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By AARON SKETCHLEY (aaronsketch@HOTdelete_thisMAIL.com)
Ver 1.4 2016.02.12

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VF-9 Cutlass

BACKGROUND

A light fighter used on frontier planets. Even though the main wing is swept forward, its greatest feature is the utilization of existing fighter technology in its construction. Under the prerequisite of being used in the atmosphere of a planet, the VF-9 seems to have become such a shape due to lift being generated by the main wing, counteracting stalls and so forth. Contrary to the VF-4, the VF-9 is envisioned for use in an atmosphere.
The VF-9 project was the first assignment at General Galaxy for its chief project adviser Algus Selzer. Development began in 2018, and the first flight occurred in 2021. Mass production began in 2022 and ended in 2029.
The VF-9 was intended as a concept for an inexpensive twin-engined light fighter. However, due to input from Unified Forces assigned test pilot Captain Milia Jenius, it displayed aerial combat manoeuvrability higher than the VF-4, the main fighter at the time. As a result, General Galaxy received massive orders from colony planets with reduced budgets, and the VF-9 became its first bestseller.
General Galaxy's VF-9 Cutlass is known as a light support VF. It adopted canards and forward swept wings, and one can perceive from its appearance that it is considered to be for for atmospheric operation. Though its performance doesn't project, many are used on frontier planets because it excels at being multi-purpose and having a low price. It is chiefly used as in a support fighter role in support missions. Its ranking is said to be not main, but as a sub-aircraft.

RPG STATS

Vehicle Type: light Variable Fighter and Tactical Combat Battroid
Class: Variable Vehicles
Crew: pilot only in Marty & Beck Mk-7 Custom ejection seat
Manufacturer: General Galaxy
Government: Unified Government

Customer: Unified Government, Emigrant Planets

Design Features: forward-swept main wing, canard, high manoeuvrability in the Mach 1 regime.
Landing Gear: Retractable tricycle undercarriage. Two steerable nosewheels retract rearward into nose and twin coupled mainwheels inward into fuselage. Two arresting hooks mounted underfuselage on engine nacelles.

Variants:


MDC BY LOCATION:

Location MDC Location MDC
(1) Head
Lasers (2)
Arms (2)
Hands (2)
Legs & Thrusters (2)
(2) Main Body
45
12 each
70 each
25 each
115 each
(3) Pilot Compartment/Escape Pod
Main Wings (2)
Cannard Wings (2)
Tails (2)
Gun Pod
125
80 each
25
40 each
100

SPEEDS:

RUNNING: 160 kmph (Battroid), 100 kmph (GERWALK)
LEAPING: 9 m high or 15.2 m long, without thrusters (Battroid)

FLYING: mach 2.7 at 10,000 m (Fighter); 500 kmph (GERWALK & Battroid)
CRUISING RANGE: infinite (in atmosphere)
VTOL: max hovering time using 13,000 kg x2 thrust: 70 seconds; using 11,500 kg x2 thrust: 420 seconds (GERWALK & Battroid)

G limit: +7 (in space)
Maximum rate of ascent: ? m/minute (Fighter)
The VF-9 is able to reach the edge of space over an Earth-sized planet. However, it burns through almost all of its fuel load in the process. Thereafter, the Valkyrie is ineffective for combat maneuvers and it should proceed to a refueling station as soon as possible.

Operational Underwater Depth: 100 m (Battroid & GERWALK).

STATISTICAL DATA:

HEIGHT:
Battroid: under investigation
GERWALK: under investigation
Fighter: under investigation

WIDTH:
Battroid: under investigation
GERWALK & Fighter: 11.6 m with wings at maximum extension

LENGTH:
Battroid: under investigation
GERWALK: under investigation
Fighter: 11.2 m


EMPTY MASS: 7,500 kg.
STANDARD T-O MASS: under investigation
MAX T-O MASS: under investigation
Standard operational mass: under investigation

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

POWER PLANT: two Shinnakasu/P&W/Royce FF-2019C thermonuclear reaction turbine engines, each rated at 19,600 kg (maximum thrust in space). P&W-Daimler HMM-5D high-manueverability vernier thrusters at key locations along the VF-9's hull for added mobility.


DEFENSIVE SYSTEMS

Note: Refer to the VF-1 Valkyrie for stats unless otherwise noted herein:

1. ACTIVE STEALTH

2. ENERGY CONVERSION ARMOUR

3. IDECM (Integrated Defensive Electronic CounterMeasures)

3A. COUNTERMEASURE DISPENSERS

4. HEAT AND RADIATION SHIELDS

5. SELF-DESTRUCT


OFFENSIVE SYSTEMS

1. MAULER ROV-25 TWO BARREL BEAM TURRET:

Mounted on the right shoulder when in Battroid and GERWALK, and located on the underbelly when in Fighter. In Battroid, the beam turret has a 90° vertical arc of fire. In Fighter, the ROV-25 is limited to firing only on targets directly in front of the VF-9 or within a 90° vertical arc from the nose down.


2. 35 mm GATLING GUN POD:

A gun pod is the primary weapon of the VF-9. Due to the smaller size of the VF-9, the gun pod is also proportionally smaller. It is comparible to the GU-11.


3. WING HARD POINTS (2)

The VF-9 has 2 underwing hardpoints. Each hardpoint is capable of carrying missiles, bombs, large snti-ship missiles, or micro-missile pods. For alternatives to the following, refer to the Hardpoint and Missile Details. In general, the same type of munitions are mounted on all the hardpoints.

Due to the wings becoming the chest in Battroid, all wing ordinance will be dropped when the VF-9 transforms into Battroid.

Note: the standard UNG tactic is for wing mounted ordinance to be fired within the first few passes of an attack.


4. HAND TO HAND COMBAT

If necessary, the pilot of the VF-9 can engage in melee combat rather than use a weapon. The VF-9 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 (FAST PACKS & SUPER PARTS)

None.


SENSOR SYSTEMS

Note: Refer to the VF-1 Valkyrie for stats unless otherwise noted herein:


OTHER STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Note: Refer to the VF-1 Valkyrie for stats unless otherwise noted herein:


COMBAT BONUSES FOR VF-9 CUTLASS TRAINING

Bonuses and penalties:

BASIC VARIABLE FIGHTER COMBAT TRAINING

Basic training for non-pilot military personnel.

ADVANCED VF-9 CUTLASS COMBAT TRAINING

Advanced training for pilots specializing in the VF-9.

REFERENCES
  • Palladium Books Game Engine and MDC Rules
  • Based off of the UNSDB's VF-9 Cutlass stats
  • Macross Compendium VF-9 Cutlass article
  • Macross M3
  • Shoji Kawamori Macross Design Works; pages 162-165
  • Macross Chronicle: Technology: 01b Variable Fighter
  • Macross the Ride Episode 5 (2011.05)

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