Model number: UMF/SSO-3
Code name: ASH
Unit type: mass production transformable amphibious mobile suit Manufacturer: ZAFT (Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty) Operator: ZAFT First deployment: C.E. 73 Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso Dimensions: overall height 20.65 meters Weight: max gross weight 50.59 metric tons
Armor materials: unknown Powerplant: ultracompact energy battery, power output rating unknown Propulsion: unknown Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown Fixed armaments: 2 x GMF22SX prototype propeller and multipurpose missile launcher, mounted on back; 4 x MA-M1217R high-energy beam cannon, mounted on shoulders; Type PJP3 dual phonon maser cannon; 2 x M47 23mm dual machine gun, mounted in forearms; 2 x MX-RQB505 beam claw, mounted on forearms Optional hand armaments: none
Technical and Historical Notes
The UMF/SSO-3 ASH was ZAFT's latest model transformable amphibious mobile suit in C.E. 73. It was more powerfully armed than its predecessors UMF-4A GOOhN and UMF-5 ZnO and was capable of operating on land. The ASH featured the same phonon maser cannon used by most underwater ZAFT mobile suits. It was also armed with four shoulder-mounted beam cannons and two back-mounted missile launchers. Its arms were equipped with machine guns in place of hands and also feature beam claws instead of beam sabers. In late C.E. 73, a group of military-trained Coordinators used ASH suits in an attempt to assassinate Lacus Clyne in Orb. Although the attackers' machines were all disabled by Kira Yamato's ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam, the pilots all self-detonated their units before they could be captured and interrogated. However, it was discovered much later that the assassins acted on orders from ZAFT Supreme Council Chairman Gilbert Durandal.