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Also known as: Super Dimension Fortress One, Macross, Zor's Battlefortress

Super Dimensional Fortress

Designation: SDF-1
Class: Space Vessel.
Crew: 3500 crewmen, 1500 pilots and air group, 11000 troops and other personnel

Length: 1210m
Width: 339m (original hull), 496m (with Earth carriers)
Height: 312m
Mass: 18,000,000 tons (operational)
Range: Full solar system transit capability, unlimited fold range

ARMAMENT (after 2009 Earth refit)
1 x Reflex cannon (heavy particle beam)
8 x main particle cannon, one under the main hull, three on the upper main hull, two on the flanks of the reflex cannon, and two on the upper legs.
1 x secondary triple-barreled particle cannon, mounted on the forward main hull. Sometime into the war this turret was refitted with six missile launchers rather than its cannons.
4 x single barrel rail cannons mounted on the shoulders.
16 x triple barreled laser/particle beam turrets scattered around the hull.
12 x torpedo tube, capable of launching strategic missiles.
48 x ten-tube missile launcher box, firing defensive missiles, scattered around the hull.
Numerous single-use missile launchers were installed by the crew prior to the battle against Dolza's Fortress

~200 VF-1 Veritech Valkyrie fighters.
~120 QF-3000E Ghost drone fighters.
~150 Destroids
~ 50 AEW aircraft, space shuttles, and other small auxiliary craft

SDF-1 after its modular transformation

The SDF-1 prepares to fire its giant Reflex Cannon.

One of the best known vessels, if not the best known vessel, of the Robotech Wars is the SDF-1 battlefortress. Originally, this was a battlefortress belonging to the Robotech Masters, but it escaped to and crashed on Earth under orders from Zor. The planet Earth spent almost a decade repairing the ship and learning its secrets, then went to war with the Zentraedi fleets that came to retrieve the battlefortress. During the war, much of Macross City was recreated inside the ship, an amazing feat of creative use of available internal spaces.

The forward half of the ship is made up of the main armament. On the flanks here are some of the mecha hangars. Behind this is the central hull, command citadel and the 'shoulders' with additional hangars. At the rear are the main reaction engines and the engineering sections. After its first and only fold in human service, two naval carriers were attached to the shoulders. The hull could be transformed into something resembling a humanoid shape, with the main gun booms protruding out of the shoulders. The original purpose for this ability is unknown, though speculation runs towards better engineering access for repairs and refits.

As a vessel, the SDF-1 is relatively small and carries few mecha compared to the main line of Zentraedi vessels. The main cannon can destroy any enemy ship, but only one or two at a time, and it has a lengthy recharge cycle. It is suspected that it is more of a planetary bombardment weapon than an anti-ship cannon. However, its secondary particle beam armament is more powerful than those on Zentraedi vessels. Even so, the crew of the SDF-1 was exceedingly lucky that their opponents had orders to capture the vessel, rather than destroy it.

The SDF-1 served until 2014, when the ship was destroyed in a kamikaze attack by Khyron. Many of its systems were salvaged and used for the SDF-3. A nearly-complete sister ship, the SDF-2, was destroyed minutes before the SDF-1.