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GAT-01A1 Dagger

 

gat-01a1

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: GAT-01A1
Code name:
Dagger (aka "105 Dagger")
Unit type:
mass production all-purpose multi-mode mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Alliance
Operator(s): Earth Alliance; civilians
First deployment: C.E. 71
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 18.00 meters
Weight: max gross weight 57.05 metric tons
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: ultracompact energy battery, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; laminated armor (improved type of heat-resistant ablative gel DPX-30); hardpoints for mounting Striker packs
Fixed armaments: 2 x "Igelstellung II" 40mm multi-barrel CIWS, fire-linked, mounted in head; 2 x ES01 beam saber, stored in hips, hand-carried in use; 2 x 12.5mm anti-infantry gun, fire-linked, mounted in feet
Optional fixed armaments: see GAT-01A1+AQM/E-A4E1 Jet Dagger; GAT-01A1+AQM/E-X02 Sword Dagger; GAT-01A1+AQM/E-X03 Launcher Dagger; GAT-01A1+AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Dagger
Optional hand armaments: GAU-8M2 52mm machine gun

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

Although the Earth Alliance is slow to catch up to ZAFT in mobile suit development, it manages to produce several prototype mobile suits, such as the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam. The GAT-01A1 Dagger is a mass production version of the Strike Gundam. Because of the Alliance's need to quickly field a mass production mobile suit to fight ZAFT, they instead produce the intermediate GAT-01 Strike Dagger, a simpler, stripped-down design. Afterwards, production continues on the Dagger (nicknamed "105 Dagger" after the Strike Gundam's model number). Unlike the Strike Dagger, the Dagger can use the same Striker packs as the original Strike Gundam. In addition, the Dagger features EMP (electromagnetic pulse) shielding, a feature lacking in the Strike Dagger. The Dagger is also coated with ablative gel similar to the Archangel class battleships, providing increased defense against beam weaponry. The Dagger's armaments include two CIWS vulcan guns, a pair of beam sabers and several hand-carried machine guns. The Dagger series enters combat late in the Bloody Valentine War and is assigned to ace pilots such as Morgan Chevalier. Morgan's GAT-01A1+AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Dagger participates in the Second Battle of Jachin Due, the final battle of the war. After the war, Morgan fights with Alliance defector Edward Harrelson's GAT-333 Raider Full Spec. In the postwar era, the Alliance introduces a slightly improved version of the Dagger, the GAT-02L2 Dagger L. Several new Striker packs are created for the Dagger L, which are compatible with the Dagger. Even after the introduction of the Dagger L and the newer GAT-04 Windam, the Dagger series remains in service during the Second Bloody Valentine War and participates in the defense of the Alliance's Heavens Base headquarters in Iceland during the ZAFT's Operation Ragnarok.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Morgan Chevalier, Barry Ho
Appearances: SEED-MSV (Gundam SEED Mobile Suit Variations); Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ASTRAY B; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED X ASTRAY; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73 DELTA ASTRAY; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Never-Ending Tomorrow; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY ASTRAY
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara

 

Lineart

 

GAU-8M2 52mm machine gun

 

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