Technology & Combat Characteristics
The RGM-79V GM Night Seeker is an Earth Federation mobile suit specialized in night attacks. The GM Night Seekers are dropped on Zeon military bases using a CB-X5SGT Gunperry Sturm Type. It is not equipped with a parachute pack like the RX-79(G) Gundam Ground Type, but has extra thrusters instead for a quicker landing and a smaller chance of being spotted. These thrusters also improve the mobile suit's mobility and allow it to jump to a height of 400m to return to the transport squadron after the completion of a mission. The GM Night Seeker's sensor range can be increased via the equipping of targeting sensors in the "face guard" visor over its standard sensors. The GM Night Seeker's main weapons are a beam saber, head mounted vulcan guns and a beam spray gun.
- 60mm Vulcan Gun
- A pair of shell-firing armament built into the head. Low offensive power, only used to restrict enemy movement, and lay down a wall of suppressive fire due to their rapid fire capability.
- Beam Saber
- A beam weapon for close combat. It is a small device held in the mobile suit's hands when operated and is powered by a rechargeable energy capacitor. It emits a blade of plasma contained by an I-Field and can cut through any armor not treated with anti-beam coating. The GM Night Seeker has a beam saber stored in the left side of the backpack.
- Beam Javelin
- A spear-like weapon with several beam blades at the top. Due to its long handle, the weapon has a long reach, providing a considerable advantage in close quarters combat. It can also be used as a throwing weapon.
- BR-M-79C-1 Beam Spray Gun
- A handheld mega-particle gun with a lower focusing rate than a beam rifle and short range. The beam spray gun featured three fire modes: a basic single shot mode, an area suppression burst shot with a widened beam focus, and a range shot with the ability to cause damage over a wide area. Output 1.4 MW.
- Custom Beam Rifle
- The same firearm used by the RGM-79L GM Light Armor. It is a very effective long-range weapon, which suits GM Night Seeker's recon and long-range support role.
- HWF GMG·MG79-90mm Bullpup Machine Gun
- The bullpup machine gun was a system weapon developed as a Space/Ground dual use projectile weapon. Though compact, it has sufficient anti-MS firepower while maintaining accuracy. Its muzzle velocity is increased due to the use of new gunpowder and this enables it to easily penetrate the armor of Zeon's mobile suit. A box-like sensor system incorporating a video camera and laser sensor is installed at the top, and when this system is used alongside the GM Night Seeker's targeting system, target acquisition capability is enhanced.
- YHI YF-MG100 100mm Machine Gun
- The standard armament for Federation's mobile suit ground forces during the One Year War that was developed by Yashima Heavy Industries. It has an alternate model number: "NF·GMG-Type.37/100mm". Equipped with a box magazine and folding stock, it has excellent rate of fire and is easy to wield. It utilized a smoothbore type barrel that lacked rifling and has to be replaced after firing 3000 rounds. The weapon could utilize three different types of ammunitions: HEAT (High Explosive Anti Tank), APFSDS (Armor-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding-Sabot), and HESH (High Explosive Squash Head), allowing combat units to select the appropriate type to meet operational needs.
- BLASH HB-L-03/N-STD Hyper Bazooka
- A general purpose fire support rocket launcher platform for mobile suits. With considerable destructive power owing to the high explosive yield in each warhead, the weapon was primarily used to destroy less maneuverable targets such as warships, satellites, land battleships, bunkers, and buildings.
Special Equipment & Features
- Marker Pod
- Mounted on the side of the head, the marker pod is capable of transmitting orders under Minovsky Particle interference through multiple means, including visible light and infrared signals. It is mainly equipped on commander units, while other GMs of the same unit are equipped with sensor pods that act as receivers.
In 0079 U.C, the RGM-79V GM Night Seeker was secretly developed for use by special forces during the third GM production run. As these teams were organized in secret, and their activities were not disclosed, the production of these specialized machines was also a confidential matter. The initial twelve mobile suits were produced by using existing GM units, but before the third GM production run the twelve GM Night Seeker were modified into RGM-79LV GM Night Seeker II. The second production run of the GM Night Seeker was conducted in the third GM production run and continued onto the fourth GM production run. The total production of the GM Night Seeker were 88 units, including 12 units of the new GM Night Seeker II units.
Several GM Night Seeker units are assigned to the 033th Company to recapture Zeon military facilities. They use surprise attacks and assaults from high-altitude. The 033th Company consist of at least five GM Night Seeker units that are transported by Assault Type Gunperry which are escorted by FF-6 TIN Cod units. The 033th Company also receives additional support from the regular GM units and Depp Rog. Once the GM Night Seeker units land and take out their defenses, the GM units are sent in to capture the base. Then Depp Rogs do a final bombardment and mop up any remaining enemy forces.
In Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Rebellion, several GM Night Seeker belonged to the Special Forces were launched from a carrier on Gunperry aircraft into the coast of Australia in order to stop Anavel Gato and the RX-78GP02A Gundam "Physalis" from escaping by a Zeon submarine. They tried to corner Gato with their beam javelins; however, the Zeon Ace's talent and power of the new Gundam were too overwhelmed, and they were destroyed with ease.
In MSV-R: The Return of Johnny Ridden, several GM Night Seeker units are deployed by the E.F.F task force - "Knight Jaeger".
- RGM-79LV GM Night Seeker II
- RGM-79V GM Night Seeker (Vasuki Custom)
- Special battalion unit pilot by Captain Vasuki. Unlike the GM-based One Year War unit, the GM III was used and various improvements were made to it. It should have been called "RGM-86RV" but, after the Federation internal conflict (Gryps War), it is thought that for special missions, in an effort to deceive the enemy, they dared not change even the friendlies' IFF signal.