The Gallop-class is a land based hovercraft mobile suit transport, developed by the Principality of Zeon during the One Year War. It first appeared in the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam. It was the flagship of Ramba Ral.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
A small land warfare craft that emphasized movement speed and mobile suit transportation over firepower. It floated with a nuclear thermal hover system and propelled itself with jet engines, and carried three mobile suits. In front of the box-shaped hull, there is a hatch that can launch the MS, which is directly connected to the hangar. There is a navigation bridge in front of the hull, and the movement in the case of non-combat is controlled here, but the staff moves from the navigation bridge to the left and right combat bridges in combat and takes command. The battle bridge also serves as an escape boat, and can fly for a short time after ejection. In addition, there are two rod antennas on the upper deck and a watchtower with a panoramic view, and its bubble canopy can be used for ballistic observation and enemy spotting. Furthermore, it is equipped with a coupler for towing a cargo unit on the stern, the unit can be used to transport supplies and could also function as a camping trailer, thereby enabling long-term operational activities.
- Twin Machine Gun
- The ship is armed with a pair of double-barreled machine guns on each side of the navigation bridge, they serve primarily as anti-aircraft/ground defensive weapons.
- Twin Main Gun
- Equipped at the rear of the ship, it is intended for long-range cover against ground targets, but could also be used for anti-aircraft purposes. Due to the fact that it is sandwiched between a watchtower and the engine pods, the turret's firing range is limited to about 30 degrees to the left and right of the rear of the ship in order to avoid shooting through the ship.
During the One Year War, one Gallop served as the mobile headquarters of Ramba Ral's unit during their mission to destroy the White Base. It was destroyed during Ramba Ral's failed attack on the White Base. However, Crowley Hamon escaped in the ejected bridge.
Later, Hamon led another attack on the White Base, mounting three Magella Tops on the Gallop's cargo unit, equipping it with the Gallop's spare engine, and filling it with explosives. She attempted to ram the cargo unit into the White Base, but her plan was foiled by the Gundam.
Notes and Trivia
- A Gallop variant appears in ∀ Gundam, which is similar in appearance to the Mobile Suit Gundam version, except it is noticeably smaller, and lacks the back mounted twin main gun.
- The Gallop-class has some similarities with the Lesseps-class, both are hovercraft transport units that operate primarily in the desert, both were manufactured by a space faction and both were commanded by a person the main protagonists formed a understanding with.