ZGMF-X13A Providence Gundam
Model number: ZGMF-X13A
Code name: Providence Gundam
Unit type: prototype attack mobile suit
Manufacturer: Clark, Asimov & Heinlein Design Bureaus
Operator: ZAFT (Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty)
First deployment: 26 September C.E. 71
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.16 meters
Weight: max gross weight 90.68 metric tons
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: ultracompact nuclear fission reactor, power output rating unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; Phase Shift (PS) armor; Neutron Jammer Canceler
Fixed armaments: 2 x MMI-GAU2 "Picus" 76mm CIWS, mounted in chest; MA-MV05A composite armed shield system: beam saber, 2 x small beam gun, mounted over left arm
Optional hand armaments: MA-M221 "Judicium" beam rifle, power rating unknown
Remote weapons: DRAGOON (Disconnected Rapid Armament Group Overlook Operation Network) system, stored on backpack (mounts 11 units, total of 43 beam gun nozzles)
After successfully stealing four of the Earth Alliance's prototype Gundam mobile suits, ZAFT reverse engineers them and incorporates new technologies such as Phase Shift armor and beam sabers into their own mobile suits. With these new technologies, ZAFT also builds several Gundams of their own under the direction of leader Patrick Zala. Unlike previous Gundam designs, these new units feature a dangerous new technology: the N-Jammer Canceler. ZAFT originally develops the N-Jammer to prevent the Alliance from using nuclear weapons, but this also means that mobile suits have to be powered by short life energy batteries. By creating the N-Jammer Canceler, a mobile suit can use a nuclear fission reactor and function for a nearly unlimited amount of time even with Phase Shift armor activated. Unfortunately, the N-Jammer Canceler technology proves to be a Pandora's Box that falls into the wrong hands.
The ZGMF-X13A Providence Gundam is the final Gundam that ZAFT introduces in the war. One of the new technologies present in the Providence Gundam is the DRAGOON (Disconnected Rapid Armament Group Overlook Operation Network) system. With the DRAGOON system, 11 units are are stored on the Providence Gundam's massive backpack. These 11 units can be controlled wirelessly and attack an opponent from multiple directions. With a total of 43 beam gun nozzles, the Providence can unleash devastating firepower with its all-range attack. However, the DRAGOONs can only be controlled by pilots with a high level of spatial awareness. In addition to the DRAGOON system, the Providence Gundam is also equipped with a composite armed shield system on the left arm. This system houses a beam saber and two small beam guns. Additionally, the Providence Gundam is armed with two chest vulcan guns and can carry a "Judicium" beam rifle in its right hand.
The Providence Gundam enters combat at the end of the Bloody Valentine War on September 26, C.E. 71. It is assigned to ace pilot Rau Le Creuset, who by this point has revealed a sinister agenda. As an imperfect clone of Al Da Flaga, Rau desires to judge humanity and destroy both Coordinator and Naturals. With his powerful new mobile suit, Rau takes on his longtime nemesis (and by genetics, son) Mu La Flaga. The power of the DRAGOON system proves overwhelming to Mu's outdated GAT-X105+AQM/E-X01 Aile Strike Gundam, as well as to Dearka Elsman's GAT-X103 Buster Gundam. In the final moments of the war, Rau heavily damages Kira Yamato's ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam and destroys his METEOR support system. However, Rau is mortally wounded by Kira's beam saber and killed by a misfire of the massive GENESIS doomsday laser. During the Second Bloody Valentine War, ZAFT introduces a similar design, the ZGMF-X666S Legend Gundam.
Pilot: Rau Le Creuset
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY ASTRAY; Battle Assault 3 featuring Gundam SEED; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Never-Ending Tomorrow; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Alliance VS ZAFT; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY: Alliance VS ZAFT II; Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.; Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Cosmic Drive/Universe Accel
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara
MA-M221 "Judicium" beam rifle
MA-MV05A composite armed shield system