VA-3M Invader


Model number: VA-3M
Code name: Invader
Unit type: mass production amphibious variable attack craft
Manufacturer: Northrom Grumman
Operator: U.N. Spacy
Rollout: unknown
First deployment: unknown
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit
Dimensions: overall height 4.82 meters (Attacker mode); overall length 15.89 meters (Attacker mode); wingspan 16.2 meters
Weight: empty 13.3 metric tons; max gross unknown
Armor materials: SWAG energy conversion armor
Powerplant: 2 x Shinnakasu/P&W/Roice FF-2020A thermonuclear reaction turbine engine, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: 2 x 22,000 kg (2 x 215.82 kN); 2 x vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) nozzle; many x P&W HMM-3A high maneuverability vernier thruster
Performance: Attacker mode: standard level atmospheric speed at 10,000 meters: Mach 2.2+, maximum level atmospheric speed at 30,000+ meters: Mach 4.2+
Thrust-to-weight ratio: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL); fire control system (FCS); pods under wings serve as flotation device with vertical rudder
Fixed armaments: 2 x fixed beam gun, mounted in forward pontoons in Attacker mode; 2 x fixed micro-missile launcher, mounted in forward outboard pontoons; many x hardpoint, can mount 6 x high-maneuverability missile or torpedo
Optional hand armaments: none

The VA-3M Invader was a variation of the standard VA-3 developed by Northrom Grumman. The amphibious VA-3M featured an underwater configuration that folded down the main wings and rear stabilizers to assist with maneuvering. The VA-3M’s armaments included beam guns, missiles and torpedoes. In December 2050, Capt. Aegis Focker of the U.N. Spacy’s VF-X Ravens team used a VA-3M in combat against terrorist-controlled submarines on planet Eden 3.

Pilot: Aegis Focker
First appearance: Macross VF-X2
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori



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