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MAN-08 Elmeth

 

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MAN-08 Elmeth

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: MAN-08
Code name: Elmeth
Unit type: prototype Newtype use mobile armor
Manufacturer: Flanagan Institute
Operator: Principality of Zeon

Rollout: 16 December UC 0079
First deployment: 29 December UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in main body
Dimensions: overall height 47.7 meters; overall length 85.4 meters
Weight: empty 163.7 metric tons; max gross 291.8 metric tons
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 14200 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 645200 kg total
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 245000 meters; psycommu system
Fixed armaments: 2 x mega particle cannon, fire linked, mounted in main body
Remote weapons: 12 x bit, stored inside main body

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The pinnacle of the Principality of Zeon's Newtype-use mobile armor development, the MAN-08 Elmeth is built for use by Kycilia Zabi's Newtype Corps, intended to be a trump card against the Earth Federation Forces' advance during the One Year War. Incorporating a psycommu (psychic communicator) system, the Elmeth's Newtype pilot can remotely control its remote "bit" weapons with their brainwaves, thus making the Elmeth a perfect weapon to strike at targets from incredible distances. The Elmeth's bits are its primary weapon, and they consist of a simple body housing an onboard reactor for power, maneuvering thrusters and a beam gun. Being independently powered, the bits can be employed as long as the pilot is able to control them, and they are extremely fast, making them almost impossible to detect visually - much less, to destroy. The Elmeth mobile armor itself, described by Federation Forces troops as a "tricorn hat," is also very fast and agile and mounted a pair of rotating mega particle cannons with a 90-degree vertical range of fire. But with its psycommu system, the Elmeth's most dangerous weapon is its Newtype pilot, able to engage in combat with mere thoughts.

Zeon's "Flanagan Institute," a top-secret Newtype research group, picks star pupil Lalah Sune to be the Elmeth's test pilot. Her Newtype abilities are the most powerful reported to date by the Institute, and under the care of Zeon ace pilot Char Aznable, Lalah takes the Elmeth into combat for a field test against Federation forces stationed at the recently captured asteroid base Confeito (formerly Solomon). Lalah's Elmeth remains hidden among asteroids and debris far away from Confeito as she controls her bit weapons with her thoughts. Despite the headaches induced by Lalah from her control and the psycommu's feedback, this first test proves a complete success, taking the Federation Forces completely by surprise. However, the Elmeth is soon destroyed in a battle with another Newtype - RX-78-2 Gundam pilot Amuro Ray. After the war, the Axis Zeon further develop the bit weapon into the funnel, which is prominently featured in the personal mobile suit of Axis leader Haman Karn, the AMX-004 Qubeley. All three Neo Zeon movements make use of funnel-equipped mobile suits piloted by Newtypes, with the last one being the NZ-666 Kshatriya.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Lalah Sune
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Cross Dimension 0079; Char's Deleted Affair: Portrait of a Young Comet; Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation VS Zeon DX; Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space; Gundam Evolve; Mobile Suit Gundam: Pilot's Locus; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam Next; Dynasty Warriors Gundam; Gundam Crisis
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara

 

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