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RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam

 

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RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: RX-78-1
Code name: Prototype Gundam
Unit type: prototype general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: July UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso with Core Block System using FF-X5 Prototype Core Fighter
Dimensions: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 43.4 metric tons; max gross 59.0 metric tons
Armor materials: Luna Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1380 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: total output 55500 kg
Performance: 180-degree turn time 1.5 seconds
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 5700 meters
Fixed armaments: 2 x vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head; 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in backpack, hand-carried in use; shield, mounts on left forearm
Optional hand armaments: beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The third mobile suit developed under the Earth Federation's top-secret "Project V," the RX-78 Gundam series sees its initial rollout in the form of the RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam at the Federation's Jaburo military headquarters on Earth. The Gundam is designed as a fast, close-combat mobile suit and is the first to feature several new technologies, including the energy cap-based beam rifle (making the Gundam the first mobile suit to pack the firepower of a battleship) and beam saber. Once the initial design is approved, development proceeds to the second stage, and three RX-78-2 Gundam units begin construction and testing at the Side 7 research colony.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Farrell Iha
Appearances:
MSV (Mobile Suit Variations); Mobile Suit Gundam: Spirits of Zeon ~Dual Stars of Carnage~; Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record UC 0081
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara

 

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Beam rifle

 

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