Model number: AL-97B Code name: Hannibal Unit type: mass production military labor Manufacturer: Hishii Heavy Industries Operator(s): Japan Self-Defense Forces; United Nations Rollout: 1999 AD Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso Dimensions: unknown Weight: unknown Armor materials: unknown Powerplant: unknown Maximum weight lifting capacity: unknown Minimum revolving radius: unknown Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; optional infrared searchlight, mounted over left shoulder Fixed armaments: 20mm machine gun, mounted on torso; rocket launcher, mounted on left forearm Optional fixed armaments: none
Technical and Historical Notes
The AL-97B-var Hannibal is a military labor developed by Hishii Heavy Industries as a successor to earlier units like the AL-97 Atlas. The Hannibal is equipped with a sensor pod on its right shoulder and can mount an optional infrared searchlight on its left shoulder. Because the Hannibal's hands use three manipulator fingers instead of a full human-type hand, it doesn't carry any weapons. Armaments include a 20mm machine gun and rocket launcher. Hishii produces the Hannibal for several clients, including the Japan Self-Defense Forces and the United Nations. In 1999, a unit of UN Hannibals suffers heavy losses after an attack in Southeast Asia. In 2000, the SDF deploys a Hannibal unit to help trap a genetically engineered monster that has been stalking Tokyo Bay and destroying labors.