GNX-Y903VS Brave (Standard Test Type)
Model number(s): GNX-Y903VS; GNX-903VS
Code name: Brave (Standard Test Type)
Unit type: prototype transformable general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Sphere Federation
Operator: Earth Sphere Federation
Rollout: AD 2314
First deployment: AD 2314
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 20.2 meters
Weight: max gross 65.2 metric tons
Armor materials: E-Carbon
Powerplant: GN Drive Tau, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: GN verniers, total output unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; Trans-Am System; optional large GN Condenser; LEIF operating system
Fixed armaments: 2 x GN Beam Machine Gun, mounted on forearms; 2 x 30mm machine gun, mounted on chest; 4 x GN Missile, two mounted in each leg; 2 x GN Cannon, mounted in side binders; 2 x GN Beam Saber, stored in side binders, hand-carried in use; chakram grenades, mounted in legs; 2 x wings, can generate GN Field and function as GN Blades or defense rods
Optional hand armaments: GN Beam Rifle "Drake Howling," mounts as nose in Cruise Position
The GNX-Y903VS Brave (Standard Test Type) is developed from the earlier GNX-U02X Masurao and is undergoing testing in 2314. The core of the Brave's development team consists of former Union and AEU engineers, which is reflected in the Brave's general appearance and transformation mechanism. While the GN-X series is based on Celestial Being technology, the Brave incorporates more original technology developed by the Earth Sphere Federation. The transformation mechanism grants the Brave a longer traveling range, and the suit can transform easily in combat due to support from the LEIF operating system. The transformation structure has been revolutionized by folding the arms backward, based on data gathered from the captured GN-003 Gundam Kyrios. A custom mothership has been developed for the Brave's operation. This ship can be deployed when the suit is used in operations alongside the GNX-803T GN-XIV. In addition to the Standard Test Type, the ESF also produces the GNX-Y903VW Brave (Commander Test Type). The biggest difference between the two versions is that the Commander Test Type features two GN Drive Taus. While the Standard Test Type has lower output due to its single GN Drive Tau, it is also easier to control. The Standard Test Type's binders house GN Condensers and are smaller than the ones in the Commander Test Type. Owing to its Union and AEU origins, the Brave's face can display luminescent patterns for intimidation purposes. The optional large GN Condenser is used for long-range travels, reducing the consumption of the suit's own GN particles. It is purged during battles as it is a hindrance. The energy cable stored in the head can be used to supply particles to weaponry upon connection.
The Brave's armaments include the GN Beam Rifle "Drake Howling," a development of the SVMS-01O Over Flag's "Trident Striker." When the front portion is removed, it can be used as a short barrel gun. The rifle needs to charge to fire, and although it has high firepower, it is incapable of rapid fire. The rifle has two grips: one for right-handers and another for left-handers. The short barrel version has a higher rate of fire but lower firepower. The small forearm-mounted GN Beam Machine Guns are capable of rapid fire and are mainly used for missile interception, defensive fire, etc. The 30mm machine guns are located in the left and right chest area and fire solid bullets. The legs can carry GN Missiles (two in each leg) and chakram grenades. When fired, the grenades cause particle disruption in the target area, rendering the enemy's sensor systems useless. Located in the side binders, the GN Cannons are weaker than the GN Beam Rifle, but capable of rapid fire. They are mainly used for restricting the enemy's movement and buying time for the charging of the beam rifle.
When the GN Beam Rifle and GN Cannons are fired together, they form the Tri-Punisher, the Brave's strongest weapon and biggest particle consumer. The Tri-Punisher is inherited from the GNX-Y901TW Susanowo. Besides containing the GN Cannons, the side binders also house the GN Beam Sabers. The Standard Test Type's sabers are smaller due to the smaller size of the binders. The binders also contain the cruise mode's wings, which are deployed during atmospheric flight. The wings can be used as GN Blades as they are covered with a GN Field. The binders can function as defense rods by rotating. The Brave's excellent performance during the battle with ELS near Mars in 2314 results in them being deployed for the final battle with ELS despite being prototype machines. The "Y" given to prototype machines in the model number is removed when the suits are registered in the fleet commander's database during the battle with ELS. The battle near Mars also shows the effectiveness of the suits' long distance rapid response capability. The suits' current model number will be replaced by a new model number when the Brave is formally adopted by the army. It is unknown if the number of GN Drive Taus will be standardized between the two variants.
Pilot(s): Neferu Naguib, Yagan Crow, Akira Takei, Rudolf Schreiber, Viktor Leonov
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie -A waking of the Trailblazer-
Original mechanical designer: Hitoshi Fukuchi