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FA-78-1 Full Armor Gundam

 

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FA-78-1 Gundam Full Armor Type

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: FA-78-1
Code name: Full Armor Gundam
Unit type: FSWS (Full Strike Weapon System) prototype general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces

Operator: Earth Federation Forces
First deployment: unknown
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 62.5 metric tons; max gross 93.1 metric tons
Armor materials: Luna Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1380 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: total output 60500 kg
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 2 x vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head; 360mm rocket launcher, mounted on torso over right shoulder; 4 x missile bay, mounted in shoulders and knees; twin beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap, mounted on right forearm
Optional hand armaments: none


Technical and Historical Notes

 

As the RX-78-2 Gundam continues to perform beyond all expectations during the last months of the One Year War, a program is initiated by the Earth Federation Forces to develop and investigate options for possible upgrades to the Gundam. Called "FSWS" (Full Strike Weapon System), Federation engineers develop several options under this program that involve adding external systems to boost the Gundam's performance in different areas. One such design concept is the FA-78-1 Full Armor Gundam, which features a tremendous amount of firepower for a single mobile suit. In addition to removable external armor modules all over the Gundam's body, new weapons are added, including a rocket launcher, several missile launchers, and a large, handheld 2-barrel beam gun. A Type B variant features a different set of armaments. Despite the extra thrusters to be mounted in the external armor, however, all the extra weight creates an unacceptable loss of speed and performance. In the end, the Full Armor's concepts serve as the basis for the much-improved FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam. A separate unit with different equipment, the FA-78 Full Armor Gundam, is deployed to Side 4's Thunderbolt Sector.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Heinz Baer, Takashi Kitamoto
Appearances:
MSV (Mobile Suit Variations); Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space; Mobile Suit Gundam: Spirits of Zeon ~Dual Stars of Carnage~; Mobile Suit Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield; Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record UC 0081
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara

 

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