Depicted as a newly-constructed ship in flashbacks in Metroid: Other M, the VIXIV is seen above a planet towing the Lusitania, a civilian spacecraft with a malfunctioning drive unit attached. During the mission, Ian Malkovich is inside the drive unit in an attempt to repair it. Once it goes critical, Adam orders it to be detached, despite the protests of Samus Aran and the ship's Operators. This action causes Samus to leave the Galactic Federation Army, although she later acknowledges that the action was necessary.
The VIXIV's dimensions, as given in the Other M concept art, are:
- The Galactic Federation Battleship VIXIV is named after another vessel in the Sakamoto-produced Japanese Game Boy game, X, (predecessor to the Star Fox series) called "Space Tank VIXIV" which departs from an overpopulated Earth in the year XXXX to investigate Tetamus II. An enhanced version of the vessel also appears in the Q-Games DSiWare sequel, X-Scape, (3D Space Tank in PAL regions) accompanied by a droid called "VIX-529." Q-Games' previous DSiWare game, Starship Defense (a.k.a. Starship Patrol and Star Ship Defender) featured a support robot named VIX-2000.
- Adam Malkovich also piloted a similar vessel, the Federation Army Special Ops Battleship VIXIV IV in chapters twelve and sixteen of Metroid: Volume 2. The relation between the two vessels, if they are in fact separate, has not yet been made clear.