- This article is about a Cosmic Era technology. See Psycommu System for the Universal Century variant, Flash System for the After War variant, or Bit Control System for the Anno Domini variant.
|Functional Purpose||DRAGOON Pod Deployment and Control System|
|Form of Discharge||Particle Beam (via DRAGOON Pod)|
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 to send signals to move them around the battlefield. This is performed without the awkward wire-guidance restrictions used in mobile armors such as the TS-MA2mod.00 Moebius Zero, or the Striker Pack AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Striker. 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. Over 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, tested by ZAFT pilot Courtney Heironimus and later civilian Prayer Reverie.
An alternate version of the DRAGOON system was developed by Earth Alliance's Azrael Financial Group and utilized in their prototype TSX-MA717/ZD Pergrande mobile armor. This version required three pilots, and compensated for the lack of spatial awareness by using the X, Y, and Z coordinates from the pilots to create a three-dimensional simulation. These pods mounted a beam cannon and beam gun, which made it much more powerful than the DRAGOON system used by most mobile suits.
In CE 73, another variant of the DRAGOON system was developed by ZAFT. This version did 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). The ZGMF-X666S Legend is equipped with this version of the DRAGOON system, as is the ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom. The ZGMF-X24S Chaos uses a simplified version of this system in the form of two Gunbarrel-like weapon pods. It is likely that the GFAS-X1 Destroy's detachable arms are copied from this technology.
The ORB-01 Akatsuki can be equipped with the "Shiranui" backpack, which is equipped with 7 mobile weapon pods that function in a manner similar to DRAGOONs and have the capability to create a beam shield large enough to surround a battleship. The YMF-X000A Dreadnought also had the ability to create a tetrahedral beam shield from its DRAGOON units.
ZAFT also tested but never fielded a "DRAGOON Flyer" system for the ZGMF-X56S Impulse. The intention was to replace the Impulse's Silhouette Flyers with combat-capable DRAGOONs, which would accompany it in battle. The DRAGOONs would be armed with four small beam guns a piece, but their primary purpose would be to allow the Impulse to switch between Silhouettes without waiting for them to be loaded and launched from the Minerva. As the DRAGOON Flyers could only be used by the Impulse, it was considered unwise to expend precious wartime resources completing the system.
Despite its immense strength the DRAGOON system has several weaknesses, the first being its extraordinary power consumption: all suits with full-fledged DRAGOON systems are nuclear-powered. A second one is its extraordinary difficulty to operate: a person with great spatial awareness and mental and physical prowess is required to use the system to its full potential. However, newer versions of the system have been able to overcome this shortcoming through 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.
A major weakness to the DRAGOON system is the fact that the pods can be destroyed. Most Mobile Suits that use the DRAGOON system are only lightly armed with weapons meant to give the suit a basic defense, namely beam sabers and beam rifles. However, once the pods are destroyed, what was once a formidable opponent becomes a sitting duck.
Over time, several mobile weapons were equipped with this system, with most of them being prototype units.
The first mobile suit created by ZAFT to use the DRAGOON system was the 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 weapon 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.
The last Gundam-type mobile suit created by ZAFT during the Bloody Valentine War, the Providence was equipped with 11 units (the highest number so far), which mounted a total of 43 beam gun nozzles.
A testbed unit created by ZAFT after the first war to test the new DRAGOON system which could be used by ordinary pilots. The system on this ZAKU unit was the same as the one later used on the Legend.
The successor of the Providence which uses the new DRAGOON system 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. These spikes are capable of penetrating a Positron Deflector shield used on some Earth Alliance mobile armors. Besides these two the Legend also mounts eight small DRAGOON pods, each being equipped with two GDU-X4 beam assault cannons. Also different to earlier versions of the DRAGOON system, the pods can swap up or down when mounted on the backpack, an then fired to concentrate their firepower on one target even if not disconnected.
Although the suit doesn't use the DRAGOON system as its main armament, it is equipped with two EQFU-5X mobile weapon pods, which utilize the new form of the DRAGOON system. 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.
One of the newest suits designed by ZAFT engineers and completed in secret by Terminal, the Strike Freedom is an upgraded form of the old ZGMF-X10A Freedom. It 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 features an optional Striker Pack called the "Shiranui" Space Pack. This backpack mounts seven DRAGOON units, which each mount a beam cannon as well as beam shield emitters that when coupled with other DRAGOON units, can provide full defense in a limited area, of around 1-2 ships' size. Whether this version of the DRAGOON System can only be utilized by a pilot with highly spatial awareness is unknown, since the only pilot using it was Mu La Flaga, who has 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 utlizes 3 pilots, which taps into each of the pilots brainwaves and extracts the X, Y, and Z coordinates necessary to utilize the pods. The Pergrande is equipped with six pods, each mounting two large beam cannons, one beam cannon and two beam guns.
ZAFT also tested but never fielded a "DRAGOON Flyer" system for the ZGMF-X56S Impulse. The intention was to replace the Impulse' 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 inherited from the Legend after discovering it's remenants on the moon. It holds 11 units (same as the Providence). Unlike the other unit's, some of the Nix's DRAGOON pods were mounted into the DRAGOON Striker and has the same fire power as the Legend does.
- 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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