Model number: MSA-005K
Code name: Guncannon DT (aka Detector)
Unit type: prototype artillery mobile suit
Manufacturer: Anaheim Electronics
Operator(s): Karaba; Earth Federation Forces
First deployment: UC 0087
Accommodation: pilot only, in panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 18.5 meters; head height 17.3 meters
Weight: empty 34.5 metric tons; max gross 54.5 metric tons; mass ratio 1.33
Armor materials: Gundarium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,780 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 64,600 kg total (2 x 18,500 kg, 2 x 13,800 kg); vernier thrusters/apogee motors: 10
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 9,200 meters
Fixed armaments: 2 x 30mm vulcan gun, mounted in head; beam gun, power rating unknown, mounted on right shoulder; grenade launcher, mounted underneath beam rifle; 2 x beam cannon, mounted on backpack; beam rifle, power rated at 2.7 MW, mounted on right forearm
Optional hand armaments: beam rifle, mounts grenade launcher
During the Gryps War, the AEUG’s sister organization Karaba placed an order with Anaheim Electronics for a new artillery mobile suit suitable for use in guerilla combat with stable shooting ability. Anaheim produced the MSA-005K Guncannon DT, which used the same mobile frame as the MSA-005 Methuss units assigned to the AEUG flagship Argama. The head featured a pair of vulcan guns, and the unit also included two beam cannons, a beam gun and a beam rifle which doubled as a grenade launcher. The targeting scope and the sensor system of the Guncannon DT was quite advanced. By applying the variable form of the Methuss, it was able to assume its Artillery Form by having the front armor unfold under the waist and form a three-point support system along with the legs. This stable position allowed it to fire precise shots.
It was unknown how many Guncannon DTs were constructed by Anaheim, but two units were dropped by shuttle to North America. One unit was destroyed in a failed landing attempt, while the second was collected by Karaba and added to its military forces. Because Karaba director Hayato Kobayashi piloted an RX-77-2 Guncannon in the One Year War, the unit was painted with a red color scheme and he named it “Guncannon DT.” Almost a decade later, the Earth Federation Forces utilized the Guncannon DT in the defense of Australia’s Torrington Base when it came under attack from Zeon remnants in UC 0096.
First appearance: Z-MSV
Original mechanical designer(s): Kazumi Fujita (Z-MSV version), Hajime Katoki (Gundam Unicorn versions)
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