The FFB-7Bst Jet Core Booster (also known as Core-EZ) is a fictional fighter jet that appeared in Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Jet Core Booster is a fighter jet that the Earth Federation developed from the FF-X7-Bst Core Booster. The primary difference between the two units is that the FF-X7-Bst Core Booster is an FF-X7 Core Fighter equipped with the Bst Booster while the Jet Core Booster has been streamlined into a single unit that operates solely as a jet fighter. Both machines serve as high-speed aerial fighter units with high offensive capabilities that double as bomber units. It has variable canard wings and vectored nozzles. Equipped with one machine gun at the top left of the aircraft. A military station is set up in the fuselage abdomen, where it can be equipped with various bombs and missiles, including large smart bombs.
- 25mm Vulcan Gun
- Missile Launcher
- Machine Gun
The Jet Core Booster was developed and produced during the latter days of the One Year War, likely to serve as the replacement for aging jet fighters such as the FF-6 TIN Cod. One of the most notable operations the Jet Core Booster took part in was the assault on a Principality of Zeon base in the jungles of Southeast Asia, the mountain fortress being one of the last of Zeon's strongholds on Earth. A large number of Jet Core Booster units were deployed first to acquire air superiority. Once obtained the fighters' roles were switched to bombing the enemy base to cover the advance of the mobile suit assault forces.
After the end of the war, the Earth Federation Forces saw that the future of combat vehicles lay with mobile suits and production of the Jet Core Booster was halted to divert resources to mobile suit research and development. The Jet Core Booster would continue service in U.C 0081, where they would be used in operations against Zeon remnants.
Notes and Trivia
- According to Master Archive Mobile Suit RX-78 Gundam, only 16 Jet Core Boosters were produced. However, this contradicts the depiction in The 08th MS Team. During the bombing of Zeon's mountain base alone, far more than 16 Jet Core Boosters were seen.
- The Master Archive was also the only source for the model number "FFB-7Bst". No other official source listed a model number for the Jet Core Booster.