RGM-86R Nouvel GM III

Nouvel GM III

This machine is a variant of the mass production type RGM-86R GM III that appears during the first Neo Zeon Conflict. While the standard GM III was created by upgrading existing GM II units, the Nouvel GM III is a newly produced machine with higher generator output and a different head design. Its new head contains more vulcan gun ammunition and enhanced sensors, and extra ducts are installed in its chest to support the new generator. Like the standard GM III, this type can be equipped with missile launchers on its waist and shoulders, making it an excellent support mobile suit.

Although the GM III is best known as a Karaba mobile suit, it is used by the AEUG and the regular Federation Forces as well. With the end of the Gryps Conflict, the AEUG halts production of the Nemo and adopts the Nouvel GM III as its new mass production machine. The Nouvel GM III also serves as a main mobile suit for both sides during the Pezun Rebellion, and large numbers of these machines are deployed by the Federation Forces Home Fleet and the rebellious Aeno Fleet during the battle for Ayers City.

Some fans disagree on what GM stands for. Mark Simmons, a respected Gundam expert, has this to say: "General Model" is, as far as I know, a bogus guess cooked up by English-speaking fans. It's never been officially explained what "GM" is short for, though "Gundam Mass-produced" is a popular fan guess on both sides of the Pacific. My own hunch is that, just as the "GZ" in RGZ-91 is short for "Gundam Z," and the "GC" in RGC-80 is short for "Guncannon," the "GM" in RGM-79 is a contraction of "Gundam."

Nouvel GM III
Unit Type:
Mobile Suit
Overall Height:
18.6 meters
Head Height:
18.42 meters
Base Weight:
42.3 tons
Full Weight:
68.22 tons
Power Generator Output:
1,620 kW
Thruster Output:
20,300 kg x4
1.19 G
Vernier Thrusters/Apogee Motors:
Sensor Radius:
10,900 meters
Titanium Alloy/Ceramic Composite/Gundarium Composite
60mm Vulcan gun x2, Beam Saber x2 (0.9 MW), Beam Rifle
Optional Armament:
4-tube Medium Missile Pod (3 rounds), 2-tube Large Missile Launcher


Model Photos

GM III from Gundam ZZ

Special thanks to Mark Simmons for the profile.