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The FA-78-1B Full Armor Gundam (Type B) (aka FA-G3) is an Earth Federation Forces mobile suit that first appeared in MSV-R: The Return of Johnny Ridden.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The Full Armor Gundam (Type B) was one of the mobile suit designs created as part of the Full-Armor System and Weapon System (FSWS). The goal of the FSWS project was to improve the capabilities of the RX-78 Gundam via the addition of armor, weapons and supplementary propulsion system. The machines created were intended to be used by a special ops team consisting of Newtype pilots.

The Full Armor Gundam (Type B) was a further development of the FA-78-1 Full Armor Gundam's design, and utilized the RX-78-3 Gundam "G-3" as the base machine, therefore it was also known as the 'FA-G3'. The Type B's weapon and fire control systems were redesigned, and were said to be far superior to those of other mobile suits of its time. It also had an improved reactor with higher output, as well as a customized long-distance optics observation system on its backpack.

Unlike the original Full Armor Gundam (Type A), which had a balance of anti-mobile suit and anti-ship capabilities, the Full Armor Gundam (Type B) was meant for mid-range bombardment and had higher firepower. Its armament consisted of a 360mm rocket launcher, a total of 48 missiles contained in two shoulder compartments, two knee compartments and a large missile launcher, a triple beam rifle, a pair of head Vulcans and two beam sabers.

The Type B would play an anti-ship role in fleet battles, attacking the enemy's flagship after breaking through the escort ships and mobile suits with its heavy firepower which was comparable to a medium-sized fleet; its missiles and rockets were meant as a countermeasure to the enemy ships' anti-beam defense systems. It was hoped that the attack would cripple the enemy fleet or cause the fleet to retreat.


  • 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 incoming missiles, etc.
  • Shoulder 7-tube Missile
Each side of the upper torso has a compartment loaded with seven missiles.
  • Knee 6-tube Missile
Each knee armor has a compartment loaded with six missiles, which are of the same type as those in the shoulders.
  • 360mm Rocket Launcher
Mounted on the right side of the backpack, it is a cannon that fires 360mm rockets.
  • Large Missile Launcher
Mounted on the left side of the backpack, it is also known as 'large-scale rocket launcher' and carries 22 missiles in total. Two long-range missiles are stored at the bottom and faces forward, and at the top are five compartments each carrying four missiles in a two-by-two arrangement. The missiles in the top compartments are the same as those in the shoulders and knees, but could also carry a variety of warheads if required.
  • Triple Beam Rifle
With the increase in electrical supply thanks to the Type B's higher reactor output, the original Full Armor Gundam's right forearm-mounted twin beam rifle is replaced by a triple beam rifle. The triple beam rifle has an internal E-cap and three firing modes: semi-auto, full-auto and simultaneous fire from all three barrels.
  • Beam Saber
A pair of beam sabers are stored on the left forearm armor, and they are also known as 'twin beam saber'. Each beam saber emits a blade-shaped beam to melt and cut through enemy armor.

Special Equipment & Features

  • Long Distance Optics Observation System
Mounted on the backpack, it contains high-focusing, long-range sensor systems.


The existence of the Full Armor Gundam (Type B) was revealed in U.C. 0089, when some of the data surrounding it was made public. It was unclear whether it was actually built or if it only existed as simulation data, as was the case with the original Full Armor Gundam, and the Federation Forces refused to comment on the subject.

In U.C. 0090, Federation Survey Service member Led Wayline piloted the Type B on a simulator in Luna II. In the simulation, the Type B easily defeated three MS-14B Gelgoog High Mobility Types and the battleship they were protecting. However, the simulation suddenly glitched, and one of the destroyed Gelgoog High Mobility Types was revived as a blue Gelgoog. The blue Gelgoog welcomed the return of Johnny Ridden and destroyed the Type B with its beam naginata, ending the simulation.

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MSV-R Mechanics
Earth Federation
Mobile Weapon
Full Armor Gundam's variations
FA-78-1B Full Armor Gundam Type B | FA-78(G) Full Armor Gundam Ground Type
Heavy Gundam's variation
FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam (Unit 2)
GM Cannon's variations
RGC-80-1 GM Cannon Test Type | RGC-80S GM Cannon Space Assault Type
GM Sniper Custom's variations
RGM-79HC GM Guard Custom | RGM-79KC GM Interceptor Custom | RGM-79SC GM Sniper Custom (Shimoda Squad Type)
GM's variations
RGM-79LV GM Night Seeker II | RGM-79U GM Sloep | RGM-79V GM Night Seeker
Guntank's variation
RMV-3M Local Control Type Guntank
Guncannon's variation
RX-77-3D Guncannon Heavy Arms Type D
Gundam's variation
RX-78-2 Gundam Real Type | RX-78SP Gunner Gundam
Ball's variations
RB-79F Ball Type F | RB-79M Ball Type M

Aircraft / Spacecraft
FF-S5 Raven Sword | FF-X5 Prototype Core Fighter | FF-X7BstPLAN004 Core Booster Plan004 | G-Fighter Assault Landing Type | G-Fighter Bomber Type | G-Fighter Space Type
Transporter / Supply Ship
CB-X5(SGT) Assault Type Gunperry
Cruiser / Mother Ship
SCV-102 Nelson
Principality of Zeon
Mobile Weapon
Agg's variation
EMS-05F Azock
Zaku I's variation
MS-05Q Zaku I (Norris Custom)
Zaku II's variations
MS-06A Zaku II First Mass Production Type | MS-06FS Zaku II | MS-06R-1A Zaku II High Mobility Type | MS-06S Zaku II Commander Type
Zaku II Ground Type's variations
MS-06D Zaku Desert Type | MS-06G Zaku II High Mobility Ground Type | MS-06GR Zaku II High Mobility Ground Type Kai | MS-06JK Zaku Half Cannon | MS-06K Zaku Cannon (Gatling Gun Equipment Type) | MS-06V-8 Zaku Tank (Wild Boar)
Gouf's variations
MS-07G-1 Gouf Vijayanta | MS-07G-2 Gouf Tactical Assault Type | MS-07W Gouf Combined Test Type
Dom's variations
MS-09 Dom Cold Climate Type | MS-09M Dom Mermaid | MS-09R Rick Dom Dozle Zabi Custom | YMS-09J Dom High Speed Experimental Type
Gelgoog's variations
MS-14B Gelgoog Uma Lightning Custom | MS-14BR Gelgoog High Mobility R type | MS-14C-1A Gelgoog Cannon | MS-14GD Gelgoog G
Z'Gok's variation
MSM-07N Ram Z’Gok
Gyan's variation
YMS-15E Gyan Eos
Bigro's variation
MA-05R Big Ruf
Grublo's variation
MAM-07-X3 Grublo Underwater Bit-Mounted Prototype
Zakrello's variation
MAN-00X-2 Brawrello
MSM-06 Jurick

Aircraft / Spacecraft
Dodai GA | G87 Luna Tank | Gobble
Cruiser / Mother Ship
CCM-91 Chimaira | Gagaul-class