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RGM-79[G] GM Ground Type

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General and Technical Data

Model number: RGM-79[G]
Code name: GM Ground Type
Unit type: mass production ground combat mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: UC 0079
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 53.8 metric tons; max gross 66.0 metric tons
Armor materials: Luna Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,150 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 49,000 kg total
Performance: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 6,000 meters; optional weapons storage container, can be mounted on backpack rack
Fixed armaments: 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in legs, hand-carried in use; short shield, mounted on either forearm
Optional hand armaments: 100mm machine gun, clip-fed, 2 spare clips stored on hip armor; bazooka gun, clip-fed, 7 rounds per clip; 6-tube missile launcher; beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap; 180mm cannon, clip-fed; twin beam spear

Technical and Historical Notes

During the stalemate period of the One Year War, the Earth Federation Forces were playing a fast game of catch-up on the introduction of mobile suits into warfare by the Principality of Zeon. One of their earlier prototypes was the ground-pounding RX-79[G] Gundam Ground Type, based loosely on the original Operation V prototype RX-78-2 Gundam operating elsewhere during the war. From the RX-79[G] came another experimental unit, intended for mass production. Called the RGM-79[G] GM Ground Type, it used 80 percent of the same parts as its RX-79[G] predecessor, as well as its extremely durable Luna Titanium alloy armor, and its ability to use beam rifles, but was more powerful yet cheaper to produce.

Only 42 of these units were produced at the Federation’s Jaburo military headquarters factory, and they were immediately put into combat for field testing. Twelve units were assigned to the Kojima Battalion stationed in Southeast Asia, with the rest participating in the EFF’s “Operation Odessa” offensive in Eastern Europe. However, the GM Ground Type project was soon abandoned in favor of the later standard model RGM-79 GM, which was even cheaper to build and could serve as a multi-role unit in both space and terrestrial environments.

Miscellaneous Information

Pilot(s): Sally, Rob, Mike, Matt Healy, Anish Lofman, Larry Radley, Terry Sanders, Jr., Robert, Yuu Kajima, Philip Hughes, Summona Fulis, Lilith Aiden, Barry Abbot
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th M.S. Team
Original mechanical designer(s): Kunio Okawara (08th M.S. Team version), Kyoshi Takigawa (Gundam Side Stories version)

Lineart
rx-79g machine gun
100mm machine gun
rx-79g-cannon
180mm cannon
rx-79g-missilelauncher
6-tube missile launcher
rx-79g-bazookagun
Bazooka gun
rx-79g-beamrifle
Beam rifle
rx-79g-beamsaber
Beam saber
rx-79g-shield
Short shield
Gundam: The 08th M.S. Team Info


Director(s):
Takeyuki Kanda
Umanosuke Iida

Writer(s):
Akira Okeya
Hiroaki Kitajima

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kunio Okawara
Hajime Katoki
Kimitoshi Yamane

Character Designer(s):
Toshihiro Kawamoto
Tomoaki Kado

Musical Composer:
Kouhei Tanaka

Video Release:
Japan 01.25.1996 – 07.25.1999
U.S. 07.03.2001 – 01.22.2002

Theatrical Release:
Japan 08.01.1998

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