MA-05 Bigro


Model number: MA-05
Code name: Bigro
Unit type: mass production space combat mobile armor
Manufacturer: MIP Company
Operator(s): Principality of Zeon; Earth Federation Forces
First deployment: 10 November UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in main body
Dimensions: overall length 45.5 meters; overall height 23.6 meters
Weight: empty 125.5 metric tons; max gross 229.8 metric tons
Armor materials: super hard steel alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 17,800 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 136,100 kg total
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 111,000 meters; Minovsky particle scattering system for ECM (electronic countermeasures)
Fixed armaments: mega particle cannon, mounted in main body; 2 x 4-tube missile launcher, 3 round magazine per tube, mounted on main body; 2 x large claw arm, mounted on main body

In the years building up to the One Year War, several companies took part in a new conceptual weapons competition. MIP Company’s entry to the competition was the experimental MIP-X1 mobile armor; however, MIP lost out to Zeonic Company’s more agile and versatile mobile suit concept. As the One Year War opened and Zeon began taking a serious second look at the mobile armor concept, the MIP-X1 was taken back to the drawing board and remodeled into the mobile armor MA-05 Bigro. Mounting a pair of large claw-laden arms for limited AMBAC (Active Mass Balance AutoControl) ability, the Bigro incorporated the same monoeye sensor system used on all Zeon military mobile suits. Driven by a pair of large nuclear rocket engines, mounting a large mega particle gun and a pair of 4-tube missile launchers, and equipped with a Minovsky particle scattering system to make it difficult to detect with sensors, the Bigro was well-proven as a high-speed anti-warship unit. However, only a handful of the costly Bigros were produced during the war, including two variants: the MA-05R Big Ruf and MA-05Ad Big Rang. At least one unit was captured by the Earth Federation Forces after the war’s end and used in combat during the Delaz Conflict of UC 0083.

Pilot(s): Tokwan, Ewen Bader, Glennis Escot
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara (Mobile Suit Gundam version)


Rear view (Version 1)


Rear view (Version 2)

Mobile Suit Gundam Info

Yoshiyuki Tomino
Ryoji Fujiwara (movie 1)

Yoshiyuki Tomino
Masaru Yamamoto
Kenichi Matsuzaki
Yoshihisa Araki
Hiroyuki Hoshiyama

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kunio Okawara
Yoshiyuki Tomino

Character Designer:
Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Musical Composer(s):
Yuji Matsuyama
Takeo Watanabe

43 episodes; 3 compilation movies

Japan 04.07.1979 – 01.26.1980
U.S. 07.23.2001 – 09.12.2001

Theatrical Release:
Japan 03.14.1981 – 03.13.1982


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