RGM-79[G] GM Sniper

General and Technical Data

Model number: RGM-79[G]
Code name: GM Sniper
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
Fixed armaments: 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in legs, hand-carried in use
Optional fixed armaments: short shield, mounted on either forearm
Optional hand armaments: long-range beam rifle, powered by external power source

Technical and Historical Notes

Although the experimental RGM-79[G] GM Ground Type was serving well as a general-purpose ground combat unit, the Earth Federation Forces found themselves needing specialized units for specific mission roles. The RGM-79[G] GM Sniper was the first of a long line of GM variants, although in a sense it wasn’t a variant at all. The mobile suit itself was exactly the same as the standard RGM-79[G], except it was painted in an olive drab paint scheme for camouflaging purposes. The various hand-carried standard weapons were replaced with a large, long-range beam rifle. This rifle mounted a high-powered scope, allowing the pilot to hit distant targets with pinpoint accuracy. However, the energy required to fire such a powerful shot was an amount that the GM’s power generator could not produce, and the rifle was connected via cable to an external power supply and cooling system on a support vehicle. At least three RGM-79[G]s of the Kojima Battalion were outfitted as GM Snipers and were instrumental in the destruction of Zeon’s experimental Apsaras III mobile armor late in the One Year War.

Miscellaneous Information

First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th M.S. Team
Original mechanical designer:
Kunio Okawara

Beam saber
Long-range beam rifle

Gundam: The 08th M.S. Team Info

Takeyuki Kanda
Umanosuke Iida

Akira Okeya
Hiroaki Kitajima

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

Character Designer(s):
Toshihiro Kawamoto
Tomoaki Kado

Musical Composer:
Kouhei Tanaka

12 episodes; 1 compilation movie

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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