(Version 1.00 - Last updated: 12/10/01)
Concept and Background by Kenneth Olson
Based on an original mecha design published in Macross Design Works
Background Information derived from Robotech Technical Files


At the conclusion of the First Robotech War, the United Earth Government ordered a top down review of the Robotech Defense Forces.  With the launching of the Expeditionary Force and the continuing Zentraedi uprisings, the need for a new generation of mecha units was apparent to the RDF high command.  Unfortunately, the next generation of veritech fighters, primarily the VF-6 "alpha", would not be ready for almost a decade.  An interim solution was necessary and as a result several modified versions of the venerable VF-1 was introduced between 2010 and 2020. 

The RDF was in desperate need for a light bomber during the mid 2010's.  The remaining conventional designs were at a minimum 30 years old and proving to be extremely vulnerable to Zentraedi in South America.  In order to fill this role, the designers at Shinsei Industries modified their newly created VF-3000 design.  The bomber was designated the VB-3000 Aardvark, in honor of the F-111, and armed with the latest weaponry and armored with the more advanced first generation Chobam plate.  Unlike previous veritech designs, the VB-3000 would required both a pilot and a weapon's officer to operate.

The basic airframe of the VF-3000 was retained, however two more powerful Nakajima FX-2006 fusion turbines were added to provide the additional thrust necessary for the increased weapons load out.  The structural support was increased to allow for the increased mass placed under the wings.  The inner pylons are capable of holding up to 3000 kg of weapons and the outer pylons can hold up to 2500 kg.  This allows the VB-3000 to be loaded with up to 16 long range missiles or up to 11,000 kg of more conventional bombs. 

The VB-3000 possesses considerable laser and projectile weaponry.  Two LA-5 lasers are mounted in two nose blisters on either side of the pilot's compartment, in a similar position to the VF-1.  Each LA-5 is capable of  firing 4 MJ bursts up to 30 times per minute.  Like the VF-3000, the VB-3000 only has two head lasers.  Each Mauser ROV-30 fires 5 MJ bursts and is powered directly by the main protoculture generators.  A single GU-20 120 mm smoothbore cannon is mounted underneath the bomber.  Although the damage potential of the GU-20 is greater than the standard GU-11 55 mm tri-barrel cannon, the GU-20 only holds 60 rounds.  

The most advanced sensor package available at the time was included in the VB-3000.  A pulse-Doppler AWG-30 radar was mounted in the nose of the unit providing detection of a 0 dBsm target at ranges up to 120 km.  In addition, two of the head lasers on the right were replaced with a Marconi Spyeye broad-spectrum radiation sensor and a TI-10000 onboard data interpretation system.

The first operational squadron was introduced in August 2016 and immediately placed into combat in South America.  Previous to the the VB-3000, modified versions of the VF-1 were used in the light bombing role.  Pilots of the new VB-3000 greeted the new plane with great enthusiasm as the newer design offered more maneuverability, greater payload, and increased armor protection over the VF-1.  In all areas the VB-3000 was superior to the VF-1, the only major difficulty with the VB-3000 was with the newly introduced FX-2006 turbines which required more maintenance than the older designs.

The initial combat experience was so successful that 100 additional units were added to supplement the original 36 and as a result the total number of combat squadrons was increased to 13.  Additional units were requested, however the no bombers were approved by the RDF high command.  Procurement officers with the RDF had decided that all available funding for a light bomber should be diverted to the VF-X-7 "Beta" fighter and not on what was essentially a fighter design throwback from the previous war. The final VB-3000 was rolled off the production line in 2018.

Unfortunately for the REF, the VF-X-7 was not ultimately successful.  As a result, the remaining VB-3000 bombers were brought with the REF.  Once again, the VB-3000 proved to be a successful design this time as a long range missile platform.  During the Sentinel campaigns VB-3000 were typically outfitted with long range cluster missiles capable of breaking up incoming Invid suicide squadrons.  The VB-3000 continued to soldier on until the introduction of the VF-12 in 2039 at which point the remaining 53 units were quickly placed into reserve roles.


Vehicle Type: VB-3000 Valkyrie Bomber
Class: Variable Bomber
Manufacturer: Robotech Defense Forces
Crew: Two, pilot and weapons officer wearing Tactical Life Support System
Service History:
VB-3000A: RDF from 2016-2025
VB-3000B: REF from 2025-2039




Small Head Lasers (2) 25 each
Head Sensor Probe 35
* Head 75
Hands (2) 30 each
Arms (2) 125 each
Legs/Engine Thrusters (2) 225 each
** Main Body 300
Reinforced Pilots Compartment 250
Retractable Utility Arms 3
Wings (2) 150 each
Tails (2) 50 each
GU-20 100



  1. * Destroying the  head of the Aardvark will knock out the mecha's major sensor systems, including all of the optics systems (infrared, nightvision, thermal). Radar and communications will be unaffected.
  2. ** Depleting the MDC of the main body will destroy the mecha.


120 kph
50 ft (15 m) high or 70 ft (21 m) long without thrusters.
250 kph 
Mach One (670 mph/1072 kmph) maximum speed limit in an Earth-like atmosphere. Can also hover in place indefinitely.
Max level speed at sea level : Mach 1.1
Max level speed at 10km:  Mach 3.5
Max level speed at 30+ km:  Mach 4.5
Stall speed : 150 kph (VTOL rectification possible)
Initial climb rate : over 25000m per minute
Service ceiling : 30 km (unboosted).



18.7 m  in soldier configuration.
13.8 m in gerwalk configuration.
7.1 m in fighter configuration.
10.1 m at shoulders in soldier and gerwalk configuration.
14.8 m  with wings at maximum extension.
14.1 m in gerwalk configuration.
16.1 m in fighter configuration.
35,200 kg empty.
Equal to a P.S. of 60
Small compartment behind pilot's and weapon officer's seat for personal belongings
Two RT-5E miniaturized protoculture-cell energizers providing a total of 800 MW total power
100  kps
COMPATIBLE FAST PACKS (Macross Mecha Designs):
Dorsal: NP-BP-01, NP-BP-02, NR-BP-T1, NP-BP-10, NP-BP-11, NP-BP-12, NP-BP-19
Arm: NP-AR-01, NP-AU-T1
Leg: NP-FB-01, NP-FB-T1, NP-FB-10



  1. GU111.jpg (20668 bytes)GU-20 120 MM SINGLE-BARRELED SMOOTHBORE:  The GU-20 was designed to replace the the GU-12 100mm designed for the VF-1.  The GU-20 firings 120mm high explosive armor piercing rounds.  The GU-20 is capable of firing 100 rounds per minute from its internal ammunition supply of 60 rounds.  Like the earlier GU-11 and GU-12, the GU-20 does not have the capability of being reloaded on the field. 


  2. 2 x LA-5 HEAD LASERS: Two LA-5 head lasers are mounted on the left side of the head opposite to the sensor antenna.  The lasers are capable providing the mecha rear protection and can traverse 270 degrees in elevation.  Each LA-5 are capable of firing short bursts of 4 MJ up to 30 times per minute. 


  3. 2 x MAUSER ROV-30 LASER CANNONS:  Two Mauser ROV-30 lasers are mounted in the nose blisters on either side of the fuselage.  The cannons are powered directly from the main protoculture energizer and are capable of firing 5 MJ bursts up to 40 times per minute.


  4. 4 x BODY/WING HARD POINTS: Although the VB-3000 only has four hardpoints, the same as the VF-1, the wings have been structurally strengthened to allow the heavier payloads on all the hardpoints.  The inner two hardpoints are capable of mounting up to 3000 kg of payload whereas the outer two hardpoints can mount up to 2500 kg.


  5. HAND TO HAND COMBAT: If necessary, the Aardvark can engage in melee combat rather than use a weapon. The VB-3000  is extremely agile and can execute most typical hand to hand combat moves, such as punches, jump kicks, leap attacks, rolling with impacts, etc.






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