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The VF-25 Messiah is a variable fighter featured in Macross Frontier. Originally piloted by Henry Gilliam of Strategic Military Services, it is later given to Alto Saotome.

Technology & Combat CharacteristicsEdit

VF-25 was developed from the data of its prototype, the YF-24. Different from previous VF designs, the VF-25 has an additional cockpit system called the Ex-Gear. With the help of the Ex-Gear, pilots can withstand higher g-forces. It also allows wired or wireless remote control for the VF-25.
VF25S-Armored Battroid

The VF-25S combined with the APS-25A/MF25 Armored pack frosm the VF-25S APS-25A/MF25 Armored Messiah

ArmamentsEdit

StandardEdit

  • Mauler ROV-127C 12.7mm Beam Gun.
located on the head turret, two barrels on VF-25F, one barrel on VF-25G, four barrels on VF-25S, none on RVF-25, .
  • Gun pod
  • Howard GU-17A 58mm Gatling Gun Pod
Retractable cover exposes barrels for cooling.
GU17A

GU-17A Gun Pod

  • GU-17V Ant-Vajra Gun Pod
Similar to the GU-17A gun pod but uses MDE Anti-Vajra warheads.
  • SSL-9B Dragunov Sniper Rifle
semi/fully-automatic anti-armor projectile-firing sniper rifle for long-range precision shooting; used by the VF-25G. Standard 12+1 round magazine (Drum magazine with 35 rounds is available) located on the underside near cooling fins. Built-in optical scope. Error margin of less than 10 cm at a shooting distance of 20 km with AI fire-control. The sniper rifle has balancers that open on the barrel during firing to assist in targeting. The barrel uses electromagnetic rails for maximum acceleration with SP-55X 55mm ultra-high-speed armor-piercing round. Muzzle velocity of SP-55X cartridge is 6,200 m/s (SSL-9B's linear driver, in addition to the chemical reaction, can increase muzzle velocity to 7,490 m/s for ultra-long-range firing in space). Ultra-hard-metal jackets on ultra-dense alloy bullets can penetrate 300-mm-thick GFS-a2 composite armor used by Destroids.
  • 25mm Machine Gun
Two located at the wing joint or sides of hip in GERWALK and Battroid, option of either Remington ES-25A high-speed machine gun or Two Mauler ROV-25 beam machine gun. The high-speed machine gun can be loaded with Anti-Vajra MDE cartridge.
  • AK/VF-M9 1.65m Ka-Bar OTEC Assault Knife
for close combat in Battroid or GERWALK mode stored in shield. Can be reinforced with pin-point barrier.
AKVF-M9

AK/VF-M9 Assault Knife

  • Shield
mounted on center rear dorsal fuselage in Fighter mode or on lower left arm section in GERWALK and Battroid modes.
  • Pin-Point Barrier system

Optional armamentEdit

Six under wing hard points for additional equipment.

  • Optional packs
    • Shinsei Industries SPS-25S/MF25 High-maneuverability Super FAST pack. Two Bifors CIMM-3A micro-missile launchers pods with 3 exit ports, located in main booster units. Two Remmington HMM-5A close-in micro-missile CIWS launcher pod located over shoulders in Battroid mode. Two armored intake units. Two additional armor units for main manipulator. Two additional engine block armored units. Groin/hip armor unit. Optional reconnaissance-in-force unit, beam gun, or reaction warhead missile container can substitute for micro-missile launcher pod, if necessary.
    • Shinsei Industries APS-25A/MF25 Armored pack which can be used in all three transformation modes, unlike the armored systems of previous variable fighters. Two HMM-5A Mobile Remmington micro-missile CIWS launcher pod mounted on the chest and shoulders in Battroid mode with 4 CIWS micro-missile launcher pods (20 micro-missiles in each chest launcher, and 38 micro-missiles in each shoulder launcher). Four Remmington Close Range Micro-missile Launcher Pod Double Loaded Type, mounted on the legs, 2 launchers on each leg, 2 sets of missiles per launcher, 16 missiles per launcher. Two Howard 15-tube 200 mm anti-armor high-initial velocity rocket launcher pod mounted on the rocket pods on the main wings and are mounted fore of the fuselage in fighter mode. Four ROV-22 22mm beam machine guns. Two Otto/Sentinel 57mm anti-warship anti-air rapid fire swiveling beam turret (autonomous fire is possible). If necessary, it can be equipped with an additional 4 to 8 conventional or reaction warhead equipped large size anti-warship missiles. It is possible to change the Micro-missile warheads to anti-Vajra MDE warheads, as well as the rapid-fire beam gun to an MDE particle beam gun.
    • Tornado pack. ROV-E75X swiveling/rotating beam cannon turret. Positioned over the shoulders in Battroid mode. Beam cannon cooling hatches and FED-115R Power capacitor/refrigeration unit deploys to the rear when at low speeds in outer space. Micro-missile launchers located on the wings. Additional micro-missile pods for outer space-use.
  • Note: Micro-missile warheads converted to MDE-warheads for anti-Vajra use.

Special Equipment & FeaturesEdit

Super PackEdit

The Super Pack is a set add-on parts to improve the performance of the VF-25. It consists of additional armour panels (chest, hips, lower legs, and shield), additional engines (a small thruster between the tail planes, and two large, t​win-exhaust thrust-er pods mounted on the wings), and a pair of missile pods behind the shoulders. The additional engines of the Super Pack increases the top speed. The Super Pack can also be used by macronized Zentradi and Meltlandi soldiers, as seen on episode 21 of the series, when a macronized Klan-Klang dons a pack to help fight off a Vajra invasion aboard Island-1 of the Frontier fleet.

Armor PackEdit

The Armor Pack is a set add-on parts to improve the offensive and defensive capabilities of the VF-25, and is typically restricted to squadron leaders. It consists of additional armor panels (chest, hips, legs, back and shield) that cover a much greater proportion of the body than the Super Pack and ten missile pods. The back armor includes a sensor antenna. The leg armor includes two missile pods per leg, and the chest armor includes two missile pods. Like the Super Pack, the Armor Pack also includes two wing-mounted twin-exhaust thruster pods, but the Armor Pack's pods are much larger and include an anti-ship beam gun and a missile pod for each pack. Finally, it has a pair of missile pods behind the shoulders, much like the Super Pack. The pilot can use eye movements to select multiple targets, then simultaneously fire all its missiles at once to swarm the same enemies. While the Armor Pack follows the lineage of Armored Valkyrie variants such as the VF-0 Phoenix, VF-1 Valkyrie and VF-11 Thunderbolt, it closely resembles the SDP-1 Stampede Valkyrie from the PC Engine game Macross: Remember Me.

Tornado PackEdit

Introduced exclusively in the film Macross Frontier: The False Songstress, the Tornado Pack consists of a swiveling beam cannon turret mounted on the back of the unit and larger wings fitted with micro missile launchers. This armor pack slightly resembles the Super Armed Pack of the VF-2SS Valkyrie II from Macross II.   

Design FeaturesEdit

ISC (Inertia Store Converter): Shinsei Industry Macross Frontier Arsenal / LAI Company self-development specification ISC/TO21. Incorporates EX-Gear. Remote control from outside the fighter by EX-Gear is possible via connect slave function. VG wing. Anchoring system (VF-25G). Enhanced communication systems, as well as an on-board AI equipped with battle tactic command programs for assistance (VF-25S). X-shape dorsal and ventral tail fins allow control even if one fin is removed and 3 remain. Newly developed linear actuator improves the transforming system so a majority of moving parts are never in contact, but shift electromagnetically, reducing the transformation time by two-thirds. Also, many of the more fragile mechanisms have been abandoned, resulting in fewer malfunctions, less maintenance, and improved durability for the Battroid mode. Normally, a VF-series' energy converting armor is not active in fighter mode while surplus energy from the engines is used in Battroid mode, however, due to the APS-25A/M25 high-capacity capacitor for the beam guns, energy converting armor is available in all modes. High capacity capacitor built into frontal section of the booster pod. Due to increased waste heat, 4 armored heat sinks (2 on the right and left with built-in Phased array radar) added to the engine pods. APS-25A/P-011 armored block for the aircraft nose exists but was waived due the opinion of Ozma Lee that visibility in close-quarter combat and emergency escape of the aircraft nose was lost. A pinpoint barrier has been centered on the nose to compensate for the lost of armor. Trial manufacture Tornado pack, for dual-use within atmosphere and outside of atmosphere, has lower air resistance than Super Packs. Tornado pack made exclusively for the VF-25 is more expensive than Armored pack. Since the flight path is reminiscent of a tornado, it was given the pet name, "Tornado". Additional Tornado pack equipment for outer-space use.

  • Landing Gear: Catapult link bar for carrier launch. Thicken column to support Super parts, other equipment and the impact of carrier landings.

PowerplantEdit

  • Two Shinsei Industry/ P&W/ RR FF-3001A Stage II thermonuclear reaction turbine engine (in space, maximum thrust of 1,620 kN)
    • Thrust reverser, Equipped with 3D-maneuvering nozzles.
  • P&W HMM-9 High maneuverability thrusters
  • In atmosphere, The air intake shutters open, functioning as an air suction system. In space, the shutters are closed and internal propellant is used. Front fuselage slit allows for Boundary layer control (BLC) by air suction as well as reducing air resistance.
  • Optional fighter-size, general-purpose fold booster.
  • Optional Shinsei Industries SPS-25S/MF25 Super parts (Two main boosters units with four Gobishi Heavy industries SLE-7A main booster engines, one Gobishi Heavy Industries SLE-3A sub booster engine located in the tail booster). Maximum total thrust (main booster and sub booster engines) of 2940 kN. Ten Gobishi Heavy Industries SLE-1C High-maneuverability verniers.
  • Optional Shinsei Industries APS-25A/MF25 Armored pack. Four Gobishi Heavy Industry SLE-7A/A main booster engines. Maximum booster engine output of 2940 kN. Ten Gobishi Heavy Industries SLE-1B High-maneuverability verniers.
  • Optional Tornado pack. Combined Jet/rocket-use engines rotary engine pods. High-maneuverability verniers. Additional equipment for outer-space use.

AccommodationEdit

One pilot with EX-Gear. EX-Gear functions as an ejection seat. Although normally a single seat-craft, the rear is equipped with an auxiliary seat. Auxiliary seat is hidden by a cover. At time of use, the cover is pulled and the auxiliary seat rises. Auxiliary seat is a normal ejection seat.

AvionicsEdit

Built-in active stealth system antenna. SWAG Energy Conversion armor System, internal MDP/S-02 multipurpose Chaff/Flare/Smoke Discharger System. AA/AS/SF-06 integrated radar located in the nose. Various antennae and radar systems located in the tailfins. LC-212 heat-resistant compound material made by L.A.I. used for nose radome. Additional APN-2000 antennas mounted on the lower right and left of nose section. The bulge on the outside of the engine pod functions as air/dive brake and is equipped with MDP/S-02 internal discharger.

  • Gunner Kit built into EX-Gear. FCF-21b FCS precision fire-control booster located in front avionics bay (VF-25G).
  • VGA-14A integrated sensor located in nose radome with AE-35 Custom electronic warfare system booster unit in central avionics bay located in front of cockpit. This is part of the Aegis pack-system. (RVF-25)
  • Radome located on dorsal side in fighter and GERWALK mode. Antenna located on the ventral side in fighter mode. Radome detects targets in real-time by fold waves with a maximum detectable distance is approximately one Light-day when deployed in outer space. Improved for anti-Vajra use by L.A.I. Corporation using fold quartz. It detects targets using fold waves instead of electromagnetic waves. Radome disk uses DSAF-03 electromagnetic wave/fold wave sensor and fold-wave ESF-1000 phased-array radar panel on the ventral side as the core of the system. Radome and Phased array radar panel can be jettisoned if necessary. It can identify up to 2048 targets simultaneously and can guide long to medium-range missiles at 128 targets at the same time. Because fold waves are applied to the control scheme, control of QF-4000 Ghost-series is possible at long distances without lag time. Maximum of 6 QF-4000 Ghost-series can be controlled. Fold Communication Guidance system mounted on Super parts. (RVF-25)

Two Yashima Heavy Industries C-207 high-capacity capacitors to power beam guns, energy conversion armor and pinpoint barrier system. Armored pack uses 2nd generation-type ASWAG enhanced energy converting armor. ASSA-021A compound sensor antenna for improving command capabilities mounted on the rear fuselage with additional infrared sensors and monitor cameras equipped in the armor pack (APS-25A/M25 Armored pack).

Dimensions, ExternalEdit

Fighter modeEdit

  • Length, overall: 18.72 m
  • Wingspan (full extended): 15.50 m
  • Height (without landing gear): 4.03 m

Battroid modeEdit

  • Height
    • (without laser guns) 14.53 m
    • (with laser guns): 15.59 m

Mass and LoadingsEdit

  • Mass empty: 8,450 kg
  • Standard operating weight (SPS-25S/M25 Super parts): 28t (includes 15t of chemical propellant and micro missile pods)
  • Standard sortie weight (VF-25 with APS-25A/M25 Armored pack): 52t
    • Standard operating weight (APS-25A/M25 Armored pack): 40t (15t of propellant, about 9t in missile weight. All 15t of fuel can be spent in 2 minutes at maximum thrust and about 15–20 minutes during combat maneuvers).

PerformanceEdit

Fighter modeEdit

  • Maximum speed:
    • standard, in atmosphere at 10000 m: Mach 5.0+, on account of the fuselage heat-resistance boundary.
  • Ceiling : Unlimited (Capable of launching into satellite orbit over an Earth-class planet)
  • Maximum airframe design load: 27.5G at maximum acceleration for 120 seconds (When ISC operates, the cockpit is protected from high G.)

with SPS-25S/MF25 Super partsEdit

  • Maximum Initial acceleration: 15G (booster rockets + thrust of main engines) when fully loaded, Acceleration improves as more fuel is consumed.
    • Instant acceleration is close to 30G when the missiles are exhausted.

with APS-25A/M25 Armored packEdit

  • Maximum Acceleration: about 11.5+ G (including the VF-25's engines at maximum thrust. Maneuverability improves as more fuel is consumed.)

HistoryEdit

The VF-25 Messiah is one of the newest-generation variable fighters used by humans in 2059. Shinsei Industry/ Macross Frontier Arsenal Original Development/ Macross Frontier fleet's L.A.I. independently developed the VF-25 from the YF-24 prototype as the potential successor to the VF-171, the main variable fighter of the New U.N. Spacy. It has not been deployed to the New U.N. Forces yet, but has been deployed early to the S.M.S. for field testing in real combat scenarios. Its offensive weapons include a gatling gun, beam cannons, laser guns in the head unit, and a close-combat knife in its shield. It is observed to have a new model of gun pod and other features, but as a vehicle under secret development, most of its specifications are still unknown. Designed for multipurpose deployment, such as a fighter plane, an attack plane, a fighter-bomber, a reconnaissance plane and command machine for unmanned combat aerial vehicles are possible by exchanging modules. Fighters can be customized according to the pilot and characteristics of the mission.Manufacturer: Shinsei Industry/ Macross Frontier Arsenal Original Development/L.A.I.

As a special feature, it can be equipped with an EX-Gear reinforced-exoskeleton (powered suit) that connects to its cockpit. The EX-Gear system and the new Inertia Capacitor (ICS) supports and reduces the burden on the pilot, allowing more mobility and combat capability to exceed limits of manned maneuvering. Because of the limits of the pilot's body, it has always been nearly impossible for a fighter to reach its full potential. This problem, as addressed by the AVF Development Project in 2040, has finally been overcome. Moreover, the power output, armaments, sensors, etc. have all been completely integrated, resulting in greatly enhanced performance. Unlike the VF-1 Valkyrie's Armored system which is limited to Battroid-mode use only, the VF-25's Armored parts can still be mounted while transforming. The Armored pack allows it to function as a heavy-combat attack fighter and is restricted to team leaders due to high costs. A high-maneuverability Super pack is also available.

VariantsEdit

VF25G F-9-1

Mikhail's sniper variant.

VF-25 Messiah/VF-25G VF-25 Messiah/VF-25S

VF25 Fighter Top-Right

VF-25F variant in fighter mode.

VF-25 Messiah/RVF-25

GalleryEdit

    Notes & TriviaEdit

    ReferencesEdit

    External linksEdit

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