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Mobile Armor  
  Heavilly armed spacecraft with limbs.  

Essentially a larger version of the Mobile Suit, only less humanoid.

"...When the Principality of Zeon sets out to develop a new type of space combat vehicle for the era of the Minovsky particle, one of the proposals considered is a high-speed spacecraft equipped with manipulator arms and armed with a mega particle cannon...

Though they lack the adaptability and melee combat capabilities of mobile suits, mobile armors far surpass them in terms of mobility and firepower. Their sheer size allows mobile armors to carry large reactors and drive powerful beam weapons, and they can also house bulky devices..."

From Mobile Suit Gundam, by Yoshiyuki Tomino.
Published by Sunrise in 1979
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The term is also used in a spin-off series "Gundam SEED", although the Mobile Armors in that series are more akin to fighter craft.

Thanks to Gatomon41 for contributing this item.

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