by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker
Valivarre Class Super Dimensional Battleship (SBB).
Names and disposition:
| SBB-01||UES Valivarre ||Commissioned in 2016||Static guardship for the Robotech Factory Satellite, 2028|
| SBB-02||UES Spica ||Commissioned in 2018||Destroyed 2028|
| SBB-03||UES Antares ||Commissioned in 2019||Destroyed 2023|
| SBB-04||UES Aldebaran ||Commissioned in 2020||Destroyed 2025.|
| SBB-05||UES Polaris ||Commissioned in 2021||Destroyed over Earth in the REF counter invasion, 2031.|
These ships were built at the Robotech Factory Satellite
and in the Luna base shipyard. Their names are written with the 'UES' prefix.
- Ships' crew (1,879 men),
- One mechanized division (5,350 men) (not always assigned),
- Air group (1,800 men),
- Life support limits are for a full combat complement and about 5,000 supernumaries (13,000 men total).
| Length: || 1391 m (main hull). |
| Height: || 239 m (main hull), ||367 m (over all).|
| Width :|| 180 m (main hull), ||312 m (over all).|
| Mass :||14,250,000 metric tons, operational (typical).|
| Fuel Mass :||1,500,000 metric tons, maximum (typical)|
- Main power system: RRG mk9 protoculture-fueled Reflex furnace cluster.
The powerplant of the Valivarre-class vessel can deliver up to 30.8 Petawatts of power, and
can operate for ninety-four minutes at maximum power before overheat initiates autoshutdown.
- Maneuvering Thrusters (8): Fusion-plasma reaction thruster clusters
mounted on the main hull; located on the ventral, dorsal and sides on one third and two third
the length of the main hull. Auxiliary thrusters are located on the side bodies.
- Reaction-mass Thrusters (1): Energica SIHF-02 Fusion-Plasma Reaction
Thruster with protoculture energizer, mounted in the rear of the main hull. Due to the modular
design of this engine, and its ability to function partially, no secondary engines are mounted.
- Anti-gravity System (1): 21 RRG Starturtle anti-gravity pods.
- Space Fold (1): RRG Mk3b spacefold, later upgraded to a Mk3h spacefold.
- Planetary Capabilities: The Valivarre-class has atmospheric capabilities
through its reaction thrusters and anti-gravity system. The ships' lower body has sufficient
strength to let the ship land on it, although the landing ground should be as firm as possible
(granite is recommended). The ship would float in an ocean, and this is the preferred method of
Endurance and mobility limits:
- The dry stores endurance is limited to about 8 years with a full crew complement. The on-board
life support and recycling system is based on a smaller version of that of the
Macross-class, and the extensive recycling installations
ensure that only incidental biomass losses need to be replenished. Water stores are recycled almost
completely. The hydroponics installations on board provide the crew with a steady supply of fresh
foods, and some is exported to smaller ships in the fleet.
- The mecha consumables supplies (missiles mainly) are reasonably extensive, and can sustain
continuous combat operations for over twenty days against the Invid. However, a battle against Zentraedi
or other like forces with a capital ship capability will swiftly drain the stores of anti-ship missiles,
as these are not usually carried in very large numbers.
The ship launched missile magazines should suffice for two large battles or three or more skirmishes.
The ground troops embarked can be supplied for twelve days of sustained combat.
- The Reflex furnace can function for about 35 years at normal usage levels before an energizer rebuild
- At full power, the main propulsion systems can produce up to 391 Giganewtons of thrust at a minimal reaction mass efficiency profile, or as little as 13.5 Giganewtons of thrust at a maximum efficiency setting. At lower power levels, these thrusts are commensurately smaller.
- At full power, the Valivarre-class can achieve a maximum delta-v of 193 kps at the cruising acceleration of 0.1 gees, a maximum delta-v of 38.4 kps at the battle acceleration of 1.0 gees, and a delta-v of at most 10.8 kps at the flank acceleration of 2.5 gees. At lower power levels, these ranges are commensurately smaller.
- The fold systems are not navigationally guaranteed for any single jump beyond 10 kiloparsecs. If longer voyages are required, the ships have to conduct multiple fold jumps.
- The maximum sustained atmospheric speed is limited to Mach 3. A higher speed can be attained while accelerating to orbit, or in emergencies, but this stresses the engines to above their sustainable heat tolerances. The maximum hover time on the anti-gravity systems is limited only by the protoculture supplies and maintenance requirements.
- RRG Reflex Cannon Mk.4 (1): As in Zentraedi Monitors, the front section of the Valivarres is
formed by the booms of the main battery. In order to fire, the cannons open
vertically, the beam being generated between the two booms. The effects of
this weapon against planets equals the heat and blast effects of the
detonation of fusion weapons of 50 MT, if fired at full power. If utilized
against starships, the largest vessels can be destroyed with the leakage of
the beam. A direct hit will vaporize the target vessel. The weapon can also be
set to a wider dispersal. In this setting, it is capable of clearing a wide
area of fighters and other mecha, although starships in this area will only be
blinded. The cannon has an effective range of 300,000 km. The capacitors for
the cannon can be recharged to full power in 55 to 60 seconds.
- Krupp MBPC-2 heavy particle beam (5): A heavy
weapon firing 2.5 TJ of particle energy per shot, equivalent to
approximately 500 tons of TNT, out to an effective range of 300,000 km.
Capacitors can charge and fire each weapon six times per minute at
One of these cannons is mounted in a 'chin' mount behind conformal
covers in the lower bow halve, one in the dorsal cannon boom, two in the
'elbow' links to the outriggers, and one is located on the forward
ventral, in front of the bridge. Unlike the cannons mounted on the Seron Thoun, these large particle beams
resembled the more advanced weapons of the
Macross-class in design and firepower.
- RRG LT-15 Double Laser Turret (20):
Installed in a low lying turret, this double barreled weapon has an effective
range of 300,000 km, and delivers 1,500 MJ of laser energy every two seconds
at the highest rate of fire.
Ten of these turrets were mounted forward in the main battery booms, the
other ten were dispersed over the other hull areas.
- PL-2a Point Defense turrets (12): Mounted behind
movable panels in the upper main hull (8) and the side bodies (4), these standard REF
weapons can fire 56 MJ of particle energy four times per second.
- VLR-1 Skylord rocket
launch tubes (8): Mounted to fire a rocket horizontally away
from the cannon boom. These launchers fire the SLBM sized
Skylord, a rocket with a special
3 MT nuclear fusion warhead that accelerates at 10 g throughout its flight
and has a delta-v of 8 kps. A conventional warhead is also available. Each
launcher has sixteen rockets in the ready magazine.
- Mk. 253 Missile Launchers (8): A launcher with 10
individual launch silos. The silos each contain 6 ready missiles in a rotating
mechanism, which can reload while firing. The ready magazines store 400 missiles
These launchers typically fire Warhawk and
Spacehawk missiles. Typical warheads are
anti-mecha cluster munitions, nuclear reaction anti-warship and nuclear reaction
re-entry capable weapons.
Four launchers are located near the engine, the other four in the bow.
Air group and mecha complement:
See Naval air group compositions for a detailed summation.
- 450 veritech fighters and space fighters,
- Three combined squadrons wit 36 AEW planes, reconnaissance planes and couriers, and
two transport squadrons with 24 shuttles of diverse design.
Ground forces mecha (if embarked):
- 210 Destroids (various types).
Electronics and major subsystems:
- DS-2 Barrier Defense System: An advanced forcefield
system which covers the full four pi steradians around the ship with a
yellow-greenish forcefield (or if desired, only part of the ship). This field
will stop all solids and directed energy weapons (except lasers through a
narrow band). However, excess energy which cannot be shunted from the field
will be stored in the virtual structure of the field itself. The storage
wattage is high but not infinite, and when the barrier overloads the field
will discharge the stored energy particles. This discharge will have the force
of a high-yield (>45 MT) fusion bomb. However, as the discharged energetic
particles' vectors will be away from the field and its generating vessel, the
vessel will survive, though it will suffer severe damage to its internal
electronics and power systems, and will not be battleworthy until repairs are
- DS-1 Pinpoint Barrier Defense System: A smaller system
which uses four movable disks of forcefield, conformal to the ship's surface,
to repel light torpedo attacks, or particle beam fire. It serves as a back up
to the DS-2 system.
The Valivarre class appears at first sight to be a mixture of the SDF-3, a Nupetiet-Vergnitz
Flagship and a Rineunadou Lojmeuean
Monitor. The class is however modeled on the Seron Thoun class, a Border
Fleet design built by the Robotech Empire from C.E. 1730 onwards.
The general hull form resembles that of the Zentraedi Flagship class, though it is of course far
smaller. The aft section mounts an engine of the same modular design
philosophy as the one mounted in the Flagship.
Forward of the engine is the center part of the hull, with a command citadel
(virtually identical to the citadel on the SDF-3)
on top. To the sides are the two shoulders which mount the side bodies.
Forward of the center section is the Reflex Cannon, which forms the foremost
part of the ship. The main cannon has about the same firepower as the original
Seron Thoun version, but incorporates many newer technologies first seen
on the SDF-1 and is in fact more
reliable than the original design, as well as smaller in size which frees up
internal volume for other uses.
The two side bodies are, as in the original Border Fleet design, devoted to
sensor installations. Each side body mounts four large 'horn' antenna and
numerous sensor blisters. These sensors form the FTL sensor suite of the ship,
capable of detecting folds within 20 to 30 lightyears. Also, the side bodies
protect the engine and central sections from incoming broadside fire. In
addition to the side bodies, three large sensor horns are mounted on the nose,
and two large disk-shaped EM sensors are mounted on the lower ventral
Internally, the Valivarre class is radically different from its Zentraedi
template. As all former Zentraedi in the Earth forces are micronized, the
internal arrangements of the class are redesigned to cater to the micronian
size of its crew, and the smaller size of their mecha. Also, the technological
level of the ships' systems is on par with that of the Sian Macross design, which is almost 200
years more advanced. As a result of the smaller size of many systems, there is
room for an additional heavy cannon in the nose of the ship, and the
consumable supplies are relatively larger as well. In addition, a high
standard of comfort has been achieved in the crew quarters.
The aft section of the ship is the engineering area with the main engines,
Reflex furnaces and the fold system. Centrally located in the ship are the
administrative offices and the crew quarters, while the ship is directed from
the command citadel. The forward part of the ship houses most of the heavy
armaments and most of the mecha.
The Valivarre class was designed in 2015 as emergency program
capital ships that could be built in less time than it took to complete a new
Macross or Pioneer
class battlefortress. The requirement for fast available capital ships was
prompted by the destruction of the SDF-1 Macross and the SDF-2 Odyssey, at a
moment when Earth's capital ship building capacity was still limited and the
Robotech Factory Satellite in a
Rather than embarking on a crash program to built more Macross class fortresses, the RDF Spacy
decided to design a smaller, reflex-cannon equipped vessel that could be built
faster in the specialized Lunar construction dock that had built the
SDF-2 Odyssey as well as in the less
advanced yards that were producing the Tokugawa
class space carriers. Although this delayed the construction of what would
eventually become the SDF-3 Pioneer, the result was
a more numerous (and less irreplaceable) class of battleships that was capable
of almost all functions required of a full-scale battlefortress at only 80% of
the mass and in 70% of the building time.
To cut down on the design effort, the Spacy design bureaus looked for
suitable hull and engine designs it could copy in the archives of the Robotech Factory Satellite and there
stumbled on the Seron Thoun class of Border
Fleet battlecruiser. This design fit the required size and mass requirements
and was swiftly adopted. After some deliberation, the RDF decided to built the
ships with as much visual similarity to the Seron
Thoun as it could. In this way, identifying these vessels as hostiles by
remaining Zentraedi the expedition encountered was delayed for some moments.
This idea was subsequently used on the design for the SDF-3 Pioneer as well, which ended up designed to
resemble a larger Border Fleet monitor.
Five ships of the Valivarre class were commissioned between 2016 and 2021.
The first of the class was named after Tirol's star, to commemorate the long
search for that system then underway, and the other ships were named after
prominent stars in the Earth skies. From 2017 to 2029 the class was in the
forefront of the search efforts, often forming the heavy core of a Space
Action Group. During such actions, the Antares was destroyed in 2023, and the
Aldebaran in 2025. The three surviving ships fought on until 2028, when the
Spica and the Valivarre engaged a heavy enemy force which destroyed the Spica
outright and crippled the FTL capability of the Valivarre. The damage to the
name ship of the class was so severe that complete repair was considered
uneconomical and the Valivarre became the flagship of the guard fleet for Space
Station Equality, the former Robotech
Factory Satellite. In 2030 the REF returned to Earth to defend against the
Robotech Masters; however, the squadron containing the final remaining
battleship, Polaris, didn't defold over Earth until the fighting was over. The
Polaris remained in the Earth system and survived the intial Invid Invasion,
but was destroyed a few months later while covering a REF counter-invasion.
After the war, the Tirolian Republican Navy adopted this design. The result
is the Nairok class, half-sisters of the Valivarre, named after
Tirolian colonial stars. They are best described as a 'Valivarre with an
Ikazuchi look', as the exterior hull design is
Terran in concept, rather than the blistering shapes favored by the Tirolians.
Seven ships of this class are now in service, with several more building. The
new vessels are named Nairok, Lexa, Enih's, Lodnihp, Dared, and
See additional design notes.
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