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RX-77-2 Guncannon

 

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Standard version

(Mobile Suit Gundam)

Alternate illustration

(MSV)

Standard version (Gundam Thunderbolt

ONA)

Standard version (Gundam
Thunderbolt
manga)

Equipped with spray missile launchers (Target in Sight)

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RX-77-2 Guncannon

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: RX-77-2
Code name: Guncannon
Unit type: prototype artillery mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: May UC 0079
First deployment: 18 September UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso with Core Block System using FF-X7 Core Fighter
Dimensions: overall height 18.1 meters; head height 17.5 meters
Weight: empty 51.0 metric tons; max gross 70.0 metric tons
Armor materials: Luna Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1380 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 51800 kg total (2 x 22600 kg, 4 x 1650 kg)
Performance: 180-degree turn time 2.0 seconds; maximum ground running speed 145 km/h
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 6000 meters
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head; 2 x 240mm cannon, variable independent-fire/fire-linked, 20 round magazine each, mounted over shoulders
Optional fixed armaments: 2 x spray missile launcher, mounted over shoulders in place of 240mm cannons
Optional hand armaments: BOWA·XBR-L beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

In UC 0078, Anaheim Electronics produces the RCX-76-02 Guncannon First Type for the Earth Federation Forces. An elite squadron is deployed to fight Zeon mobile suits at Mare Smythii on the lunar surface and performs poorly. Engineer Tem Ray argues that the Guncannon First Type is not what a mobile suit should be and persuades the EFF to allow him to develop mobile suits in what becomes Operation V. The mid-range fire support RX-77-2 Guncannon is one of the results of Operation V and shows marked improvements over the First Type. The standard Guncannon utilizes the Core Block System, which allows the pilot to eject the cockpit and transform it into the FF-X7 Core Fighter to escape. In place of the First Type's simple manipulators, the Guncannon's human-style hands allow it to use a beam rifle. The Guncannon's main armament is a pair of shoulder-mounted 240mm cannons, which can be swapped out with spray missile launchers. It also features a pair of head-mounted vulcan guns.

 

On September 18, UC 0079, the Guncannon is mobilized when Zeon ace pilot Char Aznable attacks the Side 7 colony where the Operation V mobile suits are secretly under development. A surviving Guncannon is loaded onto the assault carrier White Base, along with the RX-75-4 Guntank and RX-78-2 Gundam. Civilian-turned-pilot Kai Shiden uses the Guncannon for the rest of the war until its destruction at the Battle of A Baoa Qu. In the later stages of the One Year War, the EFF fields the RX-77D Guncannon Mass Production Type, along with variants like the RX-77-3 Guncannon Heavy Custom and RX-77-4 Guncannon II. At the same time, the EFF adds Guncannon elements to the RGM-79 GM to create the RGC-80 GM Cannon. After the One Year War ends in UC 0080, the EFF also produces an amphibious version, the RX-77AQ Guncannon Aqua. In the post-war era, the Guncannon's role is carried out by the newer RGC-83 GM Cannon II.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Kai Shiden, Hayato Kobayashi, Amuro Ray, Ryu Jose, Wesley Navarro, Kirk Wahlberg, Darryl Boyd
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Outer Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: MS Generation; Mobile Suit Gundam: Cross Dimension 0079; Gundam Tactics Mobility Fleet 0079; Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation VS Zeon DX; Mobile Suit Gundam 0079: Zeonic Front; Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles; Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo; Gundam the Ride: A Baoa Qu; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: Space Beyond the Blaze; Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space; Mobile Suit Gundam Ex-Revue; Gundam 0079: The War for Earth; Mobile Suit Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield; Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight; Mobile Suit Gundam: Pilot's Locus; Mobile Suit Gundam: Spirits of Zeon ~Dual Stars of Carnage~; Gundam Evolve; Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record UC 0081; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam Next; Dynasty Warriors Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Climax U.C.; Gundam Crisis; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories; Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. HARDGRAPH Iron Mustang; Mobile Suit Gundam: We're Federation Hooligans!!; Mobile Suit Gundam: Operation Troy; Gundam Legacy; Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt (manga); Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt (anime)
Original mechanical designer(s): Kunio Okawara (Mobile Suit Gundam version), Yasuo Ohtagaki (Gundam Thunderbolt manga version)

 

Lineart

 

Arm mechanism
Beam rifle
Foot thrusters
Head

 

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