The VF-1S "Super" Valkyrie was a veritech fighter that was outfitted with a special booster and weapon pack, that gave it the equivalent strength of an entire squadron. It was seen being used on the VF-1S Valkyrie in Robotech: The Macross Saga.
Technology and Combat CharacteristicsEdit
The superbly-armed Super variants of the Valkyrie were developed in response to field experience with the standard models, namely the specialized needs of a space-dedicated fighter with heavier weapons packages to defeat an opposing force that possessed vast numerical superiority. Super variants could be converted from standard versions in minutes, if the standard Valkyrie had the necessary connection ports. Most existing Valkyries were retrofitted with such connections, and after 2011, all new VF-1s had them built in. The Super version's main distinction is the use of ejectable additional armor around the legs and arms, and the mounting of two FAST fuel and booster packs on the plane's back. In the front of the pods was room for weapons (save those specifically designed to be used on trainers, which included extra fuel). Typically, two multi-missile pods were mounted, though the Strike mission version saw a particle beam in the starboard pod and the standard sixteen-round short range missile pod in the port one. The Super Valkyrie also had the necessary electronics to carry six nuclear missiles, specifically developed for use against the gigantic Zentraedi warships. Every Super variant (with the exception of the trainer and Elint versions) carried an additional three Starburst missiles in the forearm armor. However, these space-optimized fighters were hardly ever used in the atmosphere where their external pods would hinder their aerodynamic properties.
During the Super Dimension Fortress-1 Macross (SDF-1)'s return from Pluto, the Robotech Defense Force was stretched to the limits. As they neared Earth, the months of combat had taken thier toll, and pilots were getting increasingly hard to come by. A way was needed to increase the effectiveness of the current units.
The first attempt at this was the failed Armored Veritech. While greatly increasing its armour and firepower, the extra weight left the mecha practically a sitting duck. The second attempt was far more successful, resulting is what came to be known as "Super Veritechs" line.
The "Super"-type 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.