Macross Compendium

General Galaxy VF-22 Sturmvogel II





TYPE: UNS special operations variable fighter.

PROGRAMME: VF-22 developed from General Galaxy YF-21 design after UN Forces' decision not to adopt the earlier design as the main variable fighter in the Super Nova (AVF) competition. Brainwave control system not implemented in VF-22 design due to test results on the YF-21 in the Super Nova competition. Decision made to adopt VF-22S as special operations fighter successor to General Galaxy VF-17 2042 December. Two fighters used in final stages of Protodeviln War 2046 February.

VF-22: Advance production version with no additional series letter designation
VF-22S: Production version adopted by United Nations as special operations fighter. First manufactured by Macross 7 fleet factory ship Three Star under experimental license for two fighters.


DESIGN FEATURES: Implementation of Zentradi technology (due to the implementation of a revised version of the Quimeliquola Quaedluun-Rau battle suit's special inertia vector control system, the VF-22 has a similar silhouette to the battle suit in Battroid mode); low observables stealth configuration and construction; stealth/agility trade-off decided by design team; two flight configuration modes (cruise and high speed) achieved via varying the cant of the wing and tail surfaces; supersonic cruise and maneuvering in region of Mach 5+ below the stratosphere; sufficient thrust for attaining orbital velocity over a Earth-class planet; vertical T-O and landing (VTOL); fighter-carried pin-point barrier system (PPV); trapezoidal combined variable-cant tail stabilizing surfaces; active stealth system; three-dimensional thrust vectoring with three independently pivoting exhaust nozzle flaps on each engine; head unit and legs enhanced from earlier YF-21 design; under-fuselage micro-missile launchers and gunpods internalized; option of external fold booster.

FLYING CONTROLS: Inertia vector control system improved upon and derived from Zentradi battle suit Quimeliquola Queadluun-Rau. Conventional digital flight control system. Outward-canted combined tail slab stabilizers/ruddervators. Two ventral fins below and to the sides of the air intakes.

LANDING GEAR: Retractable tricycle undercarriage. One steerable nosewheel and two mainwheels.

POWER PLANT: Two 65200 kg [x g] class (maximum instantaneous thrust in space) Shinnakasu Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2450B thermonuclear engines. In atmosphere, the engines use air as coolant/propellant, but due to problems of cooling efficiency (caused by exceeding output and melting the core) the maximum thrust is limited to 40% to 60% of thrust in space. Two trapezoidal air intakes with retractable shutters for Battroid mode or space use and four dorsal overflow outlets. Three-dimensional independent turning exhaust nozzle vanes, for enhanced V/STOL performance and maneuverability. Four dorsal sub-nozzles above main exhaust nozzles. Two banks of pivoting underfuselage slits acting as main nozzles for VTOL hovering in GERWALK mode. P&W HMM-6J high-maneuverability vernier thrusters. Special equipment hard point station for optional external fighter fold booster on special pylons.

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only in g-endurance zero/zero ejection seat and wearing Tactical Life Support System with upper and lower g-suits and pressure breathing; completely shielded, presurized cockpit with external view maintained by overhead spherical canopy, one forward panel, and two side panels in cockpit hatch; conventional digital flight control system with side-stick controller.

AVIONICS: Side-stick controller, imaging monitor screens. Active stealth system. Six cameras, one on the top, one on the bottom, and four on the sides of the nose. Two sensor units (one hybrid to the rear) mounted on head turret.

ARMAMENT: Fixed high-powered converging energy cannon mounted rearward on forward dorsal fuselage in Fighter and GERWALK modes or on head turret in Battroid mode. Two converging energy cannons with forward and rearward barrels mounted underneath tail stabilizers in Fighter mode or in the lower arm section in GERWALK and Fighter modes. Fixed fighter-carried pin-point barrier system for use in GERWALK and Battroid modes. Two Fighter-mode tail stabilizers act as shields in GERWALK and Battroid modes in concert with barrier system. Three standard internal pallets. Micro-missile launchers with four exit ports on the forward dorsal section to the sides of the engine nacelles. Micro-missile launchers with four exit ports on the ventral fuselage to the rear of the engine nacelles in Fighter mode or on leg storage bay cover panels in GERWALK and Battroid modes. Exclusive internal pallet(s). Eight hard point weapon stations for two internal cartridge-less gatling gun pods each with retractable grip and retractable stealth cover mounted below fuselage and to the rear of fuselage in Fighter mode or on leg storage bay cover panels or in manipulators in GERWALK and Battroid modes.

Fighter mode:
Wing span: 15.36 m
Length overall: 19.62 m
Height overall: 4.04 m

Mass empty:
9550 kg
9340 kg

Fighter mode:
Cruising speed: at 10000 m Mach 5.06
VF-22S, standard in atmosphere at 10000 m
Mach 5.07
Max cruising speed: at 30000+ m Mach 21
VF-22S, at 30000+ m
Mach 22+
Ceiling: Unlimited (Capable of attaining satellite orbit over an Earth-class planet)
Max rate of climb at S/L: 61900 m/min
Combat action radius (in atmosphere): Nearly unlimited
g limits: +60/-45
Min T-O/landing run: 0 m (VTOL capable)
Production Notes
Debut: Macross 7
Other appearances: Macross Dynamite 7
Designer: Shoji Kawamori
Note: The VF-22 Sturmvogel II was named after the Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a Sturmvogel (Stormbird), a variant of the first operational jet fighter-bomber placed in actual combat.


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