiles housed in launch tubes immediately behind. The VF-1S Strike Valkyrie only has a single HMMP-02 launcher pod which holds a total of 12 missiles. However, the VF-1S Super Valkyrie mounts two HMMP-02 launcher pods for a total of 24 missiles. When the 24 missiles in two HMMP-02 launchers are added with the 6 missiles in two NP-AR-01 launchers it is confirmed once again the FAST Packs contain a total of 30 missiles.
Debut: Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Episode 24
Pilot(s): Hikaru Ichijo
Other Appearances: Macross: Do You Remember Love?
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori, Shigeki Ninomiya (colored schematics)
Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium: www.macross.anime.net/wiki/Main_Page
Images From - Macross Perfect Memory and other macross books
C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist