Model number: GNX-603T
Code name: GN-X
Unit type: limited production general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Linear Train Industries
Operator(s): Advanced European Union; Union of Solar Energy and Free Nations; Human Reform League; United Nations Forces; Earth Sphere Federation
First deployment: AD 2308
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in pelvis
Dimensions: head height 19.0 meters
Weight: max gross 70.4 metric tons
Armor materials: E-Carbon
Powerplant: GN Drive Tau, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: GN verniers, total output unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 2 x GN Beam Saber, stored in rack in thighs, hand-carried in use; 2 x GN Vulcan Gun, mounted in head; GN Shield, mounted on left forearm, equipped with defense rod, can generate GN Field; 2 x GN Claw, mounted as fingertips
Optional hand armaments: GN Beam Rifle, can be outfitted as GN Long Barrel Beam Rifle with additional parts
The GNX-603T GN-X was a mobile suit built in secret by Alejandro Corner as part of his attempt to disrupt Aeolia Schenberg’s plans and seize control of Celestial Being for himself. To hide its development, the parts were produced in civilian factories at Linear Train Industries and assembled in secret at the orbital elevators. Early in its development, the GN-X was intended to use original GN Drives, but this was later changed to a GN Drive Tau. As a result, the GN-X’s GN Drive Tau lacked a starter mechanism and had to be activated externally. As GN Drive Tau performance improved, the specifications to accommodate original GN Drives were dropped in later models. Due to the disruption of radar by GN particles, the suit had enhanced visual analysis capability in the form of its four eyes. The oval piece on the head contained a large computer for analytical purposes; this computer also helped to compensate for the differences in piloting style amongst the pilots from different factions. In consideration of the pilots being unfamiliar with the control of suits from outside their factions, there was a sub-control system in the head that provided support for evasion, aiming and other basic controls.
The protrusions on the chest and waist that collectively formed an ‘X’ shape were known as GN particle generators. They were an enhanced, redesigned version of the Gundam’s clavicle antennae. They could control the GN particles around the suit, allowing it to “stand” stably in mid-air, and were designed for use by pilots that were unfamiliar with controlling machines that required particle manipulation. The generators were miniaturized as solar reactor-equipped machines became more common. The cockpit could not be mounted in the torso due to the large control component of the GN Drive Tau. The control system in the cockpit could be adjusted to be similar as the one used by the pilot’s faction. Thus, the elite pilots from various factions could control the suit without any special training. The GN-X’s armaments included a GN Beam Rifle, which featured its own GN condenser so as not to drain the GN particles produced by the suit. The rifle came in two configurations: a standard version for close-range rapid fire, and a long barrel version for long-range shooting that had a lower rate of fire, but higher accuracy. The sharp finger tips could be used in close combat, and the deployment of GN particles could increase their destructive power. Other armaments included a pair of GN Vulcan Guns and GN Beam Sabers, plus a GN Shield that could generate a GN Field on its surface. The shield also featured a defense rod similar to Union and AEU mobile suits.
Thirty units were initially produced, with 10 units going to each of the world’s three superpowers in 2308. The GN-X was immediately deployed against Celestial Being, and while its performance was inferior to that of the Gundams, it could overwhelm a Gundam through superiority in numbers. As some units were destroyed in battle, salvageable parts were cobbled together to create new machines. Under the auspices of the United Nations, a large attack in space ended in the defeat of Celestial Being and was followed by the unification of the world under the Earth Sphere Federation. The ESF produced a limited run of GN-Xs that had nanomachines on their armor surface. A limited custom version, the GNX-604T Advanced GN-X, was also produced by the ESF. The formal deployment of the GN-X series continued through the production of the GNX-607T GN-XII.
Pilot(s): Sergei Smirnov, Soma Peries, Daryl Dodge, Patrick Colasour, Henry, Amy Zimbalist
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam 00
Original mechanical designer: Kanetake Ebikawa