Today i am starting a new topic source for this blog! Titled “Mack’s in-depth”, these posts will be focused on getting deep into the lore and origins of certain mechas or characters and their respective backgrounds that led to their development.
Today’s in-depth: EFSF RGM86R GM 3!
This is one of the EFSF’s last Mobile Suits from the GM line of production, before they moved onto the Jegan. Development of this suit began shortly after the long used GM 2 unit was phased out, being very unpopular with pilots due to their lack of mobility and unreliability. Even though the Mk2 Gundam units were stolen, enough data was retrieved in early tests to use as a template to build upon for the rollout of new mass production MS, the GM 3 being one such unit. Production began in 0087, with the first units rolled out in 0088.
Unlike its predecessor, the GM 3 featured a high power generator that allowed for the use of an extensive range of beam weaponry as well as a much longer deployment time. That said, alot of its power was necessary to maneuver the suit. The GM 3 featured a noticably greater amount of thrusters and a much larger backpack unit (very similar to the MK2 Gundam’s in design) that featured 2 beam saber recharge racks. But even with these new additions to speed and melee capability, the unit still outperformed its predecessors on all levels.
The GM 3 was fitted with new hardmounts that allowed it to carry many missiles and scatter bombs onto the battlefield, giving it a much greater weapon loadout on frontline missions. Truly said, this unit was not so much a new step in development as a leap. It quickly became a favourite suit among pilots and was upheld as the greatest general purpose unit in the EFSF for many years, seeing deployment as late as 0096.