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The F90 Gundam F90 ("F90" standing for "Formula 90") is a mobile suit from the Mobile Suit Gundam F90 manga.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The Gundam F90 is a prototype unit developed by the Strategic Naval Research Institute under the "Formula Project", a plan to create small mobile suits. Standing at only 14.8 meters compared to the 18 meters tall RX-78-2 Gundam, the Gundam F90's downsizing was achieved through the use of micro-honeycomb structure obtained from Yashima Heavy Industries, enabling its armor and movable frame to be made lighter. It also has a downsized reactor, but its output is 1.5 times that of existing mobile suits. With a total of 51 attitude control thrusters placed throughout its body, the Gundam F90 is also highly mobile and maneuverable. A total of three Gundam F90 units were built and are known as Unit 1 to Unit 3.

The Gundam F90's most prominent feature is its adaptation of the Mission Packs. These dedicated optional equipment can be attached across the 11 hardpoints placed throughout the Gundam F90's body, allowing the mobile suit to take on a variety of missions. They can also be exchanged when needed, granting the Gundam F90 extremely high versatility. To control the Mission Packs, pseudo-personality computers were installed. Unit 1 has the Type-A.R., while Unit 2 has the Type-C.A. The Gundam F90's standard armament consist of two head vulcans, a beam rifle, two beam sabers, and a shield.

Armaments

  • 60mm Vulcan Gun
A pair of shell-firing weapon built into the head. Though not powerful, its high rate of fire meant it was employed to intercept enemy missiles/units, as warning shots, and to destroy lightly armored targets. Early in the F90's design phase, it was proposed that all equipment not necessary for basic operations, such as built-in firearms, were to be eliminated so as to keep the machine small, light and highly mobile. However, the Vulcan guns were subsequently added for self-defense purposes.
  • Beam Saber
The beam saber is a small device held in the mobile suit's hands when deployed and is powered by a rechargeable energy capacitor. It emits high-energy Minovsky particles to form a blade-shaped I-field (via manipulation of electromagnetic fields), and then fills this I-field shell with superheated Minovsky particle plasma to produce an effective cutting blade. The F90 has two beam sabers stored on the backpack. Depending on the configuration of the Mission Pack, they may be relocated to other parts of the Mission Pack.
  • Beam Rifle
The beam rifle is the standard ranged weapon of most mobile suits, it fires a compressed mega particle beam which can penetrate most physical armor not treated to resist it. The F90's beam rifle is powered by a replaceable E-pack located at the weapon's rear. Spare E-packs can be carried on the side skirt's hardpoints, and the beam rifle itself can be stored on the rear skirt's weapon rack.
  • Shield
A piece of equipment that increases the Gundam F90's defensive capability, it is mounted on the left forearm, handheld, or stored on the backpack hardpoint. The Gundam F90's shield is strong and light due to the use of new materials, and two spare E-packs for the beam rifle can be stored on the back.

Special Equipment & Features

  • Hardpoint
The F90 has 11 hardpoints for mounting the Mission Packs, sets of optional equipment and armaments, to meet specific needs or combat situations. The locations of these hardpoints are: two on top of the shoulder armor, one on the backpack, two on the sides of the forearms, two on the front skirt armor, two on the side skirt armor, and two on the sides of the legs. These hardpoints are covered when not in use. The attached Mission Packs can be exchanged, making the F90 extremely versatile. There are potentially as many as 26 Mission Packs. The hardpoints can also be used for mounting spare E-packs of the Beam Rifle or other ranged beam weaponry.
  • Weapon Rack
The F90 has a weapon rack on its rear skirt armor for storing handheld weapons such as the Beam Rifle. The weapon rack can also be used for mounting parts of certain Mission Packs.
  • 8000 Series Neurocomputer
A fifth-generation Non-Von Neumann computer that is the main control computer of the F90. It was installed due to the need for a powerful computing system to control a high performance machine. Besides controlling the mobile suit, it can control all the Mission Packs as well. It is the first MS-based computer to have a holo-cube processing system with more than one million synaptic processors, but it cannot be programmed in the usual way, so a pseudo-personality knowledge base is configured on the processors, and it is programmed by synaptic connections through repeated simulations against an learning computer installed with data of past mobile suit battles.
  • Type-A.R Pseudo-Personality Computer
Installed on the Unit 1, it not only assists with control of the Mission Packs, but can also predict the enemy's movements. Though never confirmed, it is heavily implied that its programming was based on the pseudo-personality of Amuro Ray.
  • Type-C.A-III Pseudo-Personality Computer
Installed on the Unit 2, it not only assists with control of the Mission Packs, but also improves the mobile suit's mobility. This causes the Unit 2 to be 3 times faster than existing mobile suit. It is also said to have more battle experience than Type-A.R. Though never confirmed, it is heavily implied that its programming was based on the pseudo-personality of Char Aznable.

History

Following the Neo-Zeon wars, a time of relative peace began for the Earth sphere, without any major spacenoid uprising. Nevertheless, the Earth Federation Forces decided to maintain their military strength by creating newer mobile suits, designed for this new age. Although Anaheim Electronics had a virtual monopoly for several decades when it came to mobile suit production, the EFF created its own in-house development thinktank, which was called the Strategic Naval Research Institute (SNRI). This organization was tasked with the duty to create new scaled-down mobile suits, which were not only smaller and lighter but also mounted the newest weaponry and technology to cope with different combat situations and missions. This eventually led SNRI to initiate the "Formula Project", which resulted in the creation of the F90 Gundam F90.

Three Gundam F90 units were built, with Unit 1 and 2 assigned to the EFF's 13th Experimental Squadron for testing. During testing, a remnant Zeon force calling themselves the "Oldsmobile Army" appeared and stole Unit 2. Unit 2 was then brought back to their martian base and reconfigured into the OMS-90R Gundam F90. The Earth Federation reassigned the 13th Experimental Squadron, along with Unit 1, as the 13th Autonomous Fleet and sent them to Mars to destroy the Oldsmobile Army. On the surface of Mars, Unit 1 battled Oldsmobile Army's mobile suits around Olympus Mons using equipment from several of its Mission Packs, primarily the Assault, Destroid, and Support packs. Later, in the enemy base within Mount Olympus, Unit 1/Def Stallion engaged the OMS-90R Gundam F90 piloted by Bosch. Both units were heavily damaged and in a final move reminiscent of the final battle between the RX-78-2 Gundam and the MSN-02 Zeong, Unit 1 emerged victorious.

After the battle, the remains of both Gundam F90 units were recovered. Unit 1 was eventually restored and deployed in further combat, while the OMS-90R Gundam F90 was modified into the F90II Gundam F90II. As for Unit 3, it was said to serve as the basis for the F90III-Y Cluster Gundam. Continuation of the Formula Project resulted in the SNRI's creation of the more advanced and powerful F91 Gundam F91.

Variants

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Notes and Trivia

  • A crudely edited version of the Gundam F90 makes several cameo appearances in the American comedy movie "Grandma's Boy" in posters for "Gay Robot", a fictional video game made by Brainasium, where the majority of the film's characters are employed. Gay Robot itself is actually a character created by comedian Nick Swardson, who was one of the writers of the movie.

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