(Version 1.02 - Last updated: 7/29/98)
Concept and Background by Kenneth Olson
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yvf_29_fighter.JPG (36981 bytes)As the Third Invid War continued, the military experts with the Robotech Expeditionary Forces decided that a new veritech fighter armed with the the most advanced technology to date would be produced to replaced the aging VAF-6  and VBF-1 series of veritechs.  This new fighter would have to be able to breach any Invid defense fly into heavily armed Invid hives and outposts destroy them and escape unharmed.  Many in the military establishment felt that such a veritech would be impossible to produce and that only with massive quantities of the tried and true designs would the Invid forces be finally defeated.  Robotech Research began designing a new veritech which would satisfy all these goals immediately.

The YVF-29 would have two revolutionary new designs.  The first was the inclusion of the Howard PBS-29X pinpoint/full barrier system.  Although, barrier systems had been designed for mecha units four year previous, this new design could either produce a full barrier system which would protect the mecha from any and all attacks or produce the more traditional three pinpoint barriers which could be subsequently placed on the mecha for protection.  The second device was an internal mk2 mecha fold generator.  The YVF-29 would no longer need to be transport into battle with fold capable transport, but instead small strike forces could be dropped off several light years from the target and fold in independently.

In addition to these two new designs, a new and improved "Direct Brain System" DBS system which was used in the YVAF-6X was added.  Instead of the enclosed cockpit of the YVAF-6X, a open cockpit with an advanced flight system was added as backup.  This was done for two reasons:  first research had shown that open cockpits helped pilots fight the adverse effects from the DBS system and second if the pilots needed an advanced secondary system one was available.

The weapon systems on the YVF-29 are fairly conventional.  On the left arm two EU-13X were placed for use against Invid force fields.  Four Mauler REF-21G and a single REF-31G laser systems are mounted on the head for defense and anti-missile protection.  Mounted internally are 96 of the new REF high maneuverability missiles.  These missiles are roughly half the size of the conventional REF short range missiles.  These mini-missiles have a advanced seeker and warhead that has roughly 80% the yield of the more traditional missiles, but they only have 20% the range.

The first production model was rolled out on July 29, 2072.  The YVF-29 was originally called the "Fighting Falcon" in honor of the late 20th century model.  However as the plane was painted in a jade green camouflage pattern, the nickname the "Jade Falcon" came into common practice.  Developers at Robotech Research decided to let the informal name stand and thus the "Jade Falcon" was born.

Currently only 25 YVF-29's have been produced, but already the fighter has proven itself in battle.  On February 13, 2074 a five member strike force folded into the heavily garrisoned Invid World of Z'tzeni  IV.  This five member strike force was able to penetrate the main hive on the planet and destroy its primary core.   All the while only taking minimal damage from Invid anti-mecha batteries.


Vehicle Type: YVF-29 Advanced Valkyrie Fighter
Class: Advanced Variable Fighter (Prototype)
Manufacturer: Robotech Research
Crew: One pilot wearing Tactical Life Support System.


Location Jade Falcon
Head Lasers (1, 2, or 4) 25
(1) Head 120
Hands (2) 50
Arms (2) 150
Legs/Engine Thrusters 250
(2) Main Body 400
Main Wings (2) 200
Tails / Left Arm Shield (2) 100 each
Right Arm Shield 300
Gun Pod 100
(3) Pinpoint Barrier Shield 150 each
(3) Full Barrier System 300
Reinforced Pilots Compartment 250


  1. Destroying the head of the YVF-29  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.
  3. The YVF-29 has the new PP-17X mecha pin-point barrier system.  This new system can either produce three pinpoint barriers, each with 100 MDC each barrier can regenerate at 50 MDC per melee, or surround the mecha with a full barrier shield of 200 MDC that regenerates at 100 MDC per round.


120 kph
50 ft (15 m) high or 70 ft (21 m) long without thrusters.
482 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 : 2465 kph  (Mach 2.3)
Max level speed at 10,000 meters:  Mach 6.0
Max level speed above 10,000 meters:  Mach 25+
Stall speed : 125 kph
Initial climb rate : over 40000m per minute
Service ceiling : Can reach orbit
2 x Pratt & Whitney KG929M [Main] Fusion plasma-air/reaction mass intermix turbines: Max thrust, 75,200 kg of thrust each.

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15.22m  in soldier configuration.
8.12m in gerwalk configuration.
4.04m in fighter configuration.
6.91m at shoulders in soldier and gerwalk configuration.
15.36m  with wings at maximum extension.
4.27m in soldier configuration.
15.23m in gerwalk configuration.
21.08m in fighter configuration.
11,100 kg empty.
Equal to a P.S. of 60
Small compartment behind pilot's seat for personal belongings in addition to the cyclone storage compartment
4 x RRL-2P Miniaturized Protoculture-cell energizer
16 standard canisters of Protoculture
1 dedicated canister for main weapon (if applicable)
150 lit. D2O reactant for fusion engines.
Delta V:
90  kps, however two 50 kps tanks may be mounted on each hardpoint
COMPATIBLE FAST PACKS (Macross Mecha Designs):
Dorsal: NP-BP-10, NP-BP-12, NR-BP-19, NR-BP-19-SES
Special: NR-ARFB-Y2



  1. 2 x EU-13X Destablizer: The Jade Falcon mounts two destabilizers in its right arm.  These destablizers are the same ones found on the YVAF-6X.  Each EU-13X has the capability of firing concentrated short bursts of up to three blasts.  In fighter mode these weapons fire to the rear.


  2. GU-111 65MM THREE-BARRELED SMOOTHBORE ROTARY: firing 700 rounds per minute, 600 round capacity stored internally.   If necessary a single GU-111 can mounted underneath the YVF-29 providing a foward firing projectile weapon.  However, once the YVF-29 transforms into battloid mode, the pilot must eject the left arm shield or the valkyrie will not be able to use the arm mounted EU-13's


  3. MAULER REF-31G ANTI-AIRCRAFT PULSE LASER:  The 29 mounts a single pulse laser for use in air combat skirmishes and for anti-missile purposes.  The laser is mounted on the head of the mecha in soldier mode and is located in the central dorsal section of the main body pointed to the rear in fighter and gerwalk modes.  The laser can only fire to the REAR of the fighter in these modes.


  4. 4 x MAULER REF-21G ANTI-AIRCRAFT PULSE LASER:  The 29 mounts four lasers on the head of the mecha in soldier mode, and is located in the central dorsal section of the main body pointed rearward in fighter and gerwalk modes.  


  5. 2 x BIFORS ALL-ENVIRONMENT HIGH-MANEUVERABILITY MINI-MISSILE CLUSTERS: The legs of the YVF-29 are equipped with two concealed missile launcher bays, that can each hold up to 24 new high-maneuverability mini-missiles from Bifors in each bay. When armed, the missile launcher assembly rises out of the leg units, allowing all 24 missiles to be fired at once if necessary. The missiles can be fired in any mode; fighter, gerwalk, or soldier. Any type of mini-missile can be used in the launchers, but usually only the Bifors high-maneuverability mini-missiles are used.

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  6. 2 x BIFORS BML-02S ALL-ENVIRONMENT HIGH-MANEUVERABILITY RAPID-FIRE MICRO-MISSILE CLUSTER:  The YVF-29 is armed with eight internal BML-02S missile launchers.   The launchers are mounted in the foward doral and forward ventral sections of the craft andhave exit ports on the top and bottom wings near the engine nacelles.  Any type of REF mini-missiles can be used by the launchers, including the new high-maneuverability mini-missiles.


  7. BODY/WING HARD POINTS: Two fixed hard points are mounted on each wing.   These hardpoints can be used to carry 25 short range missiles, 5 medium range missles or 2 long range missiles.

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  9. HOWARD PBS-29X PIN-POINT/FULL BARRIER SYSTEM:  The Jade Falcon is equipped with a advanced barrier system that can either project three pinpoint barriers or a scaled down full barrier.  The system can produce three pinpoint barriers, each with 100 MDC of protection and regenerates at a rate of 50 MDC per round when damaged, or surround the YVF-29 with a full barrier that gives 200 MDC of protection and regenerates at 100 MDC per round.  Even if the shield(s) are destroyed, the power generators will regenerates the shield(s) within 2 melees.  In order to use the pinpoint shields, the pilot must make a successfull parry  to intercept the incoming attack with a single pinpoint barrier.  Due to the power requirements, the destabilizers and the head lasers can not be used while either system is in operations.  In addition, while the full barrier system is in use no weapons may be fired through the barrier.

  11. HAND TO HAND COMBAT: If necessary, the YVF-29 can engage in melee combat rather than use a weapon. The AVF 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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