RX-75 Guntank Mass Production Type


Model number: RX-75
Code name: Guntank Mass Production Type
Unit type: artillery mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: UC 0079
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot/driver in standard cockpit in torso; copilot/gunner in canopy-style cockpit in head
Dimensions: head height 15.0 meters
Weight: empty 56.0 metric tons; max gross 80.0 metric tons
Armor materials: Luna Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 878 kW
Propulsion: 2 x engine-driven caterpillar tread; rocket thrusters: total output unknown
Performance: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 6,000 meters; optional 2 x crane arm with heavy lifting winch, replaces 120mm cannons, optional dozer blade, attached to glacis plate
Fixed armaments: 2 x 120mm cannon, mounted on backpack over shoulders; 2 x 4-tube machine gun, mounted on arms

As the Earth Federation Forces began their own mobile suit development project, one of their earliest efforts was the RX-75-4 Guntank. Although it had a mobile suit body, head and arms, it did not have a mobile suit’s walking legs, being mounted instead on a caterpillar-driven tank-like base. It also lacked manipulator hands, and in a sense, the Guntank was more of a traditional tank than a mobile suit. However, the EFF decided to put the unit into mass production. The RX-75 Guntank Mass Production Type was quite similar to the prototype version, although the most notable difference was the removal of the expensive and complicated Core Block System. Although the loss of the Core Fighter reduced the pilot’s chances of bailing out alive, it did allow the body to be built to perform a “torso twist,” thus making the Guntank’s upper body able to turn to face different targets while its drive base continued travelling in one direction. The mounts for the shoulder cannons were also made universal, capable of mounting different types of cannons, weapons or other equipment. Some of these Mass Production Types served in the One Year War, particularly as part of the Kojima Battalion in Southeast Asia. Some were refitted for armored recovery and had their artillery cannons replaced by crane arms, and a dozer blade attached to the drive base.

Pilot: Bonchai Yaskovic
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th M.S. Team
Original mechanical designer: Kimitoshi Yamane


Rear view

Gundam: The 08th M.S. Team Info

Takeyuki Kanda
Umanosuke Iida

Akira Okeya
Hiroaki Kitajima

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kunio Okawara
Hajime Katoki
Kimitoshi Yamane

Character Designer(s):
Toshihiro Kawamoto
Tomoaki Kado

Musical Composer:
Kouhei Tanaka

12 episodes; 1 compilation movie

Video Release:
Japan 01.25.1996 – 07.25.1999
U.S. 07.03.2001 – 01.22.2002

Theatrical Release:
Japan 08.01.1998


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