Technology and combat characteristicsEdit
Using data from their VF-29P, the YF-33 Evolution is designed and built to support the improved ISC/TO21B Inertia Store Converter and EX-Gear system, both of which help relieve the stress of extreme G-Forces upon the pilot's body and aircraft's hull. The YF-33 also utilize two powerful FF-3001A Stage II Thermonuclear Reaction Engines and the new Ariel II Airframe and Fire control A.I, as well as the VF-29P's AA/AS/SF-06 integrated radar and linear actuators, providing faster electromagnetic transformation without contact between moving parts.
Improving on the data collected on trials, the production VF-33 features changes from the prototype. First, the FF-3001A engines were switched out for the more powerful FF-3001Gs, giving an 30% increase in all fields of performance, the AA/AS/SF-06 Unified Sensor matrix was upgraded to the AA/AS/SF-06A1 Baseline 3 version, the overall stealthiness of the plane improved due to the addition of the VF-29P's adaptive camouflage. Other improvements include the replacement of the TO/ISC-21B with the far more advanced TO/ISC-24, allowing the pilot and air frame to withstand a great amount of stress and G forces during high speed acceleration and extreme maneuvers. Finally, the VF-33 makes use of the VF-29P's miniature Fold drive, allowing for highly accurate Fold jumps.
Specification VF-33/Block 5)Edit
- Crew: 1 Pilot (Accommodations for a passenger.)
- Length (Fighter): 18.31 meters
- Wingspan (Fighter): 12.58 Meters
- Height (Battroid): 15.59 meters (With beam guns)
- Powerplant: 2 x FF-3001G Thermonulcear Reaction Turbines
- Atmosphere: Mach 5.7 (Due to heat resistance limit)
- Armament (Standard):
- 1 x GU-30D 60mm Heavy Quantum Beam Cannon/Beam Grenade
- 1 x Ka-Bar AK/VF-M5 Combat Knife
- 2 x ROV-25 25mm Beam Gun (Head mounted)
- 2 x ROV-32 25mm Beam MG
- 6 x Micro-missle launchers/12 Missiles each
- 6 x Underwing hardpoints
- A.I: Brunhilde Combat A.I
- Armor: Advanced ECA Mk.V
- Shielding: Pin-Point Barrier Mk.V
- ISC Type: ISC/TO-24 (G-rating classified)
- FTL: Miniature Fold Drive.
- Additional Avionics/Features:
- EGP-03/05M1 EX-Gear
- 4th Generation Active Stealth System
- AA/AS/SF-06A1 Unified Sensor Matrix
- 360 degree panoramic cockpit.
- Countermeasure Systems
- Optical Stealth System
- Optional Equipment:
- SPS-33 FAST Pack
- APS-33 Armored Pack
- TW1/A2 Tornado Pack
Development of the VF-33 began soon after the VF-29's successful deployment in in late 2576 during the TRM Civil War. By mid 2577, four YF-33 prototypes have been produced and assigned to the SVY-30 test squadron based on Fera Air Base in the Skyverse for testing. Following the completion of trials, 12 pre-production units were assembled for low rate initial production, as well as the engineering and manufacturing development phase in late 2578, with all 12 units being assigned to the SVX-00 special operations squadron based on the battleship UCR Glorious. One pilot was Lieutenant 1st Grade Kari Capelann. By this point, the VF-33's deployment was limited to the Skyverse as it's projected cost was deemed to great for wide spread adoption.
Throughout 2579, the VF-33s of SVX-00 fought against a resurgent Vagan remnant threat in Operation Arcadia. By the end of 2579, the VF-33 was approved for mass production and adoption by the UCR's Skyverse branch, while the cheaper VF-37 Sylph II was approved for LRIP and EMD phase in Andromeda and the Milky Way. Following adoptation of the production VF-33Cs, the four YF-33 prototypes were decommissioned and stored as Category A assets, while the 12 pre-production units were assigned to training squadrons for aggressor/disimilar air combat training.
As of June 2580, 48 VF-33Cs are in service across six different squadrons.