Model number: RMV-1
Code name: Guntank II
Unit type: powered artillery mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
First deployment: unknown
Accommodation: pilot in standard cockpit in drive base; gunner in canopy-style standard cockpit in head turret
Dimensions: overall height 16.9 meters; head height 15.2 meters
Weight: empty 98.4 metric tons; max gross 123.7 metric tons
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 211 kW
Propulsion: 2 x engine-driven caterpillar tread: maximum ground speed rated at 75 km/h
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 6,000 meters
Fixed armaments: 2 x long-range cannon, mounted on head turret; 4-tube rocket launcher, mounted on right side of main body; 3-tube missile launcher, mounted on left side of main body; 60mm autocannon, mounted in drive base; 2 x 2-tube smoke discharger, mounted on drive base
Although limited in its ability to be deployed as a mobile suit, the RX-75-4 Guntank proved highly effective as a heavy artillery base assault and fire support unit. The Guntank’s service record was impressive enough to make the Earth Federation Forces continue to develop the unit’s concept even after the One Year War. The end result of this development was the RMV-1 Guntank II. Resembling a traditional mobile suit even less than its RX-75-4 predecessor, the Guntank II represented a reversion to a more traditional armored vehicle design. Its primary armament was a pair of long-range cannons, now mounted in an enlarged head turret, thus overcoming the problem of the limited firing arcs of the original Guntank’s fixed mounted cannons. Since the torso of the Guntank II could now rotate independently of the main cannons mounted on the head turret, traditional mobile suit style arms were no longer necessary; instead, a 4-tube rocket launcher and a 3-tube heavy missile launcher were mounted on fixed locations on the torso. The Guntank II still required two crew to be operated: the gunner remained in the head turret, but the driver was now moved into the more well-armored caterpillar/engine drive base of the Guntank II. The EFF also fielded a variant unit, the RMV-3M Guntank. As the threat to Federation security remained primarily in space, the Guntank II only saw limited production following the One Year War, with some units being posted at the EFF’s South American headquarters at Jaburo. Long after the One Year War, the Guntank II was still in use when Zeon remnants attacked Australia’s Torrington Base in UC 0096.
Pilot: Sean Cassidy
First appearance: MSV
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara
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