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VF-11C Super Thunderbolt

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General and Technical Data

Model number: VF-11C
Code name: Super Thunderbolt
Unit type: mass production variable fighter
Manufacturer: Shinsei Industry
Operator(s): U.N. Spacy; SMS
Rollout: AD 2028
First deployment: AD 2030
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard canopy-style cockpit
Dimensions: overall height 12.92 meters (Battroid mode), overall height 3.49 meters (Fighter mode); overall length 15.51 meters (Fighter mode); wingspan 11.2 meters (Fighter mode)
Weight: empty 9.0 metric tons (variable fighter only), empty 11.2 metric tons (with Super parts); max gross unknown
Armor materials: SWAG energy conversion armor
Powerplant: 2 x Shinsei Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2025G thermonuclear reaction turbine engine, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: 2 x 28,500 kg (2 x 279.69 kN); 2 x vertical two-dimensional vectored exhaust nozzle; 2 x dorsal auxiliary thruster pod; many x P&W HMM-5B high maneuverability vernier thruster
Performance: Fighter mode: maximum level atmospheric speed at 10,000 meters: Mach 3.5+, maximum level atmospheric speed at 30,000+ meters: Mach 8.2
Thrust-to-weight ratio: empty 6.33 (variable fighter only)
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; optional radome
Fixed armaments: fixed rear anti-aircraft pulse laser gun, mounted on head; standard external multipurpose 6-barrel 30mm Gatling gun pod, stored under main body in Fighter mode, hand-carried in Battroid and GERWALK modes; standard bulletproof shield, mounted on left forearm; 2 x internal weapon bay, carries large missile, mounted on legs
Optional fixed armaments: 4 x Hughes HMMM-Mk.6 micro-missile launcher, mounted on Super Parts packs; 2 x chaff/flare dispenser, mounted on Super Parts packs
Optional hand armaments: none

Technical and Historical Notes

The VF-11C Super Thunderbolt was the Super Parts equipped version of the standard VF-11C. The VF-11C placed a focus on atmospheric maneuverability, which came at the cost of onboard missiles. Its dedicated Super parts, similar to the FAST Pack of earlier generations, added several micro-missile launchers, chaff/flare dispensers and two booster units. Thanks to the extra firepower and thrust, the Super Parts became the default configuration for the VF-11C in space operations. Unfortunately, even with the addition of Super Parts, the VF-11C units assigned to the Macross 7 emigrant fleet proved inadequate against the Varauta’s advanced Fz-109A Elgersoln during the Protodeviln War of 2045-46. Early in the war, the Varauta infiltrated the Macross 7 and hijacked City 7. Afterward, some Super Thunderbolts stationed on Battle 7 were equipped with radomes to conduct search operations.

Miscellaneous Information

Pilot: Gamlin Kizaki
First appearance: Macross 7
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

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Director:
Tetsuro Amino

Writer(s):
Sukehiro Tomita
Minto Hajime

Mechanical Designer(s):
Shoji Kawamori
Kazutaka Miyatake
Hiroshi Ogawa
Munehori Nawa
Meijo Maeda

Character Designer:
Haruhiko Mikimoto

Musical Composer:
Fire Bomber

Airdates:
Japan 10.16.1994 – 09.24.1995

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