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AMX-109 Capule

 

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Mobile suit mode (Gundam ZZ)

Mobile suit mode (Gundam Unicorn OVA)

Mobile suit mode (Gundam Unicorn novel)

Mobile armor mode (Gundam
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AMX-109 Capule

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: AMX-109
Code name: Capule
Unit type: prototype amphibious mobile suit
Manufacturer: Neo Zeon
Operator(s): Neo Zeon; Zeon remnants
First deployment: August UC 0088
Accommodation: pilot in panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit in torso
Dimensions: mobile suit mode: head height 16.5 meters; mobile armor mode: overall height 9.9 meters, overall length 10.8 meters
Weight: empty 38.7 metric tons; max gross 57.5 metric tons; mass ratio 1.35
Armor materials: Gundarium alloy (two-layered)
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1840 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 6800 kg total; vernier thrusters/apogee motors: 12
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 12300 meters
Fixed armaments: laser beam eye, mounted on head; sonic blast, mounted on main body; 8 x missile launcher, mounted in main body; 2 x iron nail, mounted on hands
Optional hand armaments: none

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

As Neo Zeon launches its invasion of Earth during the First Neo Zeon War in UC 0088, they employ several new mobile suit designs built for terrestrial combat. One of these units is the AMX-109 Capule, which is an amphibious mobile suit based loosely on the old Principality of Zeon's MSM-03 Gogg from the One Year War. Armed with eight missile launchers, a sonic blast weapon in its waist, and a laser beam "eye" on its small, flat head, this small mobile suit packs an enormous amount of firepower for its size, all cooled by a hydro-cooling system. The Capule's arms can fold up inside its main body and its legs can fold back, turning the mobile suit into a mobile armor-like form that is faster and more streamlined when moving underwater. In its mobile armor mode, the Capule can also move along the water's surface in a fashion similar to a hovercraft. However, the Capule seems to have lost many of the lessons learned by the Principality of Zeon during its amphibious mobile suit development during the One Year War. As a result, the Capule proves to be an inefficient design and is highly unpopular with its pilots - apparently Spacenoids have forgotten how to build ocean-going mobile suits for use on Earth. The Capule remains in use with Zeon remnants and participates in attacks on the Federation capital Dakar and Australia's Torrington Base in UC 0096.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Taman
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ; Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ Side Story: Mirage of Zeon; Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (novel); Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (anime)
Original mechanical designer(s): Yutaka Izubuchi (Gundam ZZ version), Hajime Katoki (Gundam Unicorn version)

 

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