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AV-98 Ingram (TV version)

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General and Technical Data

Model number: AV-98
Code name: Ingram
Unit type: law enforcement patrol labor
Manufacturer: Shinohara Heavy Industries
Operator: Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department
Rollout: April 1998 AD
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 8.02 meters; overall width 4.37 meters
Weight: standard 6.0 metric tons; full 6.62 metric tons
Armor materials: fiber reinforced plastic and carbon fiber reinforced material
Powerplant: unknown
Maximum weight lifting capacity: 2.40 metric tons
Minimum revolving radius: 3.90 meters
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; ECM (electronic countermeasure) pod (Unit 3 only), mounted in head
Fixed armaments: 37mm revolver cannon, loads 6 rounds, stored on right leg, hand-carried in use; anti-labor stun stick, stored in shield mounted on left forearm, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: 90mm riot cannon

Technical and Historical Notes

The development of labors proved to be a boon to construction projects around the world. However, the increase of labors sparked a new type of crime: labor crime. To combat labor crime, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department created its own labor division, Special Vehicles Section 2. At first, SV2 used the ancient ASUKA-MPL-96 Taisyo, which had simply been painted in police colors and outfitted with a siren. As labors became more advanced, SV2 kept up with the times by replacing the Taisyo with the AV-98 Ingram, a labor designed specifically for law enforcement by Shinohara Heavy Industries. The Ingram’s advanced design allowed for more human-like movements. As a law enforcement labor, the Ingram was equipped with an anti-labor stun stick and a 37mm revolver cannon, but it could also carry a shotgun-like 90mm riot cannon. To facilitate transport to the field, each Ingram featured its own transport trailer.

Three units were assigned to SV2 Division 2 under the command of Capt. Kiichi Goto. Unit 1 is assigned to labor enthusiast Noa Izumi, who immediately nicknamed it “Alphonse” after previous pets. Unit 2, featuring a customized face, was assigned to gun maniac Isao Ota. Unit 3 was not used for police operations because it served as a source of spare parts for Units 1-2. However, Unit 3 was fielded in an emergency situation by Officer Asuma Shinohara to combat the mysterious Type-R13EX Phantom developed by Schaft Enterprises. The Ingrams were later tested to their limits during several encounters with Schaft’s powerful Type J-9 Griffon. Although the Ingram represented a significant advancement in labor technology and performed well during its service life, it was later upstaged by Shinohara’s new police labor, the AV-0 Peacemaker. Two Peacemaker units were assigned to Capt. Shinobu Nagumo’s Division 1, which did not upgrade to the Ingram and instead stayed with the aging MPL-97S Python.

Miscellaneous Information

Pilot(s): Noa Izumi, Isao Ota, Asuma Shinohara, Kanuka Clancy, Kana Matsumoto, Takeo Kumagami, Uru
Original mechanical designer: Yutaka Izubuchi
Note: custom color lineart by Silent_Knight_Gundam

Lineart

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Director:

Naoyuki Yoshinaga

Writer(s):
Kazunori Ito
Mamoru Oshii
Hiroyuki Hoshiyama
Naoto Kimura
Tetsuo Takahashi
Michiko Yokote
Hibari Arisu

Mechanical Designer(s):
Yutaka Izubuchi
Yoshinori Sayama

Character Designer:
Akemi Takada

Musical Composer:
Kenji Kawai

Airdates:
Japan 10.11.1989 – 09.26.1990

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