RX-78NT-1 Gundam "Alex"
Model number: RX-78NT-1 (RX-78NT-1FA for full armor type)
Code name: Gundam "Alex"
Unit type: prototype Newtype use mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: December UC 0079
First deployment: December UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 18.5 meters; head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 40.0 metric tons (standard), 50.0 metric tons (full armor); max gross 72.5 metric tons (standard), 90.0 metric tons (full armor)
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1420 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 2 x 35000 kg, 6 x 8000 kg, 2 x 7000 kg (additional 6 x 7000 kg for full armor type); vernier thrusters/apogee motors: 19 (standard), 13 (full armor)
Performance: maximum thruster acceleration 1.82 G (standard), 1.83 G (full armor); 180-degree turn time 0.8 seconds; maximum ground running speed 192 km/h
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 5900 meters; magnetic coated joints; optional ejectable external chobham armor
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head; 2 x 90mm Gatling gun, mounted in forearms; 2 x Blash·XB-B-09 beam saber, stored in recharge racks in backpack, hand-carried in use
Optional fixed armaments: RX·C-Sh-05 UBC/S-0003 shield, mounted on either forearm
Optional hand armaments: BOWA·Norfolk XBR-L Type-3 beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap
Late during the One Year War, the Earth Federation forces realizes that they have a major problem with their prototype RX-78-2 Gundam close combat mobile suit: its pilot. Gundam pilot Amuro Ray is an emerging Newtype, and his abilities to predict enemy movements and respond with lightning-fast reflexes are simply pushing the Gundam beyond its design limits. To correct this problem, the Federation sets out to develop a new Gundam prototype (code-named "Alex") capable of taking advantage of a Newtype's quick-reacting abilities. However, word of this top-secret project reaches the Principality of Zeon, and Zeon initiates Operation Rubicon and dispatches its Cyclops Team special forces unit to stop the Federation from completing and deploying the new Gundam. A surprise attack by the Cyclops fails to stop the Federation from shipping the incomplete Alex parts from its Arctic base to Side 6's Libot Colony, where it is soon completed and begins test trials at the hands of Federation test pilot Christina Mackenzie. The Cyclops Team discovers the Alex's new location and are dispatched to capture or destroy it before it can be fielded. On 24 December UC 0079, Cyclops Team pilot Bernard Wiseman manages to severely damage the Alex (at the cost of his own life) in an attempt to save Side 6 from being nuked by Zeon in a last act of desperation. At that point, the war is coming to an end, and the Alex development project is soon dropped.
The RX-78NT-1 Gundam "Alex" is a big step above its already-well-performing (but hopelessly overworked) RX-78-2 predecessor. In addition to the standard head vulcan guns, beam sabers and a beam rifle, the Alex mounts a 90mm Gatling gun in each forearm, giving the mobile suit heavy close-range firepower to back up its beam rifle. The Alex also replaces the costly and complicated "Core Block System" of the original Gundam with an experimental new type of cockpit. Incorporating a 360-degree "panoramic monitor" screen around the pilot, all of the Alex's controls are incorporated into panels mounted on the pilot's "linear seat." This configuration gives the pilot an almost unlimited field of vision, thus allowing for easier target acquisition and faster response time. Another feature adding to the Alex's maneuverability is the "magnetic coating" applied to the suit's joints and motors, reducing friction and wear to almost nothing and making the Alex extremely responsive to pilot input.
Pilot: Christina Mackenzie
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket; Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles; Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo; Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space; Mobile Suit Gundam: Pilot's Locus; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record UC 0081; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam Next; Mobile Suit Gundam: Climax U.C.; Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.
Original mechanical designer: Yutaka Izubuchi
90mm Gatling gun
Blash·XB-B-09 beam saber
BOWA·Norfolk XBR-L Type-3 beam rifle
RX·C-Sh-05 UBC/S-0003 shield