ROBOTECH Technical Files
by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen with Rob Morgenstern


VF-12 (A, B, S) Veritech Beta Fighter
VE-12 (A, S) Stalker ELINT Veritech

REF Seal
Beta Fighter
Naval Separator

I. Dimensions:

Beta Battloid - B-Club Special#9
Fighter VTOL Battloid
Total Length : 9.7m 8.0m -
Total Depth : - - 7.3m
Total Height (VF-12) : 6.1m 8.5m 13.7m
Total Height (VE-12) : 7.2m 9.6m 13.9m
Total Breadth : - -8.5m
Total Wingspan : 19.5m 19.5m -
Total Dry Weight: 29.50 tons (metric)

II. Type:

III. Service History:

IV. Propulsion:

Beta Battloid - Rear View

IV. Performance:

A. Fighter Mode:
B. VTOL Mode:
C. Battloid Mode:
D. General:

VI. Electronics:

Radar tracking:

(VF-12A and -B models)

(VF-12S models)

(VE-12 models)

Optical tracking:

(VF-12 models)

(VE-12 models)

Beta Bomber - B-Club Special#9
Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

(VF-12A and -B models)

(VE-12A and -S and VF-12S models)

Electronic Masking Systems (VF-12S and VE-12S models only):

VII. Armament:

Beta firing triple cannons

(VF-12A, -B and -S models)

(VE-12A and -S models)

External hardpoints:
Beta Underwing Ordinance - B-Club Special#9 Legios/Beta dropping bombs
Internal weapon bay (all models except VE-12A and -S):

VIII. Armor:

The armor on the Beta is a new development in low-mass composite-materials Chobham plating that became the standard for all Terran mecha after its application to the VQ-6A Vandal. Aside from the respectable protection provided against projectiles, missiles, and other kinetic weapons, this armor is also resistant to plasma globes annihilation discs), lasers, and to a lesser extent, particle guns, owing to the fact that the armor can flake off and evaporate in layers under fire from such high-energy weapons, taking much of the weapon's energy and converting it into the latent heat of sublimation in the armor. The armor stops all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, and provides fair to good resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie's 55mm APFSDS round. The armor on the Battloid's forearms is more formidable, being half again as thick as that elsewhere on the Beta (and comparable to the armor on the Veritech Hover Tank), allowing the pilot to use the Battloid's arms as parrying shields in close quarters.

The Beta provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a sealed cockpit environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for one day maximum.

IX. Development:

Curiously enough, the Veritech Beta Fighter owes its creation to the union of two independent projects, both of which were intended to compensate for the deficiencies of the Alpha prototypes. The first such project was centered around the need to create a booster rocket that could propel the Alpha into space, and to give it greater thrust and power in extra-atmospheric operations. This booster would be aerodynamic in the atmosphere and reusable, and the Alpha could transform to Battloid without detaching from the new booster. The second project began when the need for a heavy fighter-bomber and heavy combat mecha was realized. The proposed craft, called the VF-X-7 would be half again the height of the Alpha in Battloid mode, and in fighter mode, the wingspan would be over twice as great. The fighter-bomber would carry heavier armaments than the Alpha, which mainly relied upon short-range weapons. The first project was designated the TREAD Booster, or "TRans-EArth Deployment" system, and the second was called the Beta Fighter. In late 2019, the two projects were merged, and the existing Beta fighter was born. However, the Beta's development was fraught with setbacks, and eventually a competitor design to the Beta Fighter, the VF-5 Condor, was selected for production, with the VF-X-7 Beta prototypes remaining as test-beds. This left the Alpha without an extra-atmospheric booster for the first 20 years of its existence.

It was not until 2036, when the VF-5 Condor was nearing the end of its service period, that the Beta became of particular interest again. The design team, in response to a request for proposals for a VF-5 Condor successor, redesigned the VF-X-7, and proposed the new-fanged design to the Expeditionary forces General Staff. Compared to the VF-X-7, the redesign rectified all that designs' faults, and expanded upon it with such items as reloads for the internal missile launchers, and increased reaction-mass tankage. The changes were of such magnitude, despite the near-identical external appearance, that it received a new designation, and became known as the VF-X-12 Beta Fighter. The VF-X-12 was a resounding success, and entered mass production late in 2038.

With the retirement of the VF-5 Condor as well as the AF-1B Vulture fleet defense fighter, the Expeditionary Force Naval Air Arm was in dire need of a long ranged, heavily armed, transatmospheric fighter, and thus received top priority in assignements of the Beta fighter production, despite heavy interest from the Combined Planetary Forces, which were interested in the design as a new heavy fighter and long-range bomber. Consequently, nearly all Beta fighters went to the Navy, and it was not until 2046, after the end of the Third Robotech War, that the Planetary Forces had their first Beta squadron operational.

Most significant of the Beta's abilities are its heavy armament and excellent thrust to mass ratio. These combine to make the Beta an excellent ground-attack plane, but its lack of maneuverability makes it a poor dogfighter. In addition, the vehicle is relatively unaerodynamical, and energy use in supersonic flight is very high. The Beta possesses transatmospheric capability when it fires its boosters, and it can easily lift itself and an Alpha fighter into and out of orbit of a planetary gravitational field. The Battloid mode can withstand enormous amounts of punishment, and is equipped with the powerful EU-35 beam cannons, located in the Battloid's forearms.

Shadow Beta about to fire Coralsnakes

The VF-12A is the first production version of this mecha. The VF-12B is a two-seat trainer version, and the VF-12S is a stealth fighter with protoculture cloaking device and EM-absorbers. The VE-12 Stalker is an electronic warfare version of the Beta trainer. The bomb bay, most of the missile launchers, and the Coralsnake reloads are sacrificed for very extensive electronics bays and four electronics operator stations. The APY-7 radar system mounts phased arrays in numerous locations throughout the mecha, with the primary arrays in place of the Hammerhead launchers and the bomb bay doors, along the legs and along the leading edge of the wings. The Stalker is noticeably different from the Beta in that a redesigned head and sensor boom are provided. The folding optical sensor boom is replaced with an aerodynamic fixed sensor "wing" and avionics bays. The bays, taking the place where the boom folded up above the center engine, split and fold to either side of the back of the Battloid during transformation. The Stalker is almost always attached to a VF-6J Alpha Fighter to provide additional defense capabilities. The combined mecha is referred to as the Elint Legioss reconnaissance Veritech and rapidly replaced both the aging Cat's Eye and Elint Valkyrie aircraft in use by the REF due to its drastically increased survivability and additional role as a Wild Weasel in seeking out and destroying sensor installations. While attached to the Alpha, the Stalker pilot is free to assist the other five electronics operators in monitoring the mission environment. The Elint Legioss can even support a limited airborne command, control, communications and intelligence (C3I) role. The Alpha usually also has electronic warfare pods or anti-radiation missiles on the hardpoints under its intakes. A cloaking-device equipped Shadow version is the VE-12S. After the war, most VF-12A and VE-12A models were refitted to the VF-12S and VE-12S standards.

The Beta and Alpha can dock in less than one minute, and they can separate almost instantly. Combined with the Alpha, this fighter demonstrates incredible firepower and speed, and makes for an exceptional piece of military hardware.

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