Mobile Weapons are a type of mecha featured in the Front Mission series that are used exclusively as war machines. With the rise of WAW and WAP technology, arms manufacturers sought to find ways of improving conventional weapons platforms. By fusing aspects of wanzer design, new armored vehicles that could stand up against wanzers were created. These machines were later referred to as "Mobile Weapons".
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.
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 weapon platforms.
Also, while they are not classified as such, advanced wanzers before Front Mission Evolved were considered partially as mobile weapons since they did not follow the MULS-P standard.
List of Mobile Weapons
African Conflict (Front Mission Alternative)
2nd Huffman Conflict (Front Mission 1st, Front Mission 5, Front Mission Online)
- Clinton Type
- Clinton Prototype
Alordesh Coup (Front Mission 2)
Hua Lien Revolt (Front Mission 3)
EC Disturbances (Front Mission 4)
Hunt for the Grimnir (Front Mission 5)