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M135 Frogman (TV version)

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General and Technical Data

Model number: M135
Code name: Frogman
Unit type: submersible construction labor
Manufacturer: Hishikawajima Heavy Industries
Operator: civilians
Rollout: October 1998 AD
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 7.12 meters; overall width 4.29 meters
Weight: standard 13.56 metric tons; full 14.32 metric tons
Armor materials: high tension steel
Powerplant: unknown
Maximum weight lifting capacity: 2.0 metric tons
Minimum revolving radius: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; air tank
Fixed armaments: none
Optional hand armaments: none

Technical and Historical Notes

The M135 Frogman was an underwater construction labor produced by Hishikawajima Heavy Industries. The airtight Frogman was capable of working underwater at depths of up to 50 meters. Thanks to its large air tank, the Frogman had a longer operation time than other labors that performed underwater work. When the Tokyo police’s SV2 labor tried to nudge a stray humpback whale out of Tokyo Bay, driver Hiromi Yamazaki was sent underwater in a Frogman to broadcast whale song and lure the whale out to the open sea. However, the effort proved ineffective because the whale was guarding her baby.

Miscellaneous Information

Pilot: Hiromi Yamazaki
Original mechanical designer: Yutaka Izubuchi

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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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