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RGC-80-1 GM Cannon Test Type

 

rgc-80-1

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: RGC-80-1
Code name: GM Cannon Test Type
Unit type: experimental artillery 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: base weight 48.9 metric tons
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rating unknown
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: total output unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
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

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

As the Earth Federation Forces begin mass production of its RGM-79 GM mobile suits in the last months of the One Year War, it becomes obvious that they need a mid-range fire support unit to complement its close-combat GMs. Rather than straining their resources by designing a new mobile suit and setting up new assembly lines, the Federation decides instead to develop a GM variant to fill the roll. Their first attempt in this venture is the RGC-80-1 GM Cannon Test Type, which is little more than a standard GM mounting the head and shoulder cannons of the RX-77-2 Guncannon prototype. However, mounting heavy guns on top of a light mobile suit frame creates balance and recoil problems when the cannons are fired, and the unit goes back to the drawing board, evolving into the final, standard RGC-80 GM Cannon model.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Appearances: MSV (Mobile Suit Variations); MSV-R: The Return of Johnny Ridden
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara

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