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|By AARON SKETCHLEY (aaronsketch@HOTdelete_thisMAIL.com)||Ver 1.2 2017.07.15|
|Mechanic: Ai UN 08A: ARMD|
Attached to: Earth Unified Forces
Length: about 450 m
Width: about 220 m
Fully Equipped Mass: 174,000 t*
Power System: 2x O-T Variant Reactor System
Power Control System: 1x O-T Variant Gravity Control System
Jet Propulsion System: 2x O-T Variant Main Composite Nozzle
Firearms: 2x O-T Guided Focusing Beam Guns, many others
Carrier Based Aircraft: 262x VF-1 Valkyrie, 66x QF-3000E Ghost, many others
* Translator's note: originally was "1,704,000 t", which was later indicated as an error in the original edition.
Development Genealogy Chart
Unknown > ARMD
One of the primary reasons that the SDF-1 Macross was able to pass through frequent battles with the aliens was the launching of effectively operated and hard-fighting carrier borne aircraft. It is the Space Carrier ARMD which sustained that, and functioned as the mothership of the SDF-1's carrier borne aircraft. Although this warship was originally constructed as a rig and floating stand for space fighters deployed at such places as the Lagrange Points and at satellite geosynchronous orbit, as the restoration plan of the alien warship that fell to Earth progressed, they were diverted to be the carrier-based aircraft operating platforms of the SDF-1, and they fulfilled the role of being a vital point in the offence and defence of the SDF-1 and themselves.
Caption: They escaped from being damage in the especially tough conflict that covered the SDF-1 all over with wounds, and they functioned as the centres of operation of the carrier-borne aircraft.
Caption: Even though they look small compared with the SDF-1's total length of 1.2 km, they boast of a size and capacity that surpasses that of the common aircraft carrier.
Caption: A VF-1 being carried out suspended on a hook arm. The VF-1's launch from the ship is done according to instructions from the guidance sign.
Caption: Armaments, such as missiles, were also given to the ARMD itself, and they were used when they plunged into the Bodoru Flagship.
Down/Right: The upper surface has a characteristically flat warship shape. The ARMD adopted a flat structure so that it is easy to deploy ship-borne aircraft. Even though Over Technology is used in things as the propulsion and power systems, the hull has an exceedingly simple structure, and it's indicated that the ARMD exist as ships that were hastily made to combine with the SDF-1.
* Translator's note: possibly a kanji typo and intended to mean "Hull Structure".
Down/Right: When they were improved from a Space Fighter Rig to an ARMD, various mechanisms were added to this ship. There were such things as a bridge for control of the ship, armour, and a drive system for the collection of ship-borne aircraft that weren't able to return to base; and then the docking module for connecting to the SDF-1. This module is installed on the back of the ship, and is constructed to connect with the SDF-1's side gunwale docking arm. Incidentally, even though it is possible for the ARMD to cruise independently when detached, it isn't confirmed if such a situation happened during the return trip to Earth.
Blue: Docking Module
Up/Right: It is possible for the Docking Arm to slide left and right along the joining part of the module.
Caption: Docking Arm
Caption: Docking Module Separation Line
ARMD Stationing Chart
The first warship, ARMD-01, connects to the SDF-1's left side, and the second warship, ARMD-02, is on the right side. The deck layout of 01 and 02 are reversed on the left and right (the bridge of 01 is placed starboard, and the bridge of 02 is port. One can surmise that the decision for this arrangement was due to the conception of the plan to integrate the systems with the SDF-1.
Captions: ARMD-01, ARMD-02