Technology and Combat Characteristics
The RGM-79[E] GM Early Type is an early model GM mobile suit used as a test machine to gather data for the Earth Federation's first true future mass production mobile suit. The RGM-79[E] GM Early Type's equipment was optimized for use in space.
- 60mm 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.
- Beam Saber
- The GM Early Type is equipped with a single beam saber stored in a backpack recharge storage rack. The beam saber is a small cylindrical device held in the mobile suit's hands when operated and is powered by an energy capacitor that is recharged from special racks. The beam saber is capable of cutting through any metal that has not been treated with anti-beam coating.
- HWF GMG·MG79-90mm Bullpup Machine Gun
- The bullpup machine gun is an open-bolt, gas-operated, magazine-fed, mobile suit handheld sub-machine gun. It does not require energy to be used, however it is ineffective against heavy armor. When the magazine is empty, it can be discarded and replaced with a new one.
During the chaotic One Year War, the Federation attempted to mass-produce a mobile suit to combat the Principality of Zeon's fearsome MS-06 Zaku II. With the RGM-79［G］ GM Ground Type already deployed on Earth, the RGM-79[E] GM Early Type would be deployed in space. Combined with the learning system from the RX-78-2 Gundam, the GM Early Type would later be mass-produced as the GM Kai. Since it was only deployed for testing purposes, the GM Early Type was armed with only a machine gun and a beam saber.
The only known record of a GM Early Type being used was during October UC 0079. Ace pilot Sergeant Terry Sanders, Jr. was leading a team of GM's when the entire team was wiped out singlehandedly by a MS-06RD-4 Zaku High Mobility Test Type. Sanders' GM was the only unit that survived the incident, but the GM itself was badly damaged and eventually rescued by Shiro Amada piloting a RB-79K Ball Type K.