Realistic After Colony Mobile Weapon Classification System

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(Updated as of 28/09/2020)

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Gundam is a Japanese model kit, print media, anime cartoon and video game franchise, featuring futuristic warfare involving the use of gigantic mechanical military vehicles known as mobile weapons, that are designed in the likeness of soldiers and warriors, which began in 1979 with the mecha anime series Mobile Suit Gundam.



Hello Gundam and hard science fiction fans, I am known as Freighttrain and in this blog post I have categorised most of the mobile weapons from After Colony (Anno Domini mobile weapon version here) in accordance with contemporary military classification using adjusted and/or improvised terminology, as no nation or other military force has such vehicles in their arsenal... yet.

This classification system is a projection of how the mobile weapons from the After Colony timeline would be classified as according to and derived from the trends involved in contemporary military classification, it is not fan fiction, which is usually just alteration or addition of characters or events in official franchise lore for the purpose of storytelling or roleplaying, which is completely different from this.

A primary focal point of this classification system is on how contemporary militaries would classify a vehicle such as a mobile suit, I propose the term SHMV (Super-heavy Humanoid Military Vehicle) or 'Shumvee' as when using a size/chassis/battlespace format, that is the most succinct, comprehensive and appropriately ambiguous designation that I have been able to derive from contemporary military classification thus far and I am particularly interested in comments regarding that.


'Shumvee' SHMV (Super-Heavy Humanoid Military Vehicle)


  • 1. Size / 2. Chassis type / 3. Primary battlespace


  1. Super-Heavy: As all mobile suits/armours are at least slightly larger than tanks from WWII and afterwards that were classed as super-heavy, it is the best existing size indication terminology I am aware of.
  2. Humanoid: The most descriptive and succinct word that would describe the chassis layout.
  3. Military Vehicle: A military vehicle is a type of vehicle that includes all land combat and transportation vehicles, which are designed for or are significantly used by military forces, and could also feasibly include humanoid military vehicles designed primarily for ground warfare.


I have listed most of the mobile suits and armours featured in media from After Colony with the exception of certain obscurities that either lack sufficient information and/or have designs or capabilities that are exotic beyond what I would call hard science fiction. Though it is possible I may add such examples later.

I may also create later blog posts that categorise mobile suits and armours from elsewhere in the Gundam franchise.

And on related developments, I have also made similar blog posts on topics from the Zoids and Alien/Predator franchises, which feature classification systems and speculative analysis.

I am particularly interested in comments regarding the comprehensiveness, accuracy or terminology of my classification system as well as the battlespace viability and distinctive equipment of any vehicles.



Blog post contents:

  1. Key
    1. Acronyms/Initialisms
    2. Terminology
  2. Classification information
  3. Notes
  4. Questions from the author
  5. Abridged contents
  6. Comprehensive contents
  7. (Vehicle listings in full)



Key:

Acronyms/Initialisms:

  • CC = Close Combat
  • RC = Ranged Combat


  • AI = (Piloted by an) Artificial Intelligence (Mobile Doll system)
  • (AI) = Prefix denoting that a vehicle is capable of having both human and AI pilots.
  • AIC = AI Coordinator (ZERO System variant used by Dorothy Catalonia and the T'ien-Lung Gundam)
  • AAIW = Anti-AI Electronic Warfare


  • 1K ← OoaK = One of a Kind (chassis)
  • LPC = Limited Production Chassis
  • MPC = Mass Production Chassis


  • BEJ = Bipedal Exoskeleton Jettisonable
  • SPACS = Self-Propelled Air-Cushion Sled
  • DVU = Docking VTOL Unit (Damselfly heli pack)
  • MFFM = Mobile Force Field Mantlet (Planet Defensors)
  • (Stealth-)AC = Active Camouflage
  • PPC = Prism Particle Coating
  • KP (System) = Kinesiological Predictive System (Fighting Sight)
  • NIS = Neural Interface System (ZERO System)
  • ACX = Air-Cushion Xerocolous
  • AMR = Aerial Mobility Retrofit
  • SMR = Space Mobility Retrofit
  • OLV = Orbital Launch Vehicle


  • DCMC = Dynamic Coterminous Modular Configuration
  • DCBC = Dynamic Coterminous Bimodular Configuration
  • DCTC = Dynamic Coterminous Trimodular Configuration


  • SHMV = Super-heavy Humanoid Military Vehicle
  • SHSPG = Super-heavy Humanoid Self-Propelled Gun
  • SHXMV = Super-heavy Humanoid Xerocolous Military Vehicle
  • SHMA = Super-heavy Humanoid Military Aircraft
  • SHMAS = Super-heavy Humanoid Military Aerospacecraft
  • SHMS = Super-heavy Humanoid Military Spacecraft
  • SHCV = Super-heavy Humanoid Command Vehicle
  • SHXCV = Super-heavy Humanoid Xerocolous Command Vehicle
  • STHMV = Super-heavy Tetrabrachio-chelate Humanoid Military Vehicle
  • SBWP = Super-heavy Bipedal Weapons Platform
  • SHAS = Super-heavy Humanoid Attack Submarine
  • SCCAS = Super-heavy Chelate Cephalothoracic Attack Submarine
  • SCMS = Super-heavy Cephalothoracic Military Spaceceaft
  • TCAE = Tridactylochelate Cephalobrachial Armoured Exoskeleton
  • BCAE = Brachiochelate Armoured Exoskeleton
  • CCAE = Chelate Cephalobrachial Armoured Exoskeleton


  • NBMV = Nonspecialised Battlespace Military Vehicles
  • XMV = Xerocolous Military Vehicles

Terminology:

  • Battlespace = The environment in which a vehicle is designed to be able to engage in combat effectively.
  • Multirole = In this classification system 'multirole' is used to describe a vehicle that is capable in both ranged and close combat.
  • Weapons platform = In this classification system, 'weapons platform' is used to describe a military vehicle (ground vehicle) with a large variety of ranged weapons that can attack not only surface targets, but also aerospace targets.
  • Gunship = In this classification system, 'gunship' is used to describe a flight-capable vehicle with a large variety of ranged weapons that can attack not only surface targets, but also aerospace targets.
  • Special weapons = In this classification system 'special weapons' is used to describe vehicles with nonstandard or exotic weapons (usually close combat).
  • Xerocolous = Adapted for desert conditions.
  • Cephalothoracic = Cephalo (cephalic/cephalon) thoracic (torso/thorax) = 'of the head and torso'
  • Chelobrachial = Chelo (chelate) brachial (arms) = 'having arms with pincers'
  • Tetrabrachio-chelate = Tetra (four) brachio (brachial, of the arms) chelate (having pincers) = 'having four arms and pincers (the hyphen between Tetrabrachio and chelate means that only two arms are chelate)'
  • Tridactylochelate = Tri (three) dactylo (dactyl, the movable claw of a chela) chelate (having pincers) = 'having two 3-clawed pincers'



Classification information:



Notes:

  • The 'H' ('Humanoid') in the acronym SHMV and its derivatives implies; among other things; that all such vehicles are capable of traversing a solid surface under Earth; or Earth-like; gravity, despite some of those acronym derivatives classifying vehicles as submarines, aircraft, aerospacecraft or spacecraft.
  • The first 'D' ('Dynamic') in the initialism DCMC and its derivatives means that the vehicle is capable of quickly altering its chassis configuration in the field under its own power.
  • Vehicles that have 'Modular configuration' in their classfication have a particularly modular chassis but require an appropriately equipped hangar bay for equipment/chassis modification in contrast to vehicles designated as DCMC etc.
  • The description of each vehicle is seperated into segments defined by the use of a capital letter as emphasized in the following example:
    • Gundam Epyon — 1K CC Special weapons DCBC-SHMV
    • Gundam Epyon — 1K ——— CC ——— Special weapons ——— DCBC-SHMV
    • <Designation/Name> — <Production type (other than mass production)> ——— <Combat proficiency(s)> ——— <Other relevant specification(s)> ——— <Vehicle type acronym(s)/initialism(s)>
  • Mass production vehicles are not indicated as such in their description while all other production types are noted at the beginning of the description for vehicles other than mass production chassis.
  • Some vehicles are listed in more than one battlespace category:



Questions from the author:



Abridged contents: — 62

1. Nonspecialised Battlespace Military Vehicles (ground/air or ground/aerospace warfare) — 25

  • Multirole — 16
  • Ranged combat — 2
  • Close combat — 5
  • Support — 1
  • Technology Demonstration — 1

2. Military Vehicles (ground warfare) — 15

  • Ranged combat — 6
  • Close combat — 9

3. Xerocolous Military Vehicles (desert warfare adapted) — 10

  • Multirole — 7
  • Ranged combat — 1
  • Close combat — 2

4. Amphibious Military Vehicles — 2

  • Multirole — 1
  • Ranged combat — 1

5. Warships — 1

  • Multirole — 1

6. Military Aircraft — 1

  • Ranged combat — 1

7. Military Aerospacecraft — 1

  • Multirole — 1

8. Military Spacecraft — 7

  • Multirole — 3
  • Ranged combat — 3
  • Close combat — 1


Comprehensive contents:

1. Nonspecialised Battlespace Military Vehicles (ground/air or ground/aerospace warfare)


  • Ranged combat
    • Gundanium alloy armour
    • Neo-Titanium alloy armour




  • Technology Demonstration


2. Military Vehicles (ground warfare)



3. Xerocolous Military Vehicles (desert warfare adapted)


  • Ranged combat
    • Titanium alloy armour



4. Amphibious Military Vehicles

  • Multirole
    • Titanium alloy armour
      • Pisces — Multirole DCBC-SHAS


  • Ranged combat
    • Titanium alloy armour


5. Warships

  • Multirole
    • Titanium alloy armour
      • Cancer — Multirole DCBC-SCCAS


6. Military Aircraft

  • Ranged combat
    • Titanium alloy armour


7. Military Aerospacecraft

  • Multirole
    • Titanium alloy armour
      • Taurus (SK-12SMS) — Multirole DCBC-SHMAS


8. Military Spacecraft

  • Multirole
    • Titanium alloy armour
    • Gundanium alloy armour
      • Virgo II — Multirole Space superiority AI-SHMS
      • Scorpio — Prototype Multirole DCBC-(AI)SHMS


  • Ranged combat
    • Titanium alloy armour
      • Taurus (OZ-12SMS) — RC Space superiority DCBC-(AI)SHMS
      • Taurus (WF-12SMS) — RC Space superiority DCBC-SHMS
      • D-UNIT — RC AI-SCMS


  • Close combat

1. Nonspecialised Battlespace Military Vehicles (ground/air or ground/aerospace warfare)

Multirole

Titanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
OZ-00MS Tallgeese Ground/Aerospace SHMV - OLV Prototype

Human

OZ-00MS2 Tallgeese II Ground/Aerospace SHMV - - 1K

Human

OZ-00MS2B Tallgeese III Ground/Aerospace SHMV - NIS 1K

Human

  • Zechs Merquise
Preventers
OZ-06MS Leo Ground + Air + Space (AI)SHMV -
  • AMR/SMR
  • Highly variable ranged weapon armament
Mass production Human / AI
OZ-06MS-SR2 Leo-R Ground/Space SHMV - Active Jammer Reed Custom MPC

Human

OZ-06MS-SS1 Leo-S Ground/Aerospace SHCV - Diffuser Cloak Custom MPC

Human

  • OZ
  • OZ Prize

Gundanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
XXXG-01W Wing Gundam Ground/Air SHMV Multirole SHMV ←→ High-speed Combat aerospacecraft - 1K

Human

XXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam Zero Ground/Aerospace SHMV Multirole SHMV ←→ High-speed Combat aerospacecraft NIS Prototype

Human

  • Zechs Merquise → Heero Yuy
  • Sanc Kingdom
  • G Team
XXXG-00W0S Wing Gundam Seraphim Ground/Aerospace SHMV - NIS (v2.5) Mass production Human Civilians
XXXG-01SR2 Gundam Sandrock Custom Ground/Space SHXMV - NIS 1K

Human

G Team
OZ-15AGX Hydra Gundam Ground/Aerospace STHMV Multirole STHMV ←→ High-speed Cephalothoracic Combat spacecraft EMF Shield Prototype

Human

OZ
XXXG-01DG2 Gundam Deathscythe Guilty Custom Ground/Aerospace STHMV -
  • Stealth
  • Active camouflage (PPC)
Custom MPC

Human

Romefeller Foundation
OZ-19MASX Gundam Griepe Ground/Aerospace SHMV Multirole SHMV ←→ Intermediate SBWP ←→ High-speed Combat aerospacecraft PX System Prototype

Human

MO-V
OZ-04MD Virgo III Ground/Aerospace AI-SHMV - MFFM Mass production AI

Gundanium alloy, Luna Ceramic and Fine Kevlar armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
OZX-GU01A Gundam Geminass 01 Ground + Air + Space SHMV Modular configuration Prototype

Human

MO-V
OZX-GU02A Gundam Geminass 02 Ground + Air + Space SHMV Modular configuration
  • PX System
  • AMR/SMR
Prototype

Human

  • Odin Bernett
Civilians
OZX-GU01LOB Gundam L.O. Booster Ground/Aerospace SHMV Multirole SHMV ←→ High-speed Combat aerospacecraft PX System Prototype

Human

MO-V

Ranged combat

Gundanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
XXXG-01H Gundam Heavyarms (w/ DVU) Ground + Air SHMV - 1K

Human

Neo-Titanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
MMS-01 Serpent Ground/Space SHMV - Gunship Mass production Human Mariemaia Army

Close combat

Gundanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
XXXG-01D2 Gundam Deathscythe Hell Ground/Aerospace SHMV - Stealth 1K

Human

G Team
XXXG-01DG Gundam Deathscythe Guilty Ground/Aerospace SHMV -
  • Stealth
  • Active camouflage (PPC)
Mass production Human Romefeller Foundation
OZ-13MS Gundam Epyon Ground/Aerospace SHMV CC SHMV ←→ High-speed Combat aerospacecraft
  • NIS
  • Special weapons
1K

Human

OZ-13MS Gundam Epyon Ares Ground/Aerospace SHMV CC SHMV ←→ High-speed Combat aerospacecraft
  • NIS
  • Special weapons
  • Leg-mounted twin beam cannons (used in the aerospacecraft DCBC configuration where they are 'head' mounted)
1K

Human

  • Zechs Merquise
Lanigreen Repbulic
OZ-13MS Gundam Epyon Bai Ground/Aerospace SHMV CC SHMV ←→ High-speed Combat aerospacecraft
  • NIS
  • Special weapons
  • 'New weapons'
1K

Human

Preventers

Support

Gundanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
OZ-14MS Gundam Aquarius Ground/Aerospace AAIEW-SHMV - Mobile Doll Jamming Pods 1K Human OZ

Technology Demonstration

Gundanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
XXXG-00W0L Gundam Lucifer Ground/Aerospace SHMV - NIS (v2.0) Prototype Human OZ

2. Military Vehicles (ground warfare)

Ranged combat

Gundanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
XXXG-01H Gundam Heavyarms Ground + Air (w/DVU) SHMV -
  • Weapons platform
  • (DVU)
1K

Human

XXXG-01H2 Gundam Heavyarms Custom Ground/Space SHMV - Weapons platform 1K

Human

  • Trowa Barton
G Team
XXXG-01HD Gundam Derringer Arms Ground SHMV - Weapons platform Mass production

Human

Romefeller Foundation
OZ-13MSX1 Vayeate Ground/Space (AI)SHMV - Beam generator Prototype Human / AI
OZ-13MSX1B-S Vayeate Suivant Ground/Space SHMV - Beam generator Prototype

Human

OZ Prize
OZ-02MD Virgo Ground/Space AI-SHMV - MFFM Mass production AI
  • OZ
  • Romefeller Foundation

Close combat

Titanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
OZ-06MS-SN3 Leo-N Ground SHMV - - Custom MPC

Human

Titanium alloy and Ceramic composite armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
OZ-11MS Capricorn Ground/Space AI-SHMV - - Prototype AI Mariemaia Army

Gundanium alloy and Titanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
OZ-10VMSX Gundam Aesculapius Ground/Space SHMV CC SHMV ←→ CC TCAE PX System Prototype

Human

OZ-10VMSX-2 Gundam Burnlapius Ground/Space SHMV CC SHMV ←→ CC CCAE PX System Prototype

Human

  • OZ
  • OZ Prize

Gundanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
XXXG-01D Gundam Deathscythe Ground SHMV - Stealth 1K

Human

XXXG-01S Shenlong Gundam Ground SHMV - 1K

Human

  • CLO
  • G Team
XXXG-01S2 Altron Gundam Ground/Space SHMV -
  • KP System
  • Special weapons
1K

Human

  • Chang Wufei
OZ-13MSX2 Mercurius Ground/Space (AI)SHMV - MFFM Prototype Human / AI
OZ-13MSX2B-S Mercurius Suivant Ground/Space SHMV - MFFM Prototype

Human

OZ Prize

3. Xerocolous Military Vehicles (desert warfare adapted)

Multirole

Titanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
WMS-03 Maganac Ground SHXMV - ACX-BEJ Limited production Human Maganac Corps
WMS-03 Maganac Abdul Custom Ground SHXMV - ACX-BEJ Custom LPC

Human

Maganac Corps
WMS-03 Maganac Ahmad Custom Ground SHXMV - ACX-BEJ Custom LPC

Human

Maganac Corps
WMS-03 Maganac Auda Custom Ground SHXMV - ACX-BEJ Custom LPC

Human

Maganac Corps
WMS-03 Maganac Rashid Kurama Custom Ground SHXCV - ACX-BEJ Custom LPC

Human

Maganac Corps

Gundanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
XXXG-01SR Gundam Sandrock Ground SHXMV - ACX-BEJ 1K

Human

XXXG-01SR2 Gundam Sandrock Custom Ground/Space SHXMV - NIS 1K

Human

  • Quatre Raberba Winner
G Team

Ranged combat

Titanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
WMS-04 Olifant Ground ACX-BWP - - Mass production Human Maganac Corps

Close combat

Gundanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
XXXG-01SRL Gundam Sandleon Ground/Space SHXMV - - Mass production Human Romefeller Foundation
XXXG-01SRL2 Gundam Sandleon Custom Ground/Space SHXMV - Propellant Leg Tank Custom MPC Human
  • Dobert
Romefeller Foundation

4. Amphibious Military Vehicles

Multirole

Titanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
OZ-09MMS Pisces Amphibious SHAS Multirole SHAS ←→ High-speed Attack submarine - Mass production Human OZ

Ranged combat

Titanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
OZ-07MS Tragos Amphibious SHSPG - SPACS Mass production Human

5. Warships

Multirole

Titanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
OZ-08MMS Cancer Naval SCCAS Multirole SCCAS ←→ High-speed Chelate Attack submarine - Mass production Human

6. Military Aircraft

Ranged combat

Titanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
OZ-07AMS Aries Air/Ground SHMA RC SHMV ←→ High-speed Combat aircraft Wing hardpoints Mass production Human

7. Military Aerospacecraft

Multirole

Ranged combat

Titanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
SK-12SMS Taurus Aerospace/Ground SHMAS Space superiority SHMAS ←→ High-speed Combat aerospacecraft - Mass production Human Sanc Kingdom

8. Military Spacecraft

Multirole

Titanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
OZ-00MS Tallgeese Flugel Aerospace/Ground SHMS - Self-Destruct System 1K Human OZ

Gundanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
WF-02MD Virgo II Space/Ground AI-SHMS - MFFM Mass production AI White Fang
OZ-16MSX-D Scorpio Space/Ground (AI)SHMS Multirole special weapons SHMS ←→ Multirole Special weapons Combat spacecraft
  • MFFM
  • Special weapons
Prototype

AI / Human

Perfect Peace People

Ranged combat

Titanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
OZ-12SMS Taurus Space/Ground (AI)SHMS Space superiority SHMS ←→ High-speed Combat spacecraft - Mass production Human / AI
WF-12SMS Taurus Space/Ground SHMS Space superiority SHMS ←→ High-speed Combat spacecraft - Mass production Human White Fang
D-UNIT Space AI-SCMS - - Limited Production AI MO-V

Close combat

Gundanium alloy armour

Name Battlespace Chassis type DCMC configurations Distinctive equipment Production Pilot Affiliation
XXXG-01ST T'ien-Lung Gundam Space/Ground AIC-SHMS - NIS (AIC) Mass production Human Romefeller Foundation


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