Technology & Combat Characteristics
Although the Gundam's attack power was supported by being developed alongside the SCV-70 White Base, its ability to travel alone was hindered by the high energy consumption of its beam weapons and its low fuel capacity, which was implemented to reduce weight. The G-Fighter was developed to not only provide aerial support for the Gundam as an independent fighter, but combine with said mobile suit to increase its mobility. It was able to operate both in the atmosphere and in space. Sub-thrusters are also mounted across the G-Fighter's body, giving it VTOL capability. The G-Fighter was rapidly built after the Gundam's battle data was obtained, and it was ready for deployment only 2 months after being produced.
The G-Fighter was composed of two modules, collectively referred to as G-Parts or G-Mecha. The two modules are individually named the A-Parts and B-Parts. The A-Parts comprised the G-Fighter's nose and cockpit, as well as a pair of treads which were not used in the standard configuration. While the treads could be used to move while landed, they became dead weight during flight. The cockpit was of the same type as the FF-X7 Core Fighter's, but it was not equipped with a learning computer. The canopy could be covered by an armored shutter which was capable of defecting a direct hit by a beam. The B-Parts formed the main fuselage and thrusters of the G-Fighter. The base that each wing was attached to could rotate to reverse the orientation of the wing, and each end could function as either an intake or a thruster. The B-Parts also secured the Gundam's feet in place when the G-Fighter was used as a sub-flight system.
The G-Fighter utilized the Core Block System, and after separating into the A-Parts and B-Parts could combine with the Gundam and Core fighter in any environment except underwater. Combining both parts of the G-Fighter with the Gundam and Core Fighter resulted in the G-Armor. The A-Parts and B-Parts could also separately combine with one of the separated modules of the Gundam. The B-Parts could combine with the Core Fighter and lower body of the Gundam to form the G-Sky, or with only the Core Fighter to form the G-Sky Easy. The A-Parts could combine with the Core Fighter and upper body of the Gundam to form the G-Bull, or operate alone as the G-Bull Easy. To form the Gundam from one of these configurations, it was necessary to first combine into the G-Armor.
- Mega Particle Cannon
- The G-Fighter's main armament was a pair of experimental beam cannons mounted on the top of the A-Parts. It used E-cap technology like the Gundam's beam rifle, but was much more powerful. The number of shots it could fire was increased when combined with the Gundam, as the G-Fighter's own generator could be linked to the Gundam's and operate together.
- 2-Tube Missile Launcher
- A retractable 2-tube missile launcher was mounted on the underside of the G-Fighter's nose. The missiles could be fired either forward or downward for anti-submarine use.
- 4-Tube Missile Launcher
- A retractable 4-tube missile launcher was mounted at the rear of the G-Fighter, below the main thrusters.
Two G-Fighters were produced, piloted by Sayla Mass and Sleggar Law. One G-Fighter was lost during the Battle of Solomon when Sleggar Law flew it into the underside of the massive MA-08 Big Zam in order to cripple the mobile armor's beam-deflecting I-field. The second G-Fighter is thought to have been destroyed along with White Base during in the battle of A Baoa Qu.
The G-Fighters were only present in the original anime series. In subsequent movie and game adaptations, it was scrapped in favor of the more realistic FF-X7-Bst Core Booster design.
- G-Fighter Real Type
- A G-Fighter that appeared with a different color scheme in a tactical computer simulation.
- G-Fighter II
Notes and Trivia
- In the video game Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space, during the White Base TV Mode, the MA-08 Big Zam catches the G-Fighter with its feet claws and crushing it instead of it crashing into the mobile armor, with the close-proximity explosion implying to have damaged its I-field.