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GN-007/AL Arios Gundam Ascalon

 

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Mobile suit mode

Flight mode

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GN-007/AL Arios Gundam Ascalon

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: GN-007/AL
Code name: Arios Gundam Ascalon
Unit type: transformable heavy weapon mobile suit
Manufacturer: Celestial Being
Operator(s): Fereshte; ELS (Extraterrestrial Living-metal Shapeshifter)
Rollout: AD 2312
First deployment: AD 2312
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 19.1 meters
Weight: max gross 81.5 metric tons (Ascalon equipment weight 30.1 metric tons)
Armor materials: E-Carbon
Powerplant: GN Drive, power output rating unknown (original version); GN Condenser, power output rating unknown (repaired version)
Propulsion: GN verniers, total output unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; Trans-Am System; optical camouflage; communication jamming
Fixed armaments: 2 x GN Beam Saber, stored in racks in front skirt armor, hand-carried in use; 2 x GN Submachine Gun, mounted on forearms; 2 x GN Vulcan Gun, mounted on shoulder binders, operable only in flight mode; GN Beam Cannon, mounted on shoulder binders, serves as nose of flight mode, operable only in flight mode; 2 x GN Missile Container, mounted on backpack; GN Sword, mounted on backpack, operable only in flight mode
Optional hand armaments: GN Twin Beam Rifle, mounts underneath main body in flight mode

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The GN-007/AL Arios Gundam Ascalon was a heavy weapon configuration of the GN-007 Arios Gundam. The Ascalon added a new back-mounted nose unit and a pair of GN Missile Containers that could be used in both mobile suit and flight modes. The nose unit included a new sensor unit that enhanced search capability during high-speed movement, and it also mounted a GN Beam Cannon. Shoulder parts used in flight mode could compress and guide the GN particles fired by the cannon, producing a beam comparable in power to the GN-005 Gundam Virtue’s GN Bazooka. A GN Sword usable in flight mode at high speed had higher cutting power than the GN Sword from the GN-001 Gundam Exia. Ultimately, the Ascalon configuration was not used for the final battle against the Innovators in 2312 because there was no time to correct balance issues created by the new weapons. The new weapons also caused a drop in mobility when the suit was docked with the GNR-101A GN Archer, so the suit was equipped with the GNHW/M parts for the final battle.

 

After the battle, Sherilyn Hyde repaired the heavily damaged Arios Gundam and converts it to the Ascalon configuration for use by the recreated Fereshte. Due to the severity of the damage, it was not possible to restore the suit to its original performance levels. With no GN Drives available to Fereshte, the Ascalon was converted to run on a GN Condenser. Because of the Earth Sphere Federation’s surveillance network and control of the orbital elevators, the Ascalon was stationed only on Earth and assigned to Leo Sieg. Leo used the Ascalon mainly in flight mode to conceal its Gundam nature, and optical camouflage was applied to the top surface to prevent satellite detection. In 2314, the Ascalon was assimilated while investigating the presence of alien ELS fragments on Earth. Leo and Dell Erda used an MSJ-06YIII-B Tieren Kyitwo to destroy the assimilated Ascalon.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Leo Sieg (aka Leonard Fiennes)

Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam 00V; Mobile Suit Gundam 00I 2314

Original mechanical designer: Takayuki Yanase

 

Lineart

 

GN Missile Container

GN Submachine Gun

GN Twin Beam Rifle

 

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