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Pg 51
Variable Fighter's Aero Report
Here, we'll introduce the continuing to evolve, successive generations of variable fighter, up to the development of the YF-21.

... is the initials taken to abbreviate Overtechnology of Macross.  It is the generic name of technology and a body of theory brought by an alien spaceship that crashed into South Ataria Island in July, 1999, (the ship being repaired and became the Macross).  The OTEC Co. became the main alien technological analysis research laboratories, and is said to be indicated in the developing of gravity control, super dimension(al) navigation technology, and so on.  About the VF series (Variable Fighter series) explained in the following pages, they are adopting these O.T.M. technological theories.  As O.T.M. was an unknown technology for the human race, there were various troubles when the theories were put into operation, and a good deal of effort was paid to overcome these troubles.

Was Compiled Under the Supervision of Kawamori Shoji

Pg 52
VF-1 Valkyrie
Data (when in fighter)
Length: 14.23 m
Height: 3.84 m
Width: 14.78 m ( maximum extension); 8.25 m (minimum extension)
Vehicle Weight: 13.25 t
Engine: 2x Shinnakasu Heavy Industry / P&W / Royce FF-2001 Thermonuclear Turbine; thrust 1,150 Kg / reactor thrust [driving force] 650 MW x2
Vernier: large thrust vernier: Shinnnakasu NBS-1 x4, low thrust vernier PW LHP-04 x18.
Maximum Speed: Mach 2.71 (at 10,000 m), mach 3.87 (at 30,000 m or higher)

Pg 53
Caption: VF-X (testing machine) flight testing type

Development History of the Valkyrie
On July 1999 AD, the object that fell on South Ataria Island turned out to be an alien spaceship.  Moreover, at the same time it was presumed that the physique of this alien has a height five times that of the human race.  With that, in April, 2009, if combat became unavoidable with the possibly coming in the future aliens, it was judged that a combat system to fight against them is necessary, and they had to develop a new style of weapon based on the technological research of the alien technology.  There was, in an especially big way, two separate flows in this development.
Firstly, the development of the human form Destroids, which are a good match for going hand-to-hand in ground combat with aliens whose physique is 5 times that of a human.
Secondly, the development of a fighter that can act not only on the ground, but in all regimes, both inside and outside of the atmosphere, for guarding the alien spaceship that is scheduled to be restored and become a space battleship in the future.
The alien technologies research laboratories OTEC company, which had been established in March, 2000, demanded for the submitted [presented] tentative anti-alien use all environment [circumstance] variable combat system ability in a new style, while demonstrating high manoeuvrability on the ground and in space, was assumed to be able to transform into a human shaped weapon that is able to go hand-to-hand with giants.  This is because the expected emergency deployment capabilities of the Destroids that were also being developed was extremely insufficient.  To this excessive demand, Stonewell Bellcom, one company in the competing manufacturers, whose engineering ranks analyzes the technology of the crashed alien spaceship (thereafter named Macross), and introduced the application of the new technology into a tentative new variable fighter that was presented [submitted].  This is adopted, and it became time for genuinely putting it into a prototype.  In this case, it became a united project including the same firms who had been up until now mainly developing aircraft, for the sake of conducting technical support, along with Shinnakasu Heavy Industry, who were anticipated to step ahead with the reaction engine technology, and Sentinental Co, who were the highly valued ground weapon manufacturer developing the Destroid series.
The development doesn't advance at all, and even though various technological problems occurred, this project solves or cancels the problems one by one; and at last the roll-out of the first mass produced craft put to practical use is in November, 2008, AD.  This is only four months before the launch of the Macross.  Therefore, most of the craft produced will be used as the guard [escort] of the Macross, which is the purpose of the development of this craft.

Pg 54~55


Armoured Valkyrie

Caption: GERWALK VF-1
GERWALK transformation Process

Battroid VF-1
Head Hatch when in Battroid VF-1D
Arm Manipulators

Pg 56
Explanation of Each Type (of VF-1)





Captions: VF-1A: head when in Battroid
VF-1S: head when in Battroid.
- Parts of the back of the head.
VF-1D: head when in Battroid.
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Pg 57
Explanation of Military Equipment
GU-11 Gun Pod


AMM-1 (Anti-) ground Missile

RMS-1 Large Anti-Ship Reaction Missile

Explanation of the VF-1's Hardpoints

Pg 58
VF-1 Super Valkyrie

VF-1 Super Valkyrie

Pg 59

Unit [Force] Deployment



Pg 60
VF-1 Cockpit

Ejection Seat

Pg 61
Instrument Panel (since block 5)

Control Stick

Initial Type of Control Stick for the VF-1A

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Each part of the VF-1's fuselage

Ejection Seat <Marty & Beck V Mk 7 Kai [custom]>

Pg 63
Armoured VF-1

Pg 64
Explanation of the interior of the VF-1
Pivot penetrating material [structure]

Pg 65
1 Nose cone
2 IFF Antenna
3 Radar mobile stem
4 hip conjunction port mobility use actuator
5 Pivot
6 P&W LHP-04 low thrust vernier thruster
7 catapult connection metal
8 UHF Antenna
9 foreward landing gear door
10 Tire
11 forward landing gear stud
12 torque ring
13 forward landing gear storage door
14 oxygen tank
15 handhold
16 Mauler RÖV-20 Anti-air Laser Machine Gun
17 Howard GU-11 55 mm three barrel gun pod
18 Intake vain
19 nose unit expansion and contraction actuator
20 variable ramp plate
21 Air intake variable ramp actuator
22 turbine blade
23 superconduction ram air compressor
24 Actuator
25 Counter vernier nozzle
26 P&W LHP-04 low thrust vernier thruster
27 Above knee moveable joint actuator
28 below knee moveable joint actuator
29 main landing gear cover
30 main landing gear stud
31 main landing gear shock absorber
32 tire
33 inner pylong pivot
34 slat actuator
35 integral tank inside the main wing
36 slat actuator
37 outer pylon pivot
38 left leading edge slat honeycomb structure
39 left wing positioning light
40 left wing formation light
41 RWS
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Pg 66-67
[upper half of the two pages]

VF-4 Lightning
Data (when in fighter)
Length: 14.92 m
Height: 3.72 m
Width: 14.28 m
Unloaded weight: 13,950 t
Engine: Shinnakasu Heavy Industry / P&W / Roisu [Royce] FF-2011 Thermonuclear Turbine; Thrust: 14,000 kg x2
Vernier: High Maneuverability Vernier Thruster / P&W HMM-1A
Maximum Speed: Mach 3.02 (altitude 10,000 m), Mach 5.15+ (altitude 30,000 m and above)

The VF-X-4 prototype [trial manufactured] first edition craft which was constructed with 35% of the parts having been appropriated from the VF-1 Valkyrie.  Except for the silhouette, the VF-X-4 and the later mass-produced VF-4 have few common features.

[lower half of the two pages]

The Implementation of the Thermonuclear Reaction Engine
The invisible introduction of OTM cannot be missed in the implementation of the firm request at the end of conventional wisdom that ground warfare abilities will be given to an aircraft that can change into a humanoid.  Above all else, the achievement of the thermonuclear reaction engine's implementation is the greatest.

In a process different from existing [traditional] nuclear fusion, the thermonuclear reaction engine is a system that changes [transforms] the mass of a substance [material] into thermal energy.  Because of this, it is possible to use the engine for propulsive power [impellent] from the heat-expansion of the inhaled atmosphere.  Compared to a chemical combustion engine, it creates a far larger quantity of heat in the reaction.  The thermonuclear reaction engine demonstrates an almost unlimited cruising ability in the atmosphere.

Thus, the Valkyrie was liberated from the large space and weight increases from the fuel load that has been a large problem in aircraft from the start of aviation.  The saved space and weight was applied to such things as the transformation system and armour.

VF-4 Lightning III
At the time of the trial manufacture and adoption of the VF series, several manufacturers competed against each other in order to get the best results.  Before the adoption of the VF-1, it is said that a prototype called the VF-X-2 was manufactured.  However, the development of this airframe was delayed as it had adopted more OTM than the VF-1.  Because Earth had rushed into the Bodolza War before the production of the real VF-X-2 craft started (as opposed to a prototype), development on it was stopped after the Earth was annihilated, and it became a phantom airframe.

The prototype of the VF-X-3, which was being prototyped at the same time, had indicated that it was going to become the craft that competed with the VF-4 to be the successor of the VF-1.  This was indicated approximately when the prototype of the VF-1 had started to get on the right track.  

The chief designer of the VF-X-3 was Colonel [(navy) Captain] Chris J. Takatoku, who was said to to be the father of the variable fighter, and had accumulated experience during the development of the first generation Valkyrie.  The development proceeded at the main development base at the Grand Cannon IV on the Earth's surface with the basic design and got as far as the production of a full-size mock-up.  VF-X-3 was built centered on the VF-1's design camp.  And even though the VF-X-3 had been reported as exhibiting a high performance far surpassing the VF-4, it had gone missing, along with chief Takatoku, with the annihilation of the Grand Cannon IV.  The design data along with the mock-up were lost.  At present, there is presumed to be only several photos of the VF-X-3 remaining.

The VF-4 is a developed model of VF.  It's full-blown development is indicated as taking place at the same time as the VF-X-3, and in the form of the VF-X-4.  Because of the investment of Zentraadi-series technological know-how on top of existing OTM, the VF-X-4 consisted of an airframe style considerably different from the VF-1.  With the goal of shortening the development period, parts sharing with the VF-1 was promoted.  The prototype number one craft, the VF-X-4V1, really achieved a sharing of 35% with the VF-1.  Even though this ratio fell down to about 25% in the VF-4A-0, an additional prototype, the VF-4 was judged to have a fighting strength 40% better than the VF-1.  This was based on the result of trials within the examination program, which included simulated dogfights* with the VF-1.

Externally, the VF-4 has adopted a three-hull form.  Stored within the twin engine nacelles are propellant tanks and armaments.  Due to it's characteristic shape with the nose block arranged in the center, it received the pet name of "arrow" from pilots.

A large beam gun is installed in the engine nacelles.  In addition, this craft features a load of six half-embedded style long-range missiles.

In the test flights, many of the opinions of the UN Forces ace pilots who had played an active role in the anti-Bodoruzaa War were adopted.  Within the well-known test pilots who added their names to the project, Hikaru Ichijo's name can be seen.

The VF-4's space maneuverability, where it is thought it would be mainly operated, is valued more than the persuit of general-purpose performance.  Due to that, it's atmospheric maneuverability is a little inadequate.  Therefore, when the VF-5000 was adopted, the VF-4 came to be mostly deployed to the space flying corps, which are mainly actively in the void of space.

Production began from February, 2012, and the VF-4 force [units] were deployed just in time to the Megaroad that departed in September the same year.  However, because the construction of production facilities for parts and so forth within the Megaroad had started before the official adoption of the VF-4, the Megaroad was able to carry out the maintenance of parts supply and the like after the VF-4's deployment.

Thereafter, the deployment of the VF-4 force progressed favourably.  From 2020, the VF-4 played an active role as the UN Forces' main fighter, which had changed to it from the VF-1.  Production of the VF-4 ended in 2022; and from 2030, the mainline seat was handed over to the VF-11.  The total number of production craft was 8,245.

Furthermore, even though there are many documents that address Variable Fighters*, also including the VF-4, as Valkyries*, the formal name of this craft is the "Lightning III".  "Valkyrie", which is the popular name of Variable Fighters in general, is the formal name of the VF-1.

*Translator's note: I've made both terms plural to be more comprehensible in English.  The source text is neither singular nor plural.  Ergo Variable Fighter and Valkyrie are equally applicable.
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Pg 68

Caption: an image illustration of the VF-5000 flying at high-altitude near the stratosphere.  Picture: Kawamori Shouji

It is an airframe that emphasizes atmospheric mobility, in a variable fighter who's development originates in the dedicated-fighter ideology [thought] that spread rapidly after the anti-Bodoruza battle.

Mainly, the VF-5000 is in charge of air superiority combat and covering the skies of the battlefields that the VA (Variable Attacker) are dispatched to.

Development begain from 2011 as a joint project of both the Shinakasu Heavy Industry and the Stonewell Bellcom companies.  However, because the aircraft development divisions of the Shinnakasu Heavy Industry and the Stonewell Bellcom companies had combined and formed the new Shinsei Industry company in the immediately following 2012, while the development of the VF-5000 starts, it became the first craft developed by Shinsei Industry.

Nevertheless, in practice, the VF-5000 is an airframe that is said to be an improved version of the first generation Valkyrie, the VF-1.  It is based on the basic design layout of the VF-1, and has been further developed by the introduction of researched Zentraadi technology.  Because of that, the VF-5000 can't be called an entirely newly developed craft.

The entire airframe is composed of a blended-wing body, which excels in the VF-5000's special quality: atmospheric air-power.  Straight-like level-surfaces are used frequently in the composition of the VF-5000 to improve it's stealthiness.  Accompaning that, the lines of each mobile part and each joining part are also composed of straight lines.  Moreover, with the same concept, a stealth coating is also applied to the VF-5000 that effectively reflects radar from the entire fuselage.

With the objective of ensuring the rear field of vision in dogfights, the canopy is clear and without window frames.  The field of vision of the pilot is also exceedingly great because the seating position of the pilot is also high.

The HUD is the type that projects on the interior of the canopy, which is the same as the latter period [final] Valkyries.  In the midst of air combat manuevers, the pilot can hardly see the control panels, and it is possible to manuever the craft without seperating one's eyes from the target.

Since the VF-5000 uses the same basic design as the VF-1, it has a price lower than the VF-4.  Furthermore, the VF-5000 has a few high-performance abilities greater than the VF-4, and it especially exceeds the VF-4 in atmospheric mobility.  Because of it's low price and additional high-performance abilities, the VF-5000 won the seat of the main force fighter from the VF-4 in the latter half of the 2020's.

Nevertheless, because the VF-5000 wasn't a completely newly developed craft, that seat was soon assigned to the VF-11.
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Pg 69
VF-11 Thunderbolt

Data (when in fighter)
Length: 15.51 m
Height: 3.49 m
Width: 11.2 m
Empty Weight: 9.00 t
Engine: Shinsei / P&W / Royce FF-2025G Thermonuclear Turbine (thrust 28,000 kg) x2
Vernier: P&W HMM-5B High-Manueverability Vernier Thrusters
Maximum Speed: Mach 3.5+ at 10,000m, Mach 8.2+ at 30,000 m and higher

VF-11 Thunderbolt
The VF-4, which had emphasized the demonstration of manoeuvrability in the void of space, had a great space combat strength.  Although it was active as the main force in the 2020's, there were more than a few parts of it that were inferior to the VF-1 in ground combat.
You could say that the VF-5000 that appeared after that was also a variant, as it brought Zentraadi technology into the VF-1's basic design.  For that reason, this VF-11 proved to be the successor craft above the substance of the VF-1.
As the [first] multipurpose fighter since the Valkyrie, the VF-11's multi-purpose performance also made the Space Forces retire the space dedicated VF-5 from service.  The VF-5 had been used for a long time as the Space Forces' main force up until the time of the VF-11.
As of the 2040's, the VF-11 is the Unified Space Forces' main fighter and is a high-performance craft that excels in controllability, fighting strength and serviceability, and is endowed with a high performance overall.  Because there is surplus internal capacity and loading weight In the airframe that is a size larger than the VF-1, a variety of remodelled derivative models were produced, such as a reconnaissance model, an electronic warfare model, an increased offensive-ability model and a two-seater trainer model.

Super Thunderbolt
Super Pack equipment, which are action time extension measures in the void of space, were also developed exclusively for the VF-11.  Shinsei Industry took charge of their development, and the NP-SP-09 booster unit and the NP-SF-09 leg unit are installed on the Thunderbolt.  Even though the standard is for Hughes HMMM-M6 Micro-Missile Launchers to be built-into the back units, other exchangeable packs exist that correspond to different missions.

Each Model of the VF-11
The head anti-air laser gun has a shorter barrel in the A type, which was the first to be produced.  Even though the sensor camera is small and is a two-window type, this model's production number was limited and it is referred to as the phantom aircraft by aviation enthusiasts.  The continuing to be produced B model is an updated version that has improvement on the A model's engine thrust, and was the main fighter at the time of the 37th Long Range Emigration Fleet's departure.  As of the 2040's, the even more improved avionics C model has been introduced, and front-line squadrons are in the midst of converting to it.

Full Armoured Thunderbolt
In ground-warfare missions, in order to compensate for the a shortage in defensive capability that comes from the nature of being a traditional fighter aircraft, dedicated Armour equipment was also developed for the VF-11.  A Thunderbolt equipped with that Protect Armour is referred to as a Full Armoured Thunderbolt.
There are Hughes HMMMM-Mk6 micro-missiles in each armour unit, and in addition to the load of micro-missiles, both shoulder armour units are equipped with twin beam guns.  Together with the energy pack, these beam guns can fire about 20 continuous shots.  After they are out of energy, it is possible to detach only these parts.
Large back FAST Packs were developed to correspond to the enlargement of the aircraft due to the armour equipment, and in emergencies, even if the armour units are removed, these parts remain.  As a result, after removing the armour, the Thunderbolt demonstrates a manoeuvrability that more than exceeds that of the common Super Thunderbolt.

Pg 70
VF-11 (FAST Pack Equipment)
<side view>
<top view>

Unification Government Chief Of Staff Rescue Operation
Even though the VF-11 is furnished with canard forward wings, while this canard improves manoeuvrability within an atmosphere, air resistance increases and the maximum airspeed drops.  During development, there were arguments both for and against this point.
Eagle Nest Air Combat Tactics Center's Captain (at the time) Miria Jiinasu strongly insisted on the canard equipment.  Even though the VF-11 had reached a state where finally the judgement couldn't be decided as the dispute of both sides was supercharged, into that situation came armed terrorists on a frontier emigrant planet who claimed self-government independent from the Unified Government; and the kidnapping of the Unified Government Chief of Staff incident occurred.  In order to safely rescue the hostage, both the Unified Government and Emigrant Government considered an operation that didn't result in great damage.  As a result, a force rescue mission was carried out by a two-seater VFX-11 that was made stealthy and a supporting VFX-11 that was furnished with canards.  In this operation, the fighters would launch from a stealth destroyer doing a high speed fly-pass, enter the atmosphere, penetrate very deep into the sky, detect the hostage's position with a reconnaissance pod, transform to battroid and rush in in force, and after rescuing the hostage, it was necessary to break through the anti-aircraft systems, and run back up to high-altitude where the deployment of escort fighters was planned.  It was thought that only the combination of Maximilian Jiinasu, who was at that time the captain of the Stealth Cruiser Haruna, and Captain Miria, who was in the midst of testing the VFX-11, could be relied upon to complete this operation; which seemed to be impossible to realize.  As the VF-11 dedicated super parts that were necessary until the objective atmosphere weren't ready in time, super parts for the VF-5000 were appropriated.  The rescue operation succeeded without incident due to the VFX-11 that Captain Miria boarded, and the adoption of the VF-11's canard was decided by data gathered from the test model, which was furnished with canards and invested in this rescue operation.

Pg 71
VF-11 Variable System
A hole that opens when transforming.
Hip rotation axis.
Gap in the top and bottom covers (the main wing folds up in here).
Transformation actuator.
Main wing stored position.
Shoulder transformation block.
The commutator plate is drawn in.
Shoulder block transformation rotation axis.
The rear of the canopy when in fighter.

VF-11C Full Armoured Thunderbolt
Armament hatches fully open.
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Pg 72

Caption: Being Towed on a carrier, a bomb equipped VA-3B Invader.  24 MK.82 conventional explosive bombs, and 2 external tanks are suspended on pylons under the main wing.  Picture: Kawamori Shouji.

Introduction of the VA Series
It was pointed out that the general-purpose FCS weapon control system installed  in the general purpose VF series, which had been developed to be able to fight in all regimes, was not useable for specialty attack weapons, and the lack of a bombload was a deficiency (of the VF series) for regional attack missions.  Moreover, the high production costs from the use of an increased number of processes and new materials (in the VF series) became a problem, too.

Though, this problem did not come to light while combatting against Bodolza, because the main duty of the VF series was air defense duty in space, since the start of the Megaroad (Emigrant Fleets) and emigration has started, and with the point of regional control [supression, supremacy], the very bad cost-performance of the Valkyrie has been clarified.

Starting at this time, airframe development harvesting the idea of specialized fighters, and a lot of airframes excelling in a specific-use were developed.  It can be said that (VFs developed) after the VF-1, such as the VF-4, VF-5, VF-5000 and so on, are specialized fighters of that idea.  Originally, even though the Destroids undertook regional attacks, the VA series has been developed to answer the development ability of a deployable attack craft.

Before the development of the VA series, the VF series undertook the control [supression, supremecy] of a region's ground and skies by maintaining authority by air-superiority; and though the VF series did attack positions [locations, bases], because of it's weakness of offensive power, there are plenty of demonstrations of the VF series (limited) ground control effectiveness, as it had to do it in a large quantity of spread out waves.  Then, a variable attack craft, with a ground-attack use [only] FCS installed, and having the ability to be equipped with a large amount of armaments, was developed.

VA-3 Invader
(partially con't on page 73)
The VA-3 is an all-regime attack craft, developed as a specialized craft for limited area [local] attacks with strategic reaction warhead attacks and conventional bombs.  With abundant know-how in ship-board attack craft, the Grumman [Guraman] Aircraft Department of the Northrum [Noosuromu] Company, took charge of development (of the VA-3).

It is designed for the Lo-Lo-Lo attack* ideology, that keeps (the craft) flying at low altitude from takeoff, to the attack and return; without consideration of the velocity, performance and so on, but valuing a durable, high-survivability airframe design.  From the beginning, it's mobility at low and high altitude in the atmosphere, due to it's slightly rearward angled main wings and rounded nose-line, is valued.  A large nacelle exists in the middle of the main wing, which becomes the arm in battroid form.  Though the VA-3 is not equipped with an afterburner, as it is thought that it will mainly be used for low-level flight in an atmosphere, supersonic flight is possible because there is surplus engine thrust.

The battroid mode has the peculiar shape of craft in the Zentraadi line.  Moreover, because it's defensive ability for ground combat is stressed more than it's ability as an aircraft, the VA-3's airframe can be said to be characteristic of a Destroid.

The VA-3 automatically navigates, as well as has an FCS that automatically takes aim after target acquisition with the radar.  This is with an inertial navigator as the system center of the computer, where data from the Doppler device is processed, and attacks (are formulated) because of radar searches against the target; and it is said that the VA-3 is equipped with electronic equipment that can do all of this completely automatically until (the VA-3) withdrawals.

To improve the attack accuracy on the target, a TRAM** standard device, that combines infrared rays and laser detection data with the radar system, is developed at the same time.  The VA-3 doesn't have any fixed armaments, however it has 6 hard points on the main wings, and 5 hard points on the body [trunk], and boasts a total payload amount of up to 19,820 Kg.

The VA-3B is equipped with a forward-looking [observance, surveillance] infared sensor and a low-altitude flight camera in the lower side of the nose.  It is a model that has changed the electronic equipment system and has improved all-weather performance.

Pg 73
1. Head detail in battroid mode.  There are four accessory cameras surrounding the main camera in the center, and (with them) the ground monitoring and surveillance capability has been improved.  This aircraft has the cockpit in the head, which is unusual in a variable aircraft.

2. In the volumous loading of the large VA-3, a large gattling gun pod for ground suppression is often carried.  In a design that unites the flow of a Zentraadi Battle Pod, (the Zentraadi lineage) can especially be seen in the arm manipulator.

3. VA-3 Battroid Mode

Electronic Warfare Fighter
A derived type, made into a specialized electronic warfare airplane, called the EVA-3A.

It's main duty is to disrupting the enemy radar and do reconnaissance before an attack, as well as providing guidance [leadership] to the Attack Fighters.

In this airframe, the offensive equipment of the VA-3 attack craft has been removed, and in the (already) installed type of electronic equipment, the navigation equipment has been strengthened, the nose has been lengthened into a two-seater for the boarding of a special operator who handles the electronic equipment in the EVA-3A.

The body [trunk] of the craft and the vertical tail have been redesigned; with the ALQ-200 Multi-Band Track Breaker*** that can deceive enemy radar, the ALQ-192 Communication Jamming Device, and the ALQ-199 Tactical Noise Jamming Device installed there.

Besides this, it is possible to carry frequency band pods suited for a (specific) function [duty, task] on the hardpoints; up to 5 of these pods can be suspended.

The EVA-3, as the eyes of the mobile attack force, are deployed as one company [battery, troop] of 4 craft per attack air group.

* Lo-Lo-Lo Attack: "Ingress, Attack, and Degress at low Altitude"
** TRAM: Target Recognition and Attack-Multisensor
*** Track Breaker: are usually employed against tracking radars in single target track mode, these are typically fire control radars associated with SAMs, AAMs and AAA. Track breaking techniques are therefore of major importance in tactical and strategic aircraft.
Track breakers attack the automatic tracking mechanism of the victim radar. If the threat is a pulsed radar a track breaker will usually transmit a 'cover pulse' at the same time as the return pulse. This masks the return and the victim tracking mechanism is then allowed to lock on to the cover pulse rather than the weaker real return. The jammer has then seduced the tracking mechanism and can, within limits, move the target about its real position and typically turn it off to break lock.
The target will often be made to erratically jitter which makes it impossible to accurately guide a missile or fire a gun at the target.  (from )
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VF-17 Nightmare

Front landing gear
From the lower region
Main landing gear

(when in fighter)
Length: 15.63 m
Height: 3.68 m
Width: 14.18 m
Empty weight: 11.850 t
Engine: Shinakasu Heavy Industry / P&W / Royce FF-2100X Thermonuclear Turbine (thrust 55,000 kg) x2
Vernier: P&W HMM-6B High-manoeuvrability vernier thruster
Maximum speed: Mach 4.0+ (at 10,000 m), Mach 21+ (at 30,000 m or higher)

From the front
VF-17D <side view>
VF-17D <top view>

VF-17 Nightmare
The VF-17 has internalized such things as armaments and propellant tanks for use outside of the atmosphere in a fuselage that pursues stealth ability.  With no additional external equipment, the VF-17 demonstrates mobility, maximum speed and offensive ability that far surpasses that of a VF-11 with it's super parts and weapon stations fully equipped.  In order to ensure the internal capacity, the VF-17's airframe has grown large, and its armour strengthening when in battroid (it possesses armour equal to the Armoured Valkyrie) has cleared the way for the weight increase.
As the aircraft design is one that was designed before the introduction of the Active Stealth technology that was implemented in the YF-19 and YF-21, it's external shape adopted an extremely multifaceted stealth configuration.  As it's aerodynamic characteristics are poor, there are a lot of problems when compared to such things as the new-generation YF-19.  It was assumed that in atmospheric combat, the VF-17 would use GERWALK mode a lot.  As a result, in order to deal with this, two kinds of GERWALK form were set up; one for high-speed combat, and the other for hand-to-hand combat.  Because the VF-17 is a special aircraft, production was carried out only in the General Galaxy company.  It is possible to say that because of the machine's armaments, armour and weight, it was classified into the heavy battroid category.
The development of the VF-17 was carried out by the General Galaxy company, which was established with the OTEC company playing a central role in it.  This same company, after the Anti-Bodoru War, was assumed to mainly be developing fighters that use large amounts of introduced Zentraadi technology.
The VF-14, which was produced before the VF-17 and is General Galaxy's first large two-motored plane, was identified as been poor when treated as a carrier borne aircraft.  As the VF-11, which was developed at approximately the same time, is a comparatively small craft with excellent versatility, the Unified Air-force's VF-14 had a small production number.   
Nevertheless, the VF-14 has a solid design with a long cruising range and room in the aircraft's internal construction.  As it is easy to update and undergo various remodelling, it was an easy-to-use aircraft at emigrant planets.  The VF-14 could be called the aircraft that brought the know-how of large aircraft into the General Galaxy company, which had, up until then, only made small, light fighters.  The continuing development of the VF-17 sufficiently demonstrated the experiences of the VF-14.

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VF-17D <battroid mode>
VF-17D <GERWALK mode>
VF-17D <GERWALK mode> from the back
VF-17T <side view>

Even though the first one produced was the VF-17A, this A model inevitably was an aircraft that had to be called an additional trial production model that was equipped with output deficient FF-2009 engines, as the development of the large output FF-2100 engines that the VF-17 were expected to be equipped with from the beginning weren't completed in time.  For that reason, the A model's production number was limited.
The T model, which continues to be produced, is a two-seater model-conversion training model.  As there isn't room in the rear of the VF-17's cockpit, the nose has been extended forward.  The front seat is installed in that extended part and the rear seat is installed in the part that was originally the cockpit.  Consequently, the greatest point of difference in the outward appearance is the T model's stretched nose.
The C model has avionics that are improved-upon the A model's.  The D model is the one that has exchanged the C model's engines for the FF-2100X engines, which were at long last made practical.
Having finally arrived at the stage where the VF-17 acquired the engines that were planned to be given to it from the beginning of development, preparations for full blown mass production were arranged, and the D model became the most produced among each of the VF-17 models.

The VF-17 was required to demonstrate a great defensive capability and high-manoeuvrability above the nature of it's missions.  For that reason, from the first production of the D model, the development of an aircraft that could exhibit even greater abilities was demanded.  On the other hand, as it was impossible for the manufacturer to produce something with performance above that of the mass production D model, there response to the demand was to produce a tuned model.  This tuned Nightmare is the S model, and while the FF-2100X engines are the same as the D models, exceptionally great materials and systems were used.  Because of this, the VF-17S displayed a 10% increase even in thrust in bench tests.  Moreover, as a result of being able to create surplus thrust, the revised armaments have also been strengthened, and the head unit's twin laser gun turret has been exchanged for a quadruple laser gun turret.  At the same time as its armaments were strengthened, this type had its search and transmission equipment strengthened.  Because of this, coupled with a limited deployment number, it was used as the CAG's (Commander's) craft.
The entire number of production craft and the sum total of each model, is 718 craft.  Even though the formal name of the VF-17 is "Nightmare", due to its unique airframe shape, it is often called the Stealth Valkyrie.  Even though it has had a limited degree of exposure, specialized magazines [technical journals] might sometimes have written about the VF-17 like that.
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Pg 82
Publisher's information page

Pg 83
Variable Fighter Squadron Marking
Illustrated by Shigeki Ninomiya

Variable Fighters appear in the Macross series.  Even though they didn't appear during the shows, Variable Fighters form a great number of squadrons.  Representative ones have been chosen from from among those squadrons, and they are introduced here along with illustrations of their painting and marking.

VF-1J: SVF-41 Black Aces
The SVF-41 were assigned to the ARMD series Space Carrier No.7 ship Ranger, that was just going into commission in October, 2009.  The following year, they participated in the Anti-Bodoruzaa War.  Pictured is their craft at that time.  Their fighters were given a navy painting, with the top in light grey, and the underside in white.  It seems that that is because it wasn't in the period after the model conversion to the VF-1.
Fuselage markings: AA, U.N. Spacy, ARMD-07, Ranger, 101

Caption: GU-11 Gun Pod

The squadron colour yellow is used abundantly on the nose stripe, rudder, main wing tips and tail letters.  The letters and so forth are black, and uniquely, only the tail's ARMD-07 is white.

Pg 84~85
VF-1S: Roy Fokker Special
The craft that the Unified Force's ace pilot, Major Roy Fokker, boards.  It is the CAG craft of Skull Squadron, which is attached to the SDF-1.  White skull and bones are drawn on the black vertical stabilizers, and yellow is painted on the wing tips.  The entire body is white, with the nose, rear dorsal spine and engine parts having a black line on their sides.  The nose and wing modex are black, and the rest of such things as lettering is painted in white.
Fuselage markings: U.N. Spacy, 001

VF-1D: SVF-145 Easy Riders
While moving, the model conversion training of each squadron was carried out by the VF-1 aggressor squadron, which was deployed in the Atlantic Ocean area.  As a result of their mission, they all used the two-seater type D model.  While the entire surface was painted white, it was painted colourfully with such places as the nose to the rear of the canopy, the tails and the wing tips painted green, and the tail letters in black with yellow trim.
Fuselage markings: AF, U.N. Spacy, 502

VF-1J: 723Th TFW
This low visuality painted aircraft is one of the craft that comprised the New Miramar Base in August, 2011, after the Anti-Bodoruzaa War.  It is painted dark ghost grey and light ghost grey, with red stripes drawn on the tail.  Notice the detail of the things that appear to be infrared seekers on the improved nose and tails.
Fuselage markings: SW, AF09 1138, U.N.S. Air Force

This aircraft, which has had a brown, dark green and green camouflage applied to it, is an unknown craft, and it is unclear which squadron it belongs to, as tail letters aren't written on it.  It is confirmed as being one of the craft at New Miramar in September, 2011.  Even though it's rumoured as having been in the squadron that was dispatched for the rebellion of giants (Zentraadi), in August of the same year, it is not confirmed if it actually did.
Fuselage markings: UNSAF 067 208, U.N.S. Air Force

VF-1D: VF-2 Sonic Birds
It is one of the craft in the first Valkyrie squadrons that were deployed together with the Skulls to the Attack Carrier Prometheus in 2009.  By the markings of the squadron organization at that time, the illustrated craft has not yet been attached to the Unified Space Forces.  It is understood that the Valkyrie is attached to the Unified Navy from the VF-2 that's written on the ventral fin.  The fighter is one of the ones that the world knew about as one of the new model ship-board fighters.  The following year, it was transferred to the Unified Space Forces at the same time as the SDF-1 Macross's space launch.
Fuselage markings: ML, Prometheus, U.N. Navy, 202

Pg 86~87
VF-1S equipped with FAST Packs
A craft of the Skull Squadron that is attached to the SDF-1.  Depicted is that squadron's CAG craft.  The skull that has become that squadron's name is painted on the sides of the dorsal FAST packs in white on red, in an eerie colour scheme.  The whole body is white, a black line is drawn on the nose and back, and the anti-glare and canopy frame are flat black.
Fuselage markings: U.N. Spacy, 101

VF-1A equipped with FAST Packs: SVF-38 Green Arrows
An aircraft of the SVF-38 that was deployed to the SDF-1, similarly to the Skull Squadron.  The green arrow insignia code is drawn on the FAST packs.  Subtle differences can be seen according to the aircraft of that squadron; such as the CAG's craft having an orange stripe drawn on the nose.
Fuselage markings: U.N. Spacy, 215

VF-1J equipped with FAST Packs: SVF-82 Dirty Sluggers
The SVF-82 are an exceptional unit that were organized at the Unified Naval Forces Flight Test Centre.  In a short time, they were assigned to the ARMD-6.
The aircraft is painted light grey and white.  The nose has day glow orange, the radome's colour, painted on it in a stripe.
Fuselage markings: U.N. Spacy, 201

VF-1J equipped with FAST Packs: SVF-212 Black Nights
The Black Knight insignia is drawn on the dorsal FAST packs that are painted matte black.  The surrounding red border is only on the CAG's craft.  The other craft are painted white.  The Big E was drawn on the Gun "pot" by a member of the ground crew.  The E is the initial of the ARMD-3's ship name (Enterprise).
Fuselage markings: U.N. Spacy, ARMD-03, Big E, 300

VT-1 equipped with FAST Packs: SVMAT-102
For 3 months from October, 2009, it was assigned to the ARMD-4.  It was used for the training of VF-1 riders who were inexperienced with flight outside of the atmosphere. 
It was painted a brilliant day glow orange even as far as the FAST packs, in order to enhance the degree that it can be spotted by eye.
Fuselage markings: 07, U.N. Spacy, 507

VT-1 equipped with FAST Packs: SVT-24
There are two training wings that were assigned to the ARMD-2.  SVT-24 used the VT-1, and the other one used the VF-1D.
The whole body is light grey, and the nose is painted with the radome's colour.  The modex is drawn on the front of the dorsal FAST packs for identification.
Fuselage markings: 00, E, U.N. Spacy, 200

Pg 88~89
VF-4: SVF-184 Iron Chiefs
At the same time as the SVF-184 completed their model conversion to the state-of-the-art VF-4 from the VF-1 that they were accustomed to using, it was decided that they would be assigned to the SDF-2 Emigration Fleet.  The same as during their VF-1 period, the tail rudder is painted black and orange.  The tail letters are black with a red border.
Fuselage markings: NG, U.N. Spacy, 306

VF-4: SVMF-42 Blue Phoenix
The entire aircraft is painted dark grey, and the nose anti-glare and tail are painted differently with blue, the squadron's colour.  A white line bordered by orange pulls back from the sides of the nose.  The nose insignia is smaller, and a larger modex is drawn behind it.
Fuselage markings: NL, U.N.S. Marines, 109

VF-4: SVF-95 White Rock [White Lock]
From 2030, the New Miramar based SVF-95 duty changed to VF-11 conversion training.  The VF-4 illustration is the colouring the squadron used until they received the VF-11.  The blue squadron colour has been generously used on such places as the rear of the canopy, the tails, and the ventral fin.  The yellow stripe behind the canopy seems to have not been common in the squadron.
Fuselage markings: KB, U.N. Spacy, 13

VF-4: VAT-127
A VF-4 with dark brown and light brown aggressor-use camouflage applied to it.  Besides this, the other VF-4 in the same squadron make use of every pattern of camouflage paint.  It is a low visuality craft that has the insignia and letters painted in light grey.  Even though the nose modex is 13 written in red, this is an abbreviation of 713.  Although a Rigaado covered by a target scope is depicted on the tail, it's period of use was short, as it was unpopular with the Zentran who had become micronized VF pilots.
Fuselage markings: U.N. Spacy
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Re: This is Animation Special Macross Plus: Variable Fighter's Aero Report
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Pg 90~91
VF-11-C: 644th TFW
A VF-11 assigned to the California Autonomous Region's George AFB (Air Force Base).  The WW tail letters are something inherited from the US Air Force period.  A dark green, green and dark blue camouflage has been applied, and the fin tips on the end of the tails are painted red.  Below that, white and black checkers are painted.  Even though the low visibility craft's nose and canopy frame are matte black, the insignia is the usual white and red.
A colourful orange, red and green stripe has been painted on the dorsal spine (the swelling on the back) behind the canopy.  A missile piercing and apple has been drawn on the side of the left intake.  Similarly to the tail, the letters and modex have been drawn on the back part that becomes the shield in battroid form.
Fuselage markings: WW, U.N.S. Air Force, 38

VF-11-B: SVF-72 Black Eagles
An elaborately drawn stiff eagle head has been drawn in a black spade on the tail that's been painted the squadron colour yellow.  The illustrated craft is the CAG's craft.  Only half of the left wing has been painted red.  This is so that the CAG doesn't forget about when he lost half of his left wing in a dogfight before this time.  It seems that it was painted on with a self-admonishing meaning.
Fuselage markings: NG, U.N. Spacy, CV-404 Uraga, 200

VF-11-B: SVF-110 Mighty Wings
The whole surface has been painted a blue-grey, and the nose anti-glare and canopy are matte black.  Two chevrons pulling a blue wing has been drawn on the on the tail, which has been painted the squadron colour red.  Note that the modex, which is usually in black or white, has become yellow.
Fuselage markings: WL, U.N. Spacy, CV-304, 207

VF-11-C: No. ED 847 Craft
The Super Nova Project is the next main fighter competition work project at planet Eden's New Edwards Base.  Even though there are 4 confirmed chaser planes in the project, this VF-11 is the exceptional craft among them.  Though the number that attached it to the Edwards' Test Flight Centre was put onto it with the application of the chaser-use paint, due to the number on the engine, it's understood that this is a Shinsei Industry company craft that was loaned to the Unified Space Forces.  Flare dispensers and internal armaments have been removed as it is a civilian craft.  The whole surface has been painted white, and the coating of each wing from the leading edge is ordered in blue, white and red.  Ever letter is black.  Only the 'Super' on the horizontal stabilizer is red.
Fuselage markings: ED AF 847, U.N. Spacy, Super Nova - Shinsei Industry/U.N. Spacy, NP51SI

Pg 92~93
VF-11-B: SVF-35 Blue Steels
Illustrated is the white-nosed CAG craft.  The noses of the other aircraft in the squadron are painted the squadron colour blue.  The dorsal FAST packs, which are painted entirely in blue with light grey rear ends, are the squadron's standard paint colours.  However, the revolver cylinder that's been drawn on the sides is only on the CAG's craft.
Fuselage markings: NR, U.N. Spacy, CV--375, 100

VF-11: SVF-41 Black Aces
The Black Aces drew an effective, grim marking of a skull with a spade eye-patch on their FAST packs.  Not very many changes have been made to that marking from the time that it was used on the VF-1.  The changes do appear to be to the extent of changing the letter colour from the squadron colour yellow to red.
Fuselage markings: AC, U.N. Spacy, CV-339 B.J. Gloval, 104

VF-11-C: SVF-477 Stingers
A craft used for high-visuality, whose whole surface has been painted white, with the nose and the edges of the ventral fins in royal blue.  The FAST packs are the standard light grey.  A stripe, in the order of white, red, yellow and blue from the top, drawn on the dorsal FAST packs.  A personal mark has been drawn next to the insignia on the side of the nose.
Fuselage markings: NF, U.N. Spacy, SDF-6, Dark Queen II, 302

VF-11-B: SVF-411 Blue Lancers
The illustrated painting is when the squadron was assigned in 2035 to the CV-399 while it was cruising to a frontier emigrant planet.  The squadron was successful in their duties with a calm paint scheme of a white line on dark blue, and grey FAST packs.  Only the letters that were painted in red and yellow, and the blue line with a white border are in a colour scheme that attracts notice.
The large, white modex that are drawn on the tops of the FAST packs are impressive.  The squadron that did their markings like this appears to have done it as an experiment, as other squadrons hadn't tried it.
Fuselage markings: NJ, U.N. Spacy, CV-399 Orion, 105

Pg 94~95
VA-3: SVA-145 Cloud Dancers
A VA-3 squadron that was rapidly formed in the model conversion.  Even though they participated in the Anti-Bodoru War, the majority had been lost without obtaining results.
Pictured is SVA-145, attached to CV-111 "Langley".  The whole surface is light grey with blue and light blue stripe on the nose and tail.  The nose radome colour and canopy frame are painted a different matte black.
Fuselage markings: AD, U.N. Spacy, 501

VF-3: SVA-155
The SVA-155 attached to ARMD-5 "Akagi" are painted differently with the squadron colour green.  Lightning is drawn on the back of the insignia, which is flamboyant even for the VA-3 squadrons.
After the Anti-Bodoru War, it was changed to an even more colourful painting with the addition of a star marking.
Fuselage markings: NG, U.N. Spacy, 603

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VF-5000: SVF-33
A ferris-camouflage experiment craft.  The ferris-camouflage was applied in sea grey and light grey to the SVF-33's CAG craft.  On behalf of the experiment, several VF-5000 from the same squadron participated, and all the test flights that included the camouflage painting were carried out over the period of several months.
Fuselage markings: AD, CV-332, 200

VF-5000: SVF-71
Among the VF-5000 squadrons, very few have the high visuality painting of the SVF-71.  The line of light blue, the squadron's colour, is beautiful.  Even though the tail letters are a flashy orange-yellow, it is brought together in a chic colour tone with the the black painting of such things as the modex and letters.
Fuselage markings: NM, CV-217, 101

VF-5000: SVF-313th TFW
A green and olive drab camouflaged craft.  A white, blue and red lines are drawn on the tail.  The squadron emblem is put over the lines.  The emblem, which is a star and wings integrated with the mark of the Unified Forces, is the one from about the time the squadron used the VF-1.
Fuselage markings: RF, U.N.S AF28, Trans Galaxy U.N. Spacy 633SQD Mosquitoes

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VF-17: SVF-124 Moon Shooters
The VF-17 was first deployed to the SVF-124, a squadron that was separated and reorganized from the squadron commonly known as "Luna Guard", which was attached to Apollo Base on the moon's surface.  Having been momentarily pleased when they were assigned to the Earth, they were ordered to escort a Super Long Range Emigration Fleet.  It's not certain if it's true that the squadron members that stamped "Moon Shot!" on their aircraft did so in bitterness, as they were convinced that they were being banished.
Fuselage markings: NF, U.N. Spacy, 203

VF-17: SVMF-45 Luna Guard
They are the squadron that the VF-17 was first deployed.  Also, they are the only VF-17 squadron to be at the Apollo Base on the Moon's surface.  Even though the white-trimmed blue line, red lettering and yellow moon on the tail were flashy markings, they were later reduced to low visibility markings by the reasoning that they were too flashy for a stealth craft.
Fuselage markings: BD, U.N. Spacy, 100

VF-17: VT-25
The front of the white aircraft was painted differently with day-glow orange.  This aircraft which is clear even to the eye, was assigned to the Unified Forces Naval Flight Test Centre were it was used for VF-17 model conversion training.  The T model that was produced at the same time as the D and S models, whose deployment was being carried out, was accepted slightly earlier, and model conversion training was done smoothly and swiftly.
Fuselage markings: N, U.N. Spacy, 306

Pg 97
The YF-19 that carried out tests at Planet Eden's New Edwards Flight Centre.  This is the No.2 craft.  It is entirely painted in creme-yellow, black and red.  With the exception of the modex that's drawn in white, insignia and the ejection deltas, no other special markings were applied.
Fuselage markings: 19

YF-19 Demonstrator

The No.1 craft that had it's rollout in July, 2039, and carried out it's first flight in September.  Pictured is the Demonstrator at the time of it's first flight.  The Next Main Fighter Competition Prototype project name logo is written on the airframe, even though it wasn't at the time of the roll-out.
The aircraft is painted blue and gloss white, and a gold strip is drawn along the side of the nose.
Fuselage markings: YF-19, Shinsei Industry/U.N. Spacy, Super Nova, 01

Pg 98
As the YF-21, which was a competition prototype along with the YF-19, was developed with emphasis placed on stealthiness, it became an aircraft that has a silhouette that differs from the VF series up until then.  Because it is controlled by a brainwave sensing system, when compared to ordinary fighters, the YF-21's canopy is also at the minimum necessary level.
Fuselage markings: 21

YF-21 Prototype No.1 Craft
The No.1 craft, which was made only for flight testing, has a differently shaped cockpit as it uses a normal control system.  After the roll-out, it wasn't painted and carried out test flights with as is with a metallic skin.  At present, it is being kept for spare parts for the No.2 craft.
Fuselage markings: 00
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Re: This is Animation Special Macross Plus: Variable Fighter's Aero Report
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2012, 01:27:25 PM »
Finished the section on squadron markings (edited into the 2 posts immediately preceding this one).