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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. 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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