GOVERNMENT: UNITED NATIONS GOVERNEMENT
MANUFACTURER: GENERAL GALAXY
GENERAL GALAXY VF-17 NIGHTMARE
TYPE: UN Spacy special operations variable fighter and heavy battroid
VARIANTS: VF-17A: First mass produced version.
VF-17C: Version with improved avionics.
VF-17D: Mass produced version currently in UN Spacy service. Two head-turret-mounted rear anti-aircraft laser guns and improved FF-2100X engines.
VF-17S: Version assigned to team leaders. Four head-turret-mounted rear anti-aircraft laser guns and improved engines.
VF-17T: Two-seater trainer version.
VF-17T Custom: One VF-17T was customized by the Macross 7 Special Technologies Group with internal sound system and speaker launcher pod.
CUSTOMER: UN Spacy
DESIGN FEATURES: Variable-geometry-sweep (VG) wing with sawtooth delta wing standard cruising configuration; forward underwing surface blends with forward fuselage; vertical T-O and landing (VTOL); high maneuverability vernier thrusters in clusters of three strategically placed for maximum maneuverability in space; two-dimensional horizontal thrust vectoring with two independently pivoting exhaust nozzles; option of external radome.
FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional digital flight control system. Minimal inclusion of atmospheric control surfaces (this fighter is primarily designed for space use); vertical inward-canted tail surfaces mounted on lower arm/weapons nacelles.
LANDING GEAR: Retractable tricycle undercarriage. Two steerable nosewheels retract rearward into nose and twin coupled mainwheels rearward into fuselage.
POWER PLANT: Two 55000 kg [x g] class (maximum thrust in outer space) Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2100X thermonuclear turbine engines in VF-17D. Two 59500 kg [x g] class (maximum thrust in outer space) Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2100X Custom thermonuclear turbine engines installed in VF-17S and VF-17T Custom. Rhomboid upper fuselage air intakes with retractable shutters in Battroid mode or space use. Auxillary air intakes in horizontal surface under fuselage/upper leg section with retractable hatches in Battroid mode or space use. Two-dimensional horizontal independent vectored exhaust nozzles, for enhanced V/STOL performance and maneuverability. Over 30 P&W HMM-6B (HMM-6D in VF-17T Custom) high-maneuverability vernier thrusters in cluster of three mounted on upper and lower wing tips, vertical stabilizers, both starboard and port side of upper and lower surfaces of the nose, and other strategic points. Option of fold booster mounted above fuselage. Option of two space/atmospheric FAST Pack propellant tank/booster units mounted on dorsal section and two conformal propellant tanks mounted on either side of the fuselage in Fighter mode or on lower leg in GERWALK and Battroid modes. Optional sound booster unit (VF-17T Custom).
ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only; pressurized canopy with four individually framed flat-plate windows, including single-piece windscreen. VF-17T and VF-17T Custom has two seats.
AVIONICS: HUD, side-stick controller (removed and customized with functioning keyboard sound sitck control mounted on gimbal-and-joint system and throttle and options control on slider for HOTAS use in VF-17T Custom), radar, main display, wrap-around imaging monitor screens in Battroid mode. VF-17T Custom includes sound plate system for second seat. Two sensors mounted in Battroid mode forward and one aft (upward in Fighter and GERWALK mode) in head turret (additional one facing upward in Battroid mode in VF-17S). Two sensors mounted on leading wing edge. Sensors embedded in conformal soft pads lining manipulator. Option of external radome mounted above fuselage. Optional sound booster unit with hybrid sensors and four sound energy systems (VF-17T Custom).
ARMAMENT: Fixed anti-aircraft laser gun turrets (two barrels in VF-17D, four barrels in VF-17S) mounted on head-turret. Two fixed small-bore forward laser guns mounted on both sides of the cockpit. Two fixed medium-bore laser beam guns (each with two opposite-facing barrels, one retractable and traversable) mounted in front of vertical stabilizers in Fighter and GERWALK mode or in forearm section in Battroid mode. One multipurpose seven-barrelled gatling gun pod (with retractable handle and fore grip, folding stock, muzzle sensors, and strap) mounted with an exit port and stealth covers in lower main fuselage in all modes or ejectible from lower leg section into manipulator in Battroid mode (one spare gun pod magazine or one gunpod beam adaptor stored in lower main fuselage in Fighter mode or in opposite lower leg section in Battroid mode). Two micro-missile launchers with two exit ports each in main fuselage near the wing leading root in Fighter mode or in shoulder section in Battroid mode. (Internal standard equipment capable of being exchanged for other weapon packs.) Option of two pulse laser gun FAST Pack weapon units mounted on dorsal section and two missile FAST Pack weapon units mounted on either side of the fuselage in Fighter mode or on lower leg in GERWALK and Battroid modes. Numerous manipulator-held options including Spiritia absorption pod developed on Macross 7 fleet after Operation Stargazer 2046 Feburary.
In order to maintain passive stealthiness, the VF-17 does not normally use any Super Parts or external weapon stations.
VF-17T Custom: External speaker-pod-shooting launcher pod mounted with an exit port and stealth covers in lower main fuselage in all modes or ejectible from lower leg section into manipulator in Battroid mode. Two laser guns. Four micro-missile launchers mounted on dorsal section in Fighter mode or in shoulders in GERWALK and Battroid modes. Underwing mountings for gunpod Gamma (called Sigma during development) with pin-point-barrier-penetrator-equipped speaker pod Gamma developed by Dr. Gadget M. Chiba for use by VF-19 Custom.
|11850 [10100, 11750] kg|
|Unlimited (Capable of launching into satellite orbit over an Earth-class planet)|
|0 m (VTOL capable)|