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{{Infobox/Mobile Weapon Ver.2
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|top={{message|warning|This article is in need of Armaments descriptions.}}, {{Looking for|the mobile suit featured in [[MS-X]]|FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam featured in [[Mobile Suit Discovery]]|FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam/Origin}}
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|image=FA782_HeavyGundam2_-_Front.png;Front
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Fa-78-2-back.jpg;Rear
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FA782 HeavyGundam1 - Front.png;MS-X Colors
 
|transformable=No
 
|transformable=No
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|production=Prototype
 
|usage=Heavy Assault
 
|usage=Heavy Assault
|vehicletype=
 
|shiptype=
 
 
|type=Suit
 
|type=Suit
|oftheline=
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|OfficialName=Heavy Gundam<br>ヘビーガンダム
|image=FA782_HeavyGundam2_-_Front.png;Standard colors
 
FA782 HeavyGundam1 - Front.png;MSX colors
 
|archetype=RX-78 Gundam, FA-78-1 Gundam Full Armor Type
 
 
|designation=FA-78-2
 
|designation=FA-78-2
|OfficialName=Heavy Gundam
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|archetype=FA-78-1 Gundam Full Armor Type
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|first=0079
 
|era=Universal Century
 
|era=Universal Century
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|mechdesigner=Kunio Okawara
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|series=MS-X, Mobile Suit Gundam: After-Jaburo, Mobile Suit Gundam MSV Battle Chronicle Johnny Ridden
 
|manufacturer=Earth Federation Forces
 
|manufacturer=Earth Federation Forces
 
|operator=Earth Federation Forces
 
|operator=Earth Federation Forces
 
|pilot=Den Berserk
 
|pilot=Den Berserk
|paccommodation=Pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
 
|captain=
 
|crew=
 
|saccommodation=
 
 
|height=18.4
 
|height=18.4
 
|headheight=18.0
 
|headheight=18.0
|length=
 
|width=
 
 
|emptyweight=52.2
 
|emptyweight=52.2
 
|powerplant=Minovsky Ultracompact Fusion Reactor
 
|powerplant=Minovsky Ultracompact Fusion Reactor
|propulsion=Rocket thrusters
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|propulsion=Rocket Thrusters
|armaments=*Cannon, mounted on torso over right shoulder
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|paccommodation=Pilot only~in standard cockpit in torso
*Beam Saber, stored in recharge rack in backpack, hand-carried in use
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|armaments=Beam Cannon
|OptionalEquip=*Heavy Launcher (mounts Gatling gun and 4-tube missile launcher)
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Beam Saber
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|OptionalEquip=Frame Launcher~Gatling Gun, 4-tube Missile Launcher
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|optionalHandheldArmaments=BAUVA*XBR-M-79-07G Beam Rifle
The '''FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam''', like the [[FA-78-1 Gundam Full Armor Type]], never appeared in any actual animated form, but it is an official ''[[MS-X]]'' mobile suit variation.
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}}The '''FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam''' is a mobile suit featured in the ''[[MS-X]]'' series.
   
 
==Technology & Combat Characteristics==
 
==Technology & Combat Characteristics==
Although the FA-78-1 Gundam Full Armor Type was deemed to be a design failure while it was still in the planning phases, the Earth Federation continued to design new upgrades to for the RX-78-2 Gundam under Full-Armor System and Weapon System (FSWS) program. The most successful concept to come out of the project was the design of the Heavy Gundam. Instead of adding supplemental external armor and weapons modules to a pre-existing mobile suit as the Gundam Full Armor Type did, the Heavy Gundam was an entirely new mobile suit built from the ground up. This reduced some of the weight issues the original design suffered, and allowed for the unit to have thicker and sturdier armor as well.
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Although the [[FA-78-1 Gundam Full Armor Type]], was deemed to be a design failure while it was still in the planning phases, the Earth Federation continued to design new upgrades to for the RX-78-2 Gundam under Full-Armor System and Weapon System (FSWS) program. The most successful concept to come out of the project was the design of the FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam.
   
The Heavy Gundam also borrowed the shoulder-mounted rocket cannon from the Gundam Full Armor Type, but also added in a beam saber over the opposite shoulder for use in close combat situations. The concept of rocket launchers in the shoulders and knees was removed all together, and the Heavy Gundam was instead given a special gun that mounted over the right fore-arm called a "heavy launcher." The Heavy Gundam's heavy launcher incorporated both a large Gatling gun and a four-tube missile launcher, making it a useful long-range weapon.
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Instead of adding supplemental external armor and weapons modules to a pre-existing mobile suit as the Gundam Full Armor Type did, the Heavy Gundam was an entirely new mobile suit built from the ground up. This reduced some of the weight issues the original design suffered, and allowed for the unit to have thicker and sturdier armor as well. The [[Core Block System]] is omitted in favor of additional armor plates. In addition, in order to compensate for the decreased mobility, the Heavy Gundam will be operated in conjunction with the [[Guncarry]].
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The Heavy Gundam is armed with a shoulder-mounted beam cannon connected directly to the generator. Also added in a beam saber over the opposite shoulder for use in close combat situations. The concept of rocket launchers in the shoulders and knees was removed all together, and the Heavy Gundam was instead given a composite firearms system that mounted over the right forearm called a "frame launcher". The Heavy Gundam's frame launcher incorporated both a large gatling gun and a four-tube missile launcher, making it a useful long-range weapon.
   
 
==Armaments==
 
==Armaments==
;*Cannon
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;*Beam Cannon
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;*Beam Saber
 
;*Beam Saber
;*Heavy Launcher
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;*Frame Launcher
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;;:*Gatling Gun
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;;:*4-tube Missile Launcher
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;*BAUVA*XBR-M-79-07G Beam Rifle
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
Only one prototype Heavy Gundam would be built, as development of new Gundam upgrades was ended in November of Universal Century 0079. But the Heavy Gundam's design was still successful as it had overcome all of the weight and mobility problems that had plagued the Gundam Full Armor Type. The lone Heavy Gundam prototype would see action at least once, piloted by Colonel Den Berserk when the Earth Federation Forces captured the Zeon asteroid fortress of Pezun.
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The Heavy Gundam was intended to be equipped with new thrusters developed by [[Hervic Company|Hervic]] to compensate for its low mobility. However, while the development of the new thrusters suffered from a delay, [[Amuro Ray]], piloting the [[RX-78-2 Gundam]], was able to defeat many heavy mobile suits and mobile armors, drawing into question the necessity of the [[FSWS Plan]]. Ultimately, the plan was halted in late November, U.C. 0079.<ref>Mobile Suit Gundam MSV Collection File Space Edition</ref>
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Eight months after the end of the [[One Year War]], the development of the Heavy Gundam restarted. Six months later, three (some say four) full-scale development units were completed and were given the official designation of FA-78-2. They were also known as "Heavy Gundam" due to their classification as heavy combat mobile suits. Though they demonstrated the expected performance, they were not officially adopted.<ref>Mobile Suit Variation-R - Federation Survey Service Handbook 2</ref>
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One of the three completed units was lost during an atmospheric reentry test, while the other two were assigned to experimental units as testbeds.<ref>MSV-R Action Graphic 2</ref>
   
 
==Variants==
 
==Variants==
 
*[[FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam (Unit 2)]]
 
*[[FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam (Unit 2)]]
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*[[T1 Shuttle Gundam]]
   
==Picture Gallery==
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==Gallery==
<gallery captionalign="left">
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<gallery hideaddbutton="true">
FA782 HeavyGundam2 - Front.png
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Fa-78-2-3.jpg|FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam (Unit 3)
Fa-78-2-heavylauncher.jpg|Heavy launcher
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Fa-78-2-heavylauncher.jpg|Frame Launcher
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rx-78-2_beamrifle.jpg|BAUVA*XBR-M-79-07G Beam Rifle
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FA-78-2_Heavy_Gundam_Fix_Figuration.png|FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam color art by Hajime Katoki
 
Fa-78-2-ms-girl.gif|Heavy Gundam [[MS Girl]]
 
Fa-78-2-ms-girl.gif|Heavy Gundam [[MS Girl]]
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SD Gundam G Generation Genesis Heavy Gundam.jpg|As seen on [[SD Gundam G Generation Genesis]] for Nintendo Switch game
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FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam BO2.png|As seen in ''Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2''
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
   
==Notes==
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===Manga===
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<gallery hideaddbutton=true>
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After-Jaburo_10.jpg|Heavy Gundam as seen on [[Mobile Suit Gundam: After-Jaburo|Gundam: After Jaburo]] (Shōgakukan; 2014)
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After-Jaburo_23.jpg|Heavy Gundam (After Jaburo)
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</gallery>
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==Action Figures==
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<gallery hideaddbutton=true>
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GFF_0015_HeavyGundam_box-front.jpg|[[Gundam Fix Figuration|Gundam Fix Figuration (GFF)]] #0015 "FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam / [[RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam]]" figure set (2003): package front view
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GFF_0015_HeavyGundam_box-back.jpg|GFF #0015 "FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam / RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam" figure set (2003): package rear view
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GFF_0015_HeavyGundam-PrototypeGundam_Sample.jpg|GFF #0015 "FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam" figure (2003): product sample (left) with parts converible to RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam figure (right)
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</gallery>
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==Notes and Trivia==
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*For unknown reasons, the Heavy Gundam had standard Gundam eyes instead of the visor in ''[[SD Gundam G Generation|G Generation Genesis]]''.
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
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<gallery hideaddbutton=true>
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ms-h-gundam.jpg|Heavy Gundam: information from [[Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation]]
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</gallery>
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<references/>
   
==External Links==
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==External links==
 
*[http://www.mahq.net/mecha/gundam/ms-x/fa-78-2.htm FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam on MAHQ.net]
 
*[http://www.mahq.net/mecha/gundam/ms-x/fa-78-2.htm FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam on MAHQ.net]
   
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{{MSX-Mecha}}
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[[ja:FA-78-2 ヘビーガンダム]]

Revision as of 02:24, March 18, 2020

This article is in need of Armaments descriptions.
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Please note that this is the Gundam Wiki's article on the mobile suit featured in MS-X; if you are looking for the article on FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam featured in Mobile Suit Discovery then you should head to FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam/Origin.
The FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam is a mobile suit featured in the MS-X series.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

Although the FA-78-1 Gundam Full Armor Type, was deemed to be a design failure while it was still in the planning phases, the Earth Federation continued to design new upgrades to for the RX-78-2 Gundam under Full-Armor System and Weapon System (FSWS) program. The most successful concept to come out of the project was the design of the FA-78-2 Heavy Gundam.

Instead of adding supplemental external armor and weapons modules to a pre-existing mobile suit as the Gundam Full Armor Type did, the Heavy Gundam was an entirely new mobile suit built from the ground up. This reduced some of the weight issues the original design suffered, and allowed for the unit to have thicker and sturdier armor as well. The Core Block System is omitted in favor of additional armor plates. In addition, in order to compensate for the decreased mobility, the Heavy Gundam will be operated in conjunction with the Guncarry.

The Heavy Gundam is armed with a shoulder-mounted beam cannon connected directly to the generator. Also added in a beam saber over the opposite shoulder for use in close combat situations. The concept of rocket launchers in the shoulders and knees was removed all together, and the Heavy Gundam was instead given a composite firearms system that mounted over the right forearm called a "frame launcher". The Heavy Gundam's frame launcher incorporated both a large gatling gun and a four-tube missile launcher, making it a useful long-range weapon.

Armaments

  • Beam Cannon
  • Beam Saber
  • Frame Launcher
  • Gatling Gun
  • 4-tube Missile Launcher
  • BAUVA*XBR-M-79-07G Beam Rifle

History

The Heavy Gundam was intended to be equipped with new thrusters developed by Hervic to compensate for its low mobility. However, while the development of the new thrusters suffered from a delay, Amuro Ray, piloting the RX-78-2 Gundam, was able to defeat many heavy mobile suits and mobile armors, drawing into question the necessity of the FSWS Plan. Ultimately, the plan was halted in late November, U.C. 0079.[1]

Eight months after the end of the One Year War, the development of the Heavy Gundam restarted. Six months later, three (some say four) full-scale development units were completed and were given the official designation of FA-78-2. They were also known as "Heavy Gundam" due to their classification as heavy combat mobile suits. Though they demonstrated the expected performance, they were not officially adopted.[2]

One of the three completed units was lost during an atmospheric reentry test, while the other two were assigned to experimental units as testbeds.[3]

Variants

Gallery

Manga

Action Figures

Notes and Trivia

  • For unknown reasons, the Heavy Gundam had standard Gundam eyes instead of the visor in G Generation Genesis.

References

  1. Mobile Suit Gundam MSV Collection File Space Edition
  2. Mobile Suit Variation-R - Federation Survey Service Handbook 2
  3. MSV-R Action Graphic 2

External links


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