Technology & Combat Characteristics
The FF-X7BstPLAN004 Core Booster Plan004 is one of the testbeds for the Core Booster. It was deployed by the Earth Federation Forces as a high-speed space assault aircraft. However, there were only a low-cost short production using the latest technology. The plane has both atmospheric and space-flight capability. An unit was basically a Core Fighter combined with a heavy-duty booster module, also greatly improving its speed, firepower, armor, operational stamina. Armed with two powerful mega-particle cannons, four 25mm machine guns, four-round missile launchers and vulcan guns, the Core Booster could serve both as a high-altitude air superiority fighter and a tactical bomber. In space combat, the Core Booster served as a serious support unit of the mobile assault squadrons for Federation warships.
- Vulcan Gun
- Mega Particle Cannon
- 25mm Machine Gun
- AIM-79 Micro Missile
The FF-X7 Core Fighter was originally created to increase the survival rating of mobile suit pilots by functioning as an escape system. However, the Earth Federation did not use the Core Block System in their mass-produced RGM-79 GM, and halted mass production of the Core Fighter. However the Earth Federation had already invested considerable sums of money to build production facilities for the Core Fighter. Additionally squadrons and mobile suit teams were using mobile suits equipped with the Core Block System, requiring at least some limited production be maintained in order to supply spare parts.
However it was simply not economically feasible to have invested in large scale production facilities only to produce a relatively small number of spare parts. So a plan was devised that the Earth Federation mass-produce the Core Fighter as a full-fledged combat weapon, but also include new equipment that would improve the Core Fighter's overall performance. The plan was approved but only on three conditions. First, in order shorten the needed production time, not a lot of time could be spent on research and development so the new equipment had to use existing technology. Second, to counter the high cost of the Core Fighter, which had such expensive technology as the learning computer, the cost of the new equipment must be relatively low. And finally the unit had to capable of operation on Earth and in space. The FF-X7BstPLAN004 Core Booster Plan004 was one of the proposed production plans.