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Technology & Combat Characteristics
Although the FA-78-1 Gundam Full Armor Type was deemed to be a design failure while it was still in the planning phases, the Earth Federation continued to design new upgrades to for the RX-78-2 Gundam under Full-Armor System and Weapon System (FSWS) program. One of these new upgrades is the FA-78-1B Gundam Full Armor Type-B.
Intended for mid-ranged bombardment, the Gundam Full Armor Type-B adds supplemental external armor and weapons modules to a pre-existing mobile suit as the Gundam Full Armor Type did. The new armaments of the Gundam Full Armor Type-B consists of several mid-to-long range weapons such as a large rocket-firing cannon mounted over the Full Armor Gundam's right shoulder, a large scale rocket launcher mounted over the Full Armor Gundam's left shoulder, four missile launchers, two mounted in the upper torso and two more in the knees, a twin beam saber secured to the left arm, and a new three-barreled beam gun secured to the right arm. The Gundam Full Armor Type-B also had a higher output generator to power these new beam weapons as well as numerous removable armor modules that could be placed over the Gundam's existing armor. To compensate for the added mass of the new armor and weapons, these new armor modules also incorporated several additional thrusters and maneuvering verniers.
- Vulcan Gun
- A standard armament of the mobile suits that are descended from the Earth Federation Forces's RX series is a pair of head mounted 60mm vulcan guns. These shell firing weapons have a high-rate of fire but have little power and can't damage the thick armor of a mobile suit, though it can damage lightly armored areas such as the sensors. The weapons are ideal for shooting down small, fast moving, lightly armored targets such as missiles, small land vehicles, and attack helicopters.
- Missile Launcher
- Four missile launchers are mounted in the armor modules, one on each knee and two mounted on the upper torso. Each missile launcher in believed to hold about 3 missiles for a total of 12.
- Large Rocket-firing Cannon
- Mounted on the right shoulder is a large rocket-firing cannon similar to that of the RX-77-2 Guncannon.
- Large Scale Rocket Launcher
- Mounted on the left shoulder and intended to compensate for anti-beam protection, this new weapon carries of total of 12 rocket-propelled explosives. Two of them are mounted in the front of the weapon and are forward firing. The other 10 are mounted in five hidden panels on the top section of the launcher and can be fired upward or even rearward to attack an enemy behind the unit. When fired all at once, these weapon are capable of destroying just about anything in their path.
- 3-barrel Hand Beam Gun
- Secured to the right arm, this weapon is an improved version of the FA-78-1 Gundam Full Armor Type's twin barreled beam gun. This weapon has is capable of destroying a mobile suit or severely damaging a battleship in a single shot.
- Twin Beam Saber
- Secured to the left arm, this weapon was intended to replace the beam sabers which were removed to add the new back-mounted weapon systems.
Special Equipment & Features
- Full-Armor System and Weapon System (FSWS)
- The upgrade program, developed several options packs to increase the Gundam's already considerable power.
- Removable Armor Modules
- Intended to increase the Gundam's defense without decreasing mobility, the modules have built in thrusters and maneuvering verniers. If necessary, they can also be ejected.
- Long Distance Optics Observation System
- As most of the unit's weapons are designed for long-range combat this system was added to assist in locating enemies.
The FA-78-1B Gundam Full Armor Type-B first appeared in a simulation design piloted by an Earth Federation soldier name Led Wayline. In the simulation design Gundam Full Armor Type-B battles three MS-14B Gelgoog High Mobility Type. Wayline easily defeated the three Gelgoog High Mobility Types and the battle ship they were protecting. Then the simulation design encountered a system error and one of the destroyed Gelgoog High Mobility Type was revived. Shock by what was happening Wayline couldn't move using this chance the Gelgoog pull its twin beam sword. Then the Gelgoog destroyed the Gundam Full Armor Type-B, thus ending the simulation design program.
- FA-78-1B Full Armor Gundam Type B on MAHQ.net
- FA-78-1B Gundam Full Armor Type-B on Gundams over Germany