Model number: F90
Code name: Gundam F90
Unit type: prototype test mobile suit
Manufacturer: Strategic Naval Research Institute
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: September UC 0111
Accommodation: pilot only, in panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 14.8 meters
Weight: empty 7.5 metric tons; max gross 17.8 metric tons
Armor materials: Gundarium alloy ceramic composite
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 3,160 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 74,760 kg total (2 x 27,510 kg, 2 x 9,870 kg); vernier thrusters/apogee motors: 51
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; 11 x hardpoint, used for mounting external weapons, armor, and equipment, 1 located on each leg, 1 located on each hip armor plate, 1 located on each front skirt armor plate, 1 located on each forearm, 1 located on each shoulder, 1 located on backpack; weapon mount, used to carry beam rifle or mega beam bazooka, located on rear skirt armor plate; A.R. (Amuro Ray) AI system (Unit 1); C.A. (Char Aznable) AI system (Unit 2)
Fixed armaments: 2 x vulcan gun, mounted in head; 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in backpack, hand-carried in use
Optional fixed armaments: shield, can be mounted on either forearm hardpoint or stored on backpack hardpoint; see F90A; F90B; F90D; F90E; F90F; F90G; F90H; F90I; F90K; F90M; F90O; F90P; F90R; F90S; F90U; F90V; F90W
Optional hand armaments: beam rifle, powered by replaceable e-pac, can be stored on weapon mount
Although it had been over 15 years since the last notable Spacenoid uprising, the Earth Federation Forces, being mindful to maintain its military strength while keeping operating costs down due to the lack of a real threat, initiated a new mobile suit development program to meet this low-cost need. Rather than going to an outside civilian contractor (such as Anaheim Electronics, which had a virtual monopoly on mobile suit production at one point), the EFF instead established their own in-house development think tank, called the Strategic Naval Research Institute (SNRI), which was administered by the military but staffed by civilian scientists and engineers.
SNRI’s first task was to develop a smaller, lighter, and more efficient mobile suit which can be adopted to various mission roles. Under the flag of the Formula Project, SNRI designed and rolled out the experimental F89 Gundam F89, which was followed by the F90 Gundam F90. The Gundam F90 certainly filled the EFF’s bill, weighing in at a mere 17.8 metric tons fully loaded, and equipped with 11 hardpoints all over its body, which allowed the F90 to mount a wide variety of external weapons, armor, or other equipment. Despite its slightly smaller size and lighter weight, the F90 still carried a standard armament of vulcan guns, beam sabers, a beam rifle, and a shield in its basic configuration. However, the hardpoints – and the vast array of new weapons and equipment designed to be mounted on them – allowed for as many as 26 different variations on the basic F90 frame, making this Gundam a true multi-role unit. Initially, two F90 units were constructed for test flights and evaluations by the EFF’s 13th Autonomous Fleet.
During a test flight near Side 4 on October 28, UC 0120, Gundam F90 Unit 2 was stolen by the Oldsmobile Army, a Zeon remnant force based on Mars. This unit was overhauled and deployed by the Oldsmobile Army, reconfigured into the OMS-90R Gundam F90 Mars Independent Zeon Forces Version. Although the EFF soon put down this rebellion, it cost them both F90 units in the end. However, development of the Gundam F90 continued for at least two more years, until the deployment of the much more advanced F91 Gundam F91.
Pilot(s): Def Stallion, Sid Amber, Bergh Scred, Wesbar
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam F90
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara