The AFC-01H Alpha Fighter was a mass produced transformable veritech fighter, used by squadron commanders and officers of the Robotech Expeditionary Force (REF), and was featured in Robotech: The New Generation. It was one of the next generation frontline combat units developed for the REF and deployed along with the Earth Reclamation Forces. One of the Alpha's most unique aspects was the ability to combine with the AB-01 Beta Fighter for additional speed and firepower. Many were also used by human resistance forces during the final battle on Reflex Point. It shared many similarties with its predecessor, the AFV-01 Thunderbolt.
The AFC series of veritech fighter planes were perhaps the most effective air-superiority aircraft in known space. This has resulted from the commitment of the Robotech Expeditionary Force (REF) to hold quality in as high or higher regard as quantity. The plane was originally conceived some time after the Second Robotech War, in large part inspired by the AFQ-01 Vandal Drone, which was originally developed by Maxwell Dynamics. With its large store of internal missiles, it served the REF as the main front-line general-purpose combat aircraft in its forces.
The Alpha was, above all, an air superiority fighter, but was also an excellent general-purpose ground-attack plane. It was acquired for these roles by the Expeditionary Mission Planetary Forces and avy. The Alpha's place in fleet defense came later, in the mid 2030's, as the Alpha/Beta combination began to replace the previous generations of veritech fighters. The Alpha was considered trans-atmospheric, but functioned particularly well in space. With its impressive array of short range missiles and cannon, the Alpha contained the equivalent firepower as a squadron of older veritechs. The Battloid mode was responsive and tough, and could easily best any other mecha, even when outnumbered.
The AFC-01H's, with its suite of advanced sensor head, was used by officers of the Robotech Expeditionary Forces.