Background (as per Macross Mecha Manual)

Designed as a secondary variable fighter of the UN Forces, the VF-2JA Icarus is a nimble and well-armed variable fighter. The UN Forces decided that the best use of variable fighter resources was to develop dedicated space variable fighters and atmospheric variable fighters. Though all variable fighters were equipped to operate in all environments, the VF-2SS Valkyrie II was optimized for operation in space while the VF-2JA Icarus was optimized for operation within the atmosphere. The VF-2JA was also more heavily armed in standard configuration and included an optional Missile Pack system that could be used in the atmosphere.

The main armament is a Heavy Railgun rifle. The head unit also features two laser cannons that can be utilized in all combat modes. The special Icarus missile packs are a pair of launchers that add to the VF-2JA the capability to fire missiles. The VF-2JA was a very high performance variable fighter and was able to engage any enemy mecha. The Icarus also had a variety of unconventional control surfaces and otehr concessions to aerodynamcis that made it a very nible fighter in all combat modes. During the Mardook Invasion, the VF-2JA fought a variety of Mardook mecha and was more than adequate to defeat the enemy.

Model Type - VF-2JA

Class - Variable Fighter (Atmosphere optimized)

Crew - 1

MDC By Location

Main Body - 650

Arms - 200

Hands - 75

Legs - 300

Feet - 125

Wings - 250

Secondary Engines - 75

Head - 150

Gunpod - 125

Missile Pods - 100

Armour - stops upto and including the equivalent of standard 25mm rounds (2d6md)


Running - 120kph

Leaping - 30m thruster assisted

Flying Battroid - 1000kph at all altitudes, Mach 12 in space

Flying Gerwalk - mach 2.0 at all altitudes, Mach 12 in space

Flying Fighter - Mach 1.8 at sea level, Mach 2.9 at 10km, Mach 5.5 at 30km, Mach 11 in space

Range - Unlimited in Atmosphere, 1000km in space from reaction mass


Height - Battroid - 15.9m, Gerwalk - 7.6m, Fighter - 5.2m

Length - Battroid - 4.3m, Gerwalk - 12.2m, Fighter - 15.8m

Width - Battroid - 4.8m, Gerwalk - 7.9m, Fighter - 7.9m

Weight - 15 tons empty, 21 tons operational

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

Cargo - Minimal pilot and survival fear

Power System - two Takachihoff thermonuclear turbine reaction engines.

Cost - na


Weapon Type - Head lasers (2, useable in all modes)

Primary Purpose - anti-fighter/missile

Range - 2000m

Damage - 4d6 per blast, 2d4x10+20 per short burst, 4d4x10+10 per medium burst, 4d6x10 per long burst, 6d6x10 per full melee burst. This is per gun. Guns fire in tandem.

Rate Of Fire - equal to pilots attacks

Payload - unlimited

Bonuses - +2 strike

Weapon Type - Heavy Rail Gun Pod

Primary Purpose - anti-mecha

Range - 2700m

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 bursts (200 rounds)

Rate Of Fire - only fires short bursts equal to pilots attacks

Payload - 500 armour piercing rounds

Bonuses - +2 strike

Weapon Type - Missile Pods (2)

Primary Purpose - Anti-mecha

Range - varies by missile type

Damage - varies by missile type

Rate Of Fire - 1-2 (1 missile per pod) equal to pilots attacks

Payload - 2 Heavy HE Air to Air or Air to Ground Missiles OR 3 HE Air to Air or Air to Ground Missiles OR 4 Light HE Air to Air or Air to Ground Missiles OR 8 3rd generation Micro-Missiles per pod

Bonuses - +2 strike

Bonuses and Penalties

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

+1 attack at level 1, 8 and 12

+1 disarm

+2 pull punch

+1 parry/dodge at level 4 and 8

+1 autododge at level 2, 4, 6, 9 and 12

+1 strike ranged at level 3

+1 strike hand to hand level 5

Half Dodge Bonuses when operating in space

+20% piloting rolls

Use Robot Combat Elite

Punch - 4d6

Restrained Punch - 8d6sd

Kick - 6d6

Body Block/Tackle - 2d6

Systems of Note

Engine Lifespan - The unit does not use fuel per se (using reaction mass while operating in space) the unit does needs 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.

Fly By Wire System - Due to the complexity of the fighters systems a Fly By Light system is used to fly and maneuver. If the fighter takes more than 75% damage to teh 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 -50% 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 425km, can track up to 2400 targets simultaneously.

Lidar/Ladar - This system uses lasers to detect and image items as small as 100cm (1.0m) at 8km, as small as 500cm (5.0m) out to 15km and as small as 2000cm (20.0m) out to 30km. 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. Range - 425km

Limited Electronic Countermeasures Capability - With a Electronic Countermeasures skill roll (or Sensor operations at -15%) the pilot/crew can impose a penalty of -2 to strike and a -15% 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.

Motion Detector and Collision Warning System - Close range: 300ft (90m); sounds alarm and red light warns pilot of impending collision and/or immediate target.

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

Targeting Computer System - Range: 425km and can target up to 36 targets at once. +3 to strike in ranged combat

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 300 different enemy target types.

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

Loudspeaker - Loudspeaker system that can amplify the pilot's voice up to 120 decibels.

External Surveillance System - A video camera relays images to a cockpit monitor. 360 degree rotation. Range: 500ft (140m). Telescopic capabilities: 10x magnification.

Telescopic Optical Enhancement - Range: 3000ft (900m). Field of vision: 120 degrees

Shoulder Spotlights - Range: 1000ft (305m)

Hydraulic Pilot Chair - Can rise out of the fighter 10ft (3.0m) and retract back inside.

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 — 40ft radius (12m); does 2d6x10.

Heat and Radiation Shielding as well as Full Environmentally Sealed Circulatory and Oxygen System

Detachable Pilot's Compartment - This is the reinforced pilot's compartment (jet's nose) which can be detached and mounted onto another fighter's 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 18 charges. 75% chance to fool radar or heat guided missiles. 45% chance to fool smart missiles. If successful missile lose thier lock and fly off.

Smoke Dispenser - 24 charges that each create a 25m (90ft) wide cloud of smoke behind the fighter.

Anti-Beam Coating - Reduce damage of all energy weapon attacks againstthe unit by 20%

References Used

Seto Kaiba

Macross Mecha Manual -

Fantasy and Animation HQ

Macross II The RPG

Unofficial Robotech Reference Guide

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