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Type 61 Tank

 

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Mobile Suit Gundam version

08th M.S. Team

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MS IGLOO

CG version

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Type 61 Tank

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: Type 61

Code name: Tank
Unit type:
main battle tank
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
First deployment: UC 0061

Accommodation: 1 pilot and 1 gunner in standard cockpit
Dimensions: unknown
Weight: unknown
Propulsion: 2 x engine-driven caterpillar tread: maximum speed unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; 2 x 4-tube smoke discharger, mounted on either side of turret
Fixed armaments: 2 x 150mm cannon, mounted on turret; 12.7mm machine gun, mounted on cupola

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

Introduced in UC 0061, the Type 61 Tank is the main battle tank used by the Earth Federation Forces before and during the One Year War. The Type 61's main armament is a twin 150mm cannon, but it is also equipped with a 12.7mm machine gun and multiple smoke dischargers. With the outbreak of the One Year War in UC 0079, the Type 61 serves as the EFF's main ground attack unit due to the Federation's initial lack of mass produced mobile suits. In the new age of mobile suit warfare, the Type 61 is more akin to an antiquated relic from before the Universal Century. At the Battle of Odessa, the Type 61's survival rate is less than 20 percent. However, some skilled tank pilots are able to use tactics to overcome the Type 61's deficiencies and successfully fight Zeon mobile suits. The EFF also fields two variant designs, the Model A2 and the M61A5. Following the wide deployment of the mass produced RGM-79 GM in November UC 0079, the Type 61 is displaced as the EFF's main ground attack unit.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Marion, Mitchell

Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam MS Generation; Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th M.S. Team; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny; Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation VS Zeon DX; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes; Mobile Suit Gundam 0079: Zeonic Front; Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles; Mobile Suit Gundam: Pilot's Locus; Gundam Legacy; Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War; Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 603; Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight; Mobile Suit Gundam: We're Federation Hooligans!!; Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record U.C. 0081; Mobile Suit Gundam: Operation Troy; Mobile Suit Gundam Katana: Bond of the Battlefield UC 0084; Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt (manga); Mobile Suit Gundam MSV-R: The Return of Johnny Ridden; Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Operation; Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (anime); Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Rebellion; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories; Mobile Suit Gundam: The Blue Destiny; Mobile Suit Gundam: MS Senki Reboot; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: Missing Link
Original mechanical designer(s): Kunio Okawara (Mobile Suit Gundam version), Kimitoshi Yamane (08th M.S. Team version)

 

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