- This article is about the Cosmic Era Remote Weapon System technology. For the Universal Century variant, see the Psycommu System. For the After War variant, see the Flash System. For the Anno Domini variant, see the Bit Control System .
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A DRAGOON (Disconnected Rapid Armament Group Overlook Operation Network) is a weapon system used in the Cosmic Era timeline.
DRAGOON (Disconnected Rapid Armament Group Overlook Operation Network) is a control system developed by ZAFT to guide remote weapons. The system allows a single mobile weapon pilot to control several smaller weapon pods to attack enemies from different angles, using a quantum communication network (that functions on similar principles as the Mirage Colloid Virus Spreader) to send signals to move them around the battlefield. This is performed without the awkward wire-guidance restrictions used in EA's mobile armors such as the TS-MA2mod.00 Moebius Zero, AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Striker and TS-MA4F Exus. These pods are usually stored on several hardpoints across the suit's body (usually a large backpack) and after a certain amount of use must return to their respective unit to recharge.
The DRAGOON system is so powerful that a mobile suit equipped with this system, in combination with a skilled pilot, can match or overwhelm the firepower of an entire team of conventional mobile suits, but with more coordination than a group of individual pilots. This is best shown in the final battle between Rau Le Creuset and Kira Yamato, during which the ZGMF-X13A Providence severely damaged the ZGMF-X10A Freedom with the system. Two years later, Kira himself would display the strength of the system when he disables 25 ZAFT mobile suits in under 2 minutes.
Over time, several versions of this system have been invented, most of them possessing different capabilities. The original system was first tested in the YMF-X000A Dreadnought Gundam and later installed in the ZGMF-X13A Providence Gundam. This version of the system can only be used by a pilot who has high spatial awareness, like Courtney Heironimus and Rau Le Creuset.
An alternate version of the DRAGOON system was developed by Earth Alliance's Azrael Financial Group and utilized in the TSX-MA717/ZD Pergrande mobile armor. This version requires three pilots that have been synchronized through surgical means to increase the pool of possible users, with each pilot controlling one of the X, Y, and Z coordinates necessary to utilize the system.
In CE 73, another variant of the DRAGOON system was developed by ZAFT. This version does not require a pilot with high spatial awareness, meaning even an average pilot can control the system (even though spatial awareness does improve the system's performance). This version is equipped on ZGMF-X24S Chaos, ZGMF-X3000Q Providence ZAKU, ZGMF-X666S Legend, ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom and perhaps on the DRAGOON Flyer, which is designed for use in conjunction with Impulse Gundam. It is unknown if the GFAS-X1 Destroy's detachable arms are controlled using this technology. It is also unknown if the mobile weapon pods on ORB-01 Akatsuki's "Shiranui" backpack is controlled using this new version or the original version.
Despite its immense strength the DRAGOON system has several weaknesses, the first being its extraordinary power consumption: most suits with full-fledged DRAGOON systems are nuclear-powered. A second one is its extraordinary difficulty to operate: a person with great spatial awareness is required to use the system to its full potential. However, the improved version by ZAFT has overcome this shortcoming through the use of quantum computers, although it is still difficult to properly coordinate the pods. Third, it cannot be used on Earth since none of the pods are capable of atmospheric flight. Also, even if the pods could fly in the atmosphere, they would be far less effective due to air resistance and the thrust needed to overcome gravity.
Like all weapons, the DRAGOON pods can be destroyed although this can only be done by skilled pilots. As such, most Mobile Suits that use the DRAGOON system are also armed with weapons meant to give the suit basic defensive and offensive capabilities, namely beam sabers and beam rifles.
Over time, several mobile weapons were equipped with this system, with most of them being prototype units.
The first mobile suit created to use the DRAGOON system was ZAFT's YMF-X000A Dreadnought, which also served as a testbed for the system. The Dreadnought was equipped with two XM1 "Pristis" beam reamers (beam cannon/scissor anchors), which were mounted on the hips of the suit. While these weapons were tethered to the suit by wires, they were completely DRAGOON controlled; the wires were simply there to recover the weapons in the event of a malfunction in the still-experimental system. Later, a large backpack mounting four large DRAGOON pods was installed on the suit. These pods mounted a total of nine GDU-X7 beam guns and, like the beam reamers, were connected with wires to the suit, although they also could function without them. Interestingly, the DRAGOON pods have the ability to create a tetrahedral beam shield when they are used together.
The last Gundam-type mobile suit created by ZAFT during the first Bloody Valentine War, the Providence was equipped with 11 units (the highest number so far), which mounted a total of 43 beam gun nozzles.
Although the suit does not use the DRAGOON system as its main armament, the Chaos is equipped with two EQFU-5X mobile weapon pods, which utilize the new form of the DRAGOON system which could be used by ordinary pilots. Thanks to their small wings and thrusters the pods can be used not only in space but also in the gravity of a planet. Each pod mounts a single MA-81R beam assault cannon as well as a large number of AGM141 "Firefly" guided missiles. The weapon pods also function as additional boosters while attached to the Chaos, providing it with high mobility in MA mode.
The prototype unit of the Chaos, called the XMF-P192P Proto-Chaos, is also equipped with these pods but features four instead of two units.
The Providence ZAKU was the testbed unit created by ZAFT during the Second Bloody Valentine War to test the DRAGOON pods that would be deployed on the Legend. The DRAGOON system used here is the new version, the smaller pods can be used as ramming weapon due to their sharp edges while the larger pods are similar to those later used on Legend.
The Legend is the successor of the Providence, and uses the DRAGOON system and weapon pods first tested on the Providence ZAKU. The suit mounts ten units, with two of them being large pods, each mounting five GDU-X7 beam machine guns and four beam spikes, which are capable of penetrating the Earth Alliance's Positron Deflector. Besides these two, the Legend also mounts eight small DRAGOON pods, each being equipped with two GDU-X5 beam assault cannons.
A suit originally designed by ZAFT engineers but later modified and completed in secret by Terminal, the Strike Freedom - the successor of the ZGMF-X10A Freedom - is equipped with eight EQFU-3X Super DRAGOON mobile weapon pods in its wings, each mounting a single MA-80V beam assault cannon.
Created by the Orb Union in secret during the first war, the Akatsuki can be equipped with an optional special backpack called the "Shiranui" Space Pack, which uses a system similar the DRAGOON system - the Guided Mobile Beam Turret System. This backpack mounts seven remote control units (RCUs), each with a beam cannon as well as two beam shield emitters that, when coupled with other RCUs, can provide full defense to an area of approximately 1-2 ships in size. Whether this system can only be utilized by a pilot with highly spatial awareness is unknown, since the only pilot that operated the Akatsuki with the Space Pack was Mu La Flaga, who had such abilities.
The Pergrande is an Earth Alliance-created mobile armor, which features a unique version of the DRAGOON system. Instead of using a pilot with high spatial awareness or the new ZAFT-created control system, the modified DRAGOON system utilizes three pilots that have been synchronized through surgical means to increase the pool of possible users. This system links the pilots' brainwave together and each pilot controls one of the X, Y, and Z coordinates necessary to utilize the pods. As a result, the pods can only when be used the three pilots are linked together. The Pergrande is equipped with three DRAGOON pods, each mounting two large beam cannons, one beam cannon and two beam guns.
ZAFT also designed but never fielded a "DRAGOON Flyer" system for the ZGMF-X56S Impulse. The intention was to replace the Impulse's simple Silhouette Flyers with combat-capable DRAGOON versions, which would accompany it in battle. These DRAGOONs would be armed with four small beam guns each, but their primary purpose would be to allow the Impulse to switch Silhouette packs without waiting for them to be launched from the Minerva. As the DRAGOON Flyer could only be used by the four Impulse units, it was likely considered unwise to expend scarce wartime resources on completing the system.
The only Gundam of the Librarian Works to use the DRAGOON system, the Nix Providence holds 11 units (same as the Providence) and is also equipped with a Striker pack that can also serves as a DRAGOON unit. Nix Providence's DRAGOON system is based on the original version, but is more efficient as it takes into account the differences between pilots and alters the configuration of the DRAGOON pods to suit the pilot's needs.
- The DRAGOON system is very similar to the Funnels and Bits used in the Universal Century timeline.
- The Anno Domini era also features a similar technology called "Fangs". In addition, the 'fangs' are part of the Bit Control System developed by Celestial Being.
- 8 names of angels were given to Strike Freedom's DRAGOON pods by Samuel (a 3rd party manufacturer of water decal). They are Uriel, Metatron, Seraphiel, Hemuel, Gabriel, Jophiel, Zaphklel and Raphael.
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|Mobile Suit technology|
DRAGOON system | G Project | METEOR | Second Stage Series | Striker Packs | Voiture Lumiere
Cyclops System | GENESIS | Hyper-Deuterion Nuclear Reactor | Neutron Jammer | Neutron Jammer Canceller | Neutron Stampeder | Nibelung | Requiem
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