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RGM-79SC GM Sniper Custom

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General and Technical Data

Model number: RGM-79SC
Code name: GM Sniper Custom
Unit type: mass production general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator(s): Earth Federation Forces; Zeon Remnants
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 44.2 metric tons; max gross 75.3 metric tons
Armor materials: titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,390 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 68,000 kg total
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 7,300 meters
Fixed armaments: none
Optional fixed armaments: box type beam saber unit, can be mounted on forearm, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: R-4 beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap, can be stored in storage rack on rear waist armor; beam gun, powered by rechargeable energy cap, can be stored on storage racks on legs; twin beam spray gun; folding hand beam gun

Technical and Historical Notes

In the scramble to adapt its standard RGM-79 GM mobile suit for specialized roles during the latter days of the One Year War, the Earth Federation Forces created a high performance GM variant designed for skilled pilots. This variant was the RGM-79SC GM Sniper Custom, and it featured a higher output reactor to power a long-range beam rifle for sniper missions, as well as an optional fixed beam saber mounted a forearm for close combat, and external storage racks for other optional weapons. Extra thrusters were added to the legs as well as an improved booster backpack, giving the GM Sniper Custom speed and performance almost equal to the powerful RX-78-2 Gundam prototype. Due to the extra heat generated by this equipment, vents and cooling systems were added to the waist and legs. A “face guard” shield for the head’s sensors was also added, providing additional protection for the GM Sniper Custom’s sensors without hindering its ability to detect and acquire targets. GM Sniper Customs were assigned to highly skilled and experienced pilots who fine tuned their units to their own specifications, including the Shimoda team. However, due to the high cost of this variant, less than 50 GM Sniper Customs were built during the war. After the war, some units remained in service as late as UC 0087.

Miscellaneous Information

Pilot(s): Francis Backmeyer, Lon Cau, Tenneth A. Jung, Jaime Carmona
First appearance: MSV
Original mechanical designer(s): Kunio Okawara (MSV version), Hajime Katoki (Gundam: The Origin MSD version)

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