YMS-16M Xamel


Model number: YMS-16M
Code name: Xamel
Unit type: prototype long-range support mobile suit
Manufacturer: Principality of Zeon
Operator: Principality of Zeon
Rollout: UC 0079
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: one pilot and one gunner, in tandem-seat standard cockpit in main body
Dimensions: overall height 27.0 meters
Weight: empty 75.0 metric tons; max gross 121.5 metric tons
Armor materials: super hard steel alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,080 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 61,800 kg total (6 x 10,300 kg)
Performance: maximum ground hovering speed 220 km/h
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 680mm artillery cannon, barrel folds for transport, mounted on right shoulder; 20mm vulcan gun turret, mounted in head; 8-tube missile launcher, mounted on left shoulder
Optional hand armaments: none

Designed late during the One Year War, the YMS-16M Xamel was the first true heavy artillery mobile suit, designed to operate as a mobile artillery gun battery. Equipped with a powerful hovercraft/hoverjet system in its legs and massive skirt armor, it could skim along the ground at high speed, giving it the ability to fire, move to another location, set up and fire again without giving away its position too easily. Its primary armament was its long-barreled 680mm cannon, which could be folded up for transport when not in use. It also mounted a missile launcher pod for medium-range fire, but its close-combat abilities were extremely limited, with only a pair of almost useless arms and a 20mm vulcan gun turret mounted in the head. The Xamel also featured a tandem-seat cockpit, crewed by a pilot and a gunner. It was unknown exactly how many of these prototype units were produced, although one Xamel was used by Delaz Fleet forces in its Operation Stardust theft of the RX-78GP02A Gundam GP02A Physalis prototype from the Earth Federation Forces in October UC 0083, inflicting severe damage to the Torrington Base in Australia.

Pilot: Bob
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
Original mechanical designer(s): Hajime Katoki (principal design), Kimitoshi Yamane (cleanup)


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Takashi Imanishi
Mitsuko Kase

Fuyunori Gobu
Ryosuke Takahashi
Akinori Endo
Tomohide Ohkuma

Mechanical Designer(s):
Hajime Katoki
Shoji Kawamori
Mika Akitaka
Junya Ishigaki
Yasushi Ishizu

Character Designer:
Toshihiro Kawamoto

Musical Composer:
Mitsuo Hagita

13 episodes; 1 compilation movie

Video Release:
Japan 05.23.1991 – 09.24.1992
U.S. 01.22.2002 – 07.23.2002

Theatrical Release:
Japan 08.29.1992


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