Technology & Combat Characteristics
To reduce the high attrition rate of the RB-79 Ball during combat, Earth Federation Forces' leaders requested the development of modified versions. The Ball Type F, also known as the Ball Added Armor Type, has armor plates added throughout its body for enhanced defensive capability. It also has improved mobility thanks to a rear booster pack containing additional thrusters and propellant tanks. The Ball Type F can be easily produced as it uses the same production lines as the original Ball. Existing Balls can also be easily modified into the Ball Type F. The Ball Type F performed as expected in combat and is well received by pilots.
- 180mm Low-Recoil Cannon
- Like the standard Ball, the Ball Type F mounted a 180mm cannon on top of its body for long-range attacks.
To meet the request for improved Ball units, the Earth Federation Forces' engineering department came up with three different modification plans. Amongst the three, the RB-79YC plan has the shortest implementation time and the Earth Federation Forces' leaders approved its rollout as the RB-79 Ball Type F.
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