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RGM-79C Powered GM

Unit Type

Prototype Test-use Mobile Suit

Appearances

Anime
OVA

Real World

Mechanical Designer

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Model Number
  • RGM-79C
Developed from
First Seen
  • September 18, 0083 U.C.
Last Seen
  • October 13, 0083 U.C.
Manufacturer
Operator
Known Pilots

General Characteristics

Overall Height
  • 18.5 meters60.696 ft
    728.346 in
Head Height
  • 18.0 meters59.055 ft
    708.661 in
Max Weight
  • 64.2 metric tons
Standard Weight
  • 46.6 metric tons
Power-plant
Power Output
  • 1650 kW2,212.686 hp
Sensor Range
  • 6000 meters19,685.039 ft
Armor
  • Titanium-Ceramic Composite

Movement

Rocket Thrusters
  • 2 x 32000 kg70,547.904 lb
    35.274 tons
  • 4 x 1870 kg4,122.643 lb
    2.061 tons
Armaments
  • 2 x 60mm Vulcan Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
Optional Equipment
  • HWF GMG·MG79-90mm Bullpup Machine Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • BLASH HB-L-07/N-STD Hyper Bazooka searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • FADEGEL RGM-M-Sh-007 Shield searchgray_iconsmall.png

The RGM-79C Powered GM is a test use mobile suit, which first appeared in the OVA series/compilation movie Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory. The unit is piloted by Dick Allen.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The RGM-79C Powered GM is a RGM-79C GM Type C that has been modified with advanced parts in order to test their functionality for use in future advanced mobile suits. Many of its new components are used in the form of a backpack system that incorporates a more powerful Minovsky-type ultracompact fusion reactor and more powerful thrusters. This new equipment granted the Powered GM significantly greater mobility. Its leaping height and speed greatly surpassed that of the MS-06F2 Zaku II F2 Type, and it has greater mobility when in midair. Because of the stress the mobile suit's legs receives when landing from such heights, heights greater than the GM Kai was originally intended to go, the Powered GM was outfitted with new shock absorbers in the knees.

Armaments

  • 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
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. This weapon is capable of cutting through any metal that has not been treated with anti-beam coating. The RGM-79C Powered GM is equipped with a single beam saber stored in a recharge rack in the left side of the backpack.
  • HWF GMG·MG79-90mm Bullpup Machine Gun
The 90mm machine gun is one of several optional ranged armaments that the Earth Federation regularly equipped their GM mobile suits with. Though not as powerful as the beam spray gun, the 90mm machine gun has greater range. And unlike the former which has a very limited number of shots and must be recharged using special facilities, machine gun can be reloaded in the field and has a greater ammo capacity, thus allows a pilot to be less conservative with ammunition. Also the 90mm machine gun is cheaper to produce, making it a cost effective weapon. The downside goes back to the power issue: Mobile suits are heavily armored and at great range can even stop the armor piercing rounds of mobile suit machine guns. Often bullets from a mobile suit machine gun has been seen penetrating the torso armor of an enemy mobile suit, only to stop short of damaging the reactor or killing the pilot and the enemy can still fight.
  • BLASH HB-L-07/N-STD Hyper Bazooka
The 360mm hyper bazooka is a mobile suit-sized bazooka that fires powerful explosive rounds. Arguably the most powerful weapon equipped to early Earth Federation mobile suits, the hyper bazooka is capable of firing explosive rounds powerful enough to completely destroy any of Zeon's mass production model mobile suits and mobile armors. The explosive impact causes more wide-spread damage than a beam rifle, nor does the bazooka sacrifice range as the beam spray gun does. The downside of the bazooka is that its large size makes is somewhat more difficult to handle and its ammunition is limited.
  • FADEGEL RGM-M-Sh-007 Shield
Shields are simple in their design, being essentially thick slabs of metal that the equipped mobile suit can use to absorb the impact from attacks that, for whatever reason, cannot be dodged. However shields can only withstand so much pressure before becoming damaged themselves. As technology progressed it became necessary for shields to be treated with an anti-beam coating as a measure of defense against beam weapons which can normally penetrate any physical barrier, however the coating gets gradually burned away each time a beam strikes it until it is rendered useless. Powered GM could optionally mount a shield on either of its forearms.

History

The RGM-79C Powered GM was built in the year UC 0083 and stationed at Torrington Base, Australia where it was assigned to test pilot Dick Allen. The Powered GM would be tested in mock battles against multiple MS-06F2 Zaku II F2 Type, typically ending in victory without Dick having pushed the machine to its limits. On October 13th 0083 U.C, the Torrington Base was attacked by members of the Delaz Fleet. The Powered GM would be sortied against the enemy mobile suits, and later sent out as a member of one of the teams sent after the Zeon mobile suits. The Powered GM would be destroyed and its pilot killed during the pursuit. Another Powered GM was seen in the accident of the Torrington Base. However, the unit was also destroyed. It was believed that at least two Powered GM were built at that time. After the accident, the testing data of the Powered GM was mostly lost.

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