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RX-78-2 Gundam

 

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Standard illustration

(Mobile Suit Gundam)

Alternate illustration

(MSV)

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RX-78-2 Gundam

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: RX-78-2
Code name: Gundam
Unit type: prototype close combat mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: July 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: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 43.4 metric tons; max gross 60.0 metric tons
Armor materials: Luna Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1380 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 55599 kg total (2 x 24000 kg, 4 x 1870 kg)
Performance: 180-degree turn time 1.5 seconds (1.1 seconds after magnetic coating upgrade); maximum ground running speed 205 km/h
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 5700 meters; "learning computer" system; re-entry coolant system; magnetic coated joints (subsequent field upgrade)
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head; 2 x beam saber, power rated at 0.38 MW, stored in recharge racks in backpack, hand-carried in use; RX·M-Sh-008/S-01025 shield, can be optionally stored on backpack
Optional hand armaments: BOWA·XBR-M-79-07G beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap; BLASH·XHB-L-03/N-STD 380mm hyper bazooka, clip-fed, 5 rounds per clip plus 1 round in chamber; beam javelin; hyper hammer; Gundam hammer

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The Principality of Zeon changes the face of warfare forever through the introduction of combat-ready mobile suits. The Earth Federation Forces run behind on developing their own mobile suits at the outset of the One Year War, and the top secret Operation V is their solution. The pinnacle of the project, led by engineer Tem Ray, is the high performance RX-78-2 Gundam. The Gundam implements multiple new technologies, including the Core Block System, in which the cockpit transforms into the FF-X7 Core Fighter to increase pilot survivability (and secure valuable combat data). The Gundam also features a learning computer that learns from a pilot's input, and this data is used in the development of the mass-produced RGM-79 GM. The Gundam's other innovations include beam sabers and an energy cap-based beam rifle, which gives the suit the firepower of a battleship.

The Gundam makes its combat debut on September 18, UC 0079, following an attack by Zeon ace pilot Char Aznable at the Side 7 colony where the Operation V suits are secretly under development. It falls to Tem Ray's teenage son, Amuro, to pilot the Gundam and defend his colony from the Zeon forces. Soon after, Amuro and other civilians are pressed into service aboard the EFF's new assault carrier, the White Base. Zeon forces chase the White Base and Gundam through space and across the Earth, even as the EFF begins deploying its own mobile suits. As Amuro's piloting skills grow, so too do his latent Newtype abilities, and eventually the Gundam starts to wear down because it is unable to keep up with its pilot's reaction speeds. To compensate, the Gundam receives a field upgrade of electromagnetic coating, which reduces friction in the motors and joints. After many battles on Earth, the Gundam returns to space and participates in Operation Cembalo and Operation Star One - major offensives against the Zeon space fortresses of Solomon and A Baoa Qu. On December 31, the Gundam is destroyed in combat at A Baoa Qu against Char's Newtype use MSN-02 Zeong, but the fight between the two pilots continues on foot. The Gundam becomes the most famous mobile suit of the One Year War, inspiring many successors that bear its name for decades to come.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Amuro Ray, Sayla Mass, Ryu Jose
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Outer Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Cross Dimension 0079; Gundam: The Battle Master/Gundam Battle Assault; Gundam the Ride: A Baoa Qu; Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo; Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles; Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation VS Zeon DX; Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space; Gundam Battle Assault 2; Mobile Suit Gundam Ex-Revue; Gundam 0079: The War for Earth; Gundam Evolve; Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam: Skull Heart; Mobile Suit Gundam: Pilot's Locus; Mobile Suit Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield; Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight; Mobile Suit Gundam: Spirits of Zeon ~Dual Stars of Carnage~; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record UC 0081; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam Next; Dynasty Warriors Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Climax U.C.; Gundam Crisis; Mobile Suit Gundam 0079: Zeonic Front; Char's Deleted Affair: Portrait of a Young Comet; Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.; Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Cosmic Drive/Universe Accel; Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. HARDGRAPH Iron Mustang; Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost; Mobile Suit Gundam MSV-R: Legend of the Universal Century Heroes; Gundam Versus; Gundam Legacy
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara

 

Lineart

 

Beam javelin A configuration
Beam javelin B configuration
Beam javelin B configuration attachment
BLASH·XHB-L-03/N-STD 380mm hyper bazooka
Gundam hammer
Hyper hammer

 

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