The VF-8J Logan was a mass produced transformable veritech fighter primarily used by the Army of the Southern Cross, and was featured in Robotech: The Masters. It was later replaced during the Second Robotech War by the VFH-10A Armored Gyro Assault Chopper as the main frontline combat unit.
When the Tactical Armored Space Corps (TASC) of the United Earth Forces (UEF) was formed, it was decided to base a very particular type of combat aircraft aboard their capital vessels: an interceptor/dogfighter to attack enemy mecha and a heavy fleet defense/strike spacecraft to go after gunboats and mecha formations at long ranges. The UEF knew they would not need a veritech that would strike at alien worlds, and atmospheric operations were adequately covered by the TAF's forces. Hence, no pressing need was seen for a Battloid mode.
Technology and Combat CharacteristicsEdit
The Logan's bottom shared some similarities with atmospheric fighters of its time. This new mecha was very small, barely 6.3 meters long. The small size meant a small target, with remarkably tough armor. It must be added that the Logan possessed arm shields, capable of deflecting a number of ballistic and energy shots. However, slugging it out with heavy mecha on the ground was not the tactic the Logan was designed for: the small size, coupled with the remarkably robust engines and power delivery system, made for a very nimble veritech, and a notoriously difficult target. The Logan was required less than a dozen protoculture cells to run at maximum efficiency. Because of this, if all weapons were fired simultaneously, the Logan could deliver a significant blow to an opponent. This was very lethal indeed, and admirably suited for its design philosophy: to outfight mecha in space. Though the Logan was relatively slow in an atmosphere, because of its shape, the engines and boosters on this craft made it capable of tremendous accelerations, a significant advantage in combat, especially in the area of missile avoidance. Its shape and simple transformation sequence allowed a large amount of reaction mass tankage, substantially increasing the delta-v available.
The skin of the Logan was composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy, except that on the wings, which was made from a low-mass Chobham armor like that on the AGACS. 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 armor on the wings was considerably stronger, allowing them to be used as parrying shields in close quarters while in Battloid mode. The Logan's cockpit was a very exposed structure in all flight and ground profiles. This made the pilot a very vulnerable target.
The Logan 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 are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for one day maximum.
When the Robotech Masters arrived in Earth space, the Logans were among the first mecha thrown into the fray, especially when one of the TASC's ground bases was suddenly attacked by Bioroids. Unfortunately, the Masters' tactics did not agree with the Logan; the Bioroids' Skysleds were not really meant to be aircraft, the Masters instead relying on their Landing Assault Carriers to destroy any opposing airborne mecha before releasing the Bioroids. This meant that the Logan had to slug it out with the slow and heavily armored Bioroids on their terms, where the Logan was somewhat outmatched despite its capabilities. Quite soon in the war, the Logans were supplanted by the far more robust and versatile AGACS, though many were still stationed as defense on a number of civilian and military areas prior to the Invid Invasion and the Third Robotech War.