Model number: Sv-262Ba
Code name: Draken III
Unit type: variable fighter
Manufacturer: Dian Cécht SV Works
Operator: Kingdom of Windermere
First deployment: AD 2067
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit
Dimensions: overall height 15.78 meters (Battroid mode). 5.74 meters (Fighter mode); overall length 17.54 meters (Fighter mode); wingspan 13.0 meters (Fighter mode)
Weight: empty 9.8 metric tons; max gross unknown
Armor materials: General Galaxy SW-2501 SWGA energy conversion armor
Powerplant: 2 x P&W/RR/L.A.I. FF-2999/FC2 Stage IIG thermonuclear reaction turbine engine, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: 2 x 1,995.0 kN (maximum thrust in space); many x P&W HMM-10A high maneuverability vernier thruster
Performance: standard atmospheric cruising speed at 10,000 meters: Mach 5.8+; maximum airframe design load 28G
Thrust-to-weight ratio: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; capable of unassisted orbital velocity in an Earth-class planet; Shinsei/L.A.I. ISC-TO21G ISC (Inertia Store Converter); General Galaxy PPS-28 chaff/flare dispenser; General Galaxy VBP-211R pinpoint barrier system; Bifors ESC-09G active stealth system; 2 x LD-262S Lil Draken drone, can mount optional jamming system; Reheat System
Fixed armaments: General Galaxy GBP-35A beam gun pod, mounted on ventral side in Fighter mode, hand-carried in Battroid mode, acts as turret in GERWALK mode; 2 x Remmington LM-27C 27mm machine railgun, mounted on right arm; anti-projectile shield, mounted as tail fin in Fighter mode; DAS-03k assault sword, stored in lower right leg, hand-carried in use
Optional fixed armaments: 4 x micro-missile launcher, mounted on Lil Draken; 30mm beam cannon, mounted on Lil Draken; 4 x Bifors AIMM-4A missile pod, mounted on legs
Optional hand armaments: none
The Sv-262Ba Draken III was a variable fighter developed by Dian Cécht SV Works and used in 2067 by the Kingdom of Windermere. Because of the design of its transformation mechanism, the Sv-262Ba had reduced propellant storage capacity, which limited its cruising range in space. However, its performance was on par with contemporary variable fighters, and it could overcome its propellant limitation through the use of two Lil Draken drone fighters. When docked with the Sv-262Ba, the Lil Drakens functioned as booster pods, but when separated acted as remote-controlled drone fighters. The Sv-262Ba incorporated an optical stealth system that could camouflage its colors and external markings. It also featured a jamming system that could disrupt enemy visual monitors. The Sv-262Ba also implemented a Reheat System that used fold quartz mined from Protoculture ruins on planet Windermere IV to temporarily augment thrust.
The Sv-262Ba’s armaments included a beam gun pod, two machine railguns, an anti-projectile shield, a pinpoint barrier system and an assault sword. Additionally, the Lil Draken was armed with four micro-missile launchers and could equip a 30mm beam cannon or jamming system. The standard production Sv-262Ba was used by Windermere’s elite Aerial Knights, led by White Knight Keith Aero Windermere, who piloted the commander’s variant Sv-262Hs. As a species descended from the Protoculture, Windermerians had a humanoid appearance and increased physical endurance compared to humans, but they also had significantly shorter lifespans of about 30 years. Windermerians also used nerve-like runes in their hair to sense the energy of the wind in combat. In April 2067, the Kingdom of Windermere launched an aggressive campaign to conquer the inhabited planets of the Brisingr Globular Cluster, starting with an attack on planet Al Shahal. Throughout the course of the conflict, the Aerial Knights engaged in combat on many occasions against Xaos’ Delta Flight and the tactical sound unit Walkure.
Pilot(s): Bogue Con-vaart, Xao Jussila, Theo Jussila, Hermann Kroos, Kassim Eber-hardt, Wolf Gura, Victor Halmstadt, Dominic Udette, Mirage Farina Jenius
First appearance: Macross Delta (TV series)
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori
Note: Based on the LV-7 Valorious Rapier “Excalibur” from Air Cavalry Chronicles.