Technology & Combat Characteristics
Though the Federation has at last begun production of its own mobile suits, these new weapons are late to reach the frontlines, and the pace of production is frustratingly slow. To shore up its space forces, the Federation has begun adapting civilian worker pods for combat duty. The RB-79K Ball is an early example of these battle-ready space pods, a dual-cannon version which retains the headlights and utility winch of its civilian ancestors. Firearms control systems, various radars, communication systems, large monitors have been added to the cockpit, and seats have also been replaced with military supplies.
- 180mm Cannon
- The Ball Type K is equipped with two 180mm cannons, effectively doubling its firepower over the the standard RB-79 Ball.
Special Equipment & Features
The total production capacity of the Ball Type K is less than 100, but it has been deployed to convoys and orbital security forces. In the hands of Federation pilot Shiro Amada, it recorded possibly its greatest achievement by reaching a stalemate with the MS-06RD-4 Zaku High Mobility Test Type in satellite orbit. Amada achieved this by first sneaking up on the Zaku by using a large piece of debris as camouflage. When the pilot of the Zaku did notice, Amada used the rocket propelled winch to snag the enemy mobile suit and then proceeded to swing around the machine to entangle the Zaku in the grappling line and bringing the Ball's 180mm cannons within a point blank shooting range of the Zaku's head. When the Zaku's pilot tried to bring out her machine's heat hawk to destroy the Ball Amada was able to temporarily hold it off with the Ball's manipulator arm, but it proved too weak to resist the mobile suit's arm for long, but by then Shiro had destroyed the Zaku's head. Both machines were heavily damaged forcing the two pilots to escape and retreat.
One variation paint color of the RB-79K is the standard colors of the RB-79 only with a Shark mouth painted onto the body. This variation appears in Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War.
Notes and Trivia