Technology and Combat CharacteristicsEdit
The VF-30 Chronos is a The VF-30B uses two powerful Naoto V100 Vacuum Energy engines that are individually as powerful as both turbines from the E/F and a new automated flight and fire control micro AI. It is responsible for aiding the pilot and operating the plane without one or taking over if the pilot is incapacitated or if the cockpit is destroyed. The Chronos has a transparent cockpit when powered for better visibility. Features improved stealth over the VF-30A and tails are decorative hardlight instead of physical. Although it lacks the dual 40mm guns mounted on the rear of the 29 it can still utilize a single optional 40mm railgun add-on. The panels and paint coating allow the VF-30 to blend in to its surroundings even in a powered off state, making it difficult to find for pilots, enemies and photographers alike.
- 1x GAU-75F Heavy beam gunpod - Mounted on the right root wing in fighter mode. When in Gerwalk or Battroid the pod will extend outwards and turn into something resembling a rifle. The gunpod can fire in slowly or faster at up to 2,500 beams per minute to varying levels of damage.
- 2x GAU-55/A beam gunpod - An alternative weapon package that can be mounted on the back of the VF-30 in a fashion similar to the VF-29. At the cost of stealth these two gunpods can add significant firepower capability to the VF-30.
- 2x 30mm Vampr ventral beam cannons - One mounted on either side of the wing. These two work together with the wrist and head machineguns to provide defensive fire.
- 1x Point defense pulse laser
- 2x 14.5mm wrist laser cannons
- 125mm Linear cannon
- 1x EM Pods
- 2x-2 50mm linear gunpod
- Two Ushia M11 Combat Knife
- 18x AAM-50XR Mk. VII - High Maneuverability Multi Stage missiles (optional) - A relatively standard high maneuverability missile found in many nations variable fighter arsenals. The non-traditional part comes in the different ways the missile can go about exploding and its guidance package. Besides heat seeking, the AAM-50 can rely on infrared, iff, manual guidance, unguided, following discrepencies in temperature.
- 20x AIM-90E ALRAAM 40/pod (optional)
- 18x Anvil IV ASM 16/pod (optional)
- 250kg-2,000kg bombs
- 2x SSM-84 Anti-Ship Torpedo (optional)
- Type-3 Plasma Charge Projector (optional)
- 6x ARSGAM-11X Short Range Air to Ground Missile (optional)
- 4x "Kali" AGM-79C Anti-Ship Concussive Missile
- FAST Pack
- 18x HAVOK
- Z-3050 countermeasure suite
- Contact shield
- NH-17 Active Cloaking System
- Thermal Recycler
- Photoreactive panels
- ICS Pilot Survivability Unit - The Inertial compensator system is a unit equipped on most major UNSC space fighters. It mitigates the physically grueling effects of g-forces on the pilot, allowing them to do feats beyond normal operational limits.
- Advanced TRIDENT DWS-Link
- AN/APG-577 integrated radar suite
- Two seat standard factory version theoretically introduced in June 2576. Powered by two Misrah DFR-4004 thermonuclear turbine engines. Came with a factory issued M8545 40mm Gunpod, dual 30mm headcannons and twenty missile pods. 58 produced.
- QVF-30B: A VF-30 fully controlled and operated by an Artificial Human, can reach between 40 to 50G maximum theoretical acceleration before deterioration to the fighter hull integrity. 2 have been produced at 863 million cR per unit.
- VF-30B Block 23: Proposed variant following Blue Flag. Accessory package for SEAD against Garde Heavy Interceptor. Modification of AGM-340 Streak anti-ship missile to track onto the unique energy signature of their Heigus reactors with other redundant guidance systems. It will carry an 130mm directed energy cannon and a large amount of lancet micro missiles should the ALARM missiles fail to destroy the unit.
The Chronos is the UNSC Navy's first Variable Fighter developed without aid from another nation. It was started as a result of losses of numerous VF-29's during the Vagan Conflict. Although a separate program to redesign the Kairos was underway at the time, resources were drawn away in favor of the Chronos.
In 2575 three YF-30's were produced by Misrah, Lethbridge and Northrop and went through trials for several months on Mars. These three models were rushed into production due to the potential for war with the UCR. Fifty-six units were operational at the time of the UEG-UCR war. They were fairly successful against the UCR's Block II VF-19's and VF-11C/D Super Thunderbolts but too few to make an impact. Further production was approved after the war however the Navy became unsatisfied with the high-cost and low yield. In total 23 were made by Misriah and 25 were made by Northrop and Lethbridge. Misriah would be dropped and only the other two companies were given contracts to produce their fighters. Certain designs from the Misriah VF-30 would be reused for the VF-31.
Iscandar Offensive The 46th Tactical Wing assigned to Audacity engaged Iscandars defensive fleet, buying time for two units of the 666 and JSSDF to retrieve an object of importance on the planet below. They managed to knock out many enemy capital ships and fend off any singleships that came too close despite the numbers disadvantage.
In theory the Chronos has been out of prototype stage but the units produced by Misrah are not considered complete and the VF-30B will be the actual first iteration.
The VF-30B's exited their evaluation stage and made their introduction near Voi on the 27th year after the end of the Human-Covenant War. This is the first fourth generation Variable Fighter to enter service.
Corneria and Exon OffensivesEdit
At least one VF-30B was used during a counteroffensive against Corneria, piloted by Captain Irisdina Bernhard stowed in a accompanying freighter for its maintenance by UNSC personnel when not in use. With the members of Apollo, Irisdina escorted a (CRS?) in wrecking destruction against the Cornerian Navy. Irisdina's 30B took out a few TIE/ln's and punted a bomb into one Cornerian Destroyer's bridge, resulting in its destruction. Shortly after, an ELA fleet suddenly emerged.