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RGM-79SP GM Sniper II by Turbofurby RGM-79SP GM Sniper II by Turbofurby
Based on the GM Command series, the GM Sniper II is a high-performance machine capable of using specialized weaponry at maximum capacity for ultra-long range engagements. It was the last and most advanced of the Federation’s line of GM Sniper mobile suits during the One Year War. It was also one of the last GM-type units to be developed during the war.

The GM Sniper II’s specialized head visor has built-in compound sensors with specialized laser sensors, powerful zoom cameras and image stabilizers for precision, long range targeting. During operation, goggles cover the main camera and other elements of the head sensor array, and together with head unit coolers, they physically eliminate noise interference and enhance long range sniping capabilities. The suit is one of the few capable of accurately firing MS sized sniper rifles that used physical projectiles. Unlike beam weapons, these rifles are not affected by magnetic forces or solar winds, but only a few were made.

Operationally, the GM Sniper II was used to eliminate priority targets such as base ships and command machines from beyond the range of conventional weapons. However, the suit is not just a long-range specialist. Like the highly regarded RGM-79SC GM Sniper Custom deployed earlier in the war, the GM Sniper II maintains versatility while having enhanced performance. It has sufficient specifications for mid-range support and close combat, and can use almost any existing MS armament. In terms of overall performance, it was one of the few machines to match the RX-78-2 Gundam, which was the standard against which other Federation suits were held to. In fact, its specifications on paper were superior to the Gundam’s, and it was one of the few Federation production suits that could take on the MS-14A Gelgoog in a one-on-one fight.

The armor of the GM Sniper II is reinforced with pieces of Luna Titanium alloy, and mobility is improved via sub-thrusters in various locations and a total of six large vernier thrusters – two in the backpack and four on the legs. The four large vernier thrusters in the legs have high output to make up for the shortfall in the output of the backpack thrusters, which are designed for precision, and boasts superb pitching performance (rapid up and down movements). The suit’s main verniers are built along the machine’s core axis, an arrangement also used in later MS such as the MSA-003 Nemo and RGM-89 Jegan. This is an effective way to boost mobility while maintaining the same basic silhouette. The suit’s torso is an upgraded version of the GM Command’s, and has superior specifications with additional waste heat and electrical noise suppression material. Its arms are constructed with the same parts used in other GM models, but with highly tuned servos and actuators and an updated driver.

Only very few GM Sniper II were manufactured due to it being developed late in the war. Production costs were also undeniably higher than standard mass-produced machines, and apart from a few prototypes built for test purposes, the suit did not have any follow up models. It is believed that the Sniper II’s development team later worked on the Nemo, but this is unconfirmed.

The GM Sniper II was one of the last GM-type units to be developed during the One Year War, and thus only very few units were produced. The Gray Phantom team defending the Side 6 Libot Colony had several GM Sniper II units, and they were among the mobile suits deployed against the Zeon’s Cyclops Team, who were trying to destroy the RX-78NT-1 Gundam "Alex" . At that time, only one sniper rifle was available, so the majority of the GM Sniper II units fought with the bullpup machine guns. However, all the Gray Phantom’s mobile suits were caught off guard by the MS-18E Kämpfer and quickly destroyed. Three other GM Sniper II units were used by the Australia based White Dingo Team and painted in white and navy blue, while another unit was assigned to ace pilot Lydo Wolf and painted in his trademark black custom colors. Even after the One Year War the GM Sniper II would continue to be utilized for sniper missions. The suit would be deployed by the Titans, these units featured a dark blue color scheme and adopted a new type of optical camera system that could deal with ultra-long range sniping.
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