Early on in the conflict against the Zentraedi, the SDF-1 found
itself looking for new ways to survive the constant attacks. Commanders were
impressed overall with the firepower of their complement of Destroids, however the
units were tactically limited and were only able to provide help on the defensive.
The Armoured Valkyrie was an attempt to bring the firepower of the Destroids to the
fight with the enemy. It involved attaching armour and missile pods to a Valkyrie
in Battloid form. The Armoured Valkyrie had decent thrust, and a lot of short range
firepower. However the armour plates had to be ejected in order for the Valkyrie
to transform, which effectively reduced the craft to a standard Valkyrie. The design
was fairly succesful, but the through away nature of the armour plates made it less
than efficient. The concept did lead in part to the later development of the Super
Valkyrie, and more directly to the lesser known Jotun Valkyrie.