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SVMS-01 Union Flag

 

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Mobile suit mode, equipped with flight unit

Mobile suit mode, no flight unit

Flight mode

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SVMS-01 Union Flag

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: SVMS-01
Code name: Union Flag
Unit type: mass production transformable general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Iris Corporation
Operator(s): Union of Solar Energy and Free Nations; Earth Sphere Federation; Katharon
Rollout: AD 2304 (YMS-01A)
First deployment: AD 2307
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 17.9 meters
Weight: max gross 67.1 metric tons
Armor materials: E-Carbon
Powerplant: solar energy system, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 20mm machine gun, mounted on abdomen next to cockpit; defense rod, mounted on left arm; 2 x sonic blade, can generate plasma sword, stored in forearms, hand-carried in use; many x missiles, stored in legs
Optional fixed armaments: see SVMS-01SG Union Flag Ground Package Shell Type
Optional hand armaments: 120mm linear rifle, mounts as nose in flight mode

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The SVMS-01 Union Flag is the Union's newest mobile suit in 2307 and successor to the aging VMS-15 Union Realdo. Developed by the Iris Corporation, its model number starts over at "01" to signify the next generation of transformable mobile suit. Unlike the Realdo, the Flag is capable of transforming on its own without swapping equipment. The Flag's design is a reflection of the Union's pretension to be the world's police. The main intention for the suit's transformation ability is not so much for travelling within Union territory, but more with allowing it to be deployed across the globe. In flight mode, the Flag can deploy an electromagnetic field from the linear rifle, which allows the control of the airflow and helps to reduce air resistance. The formation of the electromagnetic field is simply an application of the linear rifle's capabilities. The Flag's flight speed is superior to that of even more advanced units like the GN-001 Gundam Exia and GNX-603T GN-X. Sensor devices are embedded in the section of its head that corresponds to the face, and can display specific luminescent patterns. The main camera is located in a gap between the face and the head armor. Four hydrogen plasma jets are used for flight. The hydrogen that serves as fuel is infused into the molecular bonds of the carbon that makes up the machine's frame, removing the risk of explosion and eliminating the need for extra space for fuel tanks. The Flag is solar powered and can receive energy from the Union's orbital elevator. The upper and lower body of the machine can separate, and the lower body has a spare cockpit in the waist section. However, they cannot combine while in separated flight.

 

The Flag's armaments include a 120mm linear rifle that fires electromagnetically accelerated projectiles. Some degree of charging is required before firing; however, for close combat it can be set to a low-power mode that makes rapid fire possible, and in this mode the mechanism can switch to a different type of shell. The rifle's battery and ammunition are combined into a single pack that is located at the rear section of the rifle. This allows both to be quickly replaced. A 20mm machine gun is built into the left side of the cockpit drum located in the unit's abdomen. During flight mode, it is used for missile interception. In mobile suit mode, it is used for anti-personnel/vehicle attacks, etc, that do not require the use of heavy firepower. Despite having low firepower, it is still very useful due to its high rate of fire. During anti-mobile suit combat, it is mainly used for restricting enemy movements. The sonic blade is made of super-hard carbon, and can vibrate at a very high frequency to increase cutting power. In addition, it can be used as a plasma sword after focusing plasma around the carbon blade into a sword shape. The length of the plasma blade changes depending on the power output. This weapon is created while developing the beam saber. The plasma blade can last for about three minutes at maximum output.

 

The spinning motion of the defense rod protects the Flag by deflecting enemy projectiles. It was designed because the suit cannot be equipped with a typical heavy shield. In situations where it receives attacks from the front, it is possible for the rod to break. As the defense rod is designed for use in mobile suit form, it is not equipped if the suit is launched only for aerial battles. The rod is made from super-hard carbon and can generate a plasma field upon impact with enemy projectile, reducing the impact of the enemy's attacks. The Flag's arm storage bay can store other weaponry beside the sonic blade. The suit's feet contains flare and chaff dispensers in the central round part, which are meant for disrupting laser and infrared guidance. There are also hardpoints on the arms and legs. The shin region of the legs can be used to store missiles, the type of which will vary by mission. Although the missiles are mainly used while in flight, they can be used for anti-air fire from the ground by switching the missile type. As the suit can store only limited missiles in its body, missiles pods can be mounted beneath the wings and sub wings, or between the legs. The Union produces multiple variants of the Flag to fit different environments and mission profiles. In 2307, pilot Graham Aker engages the Gundam Exia in midair combat shortly after the public debut of Celestial Being. Following the formation of the Earth Sphere Federation government, the Flag remains in use with the military, but is also used by organizations like Katharon and even Celestial Being.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Graham Aker, Howard Mason, Daryl Dodge, Joshua Edwards, Randy, Stuart, Deborah Galiena
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam 00; Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (manga)
Original mechanical designer: Hitoshi Fukuchi

 

Lineart

 

120mm linear rifle

Cockpit

Defense rod

Flight unit

Hand

Head

Sonic blade/plasma sword

 

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