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RX-79BD-1 Blue Destiny Unit 1

 

rx-79bd-1

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: RX-79BD-1
Code name: Blue Destiny Unit 1
Unit type: prototype EXAM mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 52.8 metric tons; max gross 73.0 metric tons
Armor materials: Luna Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: output unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; EXAM system
Fixed armaments: 2 x vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted on head; 2 x missile launcher, fire-linked, mounted in chest; 2 x machine gun, fire-linked, mounted in chest; 2 x X.B.Sa-G-03 beam saber, stored in recharge racks in legs, hand-carried in use; RGM·S-Sh-WF/S-00109 shield, mounted on either forearm
Optional hand armaments:
NF·GMG-Type.37/100mm machine gun, clip-fed, 2 spare clips stored on hip armor

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

During the course of the One Year War, the Principality of Zeon conducts extensive research on Newtypes. But some fear the advent of the Newtype, including Zeon scientist Chlust Morses, who believes that Newtypes will eventually dominate Oldtypes. He puts all of his hatred of Newtypes into the EXAM combat system, along with the soul of Newtype Marion Welch. The EXAM system allows for incredible performance, but is extremely unstable. Because it's controlled by Marion's tormented soul, it sometimes goes out of control and attacks allies, or refuses pilot input. After developing the EXAM system for use in the MS-08TX(EXAM) Efreet Custom, Morses defects to the Earth Federation and gives them the EXAM system. The Federation Forces install the EXAM system in 3 units: the RX-79BD-1, RX-79BD-2 and RX-79BD-3. While all three units are based on the RX-79[G] Gundam Ground Type, Unit 1 features a GM head instead of a standard Gundam head. Its armaments are also different from the Gundam Ground Type. Unit 1 is equipped with two head vulcan guns, as well as chest-mounted machine guns and missile launchers. It can also carry the same 100mm machine gun used by the Gundam Ground Type. Unit 1 is tested under the supervision of Alph Kamra, who selects Yu Kajima as the unit's test pilot, based on two encounters with the EXAM system. Using his RGM-79 GM, Yu successfully fights off Unit 1 when it goes out of control during a field test. Yu later uses his RGM-79D GM Cold Districts Type to fight Nimbus Schterzen's EXAM-equipped Efreet Custom. On December 4, the two EXAM-equipped units meet in combat during the Federation Forces' battle to recapture the California Base. Despite the loss of both machines, the EXAM-fueled rivalry between Yu and Nimbus continues.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Yu Kajima
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny; Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo; Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles; Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories; Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost; Mobile Suit Gundam: The Blue Destiny
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara

 

Lineart

 

Cockpit
Cockpit hatch
NF·GMG-Type.37/100mm machine gun
RGM·S-Sh-WF/S-00109 shield
X.B.Sa-G-03 beam saber

 

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