In 2017, the fledgling Task Force Southern Cross were busy establishing themselves. For the important task of defending the Earth's population centers proper, the Southern Cross commissioned a high speed interceptor, capable of fighting the Gnerl Fighter Pods on their own terms. This design was the F-206 Falcon II.
Technology and Combat CharacteristicsEdit
The Falcon II used a flying body shape with minimal wings to support hypersonic speeds for its interceptor role. The small wings were used more for maneuvering and stabilization than for lift. As an Interceptor and Fighter Pod destroyer, it required a high thrust/mass ratio, so the aft end of the flying body was one large engine bay, housing two of the fusion turbines and a plasma shock expansion engines, which was used for sustained hypersonic flight and combat accelerations. The final two fusion turbines were housed in nacelles under the body. The Falcon had the standard SC electronics suite, which was state of the art, and its armament consisted out of two internal laser cannons with a high rate of fire, and four hardpoint for missiles or missile pods. The Falcon was built from the advanced titanium alloys that gave the airplane a good protection against at least spall and shell fragments.
The skin of the Falcon is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The skin stops all small arms fire, provides fair protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and poor resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.
The Falcon provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure cockpit environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for eight hours maximum.
This fighter was used by the Civil Defense Flying Corps from its inception to its end in the Invid invasion. Because of the nature of its units, and the target choice of the Masters for most of the Second Robotech War, these planes saw only limited action. During the Invid Invasion, most Falcons were destroyed in battle against the Robotech mecha of the Invid. Most remaining ones were destroyed on orders of the Invid Occupation Authorities.