RGM-79[E] GM Precession Type
Model number: RGM-79[E]
Code name: GM Precession Type
Unit type: prototype general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: September UC 0079
First deployment: October UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 48.2 metric tons; max gross weight unknown
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1390 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: total output unknown
Performance: maximum thruster acceleration unknown
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head; beam saber, stored in recharge rack in backpack, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: 90mm machine gun, clip-fed, 20 rounds per clip
The One Year War reaches a stalemate, and the Earth Federation Forces scramble to develop and deploy their own mobile suit forces to counter the Principality of Zeon. While the Federation's "Project V" prototype units are creating havoc for Zeon in other parts of the Earth Sphere, the Federation Forces are already hard at work laying the groundwork for their own mass-produced mobile suit. A pre-production model developed in conjunction with the experimental groundpounding RGM-79[G] GM Ground Type, the RGM-79[E] GM Precession Type is designed for space combat and is closely based on the prototype RX-78-2 Gundam mobile suit operating at the time. The GM Precession Type, along with combat data obtained from the Gundam's "learning computer" system, serves as the basis for the later mass-produced RGM-79C GM Kai.
Only a few units of the GM Precession Type are produced and placed into actual combat for testing. One of these units is operated by Terry Sanders, Jr., who becomes one of the Federation's first ace mobile suit pilots by scoring six enemy kills in his GM. However, his entire team is wiped out on October 6 UC 0079, when they encounter a new test-model MS-06RD-4 Zaku II mobile suit. Sanders is the only member of his team to survive the encounter, with his own GM left severely damaged and incapable of combat. With his infamous "Death God" nickname ensured - due to his curse of being the only member of his own team to walk away alive - the Federation transfers Sanders out of the space unit test team and into groundside combat in Southeast Asia.
Pilot: Terry Sanders, Jr.
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team
Original mechanical designer: Hajime Katoki
90mm machine gun