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GAT-01 Strike Dagger

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General and Technical Data

Model number: GAT-01
Code name: 
Strike Dagger
Unit type: mass production general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Alliance
Operator(s): Earth Alliance; civilians
First deployment: 25 May C.E. 71
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.02 meters
Weight: max gross weight 55.31 metric tons
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: ultracompact energy battery, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: “Igelstellung” 75mm multi-barrel CIWS, mounted in head; ES01 beam saber, stored on right shoulder, hand-carried in use
Optional fixed armaments: shield, mounted on right arm
Optional hand armaments: M703 57mm beam rifle, power rating unknown, mounts grenade launcher

Technical and Historical Notes

With ZAFT having pioneered mobile suit development through the introduction of the ZGMF-1017 GINN, the Earth Alliance was forced to quickly catch up and develop mobile suits to replace the ineffective mobile armor TS-MA2 Moebius. The end result of that effort was the GAT-01 Strike Dagger, a mass production mobile suit based on the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam. As a mass production suit, the Strike Dagger lacked many design elements present in the original Strike Gundam, such as the Striker mission packs. It was armed with only one head vulcan, one beam saber and a beam rifle. The Strike Dagger also lacked EMP (electromagnetic pulse) shielding, which proved fatal in its debut at the Battle of Panama when ZAFT deployed its Gungnir System. These shortcomings were corrected later on with the GAT-01A1 Dagger. On a level of performance, the Strike Dagger generally exceeded the aging GINN in combat. The Alliance quickly produced a high number of Strike Daggers and sent them immediately to the front lines. Strike Daggers were used heavily during the assault on the Orb Union and later in space against ZAFT during the last battles of the war. Following the war, the Alliance created another mass production successor to the Strike Dagger/Dagger series, the GAT-02L2 Dagger L.

Miscellaneous Information

Pilot(s): Saiga, Rinaldo, Edward Harrelson, Morgan Chevalier, Barry Ho
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
Original mechanical designer: 
Kunio Okawara

Lineart

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Gundam SEED Info


Director:
Mitsuo Fukuda

Writer(s):
Chiaki Morosawa
Hiroyuki Yoshino
Hiroshi Ohnogi
Shigeru Morita
Akinori Endo
Yuuichi Nomura
Akemi Omode

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kunio Okawara
Kimitoshi Yamane
Junichi Akutsu

Character Designer:
Hisashi Hirai

Musical Composer:
Toshihiko Sahashi

Airdates (Original):
Japan 10.05.2002 – 09.27.2003
U.S. 04.17.2004 – 04.15.2005

Airdates (HD Remaster):
Japan 01.xx.2012 – 11.xx.2012

Video Release (SE):
Japan 08.27.2004 – 10.22.2004
U.S. 07.11.2005 – 11.22.2005

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