Model number: RX-78GP00
Code name: Gundam GP00 Blossom
Unit type: prototype general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Anaheim Electronics
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
First deployment: 12 December UC 0082
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso using Core Block System
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, power output rating unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; Minovsky Particle Interference Wave Searcher (MPIWS), mounted on backpack behind left shoulder
Fixed armaments: long-range beam rifle, power rating unknown, mounted on backpack behind right shoulder and hand-carried in use; 2 x beam saber (doubles as beam gun), stored in shoulders, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: none
The RX-78GP00 Gundam GP00 was a trial machine developed by Anaheim Electronics as part of the Gundam Development Project, nicknamed Blossom. Inheriting the Core Block System of the RX-78-2 Gundam, it could combine with the FF-XII-Bst Core Booster II and carried experimental equipment such as a long-range beam rifle and a Minovsky Particle Interference Wave Searcher (MPIWS). The GP00 was equipped with two drum-type frame units on its back, whose weapon mount arms were designed to carry various kinds of equipment. This feature was eliminated from the later Gundam Development Project machines, which were intended to perform single functions. The combination of the Core Booster unit and large equipment like the long-range beam rifle and MPIWS was also said to produce attitude control problems.
Supplemental thrusters were attached to the GP00’s legs to increase its mobility, but these also contributed to the machine’s maintenance problems, and the idea was reconsidered at the same time that the Core Booster docking functions were eliminated. The long-range beam rifle used by the GP00 lacked an E-Cap system and required a long recharging period after firing. The MPIWS device, which resembled a radome, was a large high performance sensor powerful enough to detect wreckage on the lunar surface from a high altitude, but its reliability was low and it frequently malfunctioned. In December UC 0082, the GP00 was destroyed in combat on the Moon after engaging a unit of Zeon remnants that were conducting long-range attacks on Anaheim’s Livermore factory. Analysis of the valuable combat data recovered from the GP00 indicated that the attempt to make it so multipurpose put too much strain on its pilot, and thus the GP01, GP02A, GP03S and GP04G were designed to perform a single function.
Pilot: Jack Bayard
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam Secret Weapons: Phantom Bullets