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RX-78-2/RX-78-02 Gundam

 

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(Mobile Suit Gundam)

Alternate illustration

(MSV)

MSD

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RX-78-2 Gundam

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: RX-78-2/RX-78-02
Code name: Gundam
Unit type: prototype close combat mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: July UC 0079
First deployment: 18 September UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso with Core Block System using FF-X7 Core Fighter
Dimensions: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 43.4 metric tons; max gross 60.0 metric tons
Armor materials: Luna Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,380 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 55,599 kg total (2 x 24,000 kg, 4 x 1,870 kg)
Performance: 180-degree turn time 1.5 seconds (1.1 seconds after magnetic coating upgrade); maximum ground running speed 205 km/h
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 5,700 meters; "learning computer" system; re-entry coolant system; magnetic coated joints (subsequent field upgrade)
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, mounted in head; 2 x beam saber, power rated at 0.38 MW, stored in recharge racks in backpack, hand-carried in use; RX·M-Sh-008/S-01025 shield, can be optionally stored on backpack
Optional hand armaments: BOWA·XBR-M-79-07G beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap; BLASH·XHB-L-03/N-STD 380mm hyper bazooka, clip-fed, 5 rounds per clip plus 1 round in chamber; beam javelin; hyper hammer; Gundam hammer

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The Principality of Zeon changed the face of warfare forever through the introduction of combat-ready mobile suits. The Earth Federation Forces were behind on developing their own mobile suits at the outset of the One Year War, and the top secret Operation V was their solution. The pinnacle of the project, led by engineer Tem Ray, was the high performance RX-78-2 Gundam. The Gundam implemented multiple new technologies, including the Core Block System, in which the cockpit transformed into the FF-X7 Core Fighter to increase pilot survivability (and secure valuable combat data). The Gundam also featured a learning computer that learned from a pilot's input, and this data was used in the development of the mass produced RGM-79 GM. The Gundam's other innovations included beam sabers and an energy cap-based beam rifle, which gave the suit the firepower of a battleship.

The Gundam made its combat debut on September 18, UC 0079, following an attack by Zeon ace pilot Char Aznable at the Side 7 colony where the Operation V suits were secretly under development. It fell to Tem Ray's teenage son, Amuro, to pilot the Gundam and defend his colony from the Zeon forces. Soon after, Amuro and other civilians were pressed into service aboard the EFF's new assault carrier, the White Base. Zeon forces chased the White Base and Gundam through space and across the Earth, even as the EFF began deploying its own mobile suits. As Amuro's piloting skills grew, so too did his latent Newtype abilities, and eventually the Gundam started to wear down because it was unable to keep up with its pilot's reaction speeds. To compensate, the Gundam received a field upgrade of electromagnetic coating, which reduced friction in the motors and joints. After many battles on Earth, the Gundam returned to space and participated in Operation Cembalo and Operation Star One - major offensives against the Zeon space fortresses of Solomon and A Baoa Qu. On December 31, the Gundam was destroyed in combat at A Baoa Qu against Char's Newtype use MSN-02 Zeong, but the fight between the two pilots continued on foot. The Gundam became the most famous mobile suit of the One Year War, inspiring many successors that bore its name for decades to come.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Amuro Ray, Sayla Mass, Ryu Jose
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Outer Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Cross Dimension 0079; Gundam: The Battle Master/Gundam Battle Assault; Gundam the Ride: A Baoa Qu; Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo; Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles; Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation VS Zeon DX; Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space; Gundam Battle Assault 2; Mobile Suit Gundam Ex-Revue; Gundam 0079: The War for Earth; Gundam Evolve; Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam: Skull Heart; Mobile Suit Gundam: Pilot's Locus; Mobile Suit Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield; Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight; Mobile Suit Gundam: Spirits of Zeon ~Dual Stars of Carnage~; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record UC 0081; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam Next; Dynasty Warriors Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Climax U.C.; Gundam Crisis; Mobile Suit Gundam 0079: Zeonic Front; Char's Deleted Affair: Portrait of a Young Comet; Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.; Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Cosmic Drive/Universe Accel; Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. HARDGRAPH Iron Mustang; Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost; Mobile Suit Gundam MSV-R: Legend of the Universal Century Heroes; Gundam Versus; Gundam Legacy; MS Battlefield Record Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 Side Story; Gundam: The Origin MSD (Mobile Suit Discovery)
Original mechanical designer(s): Kunio Okawara (Mobile Suit Gundam version), Hajime Katoki (Gundam: The Origin MSD version)

 

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Beam javelin A configuration
Beam javelin B configuration
Beam javelin B configuration attachment
BLASH·XHB-L-03/N-STD 380mm hyper bazooka
Gundam hammer
Hyper hammer

 

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