VF-0D Phoenix


Model number: VF-0D
Code name: Phoenix
Unit type: limited pre-production variable fighter
Manufacturer(s): Northrop Grumman; Stonewell; Bellcom
Operator: U.N. Navy
Rollout: AD 2004
First deployment: September AD 2008
Accommodation: pilot and radar intercept officer, in standard canopy-style cockpit
Dimensions: overall height 14.0 meters (Battroid mode); overall length 18.69 meters (Fighter mode)
Weight: empty 16.805 metric tons
Armor materials: space metal material frame; titanium/carbon composite outer shell; AWAG/RA 105 SWAG energy conversion armor
Powerplant: 2 x EGF-127 custom overtuned conventional turbofan jet engine, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: 2 x 91.08 kN, 2 x 148.9 kN (afterburner); 3 x Shinnakasu ARR-2 maneuvering rocket motor
Performance: Fighter mode: maximum level atmospheric speed at 11,000 meters: Mach 2.62; cruising range 2,200 km; surface ceiling 26,500 meters
Thrust-to-weight ratio: empty 1.80
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; AN/ALE 55 flare and chaff dispenser system; AN/ALQ 220A IDECM. ASS/PS 110 active stealth system; wing hardpoints
Fixed armaments: Mauler laser cannon, mounted on head; Howard 3-barrel GPU-9 35mm Gatling gun pod, mounts 550 rounds, can use armor-piercing AHEAD ammunition, stored under main body in Fighter mode, hand-carried in Battroid and GERWALK modes
Optional fixed armaments: 12 x Raytheon Bifors AIM-200A AMRAAM 2 I/ALH-guided medium-range air-to-air missile, mounted on hardpoint; 4 x GH-28A 8-tube micro-missile launcher, mounted on hardpoint; 2 x HAIM-95A medium-range maneuverability missile launcher pod; 24 x Raytheon Erlikon GH-30B I/IR-guided micro-missile, mounted on hardpoint
Optional hand armaments: none

The VF-0D Phoenix was a two-seat VF-0 variant produced in limited numbers. It featured larger wings for improved range, and their increased surface area allowed for a 20 percent higher maximum payload. The VF-0D’s armaments included a Gatling gun pod, a laser cannon and hardpoints for mounting missiles. In 2008, the VF-0D was deployed to the Mayan island in the South Pacific, where U.N. Spacy and the Anti-U.N. were competing for control of a mysterious Protoculture relic codenamed AFOS. U.N. Spacy pilots Shin Kudo and Edgar LaSalle, who were previously assigned to an old, non-transforming F-14A+2 Tomcat, transitioned to the newer VF-0D during the conflict.

Pilot(s): Shin Kudo, Edgar LaSalle
First appearance: Macross Zero
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori




GPU-9 35mm Gatling gun pod


Rear view (Battroid mode in Shin Kudo colors)


Underside view (Fighter mode in Shin Kudo colors)


Underside view (GERWALK mode in Shin Kudo colors)

Macross Zero Info

Shoji Kawamori

Hiroshi Ohnogi

Mechanical Designer(s):
Shoji Kawamori
Junya Ishigaki
Kazutaka Miyatake

Character Designer:
Takuya Saito

Musical Composer:
Kuniaki Haishima

5 episodes

Video Release:
Japan 12.21.2002 – 10.22.2004


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