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VF-17D Nightmare

 

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Heavy Battroid mode in Diamond Force colors (Macross 7)

Fighter mode in Diamond Force colors
(Macross 7)

GERWALK mode in Diamond Force colors (Macross 7)

     

Heavy Battroid mode in

smuggler colors

(Macross Dynamite 7)

Fighter mode in

smuggler colors

(Macross Dynamite 7)

GERWALK mode in smuggler colors

(Macross Dynamite 7)

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VF-17D Nightmare

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: VF-17D
Code name: Nightmare
Unit type: mass production special operations variable fighter
Manufacturer: Shinsei Industry
Operator(s): U.N. Spacy; civilians

Rollout: AD 2035
First deployment: AD 2035
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard canopy-style cockpit
Dimensions: overall height 15.18 meters (Heavy Battroid mode), overall height 3.68 meters (Fighter mode); overall length 15.63 meters (Fighter mode); wingspan 14.18 meters (Fighter/GERWALK modes)
Weight: empty 11.85 metric tons; max gross unknown
Armor materials: SWAG energy conversion armor; strengthened Heavy Battroid armor
Powerplant: 2 x Shinsei Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2100X thermonuclear reaction turbine engine, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: 2 x 55,000 kg (2 x 539.55 kN); 2 x horizontal two-dimensional vectored exhaust nozzle; 2 x dorsal auxiliary thruster pod; 30+ x P&W HMM-6B high maneuverability vernier thruster

Performance: Fighter mode: maximum level atmospheric speed at 10,000 meters: Mach 4.0+, maximum level atmospheric speed at 30,000+ meters: Mach 21+

Thrust-to-weight ratio: empty 9.28
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; optional Super Parts unit; optional radar radome; optional fold booster
Fixed armaments: 2 x fixed anti-aircraft laser gun turret, mounted on head; MC-17A multipurpose 7-barrel 40mm Gatling gun pod, can mount optional beam adapter, stored in lower leg, hand-carried in Heavy Battroid and mode; 2 x fixed medium-bore laser gun, mounted on dorsal section; 2 x internal micro-missile launcher
Optional hand armaments: Spiritia absorption pod (Macross 7 fleet only)

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The VF-17D Nightmare was a special operations fighter manufactured by General Galaxy. Development on the VF-17 began in 2026, but the first flight did not occur until nine years later. Compared to other variable fighters of the time, the VF-17 utilized a delta wing design and stealth features, including internally stored weapons. The VF-17's armaments included anti-aircraft laser guns, small-bore laser guns, medium-bore laser beam guns, a Gatling gun pod and micro-missile launchers. The VF-17 could mount multiple types of equipment, including Super Parts, radomes, fold boosters and other weapons. Following its adoption by U.N. Spacy, the VF-17 was widely deployed to long-distance colonization fleets like the Macross 7. In 2046, General Galaxy overhauled the VF-17 design into the VF-171 Nightmare Plus, a general purpose mass production unit that replaced the VF-11 Thunderbolt. In April 2047, Zolan Patrol officer Liza Hoyly commandeered a stolen U.N. Spacy VF-17D that was being sold on the black market by a smuggler in deep space. Using a fold booster, Liza was able to escape from the smuggler's asteroid base and fold back to planet Zola.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Gamlin Kizaki, Docker, Dick, Morry, Kinryu, Physica S. Fulcrum, Milia Fallyna Jenius, Liza Hoyly, Aegis Focker, Timoshie Daldanton, Syun Tohma, Suzie Newtlet
Appearances: Macross 7; Macross Plus (anime); Macross 7 Trash; Macross Digital Mission VF-X; Macross Dynamite 7; Macross VF-X2; Macross Ace Frontier; Macross 30: Voices Across the Galaxy
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

 

Lineart

 

MC-17A 40mm multipurpose Gatling gun pod

Micro-missile

 

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