RX-78-6 Mudrock Gundam
Model number: RX-78-6
Code name: Mudrock Gundam
Unit type: prototype fast attack heavy assault mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: UC 0079
First deployment: 30 November UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 47.3 metric tons, max gross 84.4 metric tons
Armor materials: lunar titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated
at 1480 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: x many, total output rated at 70500 kg
Fixed armaments: 300mm shell-firing cannon x 2, mounted on backpack, beam saber x 2, stored in recharge racks on backpack, hand carried in use, 60mm vulcan gun x 2, fire-linked, mounted in head, grenade launcher x 2, mounted in forearms
Optional hand armaments: beam rifle, hand-carried in use, powered
by rechargeable e-cap, power rating unknown; primer-based rifle; 90mm machine gun, clip-fed, 20 rounds per clip; BOWA·XBR-M-79-07G beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap
Spurred into action by the devastating effectiveness of Zeon’s mobile suits, the Earth Federation Forces begin developing mobile suits of their own, a project known as "Project V." Culminating in the creation of the RX-78-2 Gundam, RX-77-2 Guncannon and RX-75-4 Guntank, the mobile suits prove themselves to be just as devastating to the Zeon. As the One Year War progresses, mobile suit development accelerates, and designers begin attempting to combine the best features of the original Project V suits with new technologies being developed by Federation Forces engineers, including those influenced by Zeon mobile suits. The RX-78-6 Mudrock Gundam is one such design constructed at the Federation Forces’ South America Jaburo base. The mobile suit features a pair of powerful 300mm shell-firing cannons mounted on its
backpack, and a pair of beam sabers mounted outboard of the barrels. The other distinguishing features of the Mudrock are the enormous number of maneuvering verniers mounted all over its body, and the pair of variable position verniers mounted on the legs, giving the massive mobile suit unprecedented speed and agility, comparable to the MS-09 Dom. The Mudrock’s high generator output allows it to use a full scale beam rifle, similar in design to the one used by the RX-78-2. In addition, the Mudrock is capable of using more mundane weapons, such as the Federation’s primer-based rifle, and a 90mm machine gun. All design features taken into account, the Mudrock is more than a match for any contemporary Zeon mobile suit.
The Mudrock first enters combat on November 30, UC 0079, while still under construction, having been commandeered by a brash young pilot, Agar. The incomplete Mudrock, with Agar at the controls, launches in defense of the new Pegasus class warship Blanc Rival. Despite a valiant effort, Agar enters a fierce battle with the Midnight Fenrir Corps, an elite Zeon mobile suit team, and both Mudrock and the Blanc Rival sustain heavy damage. After hurried repairs, the completed Mudrock is assigned to Agar, and sent from Jaburo to the front lines in North America to fight in the battle to retake California Base. The Mudrock enters combat for the last time on December 15, UC 0079. There, Agar and the Mudrock run afoul of the Midnight Fenrir once again. After a heated battle, the Mudrock is effectively damaged beyond repair by Midnight Fenrir units guarding California Base’s last H.L.V.
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam 0079: Zeonic Front; Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles
Note: This design is based on the RX-78-6 6th Gundam from M-MSV (MS Collection).