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VF-25S Armored Messiah

 

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Battroid mode

Fighter mode

GERWALK mode

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VF-25S Armored Messiah

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: VF-25S
Code name: Armored Messiah
Unit type: variable fighter
Manufacturer(s): Shinsei Industry; L.A.I.; Macross Frontier Arsenal Original Development
Operator: SMS (Strategic Military Services)

Rollout: AD 2057
First deployment: AD 2059
Accommodation: pilot, in canopy-style cockpit using EX-Gear system; auxiliary seat for passenger
Dimensions: head height 14.53 meters (Battroid mode, without beam guns), overall height 15.59 meters (Battroid mode, with beam guns), overall height 4.03 meters (Fighter mode); overall length 18.72 meters (Fighter mode); wingspan 15.5 meters (Fighter mode)
Weight: empty 8.5 metric tons (VF-25F only); standard operating weight 52.0 metric tons (with APS-25A/MF25 Armored Pack)
Armor materials: SWAG energy conversion armor
Powerplant: 2 x Shinsei Industry/P&W/RR FF-3001A Stage II thermonuclear reaction turbine engine, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: 2 x 2,940.0 kN (Armored Pack); many x P&W HMM-9 high maneuverability vernier thruster; 4 x Gobishi Heavy Industries SLE-7A/A main booster engine, mounted in Armored boosters); 10 x Gobishi Heavy Industries SLE-1B high-maneuverability verniers, mounted in Armored Pack

Performance: Fighter mode: maximum level atmospheric speed at 10,000 meters: Mach 5.0+; maximum airframe design load: 27.5G at maximum acceleration for 120 seconds

Thrust-to-weight ratio: empty 39.09
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; capable of unassisted orbital velocity in an Earth-class planet; ISC/TO21 ISC (Inertia Store Converter); variable geometry wing; active stealth system antennae; boundary layer control (BSC); AA/AS/SF-06 integrated radar, mounted in nose; linear actuators; chaff/flare dispenser; optional super fold booster; pinpoint barrier system; ASSA-021A compound sensor antenna, mounted in Armored Parts; L.A.I. LC-212 compound material (nose radome); APN-2000 antennas, mounted in nose; MDP/S-02 multipurpose discharger, mounted on engine pod; 4 x armored heat sink, mounted on engine pods; 2 x Hachishuu Heavy Industries C-207 high capacity capacitors, powers beam guns; enhanced communication system; command tactic assistance AI; APS-25A/MF25 Armored Pack
Fixed armaments: 4 x fixed Mauler RÖV-127C coaxial 12.7mm beam gun, mounted on head; Howard GU-17A 5-barrel 58mm Gatling gun pod, stored under main body in Fighter mode, hand-carried in Battroid and GERWALK modes; standard bulletproof shield, mounted on left forearm; 2 x Remington ES-25A 25mm high-speed machine gun, mounted on hips; 2 x Ka-Bar OTEC AK/VF-M9 assault knife, reinforced with pinpoint barrier system, stored under shield, hand-carried in use in Battroid and GERWALK modes

Optional fixed armaments: 2 x Mauler RÖV-25 25mm beam machine gun, replaces ES-25A machine guns; 6 x underwing hardpoint, can mount anti-ship reaction missiles; 4 x RÖV-22 22mm beam machine gun, mounted on Armored Pack; 4 x Remington close range micro-missile launcher pod, total of 128 missiles, mounted on Armored Pack; Remington HMM-5A micro-missile CIWS launcher pod, 116 missiles, mounted on Armored Pack; 2 x Howard 15-tube launcher pod, 30 200mm anti-armor rockets total); 4 x hardpoint, can mount 8 x anti-ship reaction missiles, mounted on Armored Pack
Optional hand armaments: none

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The VF-25S Armored Messiah was the Armored Pack-equipped version of the VF-25S Messiah. Compared to earlier generations of Armored systems for variable fighters, the implementation on the VF-25S allowed it to fully transform between Battroid, Fighter and GERWALK modes. In addition to the armor mounted across the VF-25F's body, the APS-25A/MF25 Armored Pack stored extra fuel for bursts of added thrust. The pack also mounted enhanced communications systems and a compound sensor antenna, plus additional sensors on the nose. To compensate for the extra heat it generated, the pack mounted four armored heat sinks on the engine pods. Additional armaments included four 22mm beam machine guns, a pair of beam turrets, two micro-missile CIWS launcher pods (with 116 missiles total), two micro-missile launcher pods (with 128 missiles total) and a pair of 15-tube launcher pods (30 rockets total).

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Ozma Lee
Appearances: Macross Frontier (TV series); Macross Frontier (manga); Macross Frontier (movies)
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

 

Lineart

 

AK/VF-M9 assault knife

GU-17A 5-barrel 58mm Gatling gun pod

 

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