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FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam 2nd

 

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Standard colors

(MSV-R)

Ingrid 0 "Johnny Ridden" colors

(MSV-R: The Return of Johnny Ridden)

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FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam 2nd

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: FA-78-2
Code name: Heavy Gundam 2nd
Unit type: prototype general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: UC 0079 (original FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam)
First deployment: UC 0081
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso (later refitted units equipped with panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit)
Dimensions: head height 18.4 meters
Weight: empty 52.2 metric tons; max gross weight unknown
Armor materials: Luna Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: total output unknown

Performance: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; biosensor
Fixed armaments: beam cannon, mounted on right shoulder; beam saber, stored in recharge rack in backpack behind left shoulder, hand-carried in use; shield, mounted on left forearm
Optional hand armaments: beam rifle; bazooka; frame launcher

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

Near the end of the One Year War, the Earth Federation Forces create the FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam as a redesign of the FA-78-1 Gundam Full Armor Type. However, development is halted in November UC 0079 and is not restarted until January UC 0081. The Heavy Gundam 2nd's armaments are similar to the prototype unit, although its shell-firing cannon has been upgraded to a beam version, and the suit can also carry a beam rifle, bazooka and shield. The Heavy Gundam 2nd is equipped with a biosensor that is less advanced than Zeon technology and displays no performance improvements with regular pilots. After the resumption of development, three or four test units have been completed. One unit is lost during an atmospheric entry test, and two others are assigned to a test corps for data gathering. One of these units participates in a mock battle against two RGM-79SC GM Sniper Custom units. By the time the Heavy Gundam 2nd units are completed, new plans for next generation mobile suits have been proposed, and consequently the suit is never formally adopted. In UC 0090, a red colored unit is used in combat by the Cyber Newtype Ingrid 0. Her unit has been modernized with new equipment like a panoramic monitor and linear seat cockpit. As a Cyber Newtype, she is able to take full advantage of the suit's biosensor.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Ingrid 0

Appearances: MSV-R (Mobile Suit Variation R); Mobile Suit Gundam MSV-R: The Return of Johnny Ridden; Mobile Suit Gundam MSV-R: The Troublemakers
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara

 

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