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VF-171EX Nightmare Plus

 

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Battroid mode

(Macross Frontier)

Fighter mode
(Macross Frontier)

GERWALK mode

(Macross Frontier)

 

Battroid mode, equipped with radome stage

(Macross E)

Fighter mode, equipped with radome stage

(Macross E)

GERWALK mode, equipped with radome stage (Macross E)

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VF-171EX Nightmare Plus

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: VF-171EX
Code name: Nightmare Plus
Unit type: main variable fighter
Manufacturer: General Galaxy
Operator(s): NUNS (New U.N. Spacy); Xaos

Rollout: AD 2059
First deployment: AD 2059
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard canopy-style cockpit using EX-Gear system
Dimensions: overall length 15.52 meters (Fighter mode)
Weight: empty 12.95 metric tons; max gross unknown
Armor materials: SWAG/RA155 SWAG energy conversion armor (20% improved over standard VF-171)
Powerplant: 2 x Shinnakasu/P&W/Roice FF-2550F thermonuclear reaction turbine engine, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: 2 x 662.18 kN (maximum thrust in space); many x P&W HMM-6B vernier thruster

Performance: Fighter mode: maximum level atmospheric speed at 10,000 meters: Mach 4.3+; maximum level atmospheric speed at 30,000+ meters: Mach 21+

Thrust-to-weight ratio: empty 10.42
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; pinpoint barrier system; ASS/PS 155 third generation active stealth system; chaff/flare dispenser; active stealth; optional radome; optional fold boosters; variable setting EPM (Electronic Protective Measures); improved ECCM performance; AA/AS/SF-06 unified sensor matrix
Fixed armaments: 2 x Bifors AMG-30 30mm heavy machine gun, mounted on head; 2 x Erikon AAB-9A beam cannon, mounted in torso; Howard GU-14B gun pod, stored under main body in Fighter mode, hand-carried in Battroid and GERWALK modes; 2 x Bifors BML-02S micro-missile launcher, mounted near wings; Sentinal AVM-11R 4 large anti-ship missile, stored in 4-shot rack mounted on left arm

Optional fixed armaments: AVPAGC/MEDC30-EX-A 30mm quantum beam gun (MDE anti-gravity particle beam), replaces Howard GU-14B gun pod; AAS-171 EX armored pack (team leaders); 6 x underwing hardpoint for 2 x Bifors AAMM-05D medium-range anti-air missile, or Sentinal FXA-60A 6-tube rocket pod
Optional hand armaments: SL-9B Dragunov electromagnetic rail sniper gun pod;

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

When war broke out in 2059 against the super dimensional lifeforms known as the Vajra, NUNS’ VF-171 Nightmare Plus was completely outmatched. In response, General Galaxy and L.A.I. created an enhanced anti-Vajra variant called the VF-171EX. The VF-171EX’s cockpit was upgraded to support the EX-Gear system, and the fighter utilized improved engines. The VF-171EX’s armaments included a pair of 30mm heavy machine guns with armor-piercing ammo, two beam cannons and either a gun pod or an anti-gravity particle cannon developed by L.A.I. that used MDE (Micro Dimension Eater) ammo. It also featured a pinpoint barrier system, two micro-missile launchers and various options for anti-air/ship missiles. The VF-171EX could also expand its armaments by mounting a Super Pack. Introduced in the final phase of the Vajra War, two VF-171EX units were used by SMS pilots Alto Saotome and Luca Angeloni after they were left behind by the deserting Macross Quarter.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Maruyama, Alto Saotome, Kite Kinjo, Washizaki, Zofitia Erlo, Jonah Gold
Appearances: Macross Frontier (TV series); Macross Frontier (movies); Macross 30: Voices Across the Galaxy; Macross Delta Gaiden: Macross E; Macross Delta Scramble
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

 

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