The GAT-FJ108 Raigo Gundam is a prototype multi-mode mobile suit, it is featured in the manga series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Frame Astrays. The unit is first piloted by Gai Murakumo and Lukas O'Donnell.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Raigo is developed by Fujiyama Company based on GAT-X105E Strike Gundam E, with assistance from Actaeon Industries. It can utilize the Striker Pack system and is equipped with Variable Phase Shift armor. Using its Another Trial Striker Packs, which seems to be developed based on those created by Actaeon Industries, the Raigo can be outfitted for high mobility combat (Speculum Raigo), long ranged assault (Sumbullet Raigo), or heavy melee combat (Caliburn Raigo).
- Located in the Raigo's head and shoulders are four M2M5 "Todesschrecken" 12.5mm automatic CIWS. Despite being classified as Anti Air, these light projectile weapons can also be used to intercept missiles and to destroy lightly armored vehicles.
- 57mm High-energy Beam Rifle
- The same beam rifle as the one used by Strike Gundam, it can easily destroy a MS with one shot, but is mostly ineffective against suits with anti-beam coating. It can be used together with the Speculum Striker.
- Small Shield
- A small shield can be attached to each forearm to improve Raigo's defense capabilities.
- "Armor Schneider" Combat Knife
- Stored in each shield is a "Armor Schneider" Combat Knife, which don't need power from the suit, can be thrown, and capable of piercing the joints and under-armored sections of mobile suits.
- The same shield as the one used by Strike Gundam, it is used to intercept attacks that the pilot cannot, or will not dodge. It can be used together with the Speculum Striker.
Special Equipment & Features
- Hardpoints for Striker Packs
- Raigo Gundam can be equipped with custom Another Trial Striker packs. Each striker pack is designed to outfit the MS with the equipment needed to fulfill specific combat roles with maximum efficiency.
- Speculum Striker Pack
- Similar to the Aile Striker, the Speculum Striker increases Raigo's mobility in both Earth and space. It also provides Raigo with full flight capabilities in the atmosphere and is equipped with beam sabers as well as hardpoints on its wing to carry various weapons.
- Caliburn Striker Pack
- Similar to Sword Striker, the Caliburn Striker increases the suit's close combat capabilities. It features improved version of Sword Striker pack's weapons as well as a new armament. Mounted on the left arm is the "Panzer Eisen kai" rocket anchor , the "Midas Messer kai" Beam Boomerang is mounted on the right arm, and both "Schwert Gewehr Kai" anti-ship sword and "Caladbolg" large beam saber are mounted on the backpack.
- Sumbullet Striker Pack
- Like the Launcher Striker, the Sumbullet Striker gives the Raigo long ranged combat capabilities. Its armaments were similar to the Launcher Striker, such as the "Agni Kai" hyper impulse beam cannon, an upgraded version of the GAT-X105+AQM/E-X03 Launcher Strike Gundam's "Agni" Hyper Impulse beam cannon. It also adds a more advanced version of the GAT-X131 Calamity Gundam's "Todesblock" plasma-sabot bazooka, the "Todesblock Kai" plasma-sabot cannon, for more firepower. It has a 8-tube missile launcher on the back of the suit.
- The latest version of Phase Shift armor, Raigo's VPS armor can change its colors according to which custom Another Trial Striker Pack it is equipped with at the moment.
The Actaeon Project's GAT-X105E Strike Gundam E represented the Earth Alliance military's future in versatile MS and represented a potentially new starting point in MS development. Fujiyama Company, a firm that participated in the Actaeon Project, planned to capitalize on this and start a development program based on the Strike Gundam E. Fujiyama Company, which mainly developed MA such as the FXet-565 Cosmograsper, was falling behind its competitors in the area of MS development. With the completed Raigo Gundam concept model, Fujiyama Company aimed to be reborn as a core company of the Earth Alliance's defense industry. The Raigo Gundam is deployed in Republic of East Asia, where a small scale battle is going on between EA and ZAFT, and is thus suitable for conducting field testing.
- Sumbullet Raigo Gundam have some resemblance to FA-78-1 Gundam Full Armor Type in terms of color scheme and a cannon placed on the right side of the backpack.
- GAT-FJ108 Raigo Gundam on MAHQ.net
- GAT-FJ108 Speculum Raigo Gundam on MAHQ.net
- GAT-FJ108 Caliburn Raigo Gundam on MAHQ.net
- GAT-FJ108 Sumbullet Raigo Gundam on MAHQ.net