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The FF-X7BstPLAN004 Core Booster Plan004 is a prototype aerospace fighter based on the FF-X7-Bst Core Booster. It first appeared as a part of the MSV-R line.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The FF-X7BstPLAN004, or Core Booster Plan004, is one of the testbeds for the Core Booster concept. It was deployed by the Earth Federation Forces to produce a highly-mobile combat platform utilizing cutting-edge weapon technologies without the complexity and manufacturing cost of a mobile suit. The plane has both atmospheric and space-flight capability. As its name suggests, a complete Core Booster unit is basically a Core Fighter combined with a heavily-armed booster module, greatly improving its acceleration (which directly contributes to the unit's battlefield survivability), firepower, and operational endurance. Adding two powerful mega-particle cannons and four 25mm autocannons to the Core Fighter's existing armaments, the Core Booster could serve as a multi-role fighter; in space, the Core Booster could effectively support Federation mobile suits and warships.

Armaments

  • Vulcan Gun

Part of the Core Fighter's existing weapon systems, two pairs of 25mm Vulcan cannons are mounted in the Core Fighter's nose, intended for close-in combat against aircraft and strafing against lightly-armored vehicles.

  • AIM-79 Micro Missile

Part of the Core Fighter's existing weapon systems, up to four of these air-to-air missiles can be carried in each of the fighter's two retractable missile launchers.

  • 25mm Machine Gun

Two dorsal- and two ventrally-mounted 25mm autocannons in the booster module add to the Core Fighter's existing pairs of Vulcan cannons, making it much easier to overwhelm lightly-armored targets with sheer volumes of projectiles.

  • Mega Particle Cannons

The two dorsal-mounted Mega Particle Cannons are the Core Booster's primary offensive weapons. These weapons are powered by the booster unit's onboard reactor.

History

The FF-X7 Core Fighter was originally created to increase the survivability of mobile suit pilots by functioning as an escape system. The Earth Federation initially had high hopes for the Core Block System concept and invested considerable resources to build production facilities for the Core Fighter, only to ultimately find it cost-ineffective for their mass-produced RGM-79 GM.

However, halting mass-production of the Core Fighter or even just scaling back to supplying Gundam units currently in operation with spare parts and attrition replacements would mean these production facilities would be, if not outright wasted, operating at below-optimal efficiency. A plan was therefore devised to create an addon module for the Core Fighter, giving it an alternative use as a full-fledged combat weapon and making its mass-production worthwhile. This plan was approved with three additional requirements. First, the Core Fighter is to be improved using existing technologies so that development would only need to be focused on system integrations. Second, on account of the already-high cost of the Core Fighter itself, which had such expensive technologies as the learning computer, the production of the addon module must be kept low-cost. And, finally, the complete unit must be capable of operations both on Earth and in space. The FF-X7BstPLAN004 Core Booster Plan004 was one of the proposals as a result.

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MSV-R Mechanics
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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

Submarine
Lockwood-class
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
Other
MSM-06 Jurick

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