UGC Clariont Flag.
Terran United Nations.
F-19M Falcon Fighter.
UGC Clariont Flag.
Terran United Nations.
The Robotech Defense Forces Era F-19M Falcon was developed specifically for the RDF by the International Defense Appropriations Committee (the purse-string authorities of the UN Security Council formed to
F-19M Falcon Fighter (date unknown).
A F-19M Retrofit.
hold the reins of the RDF) from a hybridzation of the American F-15 (fuselage and avionics), British Tornado (engines and flight controls), and Russian MiG-28 Sventst (weapons).
The design that this produced never impressed anyone, and all agreed that it was only really meant as a stop-gap until the RDF could finish development of the Veritech. The plane could only carry missiles, and therefore had practically NO dog-fighting ability. The Appropriations Committee felt this was the proper selection, until pilots started dying. A desperate answer that was "tried" was the UF-14, but that plane suffered the same basic problem but in reverse- Where the F-19 could not defend itself close in, the UF-14 could not defend itself at longer ranges.
With the failure of that program, the F-19 "M" program was introduced, which finally installed twin M-61A1 Vulcan 20MM autocannons. This proved little better, as the "on target" time was not impressive (the plane would burn though it's entire payload in about 2 minutes), but was all that could be done at the time.
Aboard the SDF-001, the situation proved little better; The F-19's aboard her were converted to unmanned craft and retro-fitted with a "massive physics package" (code for Reflex bombs) in case they could not be recovered (battle damage, fuel loss, etc); This would allow them to be used one last time- As a very long range missile (more T'sentraedi Warships were lost to these, than to all other weapons combined until Kara Qalliph Diel'are Kah Yar turned T'sentraedi against T'sentrædi).
At this point, the whole program would (and should) have been scrapped, had not Kara Qalliph Diel'are Kah Yar destroyed so many factories on Terra, forcing the Falcons back into service, as the United Earth government lacked any practical alternative they could legally access at the time. The Falcons flew for the next 50 years uninterrupted, though mostly in second-line and training units, and thus survived the Second Robotech War by the Robotech Masters arrogant (yet in this case pragmatic) dismissal and the Third Robotech War by keeping a very low profile from the Invid, though many strikes using Falcons were accomplished and often did damage in excess of their numbers.
The UGC keeps the Falcon in inventory, though in an upgraded version and, generally, mostly for state National Guards and training commands, rather than front-line service. Only Garuda currently deploys the Falcon for front-line units, and only in the Rhestad System proper (the REF supplies Garudan units with Hornets and Steinerian Starfighters when deploying abroad).
The F-19 is scheduled to be relieved of all duties in the 'near future' once a replacement is on-line; Strangely, though it is the primary fighter/attack of the Spacy, Marine, and ASF, the F/A-18 Hornet is not being considered for this role.
Name: F-19M Falcon Fighter
Model Type: Fighter/Trainer
Class: Aircraft
Crew: One.
Passengers: None.
MDC By Location:
Wings (2)-
150 each
Tailerons/Ailerons (2 each)-
Rail Launcher-
100 each
75 each
Speed and Statistical Data:
In The Air: Mach 3.3
Service Ceiling: 60 Miles; Can be refueled in the air.
Range: 1,500 miles
On The Ground: 0.1 MPH
Range: About 10 miles; Only for taxiing (must be trailered to go any long distance).
Rate Of Climb: 75,000 ft/min.
Length: 60 feet
Wingspan: 40 feet.
Height: 10 feet
Weight: 80 tones
Cargo: Pilot supplies only.
Power System: MRK-14n Hydrogen Thrusters; Output: 10,000 h/p with afterburner (8,000 h/p without).
Flight Systems:
Primary: Gravity Pods
Secondary: Airfoil/Power plant supplied thrust.
Cost and Availability: 250,000credit; Regularly available.
Black Market Cost and Availability: 2,500 to 1 millioncredit; Regularly available.
Weapons Systems:
1. Fixed Forward L-08 Rail Launcher: Mini-Missiles fired from the rail launcher either quadruple their range OR triple it and gain +2 to strike. Only Plasma or Hi-Ex MM's can be used.
Primary Purpose: Anti-Aircraft
Secondary Purpose: Ground Attack
Damage: Varies by type.
Rate Of Fire: Per pilots attacks per melee.
Effective Range: Varies by type used and bonus selected.
Payload: 200

2. Variable Full-Force Force Field: The F-19M was recently upgraded to include VFF's into their airfame. However, these are not considered a primary system (unlike other craft so equipped), since the Falcon is considered a tertiary platform. Had they been available in the era of Roy FOLKER and other "G-1" RDF pilots (many of whom never became Veritech pilots, because they were either too old or not interested), the F-19 might still be considered a front-line fighter.
Purpose: Defense.
MDC: 500.
Activation Time: One action.

3. Wing Mounted Weapons Systems: The F-19M Falcon can carry 6 pods.
A) TM-12 Fuel Pod: Essentially a modified version of the M-11 Torpedo Pod. In this case, however, it is used as a fuel pod to double the normal range of the craft.
B) Type M-7 Rocket Launcher: 24 2-inch rocket tubes in 12 rows of 4 each. Each rocket tube has 4 rockets.
Purpose: Heavy Assault
MD: Each rocket does 2D6 MD
Rate of Fire: Volleys of 6 or 12 times pilots attacks per melee.
Range: 12,000 feet
Payload: 96 per pod. Up to 6 pods can be carried.
C) M-11 Torpedo Pod: An ASW torpedo pod. Carries the Mk-82 Airborne Torpedo, essentially a modified version of the Mk-81 Submarine Launched Torpedo. The initial launch is by a nothing so complicated as releasing it from the latches that hold it to the pylon. The on board hydro-cell motor then takes over as soon as the torpedo splashes. Each pod hold 3 Mk-82's.
Purpose: Offensive/Anti-Ship
MD: 4D6 times 10 per torpedo
Blast Radius: 40 feet
Maximum Range: 80 miles
Minimum Range: 5 miles
Rate of Fire: 1 torpedo per pilots attacks per melee.
Payload: Each pod holds 3 Mk-82's.
D) External MRM launchers (4): Mainly for shooting down hostile aircraft, though are excellent for shooting down MRM's and LRM's.
Primary Purpose: Anti-Aircraft
Secondary Purpose: Anti-LRM.
Damage: Varies by type used.
Rate Of Fire: Volleys of 1, 2, 3, or 4 per pilots attacks per melee.
Effective Range: Varies by type used.
Payload: 32 (4 per launcher, 6 pods per wing).
E) A-11/a Anti-Radiation Pod: A radar and other detection system jammer.
Effect: While active, enemy radar will have a "wash" effect, where a large, highly unstable cloud of radar paint will appear. An experienced (5ᵗʰ level and above) radar operator can SOMETIMES use the flow of the wash to narrow down the source of the jamming, but typically this does little good. NOTE: This IS a form of radar signal, and can therefore by tracked by some ESM systems (-10%).
F) A-11/v Radiation Detector Pod: This pod passively detects various types of Radiation, most importantly radio signals (for eavesdropping).
G) C-441 Canister Pod: Basically a hollowed out version of the M-7 pod, used to drop highly sensitive and extensive messages. A nose-mounted device using GPS or laser detection guides the pod to within ⅛ of an inch of the intended target.
  • Radar: Combat grade radar. Range: 200 miles, can track up to 250 individual targets. 95% reliability (24% against unfriendly stealthed vehicles).
  • ESM: Radar Detector. Passively detects other radars being operated.
  • Full Range Sensory Suite: Infrared, ultra violet, Magnification, night sight, color filters, thermal imager. Range is about 2,000 miles for MOST sensors.
  • Sensory Systems: The craft is equipped with sensors very similar to those carried by the SR-71 and other spycraft; However, some of the higher end material is NOT carried, as the possibility of being shot down is too great. Note that the sensors on this craft is nowhere near as extensive as it's larger brothers.
    Optic Systems: Infrared: 20 miles, Magnification: 15 times; Ultra Violet: 22 miles, Magnification: 25 times; Night Vision: 24 miles, Magnification: 8 times; Color Filters: 19 miles, Magnification: 200 times; Thermal Imager: 10 miles, Magnification: 40 times
  • AJP: Active Jamming Pod. Causes-25% to detection but when it is active, other vehicles/bases can detect that it is jamming, and some missiles will home in on jamming signals. Jamming also causes a-4 penalty to all radar guided weapons.
  • Anti-Jamming System: Reduces Electronics Countermeasure by ⅛ (decrease skill level appropriately).
  • Electronic Counter Measures (ECM): These systems disrupt enemy radar and tracking systems, making it difficult for them to lock onto the ship with weapons. The countermeasures give the Mecha a +3 to dodge, +2 to strike and +1 on initiative in combat.
  • LDP (4): Launched Decoy Pods. Located on the top of the port and starboard wingtips. The fighter can carry a special pod that carries four advanced decoy drones. These drones are launched to go where ever they want for 30 minutes. Each is a specially designed radar lure that creates a radar image to mimic the fighter. If decoys are not destroyed, they can be recovered and repaired. This system has been successfully deployed against SEVERAL alien radar-type sensors (including one that works off of sound).
    MDC: 5
    Effects: The decoy has a 98% chance of fooling ordinary non military radars and non smart guided missiles, and a 90% chance of fooling military grade radars and advanced smart missiles.
    Range: Towed to 328 feet (100 meters) from the Mecha or released to go wherever it wants. Can fly independently for about 30 minutes.
    Rate of fire: One can be tether deployed at a time and requires 15 seconds to deploy another decoy. Any non-loosed decoys can be reeled in again.
    Payload: 16 Decoys total.
  • Video Recorder: Records from sensors and the cockpit itself. 500 hours of recording available.
  • HUD: Displays maps, radar, targeting information, and any OTHER information the wearer wants directly in front of the user.
  • Motion Detector: Activates a loud wailing when an object is coming at the user fast, and a soft ringing if it's coming slowly. Activation ranges must be specified by the pilot.
  • Smoke Dispensers (8): Throws out smoke flares capable of covering a 2503 foot area. Special chemicals in the smoke obscures IR and heat sensors, and defeats visual tracking of the vehicle. Note that it DOESN'T make the vehicle invisible, but simply negates ALL bonuses to strike.
  • Virtual Map: Displays a continuously-updating map of local terrain for the pilot. Effective land navigation of 85% as updates come. Good to 50 miles. Specific range can be adjusted in 1 mile increments.
  • MRA 6 Radios: Allows real time, continuous radio link up with friendly forces in the area via satellite relay over laser radio signals, preventing jamming, and automatically encrypts/decrypts same to prevent eavesdropping.
  • Type-11 Wide Band Radios: Effective 10 mile range, auto encrypt/decrypt. Works on standard radio band wavelengths, so it can still be jammed (if the enemy knows the frequencies).
  • Oxygen Rebreather System: Extends pilots air supply to 100 hours; Cartridge MUST be replaced after that period of time.
  • GPS: Standard tracking device.
  • Blue Force Tracker: Identifies Friend from Foe. Overlays the information on both the radar and HUD, ensuring that friendly forces are not accidentally targeted.
  • Combat/Targeting Computer: Records all enemy and friendly activity over the course of time; Can replay that activity for the pilot, assign target designation numbers, and track likely damage based on mathematical formulas (i.e. "Right leg red" badly damaged/destroyed, "head green" not damaged, etc). Displays this information as a pop up in the HUD on request by the pilot.
  • CBR Protection: Complete chemical, biohazard, and radiological protection.
  • Vacuum Seal: Permits the fighter to be used in hard vacuum (such as outer space), and other hostile environments.
  • Internal temperature and humidity control: Automatically maintains users desired heat, humidity, and other personal comfort settings.
  • Heat And Radiation Shielding: Special shielding prevents the penetration of life threatening heat and radiation.
  • Variable Tint Cockpit Canopy: Adjusts tinting to light conditions, up to an including a black dot if the sun is directly on the pilots face (only covers eyes).
  • FLIR/SLIR: Forward and Side Looking Infrared. Allows pilot and weapons officer to get visuals on targets at night.
  • AMC/FD (2): Anti-Missile Chaff/Flare Dispensers. Actually launches a glob of burning magnesium/aluminum alloy to confuse both radar AND heat sensory systems. Fires off 04 chaff/flares each time it is activated. The system is KNOWN to work on all KNOWN radar and infrared systems, but concerns continue that somewhere out there their MIGHT be a system that will be totally unaffected by the system. Reduce effects by 20% against smart missiles (add +20% to rolls for smart missiles).
    01-50: Enemy missile or missile volley detonates in chaff cloud- Missiles are all destroyed
    51-75: Enemy missile or missile volley loses track of real target and veers away in wrong direction (may lock onto another target).
    76-00: No effect, missile is still on target.
    Also note that the chaff cloud will also blind nearby heat sensors (and optically based sensors at night) for 1 melee. They will suffer the following penalties: Reduce melee attacks/actions, and combat bonuses by half.
    Duration: 1D4 melee rounds.
    Payload: 60 chaff/flares. Each time the system is engaged, the system fires off 04 chaff/flares.
  • Survival Pack: A pack of simpler emergency survival supplies: Pup tent, sleeping bag, black light, GPS, First aid kit (bandages, gauze, bandage tape, pads, antiseptic/analgesic), plasma torch (for small repairs and starting fires), repair kit (with MDC Repair Spray), sewing kit (a small spool of thread and 5 needles), 7 star flares (250 foot apogee), 7 white parachute flares (1,500 foot apogee), 100 foot of black or brown parachute cord (150 lbs tensile strength), 2-5 days rations, 2 gallons water, water purification kit (good for about 10 gallons), manual-inflating liferaft (for at-sea abandonment), self-inflating lifevest (15# buoyancy). The liferaft can also double as a Pup Tent if so desired (though most pilots prefer to use a parachute for that, if anything, due to the fact that it is easier to hide).
    Combat Bonuses from F-19M Falcon Fighter Combat Elite:
  • 2 additional attacks per melee.
  • One additional attack per melee at levels 6 and 11.
  • +3 roll.
  • +1 Strike.
  • +6 Parry.
  • +2 Dodge.