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FF-X7 Core Fighter




Unit Type

Limited Production Transformable Core Block System Support Craft


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Model Number
  • FF-X7
Developed from
Developed into
Combines into
First Seen
Last Seen
Known Pilots

General Characteristics

Overall Height
  • 3.39 meters11.122 ft
    133.465 in
Overall Length
  • 8.60 meters
  • 6.8 meters22.31 ft
Max Weight
  • 8.9 metric tons
  • NC-3 Type Nuclear Fusion Generator
Pilot Accommodations
  • Pilot only (in standard canopy-style cockpit)


Max Speed
  • The input "Mach 3.6-4.8" does not meet the Regular expression condition: ((\d+)|(\d*\.\d+)). (Theoretically)
Rocket Thrusters
  • 6 x ? kg
  • 4 x 25mm Vulcan Gun
  • 2 x Missile Launcher
    • 8 x AIM-79 Air-to-Air Missile
Special Equipments and Features
Optional Equipment
  • 2 x AIM-77D Air-to-Air Missile

The FF-X7 Core Fighter is a space fighter developed as part of the Core Block System from Mobile Suit Gundam, design by Kunio Okawara.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The Core Fighter was developed by the Hervic Company for the Earth Federation's Project V. It can be considered as the successor of the old FF-6 TIN Cod fighter jet. Since the data of Project V is essential to the Earth Federation's mobile suit development program, FF-X7 Core Fighters were designed to serve as cockpits for RX-75-4 Guntank, RX-77-2 Guncannon, and RX-78-2 Gundam (as well as RX-78-3 "G-3" Gundam) that are capable of being ejected and escape under their own power. Mobile suits with the Core Block System were composed of three modules: the upper torso and head, the Core Fighter which doubled as the cockpit and torso, and the hips and legs. The concept of the Core Block System was that if the mobile suits were damaged the pilots could escape by disconnecting the three main parts of the mobile suit and unfold the cockpit into its fighter form and then fly away to safety along with data collected in the Core Fighter's computer.

The Core Fighter uses a hybrid propulsion system of rocket thrusters and jets, it can operate effectively in the atmosphere as well as in space. While it wasn't designed for combat the Core Fighter is armed with 25mm Vulcan guns and missile launchers which allows it to fight against enemy fighter craft.

The Hervic Company eventually developed upgraded modules for the Core Fighter to increase its performance as support fighter (the G-Fighter in TV series and FF-X7-Bst Core Booster in movie edition). After the One Year War, the concepts of the Core Block System and the Core Fighter are continued to be used in various mobile suits.

The cockpit of the Core Fighter sports a drum design, which lowers the hit rate of the pilot and ups survivability. The cockpit also mounts a MFD (Multi-Functional Display).


  • 25mm Vulcan Gun
The Core Fighter is equipped with a total of four 25mm Vulcan guns, with a pair of two guns located rear the tip of left and right nose cone, respectively. The Vulcans are primarily used to ward off advancing enemies, shoot down missiles, or hitting other fast moving targets. They also made good use as an anti-aircraft and anti-personnel weapons. They are, however,not very effective in piercing heavy armor (though they had shown the ability to do severe damage to Mobile Suit's if fired at point-blank range) and thus were not often used against larger, more heavily armored foes.
  • Missile Launcher
Two missile launchers are located in the Core Fighter's main body, one in the left and the other in the right side. The launchers are open-hatched design, and pops up from the top surface when in use. Each launcher was initially equipped with only a single air-to-air missile, but later upgraded with four missiles each. These rocket-propelled weapons were used for bombardment and to deal damage to heavily armored enemies.
  • AIM-79 Air-to-Air Missile
  • AIM-77D Air-to-Air Missile
One AIM-77D Air-to-Air Missile can be mounted optionally on each wing via the wing pylons.

Special Equipment & Features


The FF-X7 Core Fighter was developed as part of the Earth Federation's Project V as mobile suit cockpits and emergency escape craft to increase pilot survivability and to safeguard data acquired the Earth Federation's original nine combat ready mobile suit, of which only three participated in the war. Aside from their original purpose the Core Fighter could be used as a support craft to aid mobile suit in battle either in space or in the Earth's atmosphere. Though effective fighters against the Principality of Zeon's Dopp Fighters and Magella Attack Tanks they would have limited effectiveness during the war.

The Earth Federation ship White Base would field a number of these Core Fighters during the One Year War, however because the Core Block System proves to be too complicated and costly, thus not incorporated in mass production mobile suits, the production of the FF-X7 Core Fighter would be limited to a handful of units. Despite not being mass-produced itself the design would inspire new fighter craft such as the Jet Core Booster II. Still, with the advancement of mobile suit technology even these craft would be quickly phased out in favor of more powerful mobile suits.

After the war the FF-X7 Core Fighter would serve as the basis for future Core Fighters of more advanced Gundams.





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