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MS-18E Kämpfer

 

ms-18e

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: MS-18E
Code name: Kämpfer
Unit type: prototype heavy assault mobile suit
Manufacturer: Zeonic Company
Operator: Principality of Zeon
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 17.7 meters; overall height 18.2 meters
Weight: empty 43.5 metric tons; max gross 78.5 metric tons
Armor materials: titanium/ceramic composite
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1550 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 2 x 28500 kg, 2 x 27000 kg, 4 x 12000 kg; vernier thrusters/apogee motors: 16
Performance: maximum thruster acceleration 2.03 G; 180-degree turn time 1.2 seconds; maximum ground running speed 215 km/h
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 6100 meters
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head; 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in hip armor, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: 2 x ZUX-197 Jagdgewehr shotgun, pump-action magazine and breech, 9 round magazine, can be stored on backpack storage racks; 2 x 360mm giant bazooka, clip-fed, 5 rounds per clip, can be stored on backpack storage racks; 2 x panzer faust, rocket-propelled warhead, can be stored in racks on legs; chain mine

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

In the last days of the One Year War, the Principality of Zeon develops the MS-18E Kämpfer, a fast assault unit. The Kämpfer ("käempfer" being German for "fighter" or "champion") sacrifices armor protection in exchange for many thrusters and verniers, making it very fast and maneuverable. Armed with an array of giant bazookas, shotguns and panzer fausts, the Kämpfer can approach a target at high speed, make a fast strike, and quickly escape. This "hit-and-run" concept makes the Kämpfer a very powerful and deadly mobile suit; however, its speed and high number of thrusters result in high fuel consumption and a limited operational time. Despite this minor drawback, the Kämpfer is an excellent mobile suit. Unfortunately for Zeon, it is another case of "too-little-too-late," as the One Year War comes to an end and the Kämpfer never sees mass production. A Kämpfer unit is deployed late in the war, attacking an Earth Federation Forces research base in the neutral Side 6 Libot Colony during a failed attempt to destroy the RX-78NT-1 Gundam "Alex" prototype mobile suit on December 20, UC 0079. After the war, another Kämpfer serves as the personal mobile suit of Fabian Frischknecht, a pilot at Zeon's Axis asteroid base.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Mikhail Kaminsky, Fabian Frischknecht
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket; Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo; Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles; Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space; Mobile Suit Gundam: The Return of Zeon; Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight; Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record UC 0081; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam Next; Mobile Suit Gundam: Climax U.C.; Char's Deleted Affair: Portrait of a Young Comet
Original mechanical designer: Yutaka Izubuchi

 

Lineart

 

360mm giant bazooka
Chain mine
Cockpit hatch
Panzer faust
ZUX-197 Jagdgewehr shotgun

 

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