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VF-14 Vampire

 

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Battroid mode (Macross 7 version)

Battroid mode

in Maximilian Jenius colors (Macross M3 version)

Fighter mode (Macross 7 version)

Fighter mode in Milia Fallyna Jenius colors (Macross M3 version)

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VF-14 Vampire

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: VF-14
Code name: Vampire
Unit type: mass production variable heavy fighter
Manufacturer(s): General Galaxy; Messer
Operator(s): U.N. Spacy

Rollout: AD 2027
First deployment: AD 2030
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard canopy-style cockpit
Dimensions: overall length 19.58 meters (Fighter mode); overall width 15.6 meters (Fighter mode)
Weight: empty 12.6 metric tons; max gross unknown
Armor materials: SWAG energy conversion armor
Powerplant: 2 x Shinnakasu-Daimler FF-2770D thermonuclear reaction turbine engine, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: 2 x 52,500 kg (2 x 515.0 kN); many x P&W/Daimler HMM-5C high maneuverability vernier thruster

Performance: Fighter mode: maximum level atmospheric speed at 10,000 meters: Mach 3.8+

Thrust-to-weight ratio: empty 8.33
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: Mauler BC-27A medium-bore beam gun, mounted on shoulders; 35mm Gatling gun pod, stored under main body in Fighter mode, hand-carried in Battroid and GERWALK modes; 2 x Bifors AMM-01S internal missile pod
Optional hand armaments: none

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The VF-14 Vampire was a variable heavy fighter manufactured by General Galaxy and Messer for U.N. Spacy. The VF-14’s design incorporated a mix of the VF-4 Lightning III, OverTechnology and Zentradi technology. A prototype version competed in Project Nova to become U.N. Spacy’s main variable fighter, but it lost to Shinsei Industry’s VF-11 Thunderbolt. However, the design was adopted as the VF-14 in 2028 for use by emigrant and survey fleets. The VF-14’s armaments included a 35mm Gatling gun pod, two Mauler medium-bore beam guns and a pair of Bifors missile pods. In 2043, a research fleet in the Varauta 3198EX system discovered and accidentally revived extra-dimensional beings known as the Protodeviln on Varauta IV. The members of the survey fleet were brainwashed to serve as the Varauta army, and their captured VF-14s became the basis for the Varauta’s new FZ-109A and FZ-109F Elgersoln variable fighters. Two years later, the Varauta encountered the Macross 7 emigrant fleet and initiated a year-long conflict later known as the Protodeviln War.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Maximilian Jenius, Milia Fallyna Jenius
Appearances: Macross 7; Macross Plus (anime); Macross M3
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

 

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