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ORB-01 Akatsuki Gundam

 

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Standard version

Equipped with "Owashi" sky pack

Equipped with "Shiranui" space pack

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ORB-01 Akatsuki

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: ORB-01
Code name:
Akatsuki Gundam
Unit type:
prototype attack use mobile suit
Manufacturer:
Morgenroete, Inc.
Operator(s): Orb Union; Three Ships Alliance
First deployment:
C.E. 73
Accommodation:
pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions:
overall height 18.74 meters (standard version)
Weight:
empty 69.6 metric tons (standard version); 87.82 metric tons ("Owashi" sky pack); 90.00 metric tons ("Shiranui" space pack)
Armor materials:
unknown
Powerplant:
unknown
Propulsion: unknown
Equipment and design features:
sensors, range unknown; "Yata-no-Kagami" anti-beam defensive reflection system (armor coating)
Fixed armaments:
Type 73J2 prototype twin beam saber, stored on main body, hand-carried in use; 2 x MSM5D 12.5mm CIWS, fire-linked, mounted in head; Model 71 defense shield, mounted on left arm
Optional fixed armaments: "Owashi" sky pack, mounts 2 x Type 73F modified high-energy beam cannon; "Shiranui" space pack, 7 x guided mobile beam turret system: M531R remote control unit (beam cannon; 2 x beam gun; beam shield emitter)
Optional hand armaments: Type 72D5 "Hyakurai" beam rifle, power rating unknown

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

Before his death in C.E. 71, Orb Union leader Uzumi Nara Athha commissions the construction of the ORB-01 Akatsuki Gundam to serve as the final defense of Orb, should the need arise. Developed in secret, the Akatsuki is hidden underneath the Orb mainland until late C.E. 73. The Akatsuki's design is similar to the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam that Orb assisted the Earth Alliance in developing. Aside from visual similarities, the Akatsuki is capable of using several packs similar to the Strike Gundam's Striker packs. Perhaps the most unique feature of the Akatsuki is its "Yata-no-Kagami" anti-beam defensive reflection system, which is coated on the armor. Comprised of many tiny mirrors, the armor coating the Akatsuki Gundam allows it to reflect any beam energy fired at it. The armaments of the Akatsuki Gundam's main body include a pair of vulcan guns, a twin beam saber, a beam rifle and shield. When equipped with the "Owashi" sky pack, the Akatsuki Gundam can also use a pair of high-energy beam cannons. In addition, the "Owashi" pack can separate and function as a separate fighter. In space, the Akatsuki Gundam can equip the "Shiranui" pack, which is armed with a guided mobile beam turret system similar to ZAFT's DRAGOON (Disconnected Rapid Armament Group Overlook Operation Network) system. In addition to functioning as beam cannons, the units can be used to create a defensive shield. The Akatsuki Gundam is first used in by Cagalli Yula Athha to defend Orb from a ZAFT attack during Operation Fury. During the battle, the Akatsuki engages Shinn Asuka's ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam and receives minor damage. Soon after, the battleship Archangel heads to space, and Cagalli gives the Akatsuki Gundam to ace pilot Neo Roanoke (aka Mu La Flaga). In a battle between ZAFT and the Orb space fleet, Neo and Athrun Zala destroy the Requiem cannon that ZAFT captures from the Alliance. Soon after, the death of PLANT Supreme Council Chairman Gilbert Durandal and the destruction of the mobile space fortress Messiah mark the end of the war.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Cagalli Yula Athha, Neo Roanoke (aka Mu La Flaga)
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam Next; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY: Alliance VS ZAFT II; Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara

 

Lineart

 

"Owashi" sky pack
"Shiranui" space pack
Model 71 defense shield
Type 72D5 "Hyakurai" beam rifle
Type 73F modified high energy beam cannon
Type 73J2 dual-blade beam saber

 

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