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GAT-X103 Buster Gundam

 

gat-x103

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: GAT-X103
Code name:
Buster Gundam
Unit type:
prototype long-distance artillery mobile suit
Manufacturer: Morgenroete, Inc
Operator(s): Earth Alliance; ZAFT (Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty); Three Ships Alliance
First deployment: 25 January C.E. 71
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.86 meters
Weight: max gross weight 84.2 metric tons
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: ultracompact energy battery, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; Phase Shift (PS) armor
Fixed armaments: 350mm gun launcher, mounted behind right arm, can be combined with 94mm high-energy rifle, hand-carried in use; 94mm high-energy rifle, mounted behind left arm, can be combined with 350mm gun launcher, hand-carried in use; 2 x 220mm 6-barrel missile pod, mounted on shoulders
Optional hand armaments: none

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

With the outbreak of the Bloody Valentine War, the Earth Alliance's Atlantic Federation begins a secret project to develop mobile suits to counter ZAFT's mass-produced ZGMF-1017 GINN as well as operate free of interference from the N-Jammers. The GAT-X103 Buster Gundam is one of five initial prototype mobile suits that the Alliance develops secretly with the Orb Union. As an artillery mobile suit, the Buster Gundam's main armament consists of a 350mm gun launcher and a 94mm high-energy rifle. These two weapons can be used independently or both interchangeably combined to form two powerful long-range weapons. The Buster Gundam is also equipped with two 6-barrel missile pod launchers on its shoulders. Like the other prototype Gundams, the Buster Gundam is equipped with the new Phase Shift (PS) armor technology. When in Phase Shift mode, the Buster Gundam is nearly impervious to attacks from shell-firing artillery or melee weapons. However, use of Phase Shift for extended periods of time is a massive drain on the energy battery. Later on, the Alliance introduces the GAT/A-01E2 Buster Dagger, a simplified mass production version of the Buster Gundam.

On January 25, C.E. 71, the Buster Gundam is stolen by ZAFT pilot Dearka Elsman during ZAFT's assault on the neutral Orb Union colony Heliopolis. Following the escape of the Earth Alliance battleship Archangel, Dearka and his Buster Gundam continue to harass the Archangel's crew during the later period of the war. In one battle near the Orb Union, the Buster Gundam is seriously damaged, forcing Dearka to surrender. He is captured by the Archangel and is held captive until the Archangel defects from the Earth Alliance. When the Earth Alliance attacks Orb, Dearka reclaims the Buster Gundam and fights alongside the Archangel to defend Miriallia Haw. In the last battle of the war on September 26, C.E. 71, the Buster Gundam is heavily damaged while fighting Rau Le Creuset's ZGMF-X13A Providence Gundam. After the war, another unit piloted by Shams Couza is upgraded to the GAT-X103AP Verde Buster Gundam.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Dearka Elsman, Shams Couza
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (manga); Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ASTRAY; Battle Assault 3 featuring Gundam SEED; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Never-Ending Tomorrow; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (game); Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73 STARGAZER: Phantom Pain Report; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam Next; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (WSC); Gundam SEED Battle Assault; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY (GBA); Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY: Alliance VS ZAFT II; Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost
Original mechanical designer(s): Junichi Akutsu (principal design), Kunio Okawara (cleanup)

 

Lineart

 

Cockpit
Gun launcher and high-energy rifle
Gun launcher, docked with high-energy rifle
High-energy rifle, docked with gun launcher
Missile pods

 

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