RX-78GP02A Gundam "Physalis"
Model number: RX-78GP02A
Code name: Gundam "Physalis"
Unit type: prototype general purpose tactical mobile suit
Manufacturer: Anaheim Electronics
Operator(s): Earth Federation Forces, Delaz Fleet
Rollout: 18 UC September 0083
First deployment: 13 October UC 0083
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 19.5 meters; head height 18.5 meters
Weight: empty 54.5 metric tons; max gross 83.0 metric tons
Armor materials: gundarium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1860 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 4 x 32000 kg, 4 x 6800 kg
Performance: maximum thruster acceleration 1.87 G; 180-degree turn time 1.1 seconds
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head; 2 x A.E.Blash AEXB-909L beam saber, stored in recharge racks in hip armor, hand-carried in use; AE/ZIM.G-BAZ-0186-A atomic bazooka (uses Mark-82 nuclear warhead, 1 round in chamber, breech and firing chamber), mounted on right shoulder, barrel/trigger mechanism stored in shield when not in use
Optional hand armaments: NR-Sh-02-RX/S-00013 shield, stores barrel/trigger mechanism for atomic bazooka
During its military reconstruction following the devastating One Year War, the Earth Federation contracts a private company, Anaheim Electronics, to develop a series of new Gundam-model mobile suits to serve as conceptual testbeds for new and improved mobile suit technology. One of the first prototypes to come out of Anaheim's Von Braun City lunar factory is the RX-78GP02A Gundam, code-named "Physalis." Built expressly for tactical nuclear warfare, the GP02A's primary armament is a large atomic bazooka, capable of launching a strategic-use Mark-82 nuclear warhead. The GP02A is also heavily armored enough to withstand the nuclear blast unleashed by its bazooka, and even carries a shield large enough to provide extra protection for most of the unit's body and contains cooling systems to help dissipate the heat it absorbs. The shield also carries the trigger and barrel for the atomic bazooka when it's not deployed for use. The GP02A is also designed to survive in close combat, being armed with standard head vulcan guns and a pair of beam sabers. With enough thrusters and verniers to keep it fast and agile despite its mass, the GP02A is truly "tactical" in a sense, though its use has "strategic" consequences for the Earth Sphere.
The GP02A and another prototype, the RX-78GP01 Gundam "Zephyranthes", along with Anaheim systems engineer Nina Purpleton and her team of technicians, are brought aboard the assault carrier Albion to be delivered to Earth for testing under full gravity in October UC 0083. Arriving at the Torrington Base in Australia for the field trials, the GP02A is loaded with a nuclear warhead, but is immediately hijacked by Zeon remnants led by Anavel Gato. In the weeks to follow, Gato escapes into space with his stolen Gundam, joining up with Admiral Aiguille Delaz's fleet for a critical roll in their "Operation Stardust." To diffuse the Delaz threat, the Federation Forces carry out their naval review ceremony, assembling most of the entire Federation fleet at the Confeito asteroid base in a show of force. However, this is a primary target of Operation Stardust, and Gato uses the GP02A's nuclear warhead to single-handedly destroy or disable two-thirds of the fleet stationed there. The GP02A is subsequently destroyed in a duel with the RX-78GP01-Fb Gundam Full Vernian "Zephyranthes", although both pilots survive.
Pilot: Anavel Gato
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory; Gundam: The Battle Master/Gundam Battle Assault; Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space; Gundam Battle Assault 2; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam Next; Mobile Suit Gundam: Climax U.C.; Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori
Atomic bazooka (equipped)
Mk.82 nuclear warhead