EQUIPMENT TYPE: VARIABLE VEHICLES
GOVERNMENT: UNITED NATIONS
MANUFACTURER: STONEWELL BELLCOM
STONEWELL BELLCOM VF-1 VALKYRIE
TYPE: All-environ variable fighter and tactical combat battroid.
PROGRAMME: Tentative plan introduced for all-environ variable combat system for use against giants February 2002. UN Forces' basic requirement for system to incorporate aerospace fighting capability equal to the level of contemporary fighters and ground comabt capability comparable to Destroid series. Development began with United Nation Forces contract to Stonewell and Bellcom; Stonewell and Bellcom solicited the powerplant producer Shinnakasu Heavy Industry (co-developer of reaction engines) and ground weaponry maker Centinental (co-developer of Destroid series) as partners; development team completed basic design 2005; one non-transformable VF-X flight test machine and one transformable VF-X-1 produced; first flight February 2007; space-worthiness tests begin in June 2007. Decision made to formally introduce the VF-X1 November 2007.
Development and mass production of operational VF-1A started November 2007. Deployment begins on CVS-101 Prometheus carrier August 2008 (However, usage is limited to Fighter mode only). Total initial strength on SDF-1 Macross at space launch ceremony 1 February 2009: 212 VF-1 Valkyries. First operational deployment in Space War I's Battle of South Ataria Island the same day. First operational deployment of Protect-Weapon-system-equipped Valkyrie in space combat October 2009. First operational deployment of FAST-Pack-equipped Valkyrie in combat January 2010. Production resumed after Space War I at surviving parts plants in the space colonies and on the Lunar surface's Apollo Base August 2011. At the end of the 2015, production of the VF-1 series ended with the rollout of the final VF-1 in a commemorative ceremony. Scheduled to be replaced as main variable fighter by VF-4 Lightning III in 2020.
COSTS: Not publicly disclosed, but reported to be about 20 times that of a standard Destroid.
DESIGN FEATURES: VG wing; VTOL capability; CCV structure; four times the mobility of the Destroid Spartan; single-axis thrust vectoring; three "magic hand" manipulators for maintenance use; option of GBP-1S ground-combat protector weapon system, atmospheric-escape booster system, or FAST Pack space booster and weaponry system.
FLYING CONTROLS: Fly-by-light, two-section ailerons and flaps occupy almost entire wing trailing-edge; leading-edge slats; conventional rudders in outward-canted vertical tail surfaces; two slits located on forward main body in Fighter mode operate in lieu of glove vanes by controlling airflow; two-dimensional vectored thrust nozzles operate in lieu of conventional elevators and horizontal stabilizers and in tandem with wing thruster roll control system; four Shinnakasu Heavy Industry NBS-1 high-thrust vernier thrusters; eighteen P&W LHP04 low-thrust vernier thrusters beneath multipurpose hook/handles; one counter reverse vernier thruster nozzle on the side of each leg nacelle air intake; large airbrake directly rear of cockpit canopy (nozzle feet operate as airbrakes also); one ventral fin under each engine nacelle.
LANDING GEAR: Retractable tricycle undercarriage. Two steerable nosewheels retract rearward into nose and twin coupled mainwheels inward into fuselage. Two arresting hooks mounted underfuselage on engine nacelles.
POWER PLANT: Two Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2001 thermonuclear reaction turbine engines, each rated at 11500 kg [x g] class (23000 kg [x g] in overboost) and 650 MW in generation power. Engines generate 17,680 PS during ground combat, or 956 PS/t with standard take-off mass. The VF-1S version has Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2001D engines. The VF-1X Plus has Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2079J thermonuclear turbine engines, each rated at 15000 kg [x g] class. The VT-1C has custom tuned Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2001 engines, each rated at approximately 10000 kg [x g] class. Two-dimensional convergent/divergent exhaust nozzles, for enhanced V/STOL performance and manoeuvrability. Rectangular underfuselage air intake with retractable cover in Battroid mode or space use. Four Shinnakasu Heavy Industry NBS-1 high-thrust vernier thrusters. Eighteen P&W LHP04 low-thrust vernier thrusters beneath multipurpose hook/handles. One counter reverse vernier thruster nozzle on the side of each leg nacelle air intake. Fluid pulse actuators enable transformation. Option of Shinnakasu Heavy Industry GBP-1S ground-combat protector weapon system with two assist thrusters; atmospheric-escape booster system with four 22500 kg [x g] class conventional rocket engines; or Shinnakasu Heavy Industry FAST Pack space booster system with two 120000 kg [x g] class (for 150 seconds at maximum thrust) P&W+EF-2001 booster thrusters, two leg/engine-pod-mounted CTB-04 conformal propellant tanks (for both propellant and coolant), and numerous high-manoeuvrability vernier thrusters in two dorsal-mounted NP-BP-01 (NP-BP-T1 on VT-1, NR-NP-E3 on VE-1) and two leg/engine-pod-mounted NP-FB-01 (NP-FB-T1 on VT-1, NR-FS-E3 on VE-1) systems. The VT-1's FAST Pack space booster variant includes enhanced vernier thrusters and an additional tail unit booster.
ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only in Marty & Beck Mk-7 zero/zero ejection seat. VF-1D, VEFR-1, VT-1, and VE-1 each have two seats. Pressurized upward-hinged canopy with retractable shield for Battroid mode and atmospheric reentry use; central column controller, throttle, and two GERWALK arm controller sticks in Fighter/GERWALK mode cockpit of Block 5 or earlier machines. Each GERWALK and Battroid arm controller contains five tapets and one ball controller to control the fingers, palm and thumb. Side-stick controller and multi-position throttle lever/stick in Fighter/GERWALK mode cockpit of Block 6 or later machines. Both side-stick and throttle have six tapets to control the fingers and palm. Two rear (back) mirrors. Block 5 and earlier machines were upgraded to Block 6 specifications with improved cockpit and Mk-7 Custom ejection seat.
AVIONICS: HUD (displayed on transparent panels in block 5 or earlier machines, on canopy in Block 6 or later machines); hexagonal three-panel main screen in block 5 or earlier machines, octagonal one-panel main screen in Block 6 or later machines; IFF antenna, UHF antenna, and AWG-20 radar FCS in nosecone; head-turret-mounted hybrid sensor/TV camera eye system and radar sensor dome with rear periscope; VHF antenna in vertical stabilizer and retractable VHF antenna in vernier tail pack (extended in GERWALK mode); IFF/UHF datalink antenna and TACAN/UHF antenna on dorsal section; ACS; two forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) sensors in recessed emplacements in leg-joint nacelles below and to the the fore of the canopy. Two Battroid-mode searchlights. Option of Shinnakasu Heavy Industry NR-BP-E3 FAST Pack space booster system with rotary radome and APS-201 surveillance radar; HF, VHF, and VLF antennae equipped NR-SR-E3 (right) and NR-SL-E3 (left) arm-mounted contennae, and side surveillance radar systems in two NR-FS-E3 attachments on VE-1. Option of Shinnakasu Heavy Industry NP-BP-T1 FAST Pack space booster system with additional antenna on right pod on VT-1. Block 4 and earlier machines were upgraded to block 5 specifications with improved avionics for space use in Plus upgrade.
ARMAMENT: Fixed Mauler RÖV-20 anti-aircraft laser cannon (One in VF-1A, two in VF-1D and VF-1J, and four in VF-1S), firing 6000 pulses per minute, mounted under nose in Fighter and GERWALK mode or on head turret in Battroid mode. Standard external 55 mm Howard GU-11 three-barrel gatling gun pod mounted under central fuselage in Fighter mode or in manipulator or stored on arm hard point in GERWALK and Battroid modes with 200 rds fired at 1200 rds per minute. Four underwing hard points for twelve AMM-1 hybrid guided multipurpose missiles each with four stabilizers which extend during launch (three on each hard point), twelve MK-82 LDGB conventional bombs (three on each hard point), six RMS-1 large anti-ship reaction missiles (two on each outboard hard point and one on each inboard hard point), four UUM-7 micro-missile pods (one on each hard point) each carrying up to fifteen Bifors HMM-01 micro-missiles, or a combination of the above missiles. The VT-1C can be equipped with Galactic Whale-capturing harpoon-shooting pod with harpoon approximately 5 meters long.
Option of Shinnakasu Heavy Industry GBP-1S ground-combat protector weapon system with fifty-six 28-cm-diameter Erlikon GH-32 Grenade Crusher high manoeuvrability micro-missiles (twenty-two mounted in two shoulder launchers, ten mounted in two chest launchers, sixteen mounted in side leg launchers, and eight mounted in rear leg launchers), six Erlikon GA-100 Crusher high-speed armor-penetrating projectiles mounted in two lower arm launchers, and six Ramington H-22T large hand grenades mounted on torso; or Shinnakasu Heavy Industry FAST Pack augmentative space weapon system (UNS codename: Booby Duck) with six micro-missiles in two NP-AR-01 micro-missile launcher pods (mounted rearwardly under center ventral section in Fighter mode or on lower arm sections in GERWALK and Battroid mode), and two HMMP-02 micro-missile launcher pods. The HMMP-02 pod can be replaced by the optional Mauler RO-X2A high-powered double-action beam cannon pod (mounted on dorsal section).
The VT-1 and VE-1 normally carry no armament.
MASSES AND LOADINGS:
Debut: First Macross episode 1
Other appearances: Movie, Plus, 7, Dynamite 7
Designer: Shouji Kawamori, Kazutaka Miyatake (initial co-developer)
Name inspiration: North American XB-70 Valkyrie
Design inspiration: Initial designs for Genocidas powered suit (Battroid), Grumman F-14 Tomcat (Fighter), McDonnell Douglas F-15S/MTD (two dimensional thrust-vectoring nozzles), McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle (FAST Packs)
Note: The VF-1 Valkyrie was named after the North American XB-70 Valkyrie, a experimental bomber whose picture inspired Shoji Kawamori as a child to pursue aerospace engineering. (In fact, a model of the XB-70 Valkyrie makes a cameo in the the first Macross movie.)