Model number: ORX-005+LRX-007X
Code name: Gaplant TR-5 [Fiver]
Unit type: prototype transformable mobile armor
Manufacturer: Oakland Research Institute
First deployment: March UC 0087
Accommodation: pilot only, in panoramic/linear seat cockpit in torso
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: total output unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; 2 x I-field beam-deflecting barrier generator, mounted in wing binders
Fixed armaments: 20 x diffuse beam cannon (10 per wing binder)
Optional fixed armaments: bombs
Optional hand armaments: none
The ORX-005 Gaplant was a transformable mobile armor designed for high-altitude interception, developed at the Newtype research institute in Oakland, North America. The TR-5 “Fiver” was developed with the ORX-005 Gaplant TR-5 as its base machine, maintaining its mechanical characteristics while changing its function to “supersonic penetration via a ballistic trajectory.” In order to execute the unusually dangerous mission of penetrating enemy strongholds independently or in a single team, it was designed for the maximum possible defensive capabilities. A ballistic trajectory involved launching from the surface and temporarily escaping the atmosphere. After re-entering the atmosphere, the machine followed a parabolic course to its target point while maintaining the vast acceleration obtained from the effects of gravity. Because it accelerated to a speed at which interception was basically impossible, there was no means of stopping such an attack. While an ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) would proceed to detonate at its target point, the mobile weapon Fiver could carry out precision pinpoint demolition operations after penetrating the target.
The Fiver, whose main mission was penetrating enemy strongholds, was equipped with active defense systems that allowed it to endure, rather than evade, enemy attacks. The key to its defenses was its compound defensive binders, which were attached to the arms of the base Gaplant by movable frame parts. These were equipped with I-field generators for use against beam weapons, and diffuse beam cannons to protect it from missiles and other projectiles. The Fiver was made up of several components attached to the base Gaplant, which was unmodified except for the new sensor unit installed in its head. The backpack unit contained three generators of various sizes, and connected directly to the Gaplant’s own back thrusters. A nose unit was attached to the front of the machine, and a heat-resistant field unit with coolant gas emitters like those of the RX-107+NRX-005X Rozet TR-4 [Dandelion] was attached to its underside. The Fiver’s two defensive binders were attached to the backpack unit and the Gaplant’s own arms by drum frames similar to those used in the NRX-044(R) Prototype Asshimar TR-3 [Kehaar] Space Type.
Each defensive binder contained one I-field generator and ten diffuse beam cannons, whose protective covers were blown off prior to use. Since the I-field generators consumed virtually all of the machine’s energy output, the beam cannons were powered by energy packs. The lower section of each binder housed a rack of twelve energy packs for this purpose, and this section terminated in a thruster and propellant tank. Each binder could also carry one escort mobile suit, and the upper section of each binder had a manipulator arm to hold these mobile suits in place. The upper and lower sections could be opened up so that the diffuse beam cannons all faced forward. The Fiver required huge rocket boosters to launch from the surface and escape the atmosphere. Since this was the most vulnerable part of its ballistic trajectory, the thrust of its boosters was made as high as possible so that it could escape the atmosphere more quickly.
Pilot: Wes Murphy
First appearance: Advance of Zeta: The Flag of Titans
Original mechanical designer: Kenki Fujioka