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Roy leading the VF-0 Skull Squadron
The VF-0 is an advanced prototype of the U.N. Spacey VF-1 Valkyrie Fighter. The main difference between the two fighters is that the VF-0 ran on conventional engines & fuel instead of the Thermonuclear Engines of the VF-1 thus they were a bit bulkier than future VF-1's. A minor difference is that the Squad leader (S versions) had only two head lasers instead of the four on the VF-1's..
Weapons were identical to the later Valkyries.
The VF-0's had a Reactive Armor similar to the VF-1's with fewer missles than the later models. It was also usable in the atmosphere.
VF-0 Variable Fighter Models:
VF-0A: Single Seat version with a single head laser.
VF-0D: Dual Seat version with a single head laser.
VF-0S: Squad Leader Version. Single Seat that mounts two head lasers.
VF-0 Phoenix Variable Fighter
- Two EGF-127 custom overtuned conventional turbofan jet engines with two-dimensional thrust-vectoring nozzles, each rated at 91.08 kN and 148.9 kN with afterburning. (Future variable fighters will incorporate thermonuclear reaction engines that are under development.) Due to its less efficient engines, the VF-0 has considerably shorter range, more delicate handling, and longer airframe compared to the VF-1. (Engine nacelles are comparatively longer to accommodate the earlier engine design.) Rectangular underfuselage air intake with semi-retractable slit-style shutter in Battroid mode or space use.
- Three Shinnakasu ARR-2 maneuvering rocket motors in GERWALK and Battroid modes.
- Standard auxiliary conformal fuel drop tanks on dorsal main body in Fighter mode and on chest and dorsal sections in Battroid mode. Ejectable fuel tanks can serve as armor when fuel is spent.
- Option of reactive armor parts or one regular external atmospheric combat super parts (micro-missile launcher/conformal fuel tank FAST Pack with twenty-four Raytheon Erlikon GH-30B I/IR-guided micro-missiles each) mounted on both leg/engine nacelle. Reactive armor parts adds jump boosters for additional support.
- One QF-2200A Ghost unmanned fighter (the focus of a modification known as the special attack/assault specification) acting as a booster on the craft's dorsal surface, rated in combination with VF-0's re-tuned engines for 305.65 kN and 602.55 kN with afterburning (Thrust and other performance data for the VF-0 with the QF-2000A are estimated since formal tests have not been conducted).
VF-0 Phoenix Variable Fighter Batroid
- One (VF-0A/D) or two (VF-0S) fixed Mauler laser cannons. Live ammunition was waived due to problems with internal space and equipment miniaturization introduced by overtech.
- One standard Howard GPU-9 35 mm gatling gun pod with 550 rounds (AHEAD rounds available). Three adjustable rates-of-fire at 60, 1250, 2500 rounds-per-minute driven by a 90-horsepower electric motor.
- Maximum of twelve standard Raytheon Bifors AIM-200A AMRAAM 2 I/ALH-guided medium-range air-to-air missiles on three-missile racks, four GH-28A 8-tube general-purpose micro missile (capable of firing 3 volleys) launchers, two HAIM-95A medium-range maneuverability missile launcher pods originally used in attack craft equipment (special attack/assault specification), or a combination of the above mounted on four underwing variable pylon hard points or on two augmentative pylons welded to the conformal fuel tanks of craft's dorsal surface (special attack/assault specification).
- Option of reactive armor parts or one regular external atmospheric combat super parts (micro-missile launcher/conformal fuel tank FAST Pack with twenty-four Raytheon Erlikon GH-30B I/IR-guided micro-missiles each) mounted on both leg/engine nacelle. The super part is also capable of storing spare magazine for the gun pod.
- One QF-2200A Ghost unmanned fighter equipped with five micro-missile launchers on the craft's dorsal surface (the focus of a modification known as the special attack/assault specification).
- Maximum payload of the VF-0D variant is 20% greater than the VF-0A/S variants. Capable of mounting most former United States/NATO standard aviation weaponry.