The QF-3000C Ghost drone was designed to act as a supplement to the Valkyrie series Veritech and other fighters of the Robotech Defense Force (RDF). As such, early versions were equipped with a traditional turbine for long range atmospheric flight, and two hybrid ramjet/reaction engines as boosters for extra bursts of speed. The drone did not have any wings, but instead relied on body lift to stay airborne.The QF-3000C Ghost was acquired exclusively by the Robotech Defense Force, where it served in limited numbers. Before a year had passed since they entered service, the Air Force's -C variants were refit with a fusion turbine for extreme altitude operations, though it was not yet space- capable. This new variant, the -D, was purchased by both the RDF Air Force and Navy, and was not replaced by the -E until after the Zentraedi Holocaust. The new high-altitude variant piqued the interest of the RDF, which immediately began to develop a space-capable version. This variant, the -E, was immediately procured by the Spacy, and after the return of the Super Dimension Fortress-1 Macross (SDF-1) after the Zentraedi Holocaust, the remaining Air Force and Navy variants were upgraded to this standard. QF-3000Es were stationed on Macross Island in 2009, and on the Armor series orbital platforms and on the SDF-1 itself. However, combat experience showed that the tactical usefulness of these craft was doubtful, due to Zentraedi tactics and technology, and they were mainly used in an escort or defensive capacity.
The armor of the Ghost was composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor stopped all small arms fire, provides good protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round, and fair resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round.
Most of the early runs of the Ghost were destroyed in the Zentraedi Holocaust and the attack on Dolza's fortress. Later on, newly built drones were based on the Armor ships that had escaped the bombardment, but all were soon replaced and decommissioned. This being said, the Ghost was still popular with some pilots, who felt that the drones provided excellent fire support in target-rich environments, as well as being good decoys when the piloted planes were vastly outnumbered.