Franz Co (ms_slasher@mail.com)
Sat, 11 Nov 2000 03:24:51 -0500 (EST)


The question of course is if humans could easily catch up to mobile suits,
or even stay out as long. MS have more fuel, thrust and (more importantly)
air than a normal suit. People may be a threat in the ground but not as
much in space.

>------Original Message------
>From: "Zhao Pan" <zhaopan@hotmail.com>
>To: gundam@aeug.org
>Sent: November 10, 2000 3:38:57 PM GMT
>Subject: Re: [gundam] Anti-personnel weapons on mobile suits?

>One easy solution will be placing extra armor over important >joints,
>however, the mobility of the MS will be serverely limited.

>Another solution will be installing anti-personnel weapons on >the MS, such
>as machine gun with proximity sensor, or eletrified spikes...

>As I was trying to fall asleep last night, I got to thinking about how
>mobile suits protect themselves against ... well ... humans. As seen in
>08th
>MS Team, man portable rocket launcher can do some damage to a Zaku, but
>that's not quite what I mean. Imagine during a battle (either in Space,
>with
>someone in a normal suit and one of those hoverpack dealies Char had at the
>start of Zeta, or on the ground using a grappling hook or somesuch) that a
>soldier makes his way to a major joint on the MS, say, the weapons arm
>elbow
>or the neck in space, or the knee joint on the ground, and then plants some
>high explosives, then jets away. Ba-boom. This should work especially well
>in space since weight would not be such a factor.
>I guess this means there are two questions ... one being has anyone ever
>tried this in the history of Gundam, and two, do mobile suits have any
>protection against this sort of thing? The Zaku in 08th seemed to have
>shrapnel grenades for this purpose, but I'm not so sure how well that would
>work in space. Certainly head vulcans and a beam rifle wouldn't be much
>use,
>especially in space where one of those hoverpacks would afford a lot of
>motion. Hell, in a heated battle would a pilot even notice someone creeping
>up on them?
>I remember friends of mine who played BattleTech mentioning that people in
>those Elemental powered armor suits were positively vicious against bigger
>mechs, since they could just latch on and then the larger mecha had really
>no way of getting them off...
>
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