GOVERNMENT: UNITED NATIONS
MANUFACTURER: SHINSEI INDUSTRY
SHINSEI INDUSTRY VF-11 THUNDERBOLT
TYPE: UNS/UNSAF main variable fighter.
PROGRAMME: Directly descended from the original VF-1 Valkyrie variable fighter. A canard forward wing is equipped on the VF-11, but while this canard wing enhances manouevrability in atmosphere, it also limits the maximum speed due to air resistance. This feature was cause for heated debate during development with Captain Milia Jenius of the Eagle Nest Aerial Tactics Center as one advocate of the canard wing. Two VFX-11 prototypes produced -- the first prototype produced without a canard wing and the second equipped with one. Captain Jenius and the VFX-11 No. 2 machine participated in a rescue operation of a UN chief advisor, and with data collected on the VFX-11 No. 2 used in this rescue operation, a decision was made to implement the canard wing.
Replaced VF-4 Lightning III as main variable fighter in UN Spacy after 2030. Deployed on long-distance immigration ships, colonized planets, and deep outer space forces. Scheduled to be replaced by the winning design of the Project Super Nova AVF competition in 2040s.
VF-X-11: Prototype version. Two produced, one equipped with fold booster.
VF-11A: First manufactured version (produced in small numbers). Short barrel on anti-aircraft laser gun and two windows on main sensor mounted on head turret.
VF-11B: Version in UN Spacy service in 2040. Lengthened barrel on anti-aircraft gun, one window on main sensor, and increased engine thrust. Deployed on 37th long-distance immigration fleet.
VF-11C: Version with enhanced navigational electronic equipment. All VF-11s in 2040 were in the process of being upgraded beginning with the first squadron.
VF-11D: Two-seater version.
VF-11D Custom: Custom two-seater version manufactured by Shinsei Industry and the Macross 7 Project M Special Technologies Group in one lot of approximately 20 craft with enlarged canard wing, enhanced engines, VF-19's vernier thrusters, and space/atmospheric sound booster FAST Pack. Deployed in Jamming Bird force.
VF-11MAXL: Version with FF-2099A engines identical to the VF-16's, strengthened overall structure to tolerate the engines' thrust, and redesigned modified delta wing for increased fuselage strength and aerodynamic characteristics. A limited number of these special reserve fighters exists, all manufactured to order by the pilots.
VF-11MAXL Custom: Custom version manufactured by Shinnakasu Heavy Industry and the Macross 7 Special Technologies Group with internal sound system, speaker launcher pod, and FF-2099A engines similar to the VF-16's.
CUSTOMER: UNS and UNSAF
DESIGN FEATURES: Variable-geometry-sweep (VG) wing; canard forward wing; vertical T-O and landing (VTOL); supersonic cruise and maneuvering in region of Mach 3.5+ below the stratosphere; two-dimensional thrust vectoring; improved waist joint system; anti-projectile (bulletproof) shield for GERWALK and Battroid mode use; option of FAST Pack booster and propellant tank units or two solid-fuel rocket boosters; option of radome.
FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional digital flight control system. trailing-edge flaps; leading-edge slats; two vertical outward-canted tail stabilizers; all-moving canard horizontal forward wing to the aft of the cockpit; two upper fuselage air brakes on dorsal vernier thruster nacelles. VF-11D Custom has an enlarged canard wing compared to VF-11C.
LANDING GEAR: Retractable tricycle undercarriage. Two steerable nosewheels and twin coupled mainwheels retract rearward.
POWER PLANT: Two 28500 kg class (maximum instantaneous thrust in space) Shinsei Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2025G thermonuclear turbine engines. Engines retuned to 31700-kg-class level and redesignated FF-2025S for VF-11D Custom. Two 41500 kg class (maximum instantaneous thrust in space) FF-2099A Custom engines installed in VF-11MAXL Custom. Two rhomboid underfuselage air intakes with retractable covers for Battroid mode or space use. Two vertical two-dimensional vectored exhaust nozzles, for enhanced V/STOL performance and maneuverability. Two dorsal auxillary thruster pods. P&W HMM-5B high-maneuverability vernier thrusters (P&W HMM-7 high-maneuverability vernier thrusters installed in VF-11D Custom, P&W HMM-7Y high-maneuverability vernier thrusters installed in VF-11MAXL Custom). Four special equipment hard point stations for external space Shinsei Industry FAST Pack units (two NP-SP-09 booster unitss with four booster nozzles mounted on dorsal fuselage, two NP-SF-09 propellant tank units mounted on engine section in Fighter mode and on lower-leg section in GERWALK and Battroid mode, and numerous vernier thrusters). The FAST Pack boosters' exhaust nozzles, originally funnel-shaped, were redesigned recently in a more rectangular shape. The two NP-SP-09 booster units are replaced by the booster units of the Protect Armor, which can be mounted in conjunction with the other FAST Pack units. VF-11D Custom is equipped with redesigned FAST Pack pods for both space and atmospheric use. Optional dorsal and ventral mounting pylons for two external atmospheric solid-fuel rocket boosters. Optional sound booster unit (VF-11MAXL Custom). Option of fold booster (VF-X-11).
ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only in Marty & Beck Mk 11 ejection seat with life support system for high altitude/outer space environments and shockwave system for ejection at supersonic speeds; reinforced pressurized canopy (ejectable as an emergency escape pod) with retractable two-piece cover in Battroid mode; side-stick controller. VF-11D and VF-11D Custom has two seats with retractable four-piece canopy cover in Battroid mode (and a secondary transparent spherical canopy for the rear seat of the VF-11D Custom).
AVIONICS: HUD (projected onto canopy), side-stick controller and throttle/Battroid-mode controller (removed and customized with functioning guitar sound sitck control mounted on gimbal-and-joint system and throttle and options control on slider for HOTAS use in VF-11MAXL Custom), radar, two rear (back) monitors, head-turret-mounted main sensor system and rear camera, four conformal sensors mounted on main airframe's forward edge. Two head-turret-mounted antennae (VF-11MAXL Custom). Chaff and flare dispenser system in either engine section. Standard Sound Energy Conversion seat installed in VF-11MAXL Custom. Sensors embedded in conformal soft pads lining manipulator. One special equipment hard point station for external radar radome mounted above fuselage. Option of space/atmoshperic sound booster FAST Pack pods with sound energy system and sound energy converter system (VF-11D Custom). High performance audio system and speaker system with speaker units on nose in Fighter and GERWALK modes or on chest nacelles in Battroid mode (VF-11MAXL Custom). Lightup projector system (VF-11MAXL Custom). Optional sound booster unit with hybrid sensors, two sound energy converters and two sound aura amplification systems (VF-11MAXL Custom).
ARMAMENT: VF-11A, B, and C: Fixed rear anti-aircraft pulse laser gun mounted on central dorsal section in Fighter and GERWALK mode or on head turret in Battroid mode. Standard bulletproof (anti-projectile) shield mounted on center rear dorsal fuselage in Fighter mode or on lower arm section in GERWALK and Battroid modes. Standard external multipurpose 30 mm 6-barrel gun pod with sensor, foregrip, anti-armor bayonet (on early space models), and large barrel magazine mounted under center ventral fuselage in Fighter mode or in manipulator in GERWALK and Battroid modes (with two spare magazines stored underneath shield). Four special equipment hard point stations for external space FAST Pack units with four Hughes HMMM-Mk 6 micro-missile launchers mounted on dorsal fuselage (exit ports in front of booster units) and two chaff and flare dispensers mounted in FAST Pack propellent tank units on engine section in Fighter mode or on lower-leg section in GERWALK and Battroid modes. Option of Protect Armor with reactive armor shield, Hughes HMMM-Mk 6 micro-missile launchers, four shoulder-mounted laser guns (capable of firing 20 pulses from energy pack), and long-range high-piercing-round gun pod for ground tactical missions in Battroid mode only. Numerous optional weapons.
VF-11D Custom: Standard bulletproof (anti-projectile) shield mounted on center rear dorsal fuselage in Fighter mode or on lower arm section in GERWALK and Battroid modes. Standard external multipurpose 30 mm 6-barrel gun pod with sensor, foregrip, and large-barrel magazine mounted under center ventral fuselage in Fighter mode or in manipulator in GERWALK and Battroid modes (with two spare magazines stored underneath shield). Pin-point barrier system. Micro-missile launch system in dorsal and leg/engine-nacelle space/atmospheric FAST Pack pods. Two chaff and flare dispensers mounted in FAST Pack propellent tank units on engine section in Fighter mode or on lower-leg section in GERWALK and Battroid modes. Numerous optional weapons.
VF-11MAXL Custom: Standard bulletproof (anti-projectile) shield mounted on center rear dorsal fuselage in Fighter mode or on lower arm section in GERWALK and Battroid modes. External speaker-pod-shooting launcher pod mounted under center dorsal section in Fighter mode or in manipulator in GERWALK and Battroid modes. Pin-point barrier system. Two laser cannons. Four internal Little Rock launch systems mounted on dorsal section in Fighter mode or in shoulders in GERWALK and Battroid modes. Two internal Little Rock launch systems in lower leg/engine-pod bays for six micro-missiles each (VF-11MAXL Custom).
|0 m (VTOL capable)|
|42000 m (Use of large booster needed for launching into satellite orbit)|
|Unlimited (capable of launching into satellite orbit over an Earth-class planet with FAST Pack)|
|Unlimited (capable of launching into satellite orbit over an Earth-class planet)|
|0 m (VTOL capable)|