Model number: FMB-1X
Code name: Nighthawk
Unit type: experimental transformable mobile armor
Manufacturer: Feinsilber Industries, Brandenburgo branch.
First deployment: August OC 0045
Accommodation: pilot only, in high resolution screen cockpit in head
Dimensions: MA mode: length: 26.2 meters, width: 19.8 meters. MS mode: height: 19 meters.
Weight: empty weight: 38 tons, max weight: 52 tons.
Armor materials: Aluminum, high tensile steel and titanium alloy.
Powerplant: Thermonuclear fusion reactor, output rated at 1450 kw
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 4x 40.500 kg
Performance: maximum thruster acceleration: 3.11G
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 5000 meters
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, 2 x missile launcher, 1 x mega laser cannon, output rated at 2.5 MW.
Technical and Historical Notes
The FMM-1X is an experimental MS project, that eventually turned in what is known as the first “Mobile Armor”, term that describes a giant mobile weapon that isn’t antropomorphic in shape. Designed by Ben Greehm and financed by the royal families supporting Xebac, the Nighthawk combines the speed of a space fighter with the versatility of a MS. The complexity and the cost of producing this unit led to Feinsilber almost droping the task, but later reconsidered thanks to Benjamin, who encouraged the engineering team to continue with the prototype. Initially just a MA, until Benjamin realizes that it could hide ms parts in-between the fuselage, that could be conected to joints which could enable the ship to “transform” into a MS. Altough capable of its MS form, the Nighthawk was primarily a space fighter, using its MS mode for special tasks that require interaction with objects. In that cases the MS manipulators come in handy. Other than that, the MS mode is not a good option to fight, in the sense that cannot make use of the machine fullest potential. Its armament was a high output laser cannon(which uses many parts in common with the Kwalen’s rifle) and a set of two heat seekers missile launchers. Both of them could be used in MA or MS mode. The Nighthawk weak arms could only handle small, light weight weapons, therefore was only equipped with a small knife that rarely used. A preproduction of three prototypes was projected, but only two of them were assembled while the unassembled one was used as spare parts source. The MA/MS concept did not catch the developers interest for future investments, and they rather prefered to separate the MA concept from the MS, producing them separately. Despite all of that, Benjamin Greehm was not willing to accept that his concept was a bad idea and was(and sure even is now) looking for investors for an improved version of this experimental craft.