Technology & Combat Characteristics
The RGM-109M-5 Heavygun is a modified version of Earth Federation's RGM-109 Heavygun. It has a slight reduction in height and weight, and is equipped with a more powerful reactor. It also had a reduced number of vernier thrusters, but the same number of rocket thrusters that have been upgraded to provide higher thrust. Despite being newer, though still outdated compared to modern mobile suits of the time, the RGM-109M-5 Heavygun has a reduced set of armaments due to the removal of the grenade racks and head vulcans.
- Beam Saber
- The standard close range armament for most mobile suits, it is a small device held in the mobile suit's hands when operated and is powered by a rechargeable energy capacitor. The beam saber emits a blade of plasma contained by an I-Field and can cut through most armor not treated with anti-beam coating.
- Beam Rifle
- The same portable firearm as used by the original RGM-109 Heavygun, it features a full barrel structure for barrel protection and to maintain accuracy. As the weapon is developed during a time where anti-MS combat is not the main focus and usage of beam rifles are actively avoided to protect the space colonies, it is installed with a sub-sensor as well as a limiter to avoid excessive power.
- A type of defensive armament used by many mobile suits. The shield is a thick sheet of armor designed to take severe punishment that would normally destroy a mobile suit. It is also treated with an anti-beam coating to withstand several beam shots before the coating wears off. Typically, physical shields can only take so much damage before they succumb to the pressure and break.
For several decades of the late Universal Century, the Earth Federation allowed the colonies to maintain their own private defense forces, likely as a means of relieving tension between the Earth-based government and those living in space. However, most of the mobile suits that served in these colonial defense forces were older models that the Earth Federation no longer used. For its own defense, the Macedonia colony used the RGM-109M-5 Heavygun. However, when the Zanscare Empire began its militarist expansion in UC 153, it became known that the RGM-109M-5 Heavygun was painfully outdated and outperformed by the Zanscare Empire's mobile suits that were superior to even the Earth Federation Force's. Still the Macedonia colony attempted to resist with their mobile suit forces but it proved futile.