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Izumo class (Kusanagi)

 

izumo

 

General and Technical Data

 

Class: Izumo
Name:
Kusanagi
Ships of the line:
Izumo, Kusanagi, Tsukuyomi, Susanoo
Unit type:
battleship
Manufacturer: Morgenroete, Inc
Operator(s): Orb Union; Three Ships Alliance
First deployment: unknown
Dimensions: overall length 290 meters
Wingspan: unknown
Weight: unknown
Propulsion: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 2 x "Gottfried" Mk 71 225cm high-energy beam gun; many x "Igelstellung" 75mm automatic multi-barrel CIWS; 2 x "Lohengrin" positron blaster gun; many x surface-to-ship missile launcher; many x surface-to-air missile launcher
Mobile weapons: many x MBF-M1 M1 Astray; ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam; MBF-02 Strike Rouge
Launch catapults: 1

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The Orb Union's weapons research led to the creation of a new type of battleship: the Izumo class. This new battleship design also served as the basis for the Earth Alliance's Archangel class. While the Kusanagi was operated by the Athha family, the Izumo belonged to another of Orb's ruling families, the Sahakus. The Kusanagi's unique design allowed it to be split apart into five smaller modules. Because it was the inspiration for the Archangel class, much of its weaponry and internal design was the same. In June C.E. 71, the Kusanagi's modules were launched into space following the Alliance's invasion of Orb and the self-destruction of the Kaguya mass driver. Once combined in space, the Kusanagi joined with the Archangel and the Eternal to form the Three Ships Alliance, a faction independent of ZAFT and the Alliance that was dedicated to ending the Bloody Valentine War. The
Kusanagi
's main mobile suit complement consisted of the mass produced MBF-M1 M1 Astray, but it also carried an MBF-02 Strike Rouge unit built from the spare parts of the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam. The Kusanagi remained in space and returned to active service when the Three Ships Alliance intervened again during the Second Bloody Valentine War two years later.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Captain(s): Cagalli Yula Athha, Ledonir Kisaka
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ASTRAY (manga); Mobile Suit Gundam SEED X ASTRAY; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ASTRAY B; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Never-Ending Tomorrow; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY: Alliance VS ZAFT II
Original mechanical designer: Kimitoshi Yamane

 

Lineart

 

Aft module
Core module
Core module docked with top module
Forward module

 

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