Pioneer Mission Blunder
REF_Frigrate_Predator_0_large.jpg]Fleet of the Robotech Expeditionary Force and the flagship SDF-3 -Pioneer and SDF-4 Liberator, four Shimakaze class battlecruisers, approximately 40+ Ikazuchi class carriers, several hundred Garfish class light cruisers and Severel thousands of VFA-6 Alpha and VFB-9 Beta fighters.In 2029, the Second Robotech War began when the Robotech Masters and their entire spacefleet arrive in Earth orbit to reclaim the protoculture matrix in the ruins of the SDF-1. The war lasts for over a year and although the Masters are defeated, the United Earth Government (UEG) is crippled and the United Earth Forces (included the elite Army of the Southern Cross) suffer massive losses. The REF was unable to send significant aid back to Earth due to its war with the Invid. When the Invid invaded Earth in 2031, marking the start of the Third Robotech War, the remaining military forces on Earth were easily defeated. The REF learns that Earth has fallen to the Invid when a group of survivors from the Southern Cross refugees who escaped from Earth after acquiring one of the few remaining operational spacecraft.A reconnaissance mission from SDF-3 fights through the alien war fleet and is rescued by the 15th Squad, only to bring word that no aid will be coming.
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Out in space, a ship from the SDF-3 expedition de-folds from hyperspace and attempts to engage the Masters' fleet but is destroyed. Supreme Commander Leonard and General Emerson debrief Major John Carpenter, the ship's commanding officer, who informs them that the Robotech Expeditionary Force will not be sending any more combat units back to Earth. This was a major blunder by the Earth Forces.They crashed all of the veritechs that could have changed the war.All of the secret and advanced technology smashed into the Masters Ship.That technology could have changed the war.Instead of massively relying on REF the earth could have amassed their own fighter.They could have been ordered not to fight and to land on earth and unload their veritechs and update about the current REF.Building new technology.Cutting the Southern Cross and Earth from upgrading themselves.Invid had a fest battling the Hovertanks.Failure and blunder.Masters cut them off with ease and not to face new veritechs.We'll never know what was on the Pioneer ships.Very advanced and not in the hands of the earth.Masters in between earth and the Pioneer ships.Advanced technology and wonders from the Tirol war.New ranks.Pilots and crew.FinalSpaceOffensiveMontage.jpg

The Pioneer Mission Part One: Equipment and Mecha Of The Early Pioneer Mission

The Pioneer Mission and REF is subject to much mystery and debate, mainly for reasons that only the tail end of its technological era is ever seen, which leads many to believe that was what they possessed throughout their entire mission. This is fallacy for these two primary reasons:


1. If the Earth forces possessed Cyclones, Alpha and Beta fighters as far back as 2022-23, when the SDF-3 launched, why doesnt the Southern Cross have them in their inventory? The short answer is they would, and the long answer would be because its not cost effective to equip your primary fighting forces with two completely different types of weapon systems. Even if their missions were different, The ASC focusing on the defense of Earth, with the Pioneer Mission obviously focusing on the stars. Such diversity in weapons manufacture is also un-realistic so soon after the near total destruction of human life on Earth, not to mention the majority of the technological and manufacturing infrastructure of the planet.

UEF_VFA-6_Vindicator_%2802%29.jpg2. The mecha and ships of the Southern Cross are more suited to fighting a someone like the Zentraedi, which is what the PM more than likely planned on facing during their mission, so they would have developed weapons based on the lessons learned during the First War. The Battloids have expentional speed and agility, the perfect counter for the Zentraedi pods, while the VHTs provide quick reaction capability mixed with decent firepower, making them THE best tool for facing the Zentraedis primarily ground based mecha force of battlepods, and to a lesser extent power armor, which is more than likely what the AJAX was intended to be a counter to. The ships of the ASC also follow a similar philosophy, being much smaller than the old RDF designs, but packing more firepower and agility, enabling them to evade Zentraedi capital ship weapons with relative ease.
ASC_Battlecruiser_Battle_13_large.jpgThe most likely 2014-2023 PM mecha compliment is a mix of Macross era Veritechs and destroids, with the Southern Cross era mecha coming into service around the late teens, as it would take time for designs to be have been developed with the lessons of the War, and perhaps even longer to get suitable production assets online. In terms of interstellar transport and combat assets, the most likely and econimicaly feasible solution, at least for the time, would be refit Zentraedi ships. Of course, considering Earths state and the sorry condition of the RFS *Factory Satellite* it wouldnt be within the Pioneer Missions capabilities to get anything larger than a Thuverl Salan *Destroyer* functional for such a mission. Considering the number of Tou Redirs *Scout Ship* in existence, and the high probability that many survived reasonably intact, the RFS could have been easily used in its limited capacity to refit a sizable contingent of said ships to the PM standard. What is that standard you might ask? First off the living accommodations would have to be altered to be able to support a mostly if not all micronized crew. There were more than likely ships of the fleet that were composed entirely of full sized Zentraedi, which would help explain their absence on Earth in later eras, as well as give them a way to continue their favored way of life. This would also give the Mission a sizable contingent of veterans.

The later ships launched as part of the Pioneer Mission were likely early bloc ASC designs, perhaps the first wave of the ships built; with modifications for long duration deep space travel, as the ASC would not have such a requirement. The Tokugawa that Major Carpenter commanded was more than likely an early bloc command ship launched as perhaps even as early as 2014, meaning it could have been intended to be one of the escorts of the SDF-2, or serve its own purpose as a command ship for PM flotillas. The latter seems to hold less water, as when the ship returns to Earth, it lacks any sort of other ships escorting it. No command ship would ever deploy alone, even one with substantial firepower, theyre simply too important logistically and strategically. Carpenters ship was more than likely a prototype for what was intended to be the main vessel of the Mission, a super long range exploratory vessel capable of self sustenance for long periods, perhaps even the entire fifteen years it was away from Earth.

More blunders the robotech defenders made was not using the Sylphid fighters right.They never used them to transform.This design used by the RDF and Rick Hunter,Max and rest was successful.It was heavy firepower that they did not understand to use.Southern Cross made giant errors that they lost miserably vs Invid.Inbit massacred them not understanding Sylphid can be like the VF-1 Valkyrie No mecha is as well known and admired by friend and enemy alike as the Valkyrie Veritech. It was the first mecha incorporating reconfiguring components that made it a transformable craft. It was also the fastest and most versatile of all UNDF mecha that fought in the First Robotech war.

The story of the Valkyrie begins in 2004. After 5 years of study, the UNDF Robotech Research Group led by Dr. Lang was capable of creating Earth mecha of sufficient power to counter the mecha utilized by the Zentraedi, as found in the SDF-1. However, the ground mecha that were being developed were not as fast as the Zentraedi mecha, and the fighters under development were of course not capable of ground combat. But because the Battle Pods were known to have such a great mobility, a fast mecha was necessary to counter incursions by these (the existence of the Zentraedi Power Armor designs was unknown at this early date). For a while the research group considered an assault helicopter mecha (that would ultimately evolve into the Southern Cross' AGACS two decades later), but Dr. Lang eventually came up with the mechamorphosis concept which promised a far better speed since it could be incorporated into a jet fighter.

The Valkyrie would need a jet fighter form, to execute its main objective (air combat) and a humanoid form to give maximum mobility and versatility on the ground. Dr. Lang also incorporated an intermediate form to ease the conversion from airborne to ground mecha, and this GERWALK mode (later called Guardian) proved to be such a useful merger of the Fighter and Battloid characteristics that it was also used for high-mobility work near the ground, and not just for VTOL landings. The result was in full scale production a full year before the SDF-1's launch date.

The original contractors for this craft were a consortium of Teledyne Continental, Rockwell, and Bell. The standard variant of this craft was the VF-1A, which sported a single laser on the head, and was produced by all three manufacturers. Under license, Nakajima Heavy Industries, one of the manufacturers of the FF-2001 engine for the aircraft, soon began to produce the VF-1J, which used an upgraded head, designed by Kyuusei industries, which added a second laser; the "J" designation denoting Japanese manufacture. This variant was used by flight and squadron leaders. Licensee Northrop also began to produce, in limited numbers, a 'special' Valkyrie, the VF-1S. With a new head-unit with four lasers, and substantially improved avionics and engines, this aircraft was issued only to commanders air group (CAGs). A conversion two-seat trainer, the VF-1D, with a new two-laser head and a slightly modified fuselage (the airbrake was deleted) was also produced. It was fully combat-capable, and often was pressed into service in the war. The Valkyrie was also produced in some numbers by the factories on board the SDF-1 during its long journey in interplanetary space. In early 2009, a new dedicated trainer, known as the VT-1, was developed. The VT-1 was very similar to the VF-1D, but there were subtle changes. Firstly, its -1A derived head was modified to carry a dish-shaped retractable sensor pallet in the place of the single Mauser laser. In addition, the VT-1 sported small blisters on the wingtips that contained improved vernier thrusters. Finally, the instructor, who sat at the same height as the student pilot in the VF-1D, was elevated approximately 30 centimeters. This caused a redesigned canopy and some minor changes to the fuselage. After the Holocaust, the Valkyrie remained in production as the premier combat mecha of the Earth forces, although its production had been nationalized and shifted to what factories remained on Earth and the moon, until it was replaced on the production lines by the Lightning and Alpha Veritech fighters. In 2014, new manufacture of the VF-1A and -1J stopped in favor of the VF-1B, which was basically a VF-1A with the head of a VF-1S and slightly improved avionics over the -1A, though the new package was still inferior to that in the expensive VF-1S. At about the same time, the control interface of all Valkyries was completely redesigned. In earlier models, the main Fighter/Guardian mode controls included a center control stick, a throttle, and a stick to control fine movement for each arm in Guardian mode on the main control panel. This redundancy was eliminated, and the two sticks (now to either side of the pilot) controlled both the plane (in Fighter and Guardian modes), and the arms (in Guardian mode). In addition, the ejection seat was replaced by a new model, better suited for space maneuvering in case of a bail-out outside the atmosphere.

The superbly-armed Super variants of the Valkyrie were developed by the SDF research groups in response to field experience with the standard models, namely the specialized needs of a space-dedicated fighter with heavier weapons packages to defeat an opposing force that possessed vast numerical superiority. Super variants could be converted from standard versions in minutes, if the standard Valkyrie had the necessary connection ports. Most existing Valkyries were retrofitted with such connections, and after 2011, all new VF-1s had them built in. The Super version's main distinction is the use of ejectable additional armor around the legs and arms, and the mounting of two FAST fuel and booster packs on the plane's back. In the front of the pods was room for weapons (save those specifically designed to be used on trainers, which included extra fuel). Typically, two multi-missile pods were mounted, though the Strike mission version saw a particle beam in the starboard pod and the standard sixteen-round short range missile pod in the port one. The Super Valkyrie also had the necessary electronics to carry six nuclear missiles, specifically developed for use against the gigantic Zentraedi warships. Every Super variant (with the exception of the trainer and Elint versions) carried an additional three Starburst missiles in the forearm armor. However, these space-optimized fighters were hardly ever used in the atmosphere where their external pods would hinder their aerodynamic properties.
Super VF-1E

The later VF-1E version was created by the SDF-1's engineers when the standard Cat's Eye recon plane was found to be too deficient in combat survivability to fully fulfill its role as Elint/AEW aircraft in the more hostile environs. Derived by combining the head of a VF-1A and the cockpit of a VF-1D, a major avionics upgrade, and attaching a rotary radome dish to the fuselage, the Elint first saw service in the battle against Dolza's armada. The VF-1E performed its mission flawlessly in both atmospheric and space conditions, though it could carry less electronics than the Cat's Eye. Eventually, the need for a Super VF-1E was seen, and soon the VF-1D's FAST packs were modified to accommodate the main dish and additional sensors. Eventually, the VF-1E was supplemented by the unarmed VE-1, which was a similar aircraft, only derived from the Super VT-1. Because of the replacement of the -1A head with an new laserless version, the VE-1 could no longer claim to be particularly robust in the heat of battle, though the overall integration of the sensory systems was far better than that even on the Super VF-1E.

The VF-1F Wild Weasel SAM and Radar Suppression Aircraft was a design considered as the United Earth Government began to fragment. Though few of this aircraft, derived from the VF-1D, were produced in full, it became an option available for all Valkyries with the Super connections, and consisted of a non-laser equipped head and specialized cockpit, both loaded with special defense suppression electronics and extra sensors, along with specialized sensor and missile pack for the FAST pack hardpoints. The normal head and cockpit of a Valkyrie would be disconnected, the new cockpit and head installed, the back pods added and the VF-1F was ready. The Wild Weasel version was created to clear anti-aircraft forces out of the way of an incoming air strike. The VF-1F was one of the first mecha to be replaced by the Shadow Fighters, because of their far greater survivability in most theaters of engagement. An early retirement of the VF-1F concept had seemed inevitable, but for the exceptionally successful missions flown against the EBSIS' formidable air-defense network by Captain Thomas J. Austin and his weapons officer, Lt. Sanjay Mathani.

An additional option for the standard Valkyrie was the use of an external armor/missile system. These craft, known as Armored Valkyries, carried twice the armor and seventy additional short range missiles, but mobility was decreased immensely, and transformations were not possible until the armor was jettisoned. This concept was developed to further increase the versatility of the VF-1, turning it in minutes into a Destroid. However, since the 'raison d'tre' of the Veritech was mobility, and due to the Destroids' own successes, this configuration was not used very often.

The Valkyrie saw service with the RDF Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Spacy until these branches were disbanded, and with the Armies of the Southern Cross' Navy in a second-line capacity from its creation in 2020 until 2026. The VF-1E and VE-1 survived longer in the REF, serving until replaced by the VF-6R/VE-12A combined ELINT Legioss in the mid-2030s. .Its just as effective and has bigger modulation and upgrades than a VF-1.Pathetic blunders Southern Cross had in decisions,bad luck and not understanding the VF-1 Valkyrie and its effectiveness in war vs Zentraedi and it would have if they changed and had pilots like Max vs Masters.They had an effective weapon and locked the transformation with hardpoints.Just a plane that was no match in a mecha war.The thing could have been so powerful and the match bioroid never fought.They did not come out with hybrid pilots and these were the ones the VF-7's vs the Invid.Firepower and monuverability from VF-1 Valkyrie as it was translated to robotech future.SF-7 would have been effective if used right to take on heaviest of Master's and Invid forces.They need right pilots to use them in fighter and change to robot to take on and beat the Masters and Invid.It can do this with what weapon is after the GU gun of Valkyrie.Had no confidence in service or confidence from high command sent it to its destruction.Southern Cross was destructive to their own veritechs.They never loaded ships with this to take on the enemy.It is airbourne and unlike the hovertank.They never had anything for airpower and airpower is the most important role of militaries.Air superiority and they did not drop in this area with Sylphid fighter.When the Pionneer Expedition left earth and Rick Hunter never heard of the Sylphid fighter or he would have initiated it understanding the Valkyrie.Rick supported the VF-1 and if he found out Sylphid was another in line of the Valkyrie he would have gone with this as punch with money costly VAF-6.Because they knew from experience of using the VF-1 in all out war vs Zentraedi.This fighter used right would have done all out war on Invid and Masters.It can take down heaviest of enemies.Time and consequences as Southern Cross waster with no experiences from Zentraedi war and to use this experience vs Masters and then lose to Invid.Valkyrie was a fierce veritech.
F-207A: Served with the Southern Cross' Tactical Air Force from 2021 until the Invid invasion.
F-207B: Began to replace the F-207A in 2029 and served until the Invid invasion.
F-207T: Served with the Southern Cross' Tactical Air Force from 2021 until the Invid invasion. This plane was shown to be less than successful against the Robotech Masters, partly because its bases kept getting shot up, but mainly because as a fighter it was completely overclassed by the Assault Carrier, against which it could not mount heavy enough weapons to be fully effective. Against the Invid, the Sylphid was only effective during the initial invasion. After the ground bases were overrun, the Sylphid was effectively obsolete, for its non-VTOL design made the plane useless for resistance fighters.
VF-7A, -B: Served with the Southern Cross' Tactical Air Force from 2021 until 2027.
VF-7C, -D: Began to replace the VF-7A, -B in 2025 and served until the Invid invasion. After the failure of the VF-4 project to deliver an advanced, capable and affordable veritech fighter to replace the obsolete VF-1 Valkyrie, two lighter veritech design projects were started, with the intention that the winner would be chosen as the RDF-wide general-use medium transformable fighter. The two designs became the VF-6 Alpha and the VF-7 Sylphid.

However, while the expeditionary forces elected to produce the VF-6 Alpha in large numbers, the Earth-bound Tactical Air Force disagreed with the choice of this design. Specifically, the TAF cited the VF-6 Alpha's lack of hardpoints and resulting loss of the ability to mount heavier ground attack missiles, and it's general reliance on short range missiles (implying other mecha with longer ranged missiles were also required). Finally a longer battle-turnaround time for the VF-6 Alpha was expected due to the use of an ammunition-fed gun pod and numerous internal missile holders where the Sylphid had only four hardpoints to load with new missile containers. In the end, the TAF decided to acquire the VF-7 Sylphid for its forces rather than the VF-6 Alpha.
Sylphid Cockpit

The Sylphid shows distinct VF-1 influences in its forward hull, and the combined engine block/arm sections were reminescent of the failed VF-4. Compared to its predecessor, the famous VF-1, the VF-7 can carry its missile armament with it through all speed regimes, unlike the elder plane, whose missiles would be torn off their mounts long before it reached its maximum speed. Additionally, the Sylphid no longer carried a gun pod, or even ammunition dependent weapons. On the debit side, the Sylphid can only fire its missiles in Fighter mode or in certain flight regimes in Guardian mode, when the engines are pointing aft.

The Sylphid entered service with the Tactical Air Force in 2021, and remained in service with this unit until the Invid invasion. It became the primary tactical airborne veritech mecha of the Southern Cross' Tactical Air Force. Over the years the electronics were regularly updated, and in 2026 a new version with two more cannons and more powerful engines replaced the earlier one on the production lines, with older models being refitted to the new standard within two years. The two variants can be distinguished by the cannons on the arms and the fact that the FF-3001 fit had three sub-nozzles per engine, and the FF-3031 had four. Slated for replacement in 2034, the Second Robotech War interfered with the development of the X-34 project, the Sylphid's intended successor design. Development was stopped during the war both to concentrate on the rapid production of the existing veritech, and to later evaluate all combat lessons learned and incorporate them into the new design. However, the Invid Invasion in 2031 ended this project in its infancy.

This plane was shown to be less than successful against the Robotech Masters, partly because its bases kept getting shot up, but mainly because as a fighter it was completely overclassed by the Assault Carrier, against which it could not mount heavy enough weapons to be fully effective. Against the Invid, the remaining Sylphid were moderately effective during the initial invasion, but soon all support bases had been destroyed and keeping the remaining Sylphids active proved to be almost impossible.The Sylphid shows distinct VF-1 influences in its forward hull, and the combined engine block/arm sections were reminiscent of the relatively unsuccessful VF-4. Compared to its predecessor, the famous VF-1, the VF-7 can carry its missile armament with it through all speed regimes, unlike the elder plane, whose missiles would be torn off their mounts long before it reached its maximum speed. Additionally, the Sylphid no longer carried a gun pod, or even ammunition dependent weapons. On the debit side, the Sylphid can only fire its missiles in Fighter mode or in certain flight regimes in Guardian mode, when the engines are pointing aft.e92383f3ae07dc6e.jpg,ON

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