ZGMF-X56S/θ Destiny Impulse Gundam


Model number: ZGMF-X56S/θ
Code name: Destiny Impulse Gundam
Unit type: prototype multi-mode mobile suit
Manufacturer: Integrated Design Bureau
Operator: ZAFT (Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty)
First deployment: C.E. 73
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso using YFX-M56 Core Splendor
Dimensions: overall height 18.2 meters
Weight: unknown
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: ultracompact energy battery, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; VPS (Variable Phase Shift) 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; 2 x MX2351 “Solidus Fulgor” beam shield generator, mounted on forearms; 2 x RQM60F “Flash Edge 2” beam boomerang, mounted on forearms, hand-carried in use
Optional fixed armaments: 2 x MMI-710 “Excalibur” anti-ship sword, stored on Destiny Silhouette pack, can be combined into one sword, hand-carried in use; 2 x high-energy long-range beam cannon, stored on Destiny Silhouette pack, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: MA-BAR72 high-energy beam rifle

In C.E. 73, ZAFT unveiled the ZGMF-X56S Impulse Gundam, one of its new Second Stage mobile suits. Inspired by the Earth Alliance’s GAT-X105 Strike Gundam, the Impulse Gundam was capable of mounting multiple Silhouette packs to fulfill various mission roles. The Destiny Silhouette pack combined the the armaments of the Sword Silhouette pack with experimental version of weapons later featured in the ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam. These test weapons included a pair of beam shield generators and two high-energy long-range beam cannons. Three ZGMF-X56S/θ Destiny Impulse Gundam units were constructed, two of which were test piloted by Courtney Hieronymus and Mare Strode. The Destiny Silhouette’s weapons proved too much of a drain on the suit’s battery, so the pack never entered into regular use with the first Impulse Gundam unit piloted by Shinn Asuka.

Pilot(s): Courtney Hieronymus, Mare Strode
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY MSV
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara




High-energy long-range beam cannon


M71-AAK “Folding Razor” anti-armor knife


MA-BAR72 high-energy beam rifle


Rear view


RQM60F “Flash Edge 2” beam boomerang


Silhouette base




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