Veritech VF-1A

Also known as: Cannon Fodder, “Brownies”

Standard Veritech Fighter

VF-1A

STATISTICS:

Designation: VF-1A

Mecha Class: Veritech fighter, aerospace capable

Crew: 1 pilot

Weight: 13.3 metric tons (dry)

FIGHTER MODE

Length: 14.2 m

Height: 3.8 m

Wingspan: 8.3-14.8 m

Max speed at sea level: Mach 1.4

Max speed at 10,000m: Mach 2.71

Max speed at 30,000m: Mach 3.87

GUARDIAN MODE

Length: 11.0 m

Height: 8.7 m

Wingspan: 8.3-14.8 m

Max speed at all altitudes: 500 kph

BATTLOID MODE

Height: 12.7 m

Depth: 4.0 m

Breadth: 7.3 m

Max speed at all altitudes: 194 kph

Max walking speed: 160 kph

ARMAMENT

1 × 3-barreled 55mm gatling cannon in a gun pod

1 light laser cannon, mounted on the head/turret

2 x light lasers in the nose (upgrade from sensors, only for Veritech fighters aboard the SDF-1)

4 wing hardpoints (2 per wing) each capable of carrying:

  • 3 × 300mm medium range missiles, or
  • 1 (inner) or 2 (outer) x 533mm long range missiles, or
  • 1 x short-range multiple ejection 150mm missile launcher containing 15 missiles

DESCRIPTION:

The Veritech VF-1 is Earth’s first transformable trans-atmospheric fighter. Powered by fusion engines, the VF-1 is fully space-capable, and is carried in great numbers on the SDF-1 as well as the Armor series of carriers. The VF-1 supports 3 modes of operation: fighter mode for aerospace superiority missions, guardian mode for close air support missions, and battloid mode for ground combat missions.

By itself, the VF-1 performs well in a variety of atmospheric operations, due to its sizable, variable-sweep wing surface area and high thrust-to-weight ratio. The VF-1 uses its wing hardpoints to mount a significant number of missiles as well as a gun pod for close range combat.

Though the VF-1 is capable of reaching lower Earth orbit, it is unable to attain escape velocity on its own. Various booster and armor systems were devised to extend its range and/or combat performance.

Though young ace pilots were assigned VF-1A fighters with mostly-white color schemes, most recruits were issued a standard model with a light brown color scheme. These VF-1A “Brownies” were jokingly refered to as “Cannon Fodder” by Zentraedi because they were identified as easier targets, due to the relative inexperience of their pilots. Starting in 2014, all VF-1A fighters remaining in the Robotech Defense Force were gradually upgraded to VF-1R models to improve their survivability in combat.

First Appearance:

Episode 1 – “Boobytrap”

Veritech VF-1A

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