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Technology & Combat Characteristics
A prototype design created before the end of the One Year War, the YMS-18 Prototype Kämpfer was rapidly produced in different variations for specific mission roles, one of these being the MS-18E Kämpfer. This unit follows a command-type style bearing an apparent radio horn, a traditional green Zeon paint scheme and featured larger shoulder armor and extra skirt armor compared to the production units. Much like the later variant, many vernier thrusters are mounted throughout the frame of the machine which in turn, give it excellent maneuverability.
- Vulcan Gun
- An uncommon feature on Zeon MS, the prototype Kampfer has 2 vulcans in the head similar to Federation Mobile Suits. These shell firing weapons have a high-rate of fire but have little power and can't damage the thick armor of a mobile suit, though it can damage lightly armored areas such as the sensors. The weapons are ideal for shooting down small, fast moving, lightly armored targets such as missiles, small land vehicles, and attack helicopters.
- Beam Saber
- The beam saber is a small cylindrical device held in the mobile suit's hands when operated and is powered by an energy capacitor that is recharged from special racks. The beam saber emits a blade of plasma contained by an I-Field and is capable of cutting through almost any metal that has not been treated with anti-beam coating. The prototype Kampfer is equipped with two beam sabers, that when not in use are stored in the recharge racks located on each thigh.
- 360mm Giant Bazooka II
- A redesigned version of Dom series' 360mm Giant Bazooka, with improved shape charges and firepower. The Giant Bazooka II is magazine-fed with 5-round capacity. A single round is particularly effective in anti-ship warfare, and can blow the torso off of an enemy mobile suit. The Kampfer Prototype can equip two Bazookas, that when not in use can be stored on it's back.
- A pump-action shotgun that is similar to the model used by the Efreet, it can also be loaded automatically by an electric mechanism.
- Machine Gun
From its ease of disassembly and reassembly, the Kämpfer has seen usage by post-war pirates and later with the Axis forces. A prototype Kämpfer is operated by Pirates (Zeon remnants), specifically by Akira and later, Asuna Elmarit. At the point of U.C. 0086, the unit's parts are difficult to locate, making maintenance of the unit extremely difficult. Later this unit is even seen fielded by AEUG, a testament to its high performance.