The VF-1J Valkyrie was mass produced, uparmored veritech fighter that was originally developed for the Robotech Defense Force during the First Robotech War, and was the iconic mecha in Robotech: The Macross Saga.
No mecha was as well known and admired by friend and enemy alike as the Valkyrie. It was the first mecha that incorporated reconfiguring components that made it a transformable craft. It was also the fastest and most versatile of all Robotech Defense Force mecha that fought in the First Robotech War.
The story of the Valkyrie began in 2004. After five years of study, the Robotech Research Group (RRG) was finally capable of creating Earth mecha of sufficient power to counter the aliens that were discovered within the Super Dimension Fortress-1 Macross (SDF-1). Data suggested that a fast and manueverable mecha was necessary to counter any future alien incursion. For a while, the research group considered other types of combat vehicles, such as transformable helicopter, and even motorcylces.
The Valkyrie would need a jet fighter-form to execute its main objective of air combat, as well as a humanoid battloid form to give maximum mobility and versatility on the ground. The RRG incorporated an intermediate form to ease the conversion from airborne to ground mecha, and this Guardian configuration proved to be such a useful merger of the Fighter and Battloid characteristics that it was also used for high-mobility work near the ground, and not just for VTOL landings. The result was in full scale production a full year before the SDF-1's launch date.
Technology and Combat CharacteristicsEdit
The original contractors for this craft were a consortium of manufacturers. The VF-1J was an uparmored variant that used an upgraded head, which added a second laser, and a more advanced sensor suite.
After the Zentraedi Holocaust, the Valkyrie remained in production as the premier combat mecha of the Earth forces, until it was replaced on the production lines by the more advanced Lightning and various other designs.
The armor of the standard Valkyrie was composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor stopped all small arms fire, provided 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.
The Valkyrie provided 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 was anticipated. The internal consumables supplies could provide atmosphere for two days maximum.
The VF-1J was issued to squadron leaders of the Robotech Defense Force during the First Robotech War and the Malcontent Uprisings. It was mothballed shortly after the development of later Veritech fighters.
- The VF-1 was created by the renowned Japanese mecha designer Shōji Kawamori (with contributions by his Studio Nue partner Kazutaka Miyatake) in 1980-1982 to be the centerpiece mecha design of the anime series The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (1982–1983).
- The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and Grumman F-14 Tomcat with its variable-sweep wing design, served as the main design inspiration of the VF-1.
- The name "Valkyrie" was a tribute to the real world XB-70 Valkyrie, an experimental supersonic strategic bomber developed in the United States in the 1960s.
- In Robotech (the 1985 American adaptation of Macross), the VF-1 was most commonly referred to as the "Veritech Fighter", with "Veritech" being short for Variable Engineering and Robotic Integration TECHnology, but the fighter's official popular name "Valkyrie" is used in a few infrequent references.