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Drake class

 

drake

 

General and Technical Data

 

Class: Drake
Ships of the line: Bernard, Law, Antigonos, Xerxes, Seleukos, Belgrano
Unit type:
escort ship
Manufacturer: Earth Alliance
Operator: Earth Alliance
First deployment: unknown
Dimensions: overall length 130 meters; overall height unknown
Wingspan: unknown
Weight: unknown
Propulsion: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 3 x 75mm vulcan cannons, mounted on main body; 6 x torpedo launchers, mounted in forward section; 4 x 10-barrel missile launchers, mounted on main body
Mobile weapons: many x TS-MA2 Moebius; many x GAT-01 Strike Dagger

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The Drake class was one of two main battleship types used by the Earth Alliance during the Bloody Valentine War with ZAFT. These lightly armed vessels were equipped with two vulcan cannons and several torpedo and missile launchers. Due to its small size, Drake class ships did not feature interior hangars for the TS-MA2 Moebius mobile armor. Instead, the Moebius units were strapped to the outer hull. Later on in the war, this same limitation required that the Alliance's first mass production mobile suit, the GAT-01 Strike Dagger, be stored in the same manner. Because of its light armament, the Drake class was a soft target that could easily be destroyed by a single ZAFT mobile suit. After the war, the Alliance refitted the Drake class with external mobile suit launch decks.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ASTRAY R; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Never-Ending Tomorrow
Original mechanical designer: Kimitoshi Yamane

 

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