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RX-78-5 Gundam 5th

 

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M-MSV version

Space Beyond the Blaze version

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RX-78-5 Gundam 5th

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: RX-78-5
Code name: Gundam 5th
Unit type: prototype space combat mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 42.9 metric tons; max gross 80.5 metric tons
Armor materials: Luna Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1480 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 70500 kg total
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 6190 meters
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, mounted in head; 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks on backpack, hand-carried in use; 2 x hand beam gun, mounted on forearms; shield, mounted on left forearm
Optional hand armaments: hyper bazooka; hyper beam rifle; giant Gatling

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

As the focus of the One Year War shifts into space, the Earth Federation Forces begin designing a new Gundam for high mobility space combat, and the end result is the RX-78-5 Gundam 5th. The Gundam 5th is intended to serve as an anti-ship combat unit capable of high speed attacks. The Core Block System found on the RX-78-2 Gundam has been removed, and the suit has been equipped with a new backpack that features additional thrusters. With the new thrusters and propellant tanks, the Gundam 5th's mobility is improved by about 40 percent. The removal of the Core Block System allows for the installation of cooling systems, which translates to a higher generator output and the ability to use higher power beam weapons. The Gundam 5th features standard armaments like a pair of vulcan guns and beam sabers, plus a pair of forearm-mounted hand beam guns. It can also carry a beam rifle and hyper beam rifle, but its most powerful armament is a giant Gatling gun. In late UC 0079, the Gundam 5th is assigned to Ford Romfellow, a pilot aboard the Pegasus class warship Thoroughbred. The RX-78-4 Gundam 4th, piloted by Luce Kassel, is also stationed aboard the same ship. Near the end of the war, the Gundam 5th is upgraded into the RX-78-5[Bst] Gundam 5th Bst, featuring additional thrusters and external fuel tanks.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Ford Romfellow

Appearances: M-MSV (Kunio Okawara Collection); Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: Space Beyond the Blaze; Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space; Mobile Suit Gundam: Spirits of Zeon ~Dual Stars of Carnage~; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories; Gundam Legacy
Original mechanical designer(s): Kunio Okawara (M-MSV version), Hajime Katoki (Space Beyond the Blaze version)

 

Lineart

 

Giant Gatling (Space Beyond the Blaze version)

Hyper beam rifle (M-MSV version)
Hyper beam rifle (Space Beyond the Blaze version)

 

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