Considered the next-generation of armored vehicles, mobile weapons are very powerful and potent war machines. The typical mobile weapon is very large, with at least twice the height and weight of the standard wanzer. Mobile weapons boast numerous high-tech weaponry (which include beam weapons and railguns) and are very well-armored, being able to withstand extreme punishment before going down. However, they tend to have poor mobility and have difficulty hitting fast-moving targets. As a result, militaries tend to use them as heavy artillery units on the battlefield, with a squad of wanzers guarding it.
While wanzers bear a relatively high resemblance to human, mobile weapons are much more like machinery, or even animals, in form. For example, mobile weapons such as Gloster, Zhuk, and Bogomol look nothing like humans at all, and the latter two were thought to resemble spiders. This is also illustrated by their compositions. Wanzers consist of body, two arms and legs, while mobile weapons usually only have a body part.
Due to their nature as slow-moving artillery units, mobile weapons are mainly piloted by elite soldiers who can maximize their combat capabilities. Some extremely large mobile weapons are piloted by a group of soldiers, such as the Bogomol. They are also never mass-produced, due to extremely high development costs and long development times.
Unlike WAWs and WAPs, mobile weapons are considered purely war machines with no non-military benefits. Thus, very few organizations in the Front Mission universe take the time to conduct research on their uses.
Mobile weapons are classified into one of several types:
Multi-legged Tank - mobile weapons that are essentially main battle tanks that use legs for movement.
Multi-legged Gunboat - mobile weapons that are essentially gunboats that use legs for movement.
Ground Gunboat - mobile weapons that are essentially gunboat-class machines for land-based warfare.
Mobile Fortress - extremely large mobile weapons that can function as a carrier for other weapons platforms.
List of Mobile WeaponsEdit
2nd Huffman War (Front Mission 1, Front Mission 5)
- Clinton Type
- Clinton Prototype
Alordesh Coup (Front Mission 2)
Front Mission 3
- Nilong 1
- Heidong 3
- Taita 4K
- Qinghuayu 1
- Xiangyu 2
Front Mission 4