YF-30 Chronos


Model number: YF-30
Code name: Chronos
Unit type: prototype variable fighter
Manufacturer: SMS (Strategic Military Services)
Operator: SMS
Rollout: AD 2060
First deployment: AD 2060
Accommodation: pilot, in standard canopy-style cockpit using EX-Gear system; auxiliary seat for passenger
Dimensions: overall height 4.02 meters (Fighter mode, without landing gear); overall length 18.84 meters (Fighter mode); wingspan 15.62 meters (Fighter mode)
Weight: empty 8.106 metric tons; max gross unknown
Armor materials: SWAG energy conversion armor
Powerplant: 2 x Shinsei Industry/P&W/RR FF-3001/FC2 Stage II thermonuclear reaction turbine engine, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: 2 x 1,110.0 kN (maximum thrust in space); many x P&W HMM-9 high maneuverability vernier thruster
Performance: unknown
Thrust-to-weight ratio: empty 53.07
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; capable of unassisted orbital velocity in an Earth-class planet; ISC (Inertia Store Converter); active stealth system; chaff/flare dispenser; linear actuators; FDR (Fold Dimension Resonance) system; multipurpose container unit; pinpoint barrier system; Brunhilde flight control AI
Fixed armaments: 2 x fixed coaxial 12.7mm beam gun, mounted on head; heavy quantum beam gun pod, stored under main body in Fighter mode, hand-carried in Battroid and GERWALK modes; Ka-Bar OTEC AK/VF-M9 assault knife, reinforced with pinpoint barrier system, stored under left arm shield block, hand-carried in use in Battroid and GERWALK modes
Optional fixed armaments: 6 x underwing hardpoint, can mount anti-ship reaction missiles; multipurpose container unit, can mount 36 x micro-missile launcher
Optional hand armaments: none

The YF-30 Chronos was a variable fighter developed by the Ouroboros branch of SMS (Strategic Military Services) in 2060. Its design was based on the prototype YF-24 Evolution, which also influenced the design of the VF-25 Messiah, VF-27 Lucifer and YF-29 Durandal. It was assigned the experimental YF designation to avoid having to disclose its existence to NUNS. The YF-30 incorporated parts collected from Protoculture ruins located on Ouroboros. The YF-30 implemented an aircraft control AI previously used on the YF-25 Prophecy. Its engines were enhanced versions of the type implemented on the YF-29 that was fielded during the Vajra War in 2059. The YF-30 also mounted a Fold Dimensional Resonance (FDS) system that amplified song energy and allowed it to navigate through dense fold faults.

The YF-30 featured a multipurpose container that could store different types of equipment or weapons depending on the mission. Its armaments included a heavy quantum beam gun pod, 12.7mm beam guns, an assault knife, a pinpoint barrier system and six underwing hardpoints that could mount anti-ship reaction missiles or other equipment. In 2060, SMS pilot Leon Sakaki used a YF-30 against the rogue NUNS Havamal squadron that was attempting to tap into the power of the Protoculture ruins on Ouroboros. Years after the incident on Ouroboros, the YF-30 served as the inspiration for a new variable fighter, the VF-31A Kairos.

Pilot(s): Leon Sakaki, Mina Forte
First appearance:
 Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori



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