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RX-75 Guntank Mass Production Type

 

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General and Technical Data

 

Model number: RX-75
Code name: Guntank Mass Production Type
Unit type: artillery mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces

Rollout: UC 0079
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot/driver in standard cockpit in torso; copilot/gunner in canopy-style cockpit in head
Dimensions: head height 15.0 meters
Weight: empty 56.0 metric tons; max gross 80.0 metric tons
Armor materials: Luna Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 878 kW
Propulsion: 2 x engine-driven caterpillar tread; rocket thrusters: total output unknown

Performance: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 6,000 meters; optional 2 x crane arm with heavy lifting winch, replaces 120mm cannons, optional dozer blade, attached to glacis plate
Fixed armaments: 2 x 120mm cannon, mounted on backpack over shoulders; 2 x 4-tube machine gun, mounted on arms

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

As the Earth Federation Forces began their own mobile suit development project, one of their earliest efforts was the RX-75-4 Guntank. Although it had a mobile suit body, head and arms, it did not have a mobile suit's walking legs, being mounted instead on a caterpillar-driven tank-like base. It also lacked manipulator hands, and in a sense, the Guntank was more of a traditional tank than a mobile suit. However, the EFF decided to put the unit into mass production. The RX-75 Guntank Mass Production Type was quite similar to the prototype version, although the most notable difference was the removal of the expensive and complicated Core Block System. Although the loss of the Core Fighter reduced the pilot's chances of bailing out alive, it did allow the body to be built to perform a "torso twist," thus making the Guntank's upper body able to turn to face different targets while its drive base continued travelling in one direction. The mounts for the shoulder cannons were also made universal, capable of mounting different types of cannons, weapons or other equipment. Some of these Mass Production Types served in the One Year War, particularly as part of the Kojima Battalion in Southeast Asia. Some were refitted for armored recovery and had their artillery cannons replaced by crane arms, and a dozer blade attached to the drive base.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Bonchai Yaskovic

Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th M.S. Team; Mobile Suit Gundam 0079: Zeonic Front; Mobile Suit Gundam: Pilot's Locus; Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight; Mobile Suit Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield; Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record UC 0081; Gundam Legacy; Mobile Suit Gundam Katana: Bond of the Battlefield UC 0084; Mobile Suit Gundam: The Blue Destiny; Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record 0081: The Wrath of Varuna

Original mechanical designer: Kimitoshi Yamane

 

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