ZGMF-X56S/β Sword Impulse Gundam

General and Technical Data

Model number: ZGMF-X56S/β
Code name:
 Sword Impulse Gundam
Unit type:
 prototype multi-mode mobile suit
 Integrated Design Bureau
Operator: ZAFT (Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty)
First deployment: 
2 October C.E. 73
 pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso using YFX-M56 Core Splendor
 overall height 19.37 meters
 max gross weight 78.93 metric tons
Armor materials:
 ultracompact energy battery, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: unknown
Equipment and design features:
sensors, range unknown; Variable Phase Shift (VPS) armor; deuterion beam energy supply system, allows for remote recharging of energy with battleship Minerva; hardpoints for mounting Silhouette packs
Fixed armaments: 
2 x MMI-GAU25A 20mm CIWS, mounted in chest; 2 x M71-AAK “Folding Razor” anti-armor knife, stored in hip armor, hand-carried in use; MMI-RG59V mobile shield, mounted on left arm; 2 x RQM60 “Flash-Edge” beam boomerang, stored on Sword Silhouette pack, hand-carried in use; 2 x MMI-710 “Excalibur” anti-ship sword, stored on Sword Silhouette pack, can be combined into one sword, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: none

Technical and Historical Notes

The ZGMF-X56S/β Sword Impulse Gundam was the ZAFT equivalent to the Earth Alliance’s GAT-X105+AQM/E-X02 Sword Strike Gundam. The Sword Silhouette pack was stored on the Minerva‘s dedicated hangar for the Impulse Gundam and was deployed via a computer-controlled Silhouette Flyer craft. The Flyer delivered the pack to the Impulse Gundam and automatically returned to the Minerva. When equipped with the Sword pack, the Impulse Gundam’s VPS armor shifted to a predominantly red color scheme. The Sword Silhouette pack’s armaments included two beam boomerangs similar to the ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam, as well as a pair of anti-ship swords similar to the GAT-X133 Sword Calamity. The “Excalibur” swords could be combined into one large sword to attack several mobile suits or a battleship.

Miscellaneous Information

Pilot(s): Shinn Asuka, Lunamaria Hawke
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara




Mitsuo Fukuda

Chiaki Morosawa
Hiroyuki Yoshino
Hiroshi Ohnogi
Kazuho Hyodo
Shigeru Morita
Natsuko Takahashi
Yuuichi Nomura

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kunio Okawara
Kimitoshi Yamane

Character Designer:
Hisashi Hirai

Musical Composer:
Toshihiko Sahashi

50 episodes; 1 TV special; 4 compilation movies

Airdates (Original):
Japan 10.09.2004 – 12.25.2005

Airdates (HD Remaster):
Japan 04.xx.2013 – 03.xx.2014

Video Release (SE):
Japan 05.26.2006 – 02.23.2007
U.S. 06.17.2008 – 01.13.2009


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