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RX-79BD-1 GM Blue Destiny Unit 1

Rx-79bd-1
Unit Type

Prototype EXAM Ground Mobile Suit

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Model Number
  • RX-79BD-1
Developed from
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General Characteristics

Overall Height
  • 18.5 meters60.696 ft
    728.346 in
Max Weight
  • 73.0 metric tons
Standard Weight
  • 52.8 metric tons
Power Output
  • 1150 kW1,542.175 hp
Sensor Range
  • 6000 meters19,685.039 ft
Pilot Accommodations
  • Pilot only (cockpit in torso)
Armor
Frame Material
  • Semi-monocoque
Armaments
  • 2 x Head Vulcan Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • 2 x 60mm Chest Vulcan Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • 2 x Chest Wired-Control Missile searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • 2 x X.B.Sa-G-03 Beam Saber searchgray_iconsmall.png
Special Equipments and Features
Optional Equipment
  • NF·GMG-Type.37/100mm Machine Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • RGM·S-Sh-WF/S-00116·Ap-A Shield searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • P.B.R-0079/A12 S-000011 Beam Rifle searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • NFHI·GMCa-type.09/180mm Cannon searchgray_iconsmall.png

The RX-79BD-1 GM Blue Destiny Unit 1 is a variant of the RX-79(G) Gundam Ground Type. It first appeared in Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny. It was piloted by Yuu Kajima.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The Blue Destiny Unit 1 featured a GM head instead of a standard Gundam head. Though in many ways similar to its RX-79(G) Gundam Ground Type, GM Blue Destiny Unit 1 was quite a bit different in other ways, particularly in its armament. Similar to the RX-79[G], the Unit 1 featured its beam sabers in the legs and carried the same spiked shield. However, the single "multi-launcher" on the chest Gundam Ground Type had been upgraded into twin chest missiles and machine guns. Although sporting a smaller generator than the RGM-79 GM, the Unit 1 may have the generator power to use a beam rifle, though it was often equipped with a standard 100mm machine gun.

Armaments

  • Head Vulcan Gun
GM Blue Destiny Unit 1 was armed with Vulcan Guns mounted on the head. These vulcan guns are used to intercept incoming missiles and enemy units at close range.
  • 60mm Chest Vulcan Gun
One of two upgraded weapons of GM Blue Destiny. This weapon was mounted on each side of its cockpit. 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.
  • Chest Wired-Control Missile
One of two upgraded weapons of GM Blue Destiny. They were mounted on the sides of the abdomen and can function under Minovsky particle interference.
  • NF·GMG-Type.37/100mm Machine Gun
Because beam rifles are difficult and expensive to produce, the Earth Federation made expansive use of the cheaper and easier to build solid projectile firing weapons similar to what the Zeon's Zaku used. One such weapon was the shell firing 100mm machine gun, which had the power to pierce the steel armor of a Zeon mobile suit. However, unlike beam rifles which tend to do massive amounts of damage, the machine gun is more "hit or miss" on the damage it causes depending on which sections of a mobile suit it hits. The machine gun is clip fed and two spare clips are stored on the GM Blue Destiny's hip armor.
  • X.B.Sa-G-03 Beam Saber
Blue Destiny's close combat weapon, they are stored in the legs.
  • P.B.R-0079/A12 S-000011 Beam Rifle
A specialized high-power beam rifle for GM Blue Destiny Unit 1. The unit used its generator power in order to use a beam rifle, though Blue Destiny was primarily armed with a 100mm Machine Gun.
  • NFHI·GMCa-type.09/180mm Cannon
The Type 09 artillery cannon fires a 180x800 millimeter HE round and is loaded with an eight (8) round box magazine. Maximum effective range 3.0 kilometers. The cannon can be broken down into five for storage in the backpack storage container: the forward barrel with muzzle brake group, the rear barrel group, the forward receiver group, the rear receiver group and the magazine. Features include a swivel-out forward hand grip and top carrying handle.
  • RGM·S-Sh-WF/S-00116·Ap-A Shield
The GM Blue Destiny's defensive armament. Its shield is notably smaller though thicker, it is the same as the RX-79(G) Gundam Ground Type's, which allows for greater arm movement. Two notable features is the grip bar at the top of the shield and a pair of thick prong-like protrusions that can be used as a smashing weapon against enemy mobile suits.

Special Equipment & Features

A system that gave normal pilots the ability to mimic the power of Newtypes. While little is known about the mechanics of the system, the primary component is known to have been the captive soul of Newtype Marion Welch. The conflict of her soul with the bonds of the system made it extremely unstable and hard to control, to the point that the system - and the mobile suit - would sometimes go berserk. While under the influence of the EXAM System, the mobile suit's optical sensors would glow red.

History

While Zeon recognized the effectiveness of Newtypes in battle, they also realized that natural Newtypes were very rare. Zeon thus experimented with increasing the number of Newtype-class pilots in two ways:

  • Development of artificial Newtypes, which did not produce results until too late in the One Year War.
  • Development of control systems that would allow regular pilots to operate at Newtype skill levels.

Zeon researcher Professor Chlust Moses, as part of the latter program, developed the EXAM System and then defected to the Federation, bringing the EXAM technology with him. The Federation immediately began their own EXAM program, code named Blue Destiny, to take advantage of this technology. RX-79BD-1 GM Blue Destiny Unit 1, RX-79BD-2 Blue Destiny Unit 2, and RX-79BD-3 Blue Destiny Unit 3 were built from RX-79[G] units, though the RX-79BD-1 used a GM head, rather than a standard Gundam head.

The stress that EXAM exerts on the pilot, however, limited any widespread adoption. EXAM lead researcher Alf Chamara went through several test pilots until he found the perfect candidate in Federation test pilot Yuu Kajima. Kajima spearheaded the California Base assault in the RX-79BD-1, where he confronted the Zeon MS-08TX(EXAM) Efreet Custom, another EXAM mobile suit piloted by Zeon ace Major Nimbus Schterzen in combat, resulting in the destruction of both the RX-79BD-1 and the MS-08TX(EXAM). Development of the EXAM System continued with the Gundam Blue Destiny Units 2 and 3.

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