Model number: RGM-196
Code name: Freedom
Unit type: mass production general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator(s): Earth Federation Forces; Gaea Defense Forces
First deployment: UC 0196
Accommodation: pilot only, in EP-06 cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 17.01 meters
Weight: dry 54.2 metric tons; basic 80.9 metric tons; max gross 130.0 metric tons
Armor materials: ultra titanium alloy neo ceramic composite, armor thickness 10-45mm
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 3,780 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 339,780 kg total
Performance: maximum output time: 72 minutes
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; 168-hour life support system; 2 x MPC-2 external power supply plug, mounted on hands; PHP-14 equipment connector system; PHP-14-compatible modules (MC-1-, MC-2-, MPC-1- and MPC-2-compatible hand weapons)
Fixed armaments: vulcan gun, mounted in head; beam saber, stored in recharge rack behind right shoulder, hand-carried in use; beam shield, mounted on left forearm
Optional hand armaments: rifle; shield, mounted on left forearm
The RGM-196 Freedom was a general purpose mobile suit developed for the Earth Federation Forces. Its basic design was similar to the long line of EFF mass production suits initiated by the RGM-79 GM. The Freedom’s body was covered with heavy armor, and its overall design represented a technological regression from earlier mobile suits. Its cockpit used a multi-monitor layout similar to early mobile suits instead of the panoramic cockpit that was a standard feature for decades. Its main armaments included a machine gun, vulcan gun and a beam saber. While it was capable of equipping a beam shield, it often carried a solid shield. By the time of the fall of the Earth Federation in UC 0218, the aging Freedom was relegated to lighter duty in Side 8’s defense forces. In UC 0223, Side 8 deployed its 40 Freedom units to mount a defense against CONSENT, but the outdated mobile suits were no match for CONSENT’s new unmanned CAMW-13 MW-Rai.
Pilot: Franz Dieter
First appearance: G-Saviour (movie)
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara
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