Model number: N/A
Code name: HLV
Unit type: heavy lift launch vehicle
Manufacturer: Principality of Zeon
Operator(s): Principality of Zeon; Titans; Republic of Zeon
First deployment: UC 0079
Dimensions: unknown
Weight: unknown
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: unknown
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: total output unknown
Performance: unknown
Fixed armaments: unknown

The HLV was a heavy lift vehicle used by the Principality of Zeon to transport troops, supplies and mobile suits during the One Year War. The HLV’s design allowed it to safely re-enter Earth’s atmosphere, and it could be fitted with boosters for a return launch to space. In November UC 0079, retreating Zeon forces used many HLVs as they evacuate Earth following the victory of the Earth Federation Forces at the Battle of Odessa. The retreating HLVs became easy targets while floating helplessly in Earth orbit, and Zeon ships such as the Jotunheim were assigned with assisting the evacuees. In January UC 0080, the EFF’s White Dingo team attempted to stop an HLV launch at Australia’s Hughenden Base. In October UC 0083, Zeon remnants hiding in the Kimberlite mine in Africa used an HLV they had hidden since the end of the war to allow Anavel Gato to escape into space with the stolen RX-78GP02A Gundam GP02A Physalis.


Gundam 0083 Info

Takashi Imanishi
Mitsuko Kase

Fuyunori Gobu
Ryosuke Takahashi
Akinori Endo
Tomohide Ohkuma

Mechanical Designer(s):
Hajime Katoki
Shoji Kawamori
Mika Akitaka
Junya Ishigaki
Yasushi Ishizu

Character Designer:
Toshihiro Kawamoto

Musical Composer:
Mitsuo Hagita

13 episodes; 1 compilation movie

Video Release:
Japan 05.23.1991 – 09.24.1992
U.S. 01.22.2002 – 07.23.2002

Theatrical Release:
Japan 08.29.1992


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