RGC-83 GM Cannon II

General and Technical Data

Model number: RGC-83
Code name: GM Cannon II
Unit type: mass production general purpose mid-range support mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator(s): Earth Federation Forces; Anti-Earth Union Group
Rollout: UC 0083
First deployment: UC 0083
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 47.3 metric tons; max gross 66.9 metric tons
Armor materials: titanium ceramic composite
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1420 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 59480 kg total (4 x 13000 kg, 4 x 1870 kg)
Performance: 180-degree turn time 1.6 seconds
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 6300 meters
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, mounted in head; beam saber, power rated at 0.38 MW, stored in recharge rack in left forearm, hand-carried in use; 2 x beam cannon, mounted in backpack over shoulders
Optional fixed armaments: shield, mounted on either forearm
Optional hand armaments: 90mm GM rifle, clip-fed, 30 rounds per clip, 2 spare clips stored in shield

Technical and Historical Notes

In the last weeks of the One Year War, the Earth Federation Forces develop a much-needed medium-range fire support variant of its standard RGM-79 GM mobile suit. The result is the RGC-80 GM Cannon, but its late introduction into the war results in a rather limited production run. Following the war’s end, the EFF began a massive reconstruction of its military, and one of their latest GM models, the RGM-79N GM Custom, served as the basis for the new RGC-83 GM Cannon II. The GM Cannon II, with its pair of shoulder-mounted beam cannons, more closely resembled the RX-77-2 Guncannon prototype from the war than it did the original GM Cannon. It carried the same standard GM rifle and shield as the GM Custom, and incorporated a more powerful generator to charge its beam cannons. The GM Cannon II was also armored with a thick layer of chobham armor, the same experimental armor tested on the RX-78NT-1 Gundam NT-1 Alex near the end of the One Year War. However, this massive armor application greatly reduced the GM Cannon II’s speed and mobility. The GM Cannon II saw limited production and deployment in UC 0083, with two units stationed aboard the assault carrier Albion during the Delaz Fleet’s Operation Stardust.

Miscellaneous Information

Pilot(s): Chuck Keith, Chap Adel, Ben Wooder, Agar
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
Original mechanical designer: Hajime Katoki
Note: “AEUG colors” custom lineart by v_zubko

rgc-83 beam saber
Beam saber
rgm-79 cockpit 0083
Gundam 0083 Info

Takashi Imanishi
Mitsuko Kase

Fuyunori Gobu
Ryosuke Takahashi
Akinori Endo
Tomohide Ohkuma

Mechanical Designer(s):
Hajime Katoki
Shoji Kawamori
Mika Akitaka
Yasushi Ishizu

Character Designer:
Toshihiro Kawamoto

Musical Composer:
Mitsuo Hagita

Video Release:
Japan 05.23.1991 – 09.24.1992
U.S. 01.22.2002 – 07.23.2002

Theatrical Release:
Japan 08.29.1992


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