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MS-14A Gelgoog

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General and Technical Data

Model number: MS-14A
Code name: Gelgoog
Unit type: mass production high efficiency general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Zeonic Company
Operator(s): Principality of Zeon; African Liberation Front; civilians; AEUG (Anti-Earth Union Group)
Rollout: December UC 0079
First deployment: 8 December UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso (later refitted and replica units equipped with linear seat/panoramic monitor cockpit)
Dimensions: head height 19.2 meters
Weight: empty 53.5 metric tons; max gross 73.3 metric tons
Armor materials: super hard steel alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,440 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 79,900 kg total (2 x 24,500 kg, 5 x 2,500 kg)
Performance: 180-degree turn time 1.5 seconds; maximum ground running speed 212 km/h
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 6,300 meters
Fixed armaments: beam naginata, stored in recharge rack on back, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap; shield, can be optionally stored on backpack

Technical and Historical Notes

By the middle of the One Year War, the appearance of the Earth Federation Forces’ powerful, beam rifle-carrying RX-78-2 Gundam created a sudden change in the Principality of Zeon’s plans. An in-development, high performance mobile suit called the MS-11 Gelgoog was suddenly cancelled, as the Zeon military wanted to incorporate hand-carried beam armaments into new mobile suits. With the MS-11 model number having been reassigned to the Pezun Project’s Act Zaku, the Gelgoog project was restarted under the model number MS-14, with the new goal being the ability for the Gelgoog to use energy cap-based weapons. After 30 experimental MS-14S units completed field testing and Zeon’s beam rifle technology was perfected, the MS-14A quickly went into mass production and deployment.

Intended as a replacement for the aging MS-06F Zaku II as a primary front line unit, the MS-14A Gelgoog was a high performance mobile suit, arguably as powerful as – if not more powerful than – the EFF’s Gundam. Well-suited for both terrestrial and space combat, the Gelgoog sported a large beam rifle, forearm-mounted jet engine thrusters for added maneuverability, and a twin beam sword. Unfortunately for Zeon, the introduction of the Gelgoog was a case of too little, too late. Only 165 units were produced and put into combat by the last day of the war at the Battle of A Baoa Qu on December 31, UC 0079, mostly piloted by novice pilots and fresh recruits who couldn’t use their powerful new Gelgoogs effectively against veteran EFF pilots in the less powerful mass produced RGM-79 GM. It was often argued that, had Zeon managed to put the Gelgoog into production even only two months earlier, the outcome of the One Year War may have been turned in Zeon’s favor. However, the Gelgoog units that did survive the war were utilized for many years to come, either in their original configuration or as the updated Neo Zeon MS-14J ReGelgu.

Miscellaneous Information

Pilot(s): Anavel Gato, Katz Kobayashi, Reccoa Londe, Masai N’gava, Dido Kaltoha, Elo Meloe, Marie Albertia, Monica Bartolommeo, Erik Blanke
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara (Mobile Suit Gundam version)

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Director(s):

Yoshiyuki Tomino
Ryoji Fujiwara (movie 1)

Writer(s):
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

Airdates:
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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