FX-550 Sky Grasper
Model number: FX-550
Code name: Sky Grasper
Unit type: atmospheric support fighter for use with GAT-X105 Strike Gundam
Manufacturer(s): PMP (Propulsion & Machinery Progress); Morgenroete, Inc
Operator: Earth Alliance
First deployment: 16 February C.E. 71
Accommodation: pilot and navigator, in standard canopy-style cockpit
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; 3 x hardpoints for docking with Striker packs
Fixed armaments: 4 x machine gun, mounted behind nose; 2 x machine cannon, mounted on wings; beam cannon, mounted on main body; 2 x missile launch bay, mounted underneath wings
Optional fixed armaments: see FX-550+AQM/E-X01 Aile Grasper; FX-550+AQM/E-X02 Sword Grasper; FX-550+AQM/E-X03 Launcher Grasper; FX-550 Sky Grasper G-Flight
Although the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam's Striker packs allow it to operate in various mission roles, the switching of the Striker packs is a major problem. Normally, switching a pack during battle requires returning to the Archangel for a swap out. To minimize this downtime, the Earth Alliance develops the atmospheric support fighter FX-550 Sky Grasper. The Sky Grasper is an agile fighter on its own, but its main mission is to deliver Striker packs to the Strike Gundam on the battlefield. The Sky Grasper is armed with a beam cannon, two machine cannons, machine guns and missile bays. However, it can also use the Striker pack armaments, allowing it to function as a powerful independent air unit. A space use variant, the FXet-565 Cosmo Grasper, is also produced. On 13 February C.E. 71, the 8th Fleet transfers two Sky Grasper units to the Archangel. After landing on Earth, ace pilot Mu La Flaga uses the Sky Grasper as his main unit to replace the space-only TS-MA2mod.00 Moebius Zero. The second unit is piloted occasionally by Cagalli Yula Athha, and it is destroyed on April 17 when Tolle Koenig attacks Athrun Zala's GAT-X303 Aegis Gundam. Mu continues to use his Sky Grasper unit until he upgrades to the Strike Gundam. The Sky Grasper remains in the Archangel's hangar for more than two years, and Mu once again uses it in C.E. 74 during ZAFT's invasion of the Orb Union, codenamed Operation Fury.
Pilot(s): Mu La Flaga, Cagalli Yula Athha, Tolle Koenig, Kaite Madigan
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY ASTRAY; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Never-Ending Tomorrow; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY ASTRAY (photonovel); Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (WSC); Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.
Original mechanical designer: Kimitoshi Yamane