MS-18E Kampfer


Model number: MS-18E
Code name: Kampfer
Unit type: heavy assault mobile suit
Manufacturer: Zeonic Company
Operator: Principality of Zeon
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 17.7 meters
Weight: empty 43.5 metric tons; max gross 78.5 metric tons
Armor materials: titanium ceramic composite
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,550 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 159,000 kg total (2 x 28,500 kg, 2 x 27,000 kg, 4 x 12,000 kg); vernier thrusters/apogee motors: 16
Performance: 180-degree turn time: 1.2 seconds; maximum ground running speed 215 km/h
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 6,100 meters
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, mounted in head; 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in hip armor, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: 2 x shotgun, pump-action magazine and breech, can be stored on backpack storage racks; 2 x giant bazooka, clip-fed, can be stored on backpack storage racks; 2 x panzer faust, rocket-propelled warhead, can be stored in racks on legs; chain mine

In the last days of the One Year War, the Principality of Zeon developed the MS-18E Kampfer, a fast assault unit. Based on the YMS-18 Prototype Kampfer (“käempfer” being German for “fighter” or “champion”), the suit sacrificed armor protection in exchange for many thrusters and verniers, making it quite fast and maneuverable. Armed with an array of giant bazookas, shotguns and panzer fausts, the Kampfer could approach a target at high speed, make a fast strike, and quickly escape. This hit-and-run concept made the Kampfer a powerful and deadly mobile suit; however, its speed and high number of thrusters resulted in high fuel consumption and a limited operational time. Despite this minor drawback, the Kampfer was an excellent mobile suit. Unfortunately for Zeon, it was another case of “too little, too late,” as the One Year War came to an end and the Kampfer never saw mass production. A Kampfer unit was deployed on December 20, UC 0079, attacking an Earth Federation Forces research base in the neutral Side 6 Libot Colony during a failed attempt to destroy the RX-78NT-1 Gundam NT-1 Alex prototype mobile suit. After the war, another Kampfer served as the personal mobile suit of Fabian Frischknecht, a pilot at Zeon’s Axis asteroid base.

Pilot(s): Mikhail Kaminsky, Fabian Frischknecht, Lilia Flaubert
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
Original mechanical designer: Yutaka Izubuchi

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360mm giant bazooka

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Fumihiko Takayama

Hiroyuki Yamaga

Mechanical Designer:
Yutaka Izubuchi

Character Designer:
Haruhiko Mikimoto

Musical Composer:
Tetsuro Kashibuchi

6 episodes

Video Release:
Japan 03.25.1989 – 08.25.1989
U.S. 02.19.2002 – 04.23.2002


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