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VF-19E Kai Excalibur "Nekki Basara Custom" Fire Valkyrie

BACKGROUND

The VF-19 Excalibur was based on the VF-11 Thunderbolt, and developed by Shinsei Industry from the end of October, 2037, for Project Supernova. Project Supernova was completed in 2040, with the VF-19 Excalibur being declared the project winner. In 2041, it is decided that the airframe will be deployed as the next generation main Variable Fighter of the Unified Forces.
Due to cost and performance issues (in the sense that the Unified Government didn't want it's affiliated Emigrant Planets and fleets to have an equal military capability), the VF-19 was not widly deployed. Instead, the VF-171 Nightmare Plus, which first flew in 2046, was adopted and widly deployed as the main multipurpose heavy Variable Fighter of the Unified Forces in the 2050s.
The engines in the E type replaced the ones used in the YF-19 prototype with ones that have stable output. In addition, the airframe was simplified. Because of these changes, the VF-19E type achieves a comprehensive performance that allows average pilots to control them.
The VF-19E is a mass produced fighter that was produced at a low-rate during the initial production period of the VF-19. Design changes were performed based on operational data obtained from on the airframe up until the D type. It is equipped with a thruster ring, and with having an improvement in manueverability in mind, the FF-2500F are employed as the engines. Therefore, there is a great design change from the accompanying engine nacelle to the nozzle. The VF-19E is constructed as a type that is specialized in operations in outer space by having exchanged each component for one that improves performance in outer space. In addition to the modification of the wing shape, the high-speed flight mode that's used in the atmosphere has been omitted. One of the hardpoints has been removed on the main wing and glove, and has changed to two underwing hardpoints on each side. The wing shape has also been developed, and has had a little bit of an increase in atmospheric manueverability.

The VF-19 Kai is a remodeled unit adopted for preliminary testing preceding the adoption of the VF-19 by the Macross 7 Fleet. It places emphasis on maneuverability and stability, and the modified fuselage of the VF-19 Kai balances the high performance inherited from the original unit, the YF-19. Furthermore, the principal objective of this aircraft is "singing", which is characterized more than its outstanding performance. This unit was entrusted to Basara Nekki, of the rock group "Fire Bomber", through Ray Lovelock. It was setup for verifying the application of the VF-19, and aimed at researching Song Energy for the top-secret military program "Project M". It appeared on the battlefield as a civilian aircraft basking in the media limelight, while behind-the-scenes it received thorough maintenance and data collection by the military.

RPG STATS

Vehicle Type: Advanced Variable Fighter Preliminary Testing Vehicle
Class: Variable Vehicles
Crew: one pilot in standard Sound Energy Conversion seat wearing Tactical Life Support System
Manufacturer: Shinsei Industry
Government: Unified Government
Customer: Unified Space Forces

Design Features: VG wing with forward-swept standard cruising configuration; canard forward wing; vertical T-O and landing (VTOL); supersonic cruise and maneuvering in region of Mach 5+ below the stratosphere; wrap-around imaging monitor screens in all variable modes; two-dimensional thrust vectoring with two independently pivoting exhaust nozzles; option of external radome. Retractable tricycle undercarriage landing gear with catapult hook. Two steerable nose-wheels retract rearward into nose and twin coupled main wheels forward into fuselage.

Variants:


MDC BY LOCATION:

Location MDC Location MDC
Head Sensor Antenna (3)
(1) Head
Hands (2)
Arms (2)
Shoulders / Speaker Pods (2)
Legs & Thrusters (2)
(2) Main Body
Canards (2)
25 each
70
30 each
100 each
100 each
200 each
325
30 each
Main Wings (2)
Tails (2)
Speaker Gun Pod
Shield
(3) Pinpoint Barrier Shield
(4) Pilot Compartment/Escape Pod
(5) Gun Pod Gamma / Speaker Pod Gamma (2)
Optional Fold Booster
100 each
50 each
125
150
100
150
200 each
150

SPEEDS:

RUNNING: BATTROID: 192 kmph
LEAPING: BATTROID: 15 m high or 21 m long without thrusters.

FLYING: Mach 5.5+ at 10,000 m; cruising speed Mach 25+ at 30,000+ m
VTOL: all modes capable

Maximum airframe design load: +39.5 to -20.0.
Ceiling: unlimited (capable of launching into satellite orbit over an Earth-class planet)
Maximum rate of ascent: 68,000 m/minute (Fighter)
Combat Action Radius (in atmosphere): nearly unlimited

Operational Underwater Depth: ?200? m (Battroid & GERWALK).


STATISTICAL DATA:

HEIGHT:
Battroid (w/o sensor fin): 15.48 m
GERWALK: under investigation
Fighter: 3.94 m

WIDTH:
Battroid: under investigation
GERWALK & Fighter: 14.92 m with wings at maximum extension

LENGTH:
Battroid: under investigation
GERWALK: under investigation
Fighter: 18.47 m

MASS: 8,400 kg

PHYSICAL STRENGTH: equal to a PS of 50
CARGO: small compartment behind pilot's seat for personal belongings.

POWER PLANT: two 82,500 kg Shinnakasu/P&W/Roice FF-2500F Thermonuclear Turbine Engines. Many P&W HMM-6R high-maneuverability vernier thrusters with two vernier slits encircling lower leg/engine-pod sections' nozzles.


DEFENSIVE SYSTEMS

Note: Refer to the VF-19 Excalibur for stats unless otherwise noted herein:

1. 3RD GENERATION ACTIVE STEALTH SYSTEM

2. ESCAPE POD

3. INTERNAL MULTIPURPOSE CHAFF/FLARE DISCHARGER SYSTEM

4. HEAT AND RADIATION SHIELDS

5. HOWARD PBS-03F PIN-POINT BARRIER SYSTEM

6. SELF-DESTRUCT

7. SWAG ENERGY CONVERSION SYSTEM (SWAG/RA155)


OFFENSIVE SYSTEMS

1. HIGH-PERFORMANCE AUDIO SYSTEM: (1)

Is installed in the airframe in the shoulders/dorsal nacelles. It is used in conjunction with the Light Projector System and Speaker System. During the Varohta War, the VF-19E Kai was primarily used in attempts to get the Varohta to stop fighting. The system prooved capable of distracting and, especially with the light projector system, temporarily dazzling the enemy.


2. SEMI-FIXED MAULER REB-23 LASER GUNS: (2)

Two laser guns are mounted in the wing-roots of the VF-19. They are fixed forward in Fighter and GERWALK. They are semi-fixed in Battroid; the beams can be aimed about 45° in any direction along the front arc of the Valkyrie as they exit from the the hip-mounted wing units. Fires a free-electron laser with a maximum output of 1.5 MW at 6+ G loads.


3. SPEAKER LAUNCHER GUN POD: (1)

The main musical warfare weapon of the VF-19E Kai. The gun pod is mounted on a special hardpoint below the AVF in Fighter, and is hand-held in GERWALK and Battroid. The launcher pod has a sensor, foregrip, and stock magazine. The gun pod is used to fire Speaker Pods into opponent's vehicles in order to broadcast the VF-19E Kai's pilot's music. After penetrating the target's armor, the Speaker Pods are fixed with a stopper and filler. Two spare clips for the gun pod are mounted on the back of the VF-19's bulletproof shield; replacing a clip takes one action and can only be done in GERWALK or Battroid.


4. Internal Armament Loading Bays (2)

Each engine nacelle of the VF-19 contains an internal armament loading bay, which can be customized for different mission objectives and carry a variety of different payloads. Any type of internal pallet may be used. The leg pallets can be used in all modes.


5. Wing Hard Points (6)

The VF-19E Kai has 2 hardpoints per wing, for a total of 4. Normally it doesn't carry any munitions on the hardpoints. Some standard hardpoint loads are as follows. For alternatives, refer to the Hardpoint and Missile Details.

Note: due to the location of the hard points, ALL missiles must be fired or ejected before the VF-19 can convert to Battroid. For this reason the hard point missiles are usually fired within the first few passes of an attack; which is the standard Unified Forces tactic.

Suggested Hardpoint Loads (per wing. Double for total load)
  • Standard: none
  • Air-to-Air Combat: 1 or 2 HMM-111CS
  • Air-to-Air Interception: 1 CHM-2, 1 HMM-111CS
  • Air-to-Space Interception: 1 or 2 AOM-8S, 1 HMM-111CS
  • Long-range Interception: 1 SPP-8, 1 HMM-111CS
  • Heavy Combat: 1 LPP-12, 2 SPP-8
  • Heavy Assault: 1 or 2 RMS-5
  • Standard VF-19 Munitions per Hardpoint
    HMM-111CS High-Maneuverability Missile
    • LOCATION: all hardpoints (A,B & C,D; or A & D) in combination with other munitions
    • RATE OF FIRE: 1 per hardpoint
    • PAYLOAD: 1 per hardpont; 4 total
    AOM-8S Two-Stage Interception Missile
    • LOCATION: all hardpoints (A,B & C,D)
    • RATE OF FIRE: 1 per hardpoint
    • PAYLOAD: 2 per hardpont; 8 total
    RMS-5 Large Anti-ship Reaction Missile
    • LOCATION: all Hardpoints (A,B & C,D)
    • PRIMARY PURPOSE: heavy assault
    • RATE OF FIRE: 1 per hardpoint
    • PAYLOAD: 1 per hardpont; 4 total
    CHM-2 High Speed Manueverable Missile
    • LOCATION: middle & inner hardpoints (A,B & C,D)
    • RATE OF FIRE: 1 per hardpoint
    • PAYLOAD: 1 per hardpont; 4 total
    SSP-8 Propelled Mass-Driver Pod
    • LOCATION: middle & inner hardpoints (A,B & C,D)
    • RATE OF FIRE: 2 per hardpoint
    • PAYLOAD: 2 per hardpont; 8 total
    LPP-12 Propelled Laser Pod
    • LOCATION: inner two hardpoints (B & C)
    • RATE OF FIRE: 1 per hardpoint
    • PAYLOAD: 1 per hardpont; 4 total


    6. SPEAKER POD GAMMA LAUNCHER: (1)

    An option sound warfare weapon of the VF-19E Kai. The gun pod is usually carried into battle under the VF-17T Kai, mounted in two parts on the wing hardpoints. The Speaker Pod Gamma Launcher must be hand loaded in the field immediately before use (requires 2 actions by both the VF-19E Kai and VF-17T Kai). The Speaker Pod Gamma is designed to penetrate enemy capital ships in order to broadcast the VF-19E Kai's pilot's music. After penetrating the target's armor, the Speaker Pod is fixed with a stopper and filler.


    7. HAND TO HAND COMBAT

    If necessary, the VF-19 can engage in melee combat rather than use a weapon. The VF-19 is extremely agile, and can execute most typical hand to hand combat moves; such as punches, jump kicks, leap attacks, rolling with impacts, etc..

    DAMAGE:


    OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT

    On the dorsal surface, the VF-19 features a pecial equipment hardpoint for mounting a single Fold Booster. The booster must be ejected prior to transformation.

    SOUND BOOSTER SYSTEM

    An optional Sound Booster unit with hybrid sensors, two sound energy converters and two sound aura amplification systems can dock with the VF-19E Kai to enhance it's Spiritia Warfare capabilities.

    SUPER PACK

    Though the VF-19E Kai doesn't normal have Super Parts installed, it can mount any of the Super Parts that are designed for the VF-19E, F and S types. Refer to the VF-19E, F and S Excalibur for stats.


    SENSOR SYSTEMS

    Note: Refer to the VF-19 Excalibur for stats unless otherwise noted herein:

    OTHER STANDARD EQUIPMENT

    Note: Refer to the VF-19 Excalibur for stats unless otherwise noted herein:

    COMBAT BONUSES FOR VF-19 TRAINING

    BASIC VARIABLE FIGHTER COMBAT TRAINING

    Basic training for non-pilot military personnel.

    ADVANCED VF-19 COMBAT TRAINING

    Advanced training for pilots specializing in the VF-19.


    REFERENCES
  • Palladium Books Game Engine and MDC Rules
  • Variable Fighter Master File: VF-19 Excalibur
  • Macross Chronicle YF-19 & VF-19 articles
  • Great Mechanics.DX
  • Macross Digital Mission VF-X2
  • Macross Compendium VF-19 article

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