Background (as per Macross Mecha Manual)

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In spite of the fact that the VF-25 Messiah is a state-of-the-art multi-role Variable Fighter (developed from the baseline design of the YF-24 Evolution), it was inferior to the Vajra. Utilizing heavy quantum beam gun miniaturization technology brought from the Macross Galaxy Fleet a beam gun was developed and installed upon the VF-25. Although miniaturized, the still huge beam gun created problems when securing the weapon at a depressed angle of elevation that resulted in a negative affect upon aircraft control. To compensate for the control issues created by the sizable beam gun turret the Tornado Pack additional equipment was developed. The objective was to both negate the control management deterioration and bestow high-maneuverability using powerful thrust systems. The trial manufacture Tornado Pack has lower air resistance than Super Packs and is built for dual-use within and outside of an atmosphere. When deployed for use in outer-space the Tornado pack features additional equipment.

A VF-25 Messiah variable fighter was equipped with a trial manufactured pack and sent into combat designated as the VF-25F/TW1 Anti-Vajra Trial Heavy Quantum Beam Gun Operating Proving Craft. Since the flight path is reminiscent of a tornado, it was given the pet name “Tornado”, for which it became more commonly known. The TW1 Tornado Pack is made exclusively for the VF-25 Messiah, but can be mounted upon the VF-25F, the VF-25G and presumably other VF-25 variants excluding the RVF-25. The TW1 Tornado Pack is more expensive than the APS-25A/MF25 Armored Pack. Data from the operation of the TW1 was used in the development of the YF-29 Durandal.

Model Type - VF-25F Messiah with Tornado pack

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Class - Variable Fighter

Crew - 1 + 1 optional

MDC By Location

Main Body - 600

Arms - 200

Hands - 90

Legs - 320

Feet - 150

Wings - 250

Head - 150

Head Beam Guns - 50

Beam/Machine Guns - 75

Gunpod - 150

Ballistic Shield - 350

Pin Point Barrier system(2) - 100

MDC of Tornado parts

Main Body - +150

Legs (2) - +160ea

Shield - +175

Wings (2) - +125EA

Qauntum Beam Gun Turret - 400

Large Boosters (2) - 350ea

Small Boosters (2, 4 on space pack) - 200ea

AR - 18

Armour- stops up to and including the equivalent of standard 35mm rounds (3d6+3md)


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Running - 150kph

Leaping - 25m thruster assisted

Flying Battroid - 900kph at all altitudes, Mach 60 in space. Mach 65 using Space Pack

Flying Gerwalk - Mach 3 at all altitudes, Mach 60 in space. Mach 65 using Space Pack

Flying Fighter - Mach Mach 4 at sea level, Mach 7 at 10km, Mach 30+ at 30km, Mach 60 in space. Mach 65 using Space Pack

Range - effectively unlimited in Atmosphere, 7000km in space from reaction mass


Height - Battroid - 15.59m, Gerwalk - 7.2m, Fighter - 4.03m (4.5m with Tornado Pack)

Length - Battroid - 4.1m, Gerwalk - 9.9m, Fighter - 18.72m (20.12m fully extended with Tornado pack)

Width - Battroid - 6.3m, Gerwalk - 15.5m, Fighter - 15.5m (17.05m fully extended with Tornado pack)

Weight - 8.45 tons empty (10.07 tons iwth Tornado pack), 16 tons operational

PS - Robotic 40 Lift - 20 tons, Carry - 10 tons

Cargo - minimal pilot and survival gear

Power System - Thermonuclear Turbines, 2 x 1,620 kN (maximum thrust in space); many x P&W HMM-9 High maneuverability thrusters (VF-25), 2 x D-30R1 combined jet/rocket engines (installed into each TW1-TJR Mobile Jet/Rocket Pod located upon the wings); many x high-maneuverability verniers (tornado pack)

Cost - na


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Weapon Type - Head Beam Guns or Laser Guns (2, useable in all modes)

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Primary Purpose - anti-fighter/missile

Range - 2000m

Damage - 5d6 per blast, 2d6x10 per short burst, 3d6x10+30 per medium burst, 5d6x10 per long burst, 1d4x100+50 per full melee burst per gun.  Guns fire in tandem.

Rate Of Fire - can only fire bursts

Payload - unlimited

Bonuses - +3 strike

Weapon Type - 25mm machine cannon (2, useable in all modes, replaces 25mm beam machine cannon)

Primary Purpose - anti-fighter/missile

Range - 2400m

Damage - 6d6 per round, 2d4x10+30 per short burst (10 rounds), 3d6x10 per medium burst (20 rounds), 4d6x10+50 per long burst (40 rounds), 1d4x100+30 per full melee burst (100 rounds) per gun. Later uses ESA rounds (halves AR) or MDE rounds (ignores AR). Guns fire in tandem.

Rate Of Fire - can only fire bursts

Payload - 150 armour piercing rounds.  Use armour piercing rules.

Bonuses - +2 strike

Weapon Type - 25mm beam machine cannon (2, useable in all modes)

Primary Purpose - anti-fighter/missile

Range - 2400m

Damage - 6d6 per blast, 2d4x10+30 per short burst, 3d6x10 per medium burst, 4d6x10+50 per long burst, 1d4x100+30 per full melee burst per gun. guns fire in tandem.

Rate Of Fire - can only fire bursts equal to pilots attacks

Payload - unlimited

Bonuses - +3 strike

Note - laser is the equivalent of a 25mm cannon

Weapon Type - GU-17 A/V Gun Pod

From Macross Mecha Manual

Primary Purpose - Anti-mecha

Range - 3000m

Damage - 2d4x10 per round. 5d6x10+20 per short burst (20 rounds), 9d6x10+20 per medium burst (30 rounds), 2d4x100 per long burst (50 rounds), 3d4x100 per full melee burst (200 rounds). Later uses ESA rounds (halves AR) or MDE rounds (ignroes AR)

Rate Of Fire - equal to pilots attacks

Payload - 250 armour piercing rounds.  Use armour piercing rules.

Bonuses - +3 strike

Weapon Type - Anti-armour knife

From Macross Mecha Manual

Primary Purpose - anti-mecha

Range - melee

Damage - 5d6 + punch damage (4d6), armour piercing. Use armour piercing rules

Rate Of Fire - equal to pilots attacks

Payload - na

Bonuses - na

Weapon Type - Hardpoints (8, 3 per wing, 1 per wing glove)

Primary Purpose - anti-ship/anti-mecha

Range - Varies by weapon type

Damage - varies by weapon type

Rate Of Fire - 1 mini cruise missile per launcher

Payload - 3 HE Air to Air or Air to Surface missiles OR 2 Heavy HE Air to Air or Air to Surface Missiles OR 1 micro missile Launcher (used in space, damage – 2d6x10 md, Range 8km, Rate of Fire – 1-5 per volley, Payload – 10 or 15 4th generation micro missiles) OR 1 Reaction Missile (Range 400km, Use nuclear warhead damages)

Bonuses - +3 strike

Note - When using fast packs these hardpoints are typically left empty though the two outer most points can be used if desired. Standard outfitting is Micro-missile pods.

Weapon Type - Pin Point Barrier System (2)

Primary Purpose - anti-missile/incoming fire or offensive enhancement

Range - melee

Damage - when used defensively is typically directed onto the shield re-inforcing it by taking 100mdc per melee. Fully recharges at the end of each melee. When used offensively it adds 5d6 to punches and kicks.

Rate Of Fire - na

Payload - Unlimited

Bonuses - na

Tornado pack Weapons

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Weapon Type - Twin Quantum Beam Gun Turret

Primary Purpose - assault

Range - 20km

Damage - 2d6x100 per twin blast, half that if one barrel damaged. Ignores AR

Rate Of Fire - 2 per melee

Payload - effectively unlimited

Bonuses - +4 strike

Weapon Type - micro missile launchers (10 on wing armour)

Primary Purpose - anti-mecha

Range - 15km

Damage - 4d4x10, ignores AR if using MDE warheads (RARE)

Rate Of Fire - Volleys of up to 1-12 per attack

Payload - 12 Launcehrs total spread throughout design

Bonuses - +3 strike

Bonuses and Penalties

Use Robot/Vehicle Combat Basic/Elite along with the following bonuses:

+2 attacks at level 1

+1 attack at level 4, 7, 11 and 13

+2 disarm at level 2 and 7

+3 pull punch at level 3 and 8

+2 roll with punch impact at level 5 and 11

+1 parry/dodge at level 2, 5, 8, 10, 12 and 15

+1 autododge at level 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 15

+1 strike ranged at level 2 and 7

+1 strike hand to hand level 4 and 9

Punch - 4d6

Restrained Punch - 8d6sdc

Kick - 6d6

Body Block/Tackle - 2d6

Systems of Note

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Engine Lifespan - The unit does not use fuel per se (using reaction mass while operating in space and reactant for the turbines) the unit does need it's engines (thermonuclear turbines) refurbished or replaced eventually. A new unit's engines, aside from regular maintenance or damage done, can last up to a decade under normal circumstances and use.

Capable of Orbitable insertion under it's own power over an Earth class planet.

Use of the Inertial Store Converter allows the pilot to withstand the G-forces put on their bodies in combat.

EX-Gear - acts as the control interface and as a vital point stimulation seat (which adds some anti-g resistance via preventing blood from pooling in the extremeties during high g maneuvers)

Fly By Light System - Due to the complexity of the fighters systems a Fly By Light system is used to fly and maneuver. This imparts a +30% bonus to all piloting skill rolls for manuevers etc. If the fighter takes more than 80% damage to the main body, or more than 50% in one attack the system fails causing the fighter to become extremely difficult to fly. All piloting rolls are made at -45% and must be made at least once per minute if just trying to keep it going or anytime any kind of action is taken (attacks, parries and dodges as well as any kind of special maneuvers)

Radar - Range 550km, can track up to 12000 targets simultaneously.

Lidar/Ladar - This system uses lasers to detect and image items as small as 10cm at 15km, as small as 150cm (1.5m) out to 25km and as small as 500cm (5.0m) out to 60km. This system also assists the other sensors in detected and identification.

Radar Warning receiver - Detects when an opposing radar attempt to identify or lock on to the VF-25. Range - 500km

Active Stealth System - When active the system renders the unit completely invisisble to radar. However if the unit takes more than 50% damage in one attack there is a 65% the system will fail.

Passive Stealth - The unit was designed with some stealthiness in mind. Thus all opponents are at a -20% to any sensor skill rolls.

Radio/Video Communications Systems - Wide band and directional, radio and video telecast capabilities. Range is 1500 miles (2400km) or can be boosted indefinitely via satellite relay.

Laser targeting System - Range: 500km and target up to 48 targets at once, +3 to strike in ranged combat

Electronic Coutnermeasures Capability - With a Electronic Countermeasures skill roll (or Sensor operations at -20%) the pilot/crew can impose a penalty of -3 to strike and a -25% to all sensor skill rolls of any opponents within radar range depending on terrain.

Advanced Infra-Red Imager – Forward looking infa-red imager that detects and identifies targets based on their heat signatures. Range – same as Radar.

Combat Computer - Calculates, stores and transmits data onto the cockpit computer screen or Head Up Display (H.U.D.). Patches in with targeting computer. Also has an integral IFF system and can identify upto 400 different enemy target types.

Motion Detector and Collision Warning System - Close range: 400ft (122m); sounds alarm and red light warns pilot of impending collision and/or immediate target.

External Audio Pickup - Sound amplification listening system. Range: 1000ft (305m)

Loudspeaker - Loudspeaker system that can amplify the pilot's voice up to 100 decibels.

External Video Surveillance System - A video camera relays images to a cockpit monitor. 360 degree rotation. Range: 600ft (183m). Telescopic capabilities: 12x magnification.

Telescopic Optical Enhancement- Range: 3000ft (915m). Field of vision: 140 degrees

Shoulder/Head Spotlights - Range: 1000ft (305m)

Ejector Seat - In case of emergencies the pilot seat can be instantly ejected.

Utility Arms - This is a set of small, retractable arms housed in the right forearm, to perform delicate work and to effect repairs. Each of the three arms has an A.R. of 6 and 3 M.D.C.

Self-Destruct - A last ditch effort to prevent capture of the Variable unit (usually preceded by the pilot's ejecting from the fighter). Explosive damage is fairly contained — 50ft radius (m); does 4d6x10.

Heat/Radiation Shield and Independent Oxygen/Circulatory Systems.

Detachable Pilot's Compartment - This is the reinforced pilot's compartment (jet's nose) which can be detached and mounted onto another fighters arm for ease of carrying (or carried by any Destroid).

Distress Beacon - range of 500 miles (800km). 10 times that in space.

Chaff and Flare Dispensers- Each has 12 charges. 75% chance to fool radar or heat guided missiles. 45% chance to fool smart missiles. If successful missile lose their lock and fly off.

Smoke Dispensers- 24 charges that each create a 60ft wide cloud of smoke behind the fighter.

Anti-Beam coating - reduce all beam weapon attacks damage by 30%

References Used

Robotech RPG

Unoffical Robotech Reference Guide

Macross mecha Manual

Mecha HQ

Seto Kaiba

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