The F-14KAI variant has been retrofitted with overtechnology avionics and new radar systems, as well as GE F110-GE-400 afterburning turbofans (although it does retain the cockpit scheme of the original F-14A/B).
A variant of the F-14 Tomcat, the F-14 Kai (a reference to the F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, the Japanese upgrade of the second most-produced Western jet fighter) appears in the beginning of Macross Zero, in order to give viewers a chance to compare designs, and to understand the design limitations of 'simple' conventional combat jets in comparison with the far more advanced variable fighter mecha.
|Macross Zero Mechanics|
VF-0A Phoenix | VF-0A Phoenix "Angel" | VF-0D Phoenix | VF-0S Phoenix | VF-0S Phoenix "Angel" | VF-0S Phoenix Reactive Armor
|Vehicles, Destroids and Support Units|
Arleigh Burke-class | CVN-99 Asuka II | F-14A+Kai Super Tomcat | F-117A Nighthawk | Kitty Hawk class (Illustria) | M1A1 Abrams | QF-2200D-A Ghost | QF-2200D-B Ghost
Octos | SV-51α | SV-51γ
|Vehicles and Support Units|
Auerstädt | MiG-29 Fulcrum