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RX-78GP01 Gundam "Zephyranthes"
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Gundam "Zephyranthes"
Fast Facts
Model Number RX-78GP01
Unit Type
Prototype general purpose mobile suit
Launched 29 September UC 0083
Manufacturer Anaheim Electronics
Operator Earth Federation Forces
Known Pilot Kou Uraki
General Characteristics
Overall Height 18.5 meters; head height 18.0 meters
Weight empty 39.7 metric tons; max gross 65.0 metric tons
Power Plant Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1790 kW
Accommodation Pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso with Core Block System using FF-XII Core Fighter II
Armor: Gundarium alloy
Armaments
  • 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, mounted in head
  • 2 x A.E.Blash·XBR-L-83d/Du.02 beam saber
Special Equipments and Features

None

Optional Equipments
  • BOWA XBR-M-82-05H beam rifle, power rated at 1.5 MW, with mounted "jitte" beam saber blocking unit, 2 spare e-pacs stored in shield
  • 90 mm machine gun, 20 rounds per clip
  • RX·VSh-023F/S-04712 shield, can be optionally mounted on either forearm

As described in the MG model manual and MS encyclopedia, at the conclusion of the One Year War, the Federation opened the Gundam Development Project, aimed at creating mobile suits superior to those that Zeon had developed. The RX-78GP01 Gundam Zephyranthes was the first of three Gundam type mobile suit prototypes completed under this plan.

The RX-78GP01 was designed to be an adaptable mobile suit, able to operate under any condition on earth or in space; to that end its design is superficially similar to the other RX series Gundams. Unlike previous suits, this was one of the first to re-introduce the core fighter concept in its design, utilizing the recently developed FF-XII Core Fighter II as the cockpit. The RX-78GP01 was taken to Australia's Torrington Base for terrestrial testing, where it was commandeered by (and later assigned to) Federation ENS (later LTJG) Kou Uraki in his effort to retrieve the RX-78GP02A.

One major innovation in the RX-78GP01's arsenal was the addition of a beam rifle that used removable energy capacitor clips called e-pacs. Previous beam rifle designs had the energy capacitor integrated into the rifle directly, resulting in the rifle becoming dead weight once the capacitor was depleted. With e-pacs, beam rifles can be used indefinitely as long as the pilot has a ready supply of replacement e-pacs. The RX-78GP01 has three e-pacs (one mounted on the rifle, two held in reserve on the shield) in its normal deployment configuration.

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