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


VF-5 (A, B, C, T) Condor Veritech Fighter-Bomber

REF Seal
Condor Battloid
Condor Rear View - EB#16
Naval Separator

I. Dimensions:

Fighter VTOL Battloid
Total Length: 16.8m 9.3m-
Total Depth: - - 6.3m
Total Height: 4.1m 7.9m12.8m
Total Breadth: - 6.3m6.3m
Total Wingspan: 9.3m- -
Total dry weight: 25.7 metric tons

II. Type:

III. Service History:

IV. Propulsion:

V. Performance:

   Condor Fighter Mode GALLERY (by Matt Willis)
A. Fighter mode (VF-5C):
B. VTOL Mode:
C. Battloid Mode:
D. General:

VI. Electronics:

Radar tracking:
Optical tracking:
Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

VII. Armament:

External ordnance:
Weapon bay:

Note: all data is for normal capacity; the mecha can carry a combination of payloads, and can be overloaded with extra weight, if the needed the ordnance can fit through the bomb bay doors. The weapon bay is certified for a total internal load of 4500kg, although heavier loads are possible at the expense on manouverability and acceleration.

VIII. Armor:

The armor on the Condor 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 Condor 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 three days maximum.

IX. Development:

The VF-5 Condor is a heavy complementing fighter-bomber to the VF-6 Alpha series of fighters. Its design is clearly based in identical roots as the Alpha, with the arms and legs having much the same transformation sequence as on the smaller design. However, the main body and cockpit sections clearly separate the VF-5 Condor from the other designs, and resemble those its' development rival, the VF-7 which later, in the shape of the VF-12 Beta, became its successor.

Some of these features were the protruding snout, which, unlike in the later Beta, did not retract during transformation. The bomb bay swivelled forward and formed the connection between the legs and the main body. The Condor was propelled by no less than eight horizontal, two large and six smaller ones. This gave the Condor excellent acceleration, although the maximum sustained atmospheric speed was limited due to arodynamic constraints. However, by using maximum thrust for a short period, the Condor was capable of reaching low orbit independently. In addition, there were three dedicated VTOL thrusters for use in fighter and VTOL mode. although resistant to battle damage, this complex propulsion setup cost many additional maintenance hours, and the successor design (VF-12 Beta)reverted to three larger horizontal engines rather than a larger number of smaller ones.

The Condor was tasked in the Expeditionary Forces with heavy assault on starships and ground installations with missiles or bombs. As such, the design fulfilled its expectations, being very well armored and packing a large punch. Apart from the payload as a bomber, in its bay and on its hardpoints, the Condor carried thirty-two defensive missiles on its legs, and on the right arm one of the heaviest beam cannons ever carried by human airborne mecha. This weapon alone could destroy any opposing enemy mecha with its penetrating salvo's.

In addition to the bomber taskings, this tough design also served as a heavy, airmobile, assault mecha in battloid mode, usually with a thruster pack attached to the rear. Typically, the Condor was in these cases transported to the battle in a cargo craft, then released while still airborne.

The VF-5 Condor was built in four different versions. The VF-5A was built only on Earth, and went with the Expeditionary Forces when they folded. The VF-5B had the same characteristics, but also many detail design changes to facilitate production of the mecha on board the Robotech Repair Factory. The VF-5C had upgraded main engines which improved speed in fighter mode slightly, and gave more delta-v in space due to more efficient fuel usage. This final model served until 2040, when it was replaced by the VF-12 Beta.

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