AVS-98 Economy


Model number: AVS-98
Code name: Economy
Unit type: prototype law enforcement patrol labor
Manufacturer: Shinohara Heavy Industries
Operator: Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department
Rollout: 1999 AD
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 8.02 meters; overall width 4.37 meters
Weight: standard 5.89 metric tons; full 6.12 metric tons
Armor materials: fiber reinforced plastic; carbon fiber reinforced material
Powerplant: unknown
Maximum weight lifting capacity: 2.45 metric tons
Minimum revolving radius: 4.0 meters
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
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

As its name indicated, the AVS-98 Economy was an attempt by Shinohara Heavy Industries to create a cheaper mass production model of the AV-98 Ingram law enforcement labor. Shinohara’s goal was to create a standardized unit that could be cheaply offered for use by many police departments across the world. The basic design of the Economy resembled the Ingram upon which it was based, but its performance had been scaled back in some respects. Shinohara debuted the Economy during the 1999 Tokyo International Labor Show with plans for mass production afterward. However, the Economy received an unplanned field test when Schaft’s experimental Type-J9 Griffon attacked the labor show. The advanced Griffon was powerful enough to hold back even the Ingram, and the Economy performed poorly by comparison. Due to this poor showing, Shinohara’s engineers went back to the drawing board to iron out the Economy’s deficiencies, which were corrected with the upgraded AVS-98 Economy Type Mk. II.

Pilot: Asuma Shinohara
First appearance: Mobile Police Patlabor
Original mechanical designer: Yutaka Izubuchi




Rear view

Patlabor Info

Naoyuki Yoshinaga

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

47 episodes

Japan 10.11.1989 – 09.26.1990


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