Model number: AGX-04
Code name: Gerbera-Tetra
Unit type: prototype general purpose assault mobile suit
Manufacturer: Anaheim Electronics
Operator: Zeon remnants
Rollout: UC 0083
First deployment: UC 0083
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty: 46.7 metric tons standard, 48.5 metric tons with sturm booster; max gross: 73.2 metric tons standard, 86.0 metric tons with sturm booster
Armor materials: titanium ceramic composite
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,710 kW
Propulsion: fixed rocket thrusters: 216,000 kg total (2 x 56,000 kg, 50,000 kg, 4 x 13,500 kg); additional rocket thrusters with optional sturm booster: 2 x 50,000 kg
Performance: 180-degree turn time: 0.9 seconds
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; optional sturm booster, stores extra propellant, mounts additional thrusters and 2 x ejectable external propellant tanks
Fixed armaments: 4 x 110mm machine cannon, mounted in pairs in arms, each pair; 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in hip armor, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: beam machine gun, powered by rechargeable energy cap
As part of its military reconstruction following the One Year War, the Earth Federation Forces initiated the Gundam Development Project, with the goal being to develop advanced new Gundam-model mobile suit prototypes to test new technology concepts. The intended fourth unit in this “GP” series, the RX-78GP04G Gundam GP04G Gerbera, never saw completion, as the GP04G’s concept was basically a space-use repeat of the RX-78GP01 Gundam GP01 Zephyranthes. Civilian contractor Anaheim Electronics was left hanging with a set of plans and an incomplete mobile suit prototype. However, many of Anaheim’s engineers were former mobile suit designers from the Principality of Zeon, and they modified the plans and construction of the GP04G into a new, Zeon-style mobile suit.
Called the AGX-04 Gerbera-Tetra, it carried a powerful beam machine gun and could be equipped with a “sturm booster,” which was essentially a large external propellant tank with extra thrusters, making the Gerbera Tetra one of the fastest and most maneuverable mobile suits of its time. When the Delaz Fleet launched its Operation Stardust uprising against the EFF in late UC 0083, Anaheim Electronics – always looking to make money by playing both sides against the middle – offered support for Delaz when Vice President O’Sullivan gave the completed Gerbera-Tetra to Cima Garahau as a political gesture. The rollout version retained the Gundam-style faceplate and binocular eyes, but these were replaced with a standard Zeon monoeye once the suit was handed over to Cima. In the last stages of Operation Stardust, Cima used the Gerbera-Tetra in a last-ditch fight for her own survival (and ultimately failed).
Pilot: Cima Garahau
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
Original mechanical designer: Mika Akitaka
Gundam 0083 Info
13 episodes; 1 compilation movie
Japan 05.23.1991 – 09.24.1992
U.S. 01.22.2002 – 07.23.2002
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