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The GAT-X103 Buster Gundam is a prototype artillery mobile suit, the unit is featured in the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

One of the five mobile suits developed as part of the Earth Alliance's G Project, the Buster is an artillery mobile suit and adopts the X100-series frame, similar to the one used by the Duel. It has firepower rivalling that of a battleship's, and is meant to provide rear support for the other units and to attack enemy ships or facilities from a distance. As such, its armament consists mainly of powerful ranged weapons, including a gun launcher, a high-energy rifle and two missile pods. The gun launcher and the high energy rifle are power intensive weapons, and as such they are equipped with their own sub-generators. Both of them are also capable of combining to form weapons with higher output which is seemingly caused by the linkage of the sub-generators, what weapon is formed depends on the combination configuration. Although the suit has no close combat weapon, the missile pods can be used to discourage enemy units from closing in. Due to its role, the main sensor camera on Buster's head is very important and is protected with additional armor. The suit also has the new Phase Shift armor like the other units in the project, making it nearly impervious to shell firing weapons.

Armaments

  • 350mm Gun Launcher
Mounted on the backpack and carried in Buster's right hand when in use. It is a projectile weapon akin to a railgun or linear gun, which uses electromagnetic forces rather than gunpowder to launch its projectiles. In addition to solid shells, the gun-launcher can also fire specialized munitions such as armor-piercing and high explosive rounds.
  • 94mm High-energy Rifle
Mounted on the backpack and carried in Buster's left hand when in use. It is a beam weapon similar to the beam rifle, and is the highest caliber energy rifle among those used by other units in the G Project. Its destructive power is above a battleship's beam cannon despite its smaller size.
  • 220mm 6-barrel Missile Pod
The Buster is equipped with two 220mm 6-barrel Missile Pods, one in each shoulder, allowing the suit to fire a rain of missiles to destroy enemy units or to stop them from moving closer.
  • Anti-Armor Shotgun
When the High-energy Rifle and Gun Launcher combine, with the Gun Launcher on the front, it forms a very powerful shell-firing Anti-Armor Shotgun. It fires a single stream containing multiple shells that later splits apart, resulting in a scatter shot that damages a wide area. It appears that about four or five shells fired from the Anti-Armor Shotgun is enough to destroy some battleships.
  • Hyper Impulse Long-Range Sniper Rifle
When the High-energy Rifle and Gun Launcher combine, with the High-energy Rifle on the front, it can form a Long-Range Sniper Rifle. This beam cannon type weapon has a very high energy output, firing a larger beam that is capable of penetrating several targets, including battleships, making it the strongest weapon in the Buster Gundam's arsenal. As the name implies, it also features sniping capabilities due to the longer range of the beam. Although the combined forms has higher power, the rate of fire is decreased.

Special Equipment & Features

As with all of the G Project mobile suits, the GAT-X103 Buster is equipped with phase shift armor. When activated the Buster's color is changed from a light grey to a beige scheme with a bit of green and orange mixed in. Phase Shift armor, when activated, renders the Buster immune to physical attacks such as bullets, the GINN sword, or against missiles. However Phase Shift armor continually drains the battery of energy, shortening the mobile suit's combat endurance, and uses up additional energy when it is hit.

History

The Buster was one of the prototype mobile suits created by the Earth Alliance under its G Project during the First Alliance-PLANT War. Together with four other machines, the Buster was maunfactured secretly in the Orb Union controlled independent colony Heliopolis.

Buster was stolen by ZAFT pilot Dearka Elsman on Cosmic Era January 25, 71, and was used by him throughout the rest of the war. Dearka frequently dueled with TS-MA2mod.00 Moebius Zero/FX-550 Skygrasper pilot Mu La Flaga, neither pilot able to gain a competitive advantage over the other. Mu's greater experience and skill was balanced by Dearka's elite reflexes and superior machine. The Buster was eventually shot down on earth and captured by the crew of the Archangel in June 71. Dearka spent approximately a month in the ship's brig and subsequently joined the Clyne Faction, using the Buster to bring about the end of the First Alliance-PLANT War. On the last day of the war, Dearka's mobile suit was severely damaged by the ZGMF-X13A Providence Gundam. Dearka and the damaged Buster later met with Yzak and his GAT-X102 Duel Gundam, but they came under attack by the GAT-X370 Raider Gundam. After the Duel's beam rifle was destroyed by Raider, Yzak borrowed the Buster's Hyper Impulse Long-Range Sniper Rifle to take it down.

The Earth Alliance developed a mass-produced variant of the Buster during the war, the GAT/A-01E2 Buster Dagger, which combined the frame of a GAT-01A1 Dagger with the Buster's weaponry and can be equipped with a pair of beam sabers, correcting a flaw in Buster's design. Although only somewhat based upon the Buster, the artillery support paradigm which the suit was designed around would be used in developing another heavily-armed, long-range mobile suit, the GAT-X131 Calamity.

After the war, as part of the "Actaeon Project" MS development plan, another Buster Gundam was re-manufactured and piloted by Phantom Pain pilot, Shams Couza. The unit was later upgraded into the GAT-X103AP Verde Buster.

Variants

Appearing in the manga Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Re:, it is the Buster Gundam equipped with new parts on the chest, back, leg and feet, as well as a large METEOR-like underwater-use attachment. The attachment is built with parts from the UMF-4A GOOhN and UMF-5 ZnO, and can change into an underwater cruising mode when travelling in water. In MS mode, parts of the attachment are held in hand like the METEOR. A weakness of the underwater equipment is that it only has a shallow diving depth.

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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Mechanics
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Earth Alliance
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
GAT-01 Strike Dagger | GAT-X102 Duel Gundam | GAT-X103 Buster Gundam | GAT-X105 Strike Gundam | GAT-X105+AQM/E-X01 Aile Strike Gundam | GAT-X105+AQM/E-X02 Sword Strike Gundam | GAT-X105+AQM/E-X03 Launcher Strike Gundam | GAT-X131 Calamity Gundam | GAT-X207 Blitz Gundam | GAT-X252 Forbidden Gundam | GAT-X303 Aegis Gundam | GAT-X370 Raider Gundam
Mobile Armor
TS-MA2 Moebius | TS-MA2mod.00 Moebius Zero
Mobile Pod
MAW-01 Mistral

Land Vehicle
Linear Artillery | Linear Tank | Missile Truck | Radar Truck
Ship / Submarine
Arkansas-class | Attack Submarine | Danilov-class | Fraser-class | Spengler-class | Transport Submarine
Aircraft / Spacecraft
F-7D Spearhead | FX-550 Skygrasper | VTOL Fighter
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Agamemnon-class | Archangel-class | Drake-class | Nelson-class
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Cyclops System
ZAFT
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AMF-101 DINN | GAT-X102 Duel Gundam | GAT-X103 Buster Gundam | GAT-X207 Blitz Gundam | GAT-X303 Aegis Gundam | TFA-2 ZuOOT | TMF/A-802 BuCUE | TMF/A-803 LaGOWE | TMF/S-3 GINN OCHER Type | UMF-4A GOOhN | UMF-5 ZnO | UWMF/S-1 GINN WASP Type | YFX-200 CGUE DEEP Arms | YFX-600R GuAIZ Experimental Firearms Type | YMF-01B Proto GINN | ZGMF-515 CGUE | ZGMF-600 GuAIZ | ZGMF-1017 GINN | ZGMF-1017M GINN High Maneuver Type | ZGMF-LRR704B GINN Long Range Reconnaissance Type | ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam | ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam | ZGMF-X13A Providence Gundam | ZGMF/TAR-X1 GINN Tactical Air Reconnaissance Type

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Agile | Guul | Infestus
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Cruiser / Mother Ship
FFMH-Y101 Eternal | Laurasia-class | Nazca-class
Super Weapon
GENESIS | Gungnir | Neutron Jammer
Orb Union / Three Ships Alliance
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
GAT-X103 Buster Gundam | GAT-X105 Strike Gundam | GAT-X105+AQM/E-X01 Aile Strike Gundam | GAT-X105+AQM/E-X03 Launcher Strike Gundam | GAT-X105+AQM/E-YM1 Perfect Strike Gundam | MBF-02 Strike Rouge | MBF-02+AQM/E-X01 Aile Strike Rouge | MBF-M1 M1 Astray | ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam | ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam
Mobile Armor
TS-MA2mod.00 Moebius Zero
Mobile Pod
MAW-01 Mistral

Land Vehicle
Cargo Truck | Linear Tank | Missile Truck
Ship
Aegis-class
Aircraft / Spacecraft
Heli
Support Weapon
METEOR
Transporter / Supply Ship
Flying Boat | Heliopolis Life Boat
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Archangel-class | FFMH-Y101 Eternal | Izumo-class
Junk Guild / Desert Dawn / Civilians
Land Vehicle
Ereka | Gatling Truck | Half Truck
Aircraft
Press VTOL
Transporter / Supply Ship
Cornelius-class | Silverwind | Tsiolkovsky


Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray Mechanics
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Junk Guild
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MBF-P02 Gundam Astray Red Frame | TMF/A-802 P-Mod.W BuCUE Waltfeld Custom Type | ZGMF-1017 Works GINN
Mobile Pod
MAW-01 Mistral

Land Battleship
Lesseps-class
Transporter / Supply Ship
Cornelius-class | Marseille III-class
Serpent Tail
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MBF-P03 Gundam Astray Blue Frame | MBF-P03secondL Gundam Astray Blue Frame Second L | ZGMF-1017 GINN Elijah Kiel Custom | ZGMF-1017 GINN Gai Murakumo Custom
Mobile Armor
TS-MA2 Moebius

Cruiser / Mother Ship
Laurasia-class
Orb Union
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
GAT-X133 Sword Calamity | MBF-M1 M1 Astray | MBF-P01 Gundam Astray Gold Frame | MBF-P01-ReAMATU Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatsu | MBF-P02 Gundam Astray Red Frame | MBF-P03 Gundam Astray Blue Frame

Ship
Aegis-class
Aircraft / Spacecraft
Heli
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Izumo-class
Earth Alliance
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
GAT-01 Strike Dagger | GAT-X105 Strike Gundam | GAT-X105+AQM/E-X01 Aile Strike Gundam | GAT-X105+AQM/E-X02 Sword Strike Gundam | GAT-X133 Sword Calamity
Mobile Armor
TS-MA2 Moebius

Cruiser / Mother Ship
Archangel-class
ZAFT
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
AMF-101 DINN | GAT-X102 Duel Gundam | GAT-X103 Buster Gundam | GAT-X207 Blitz Gundam | GAT-X303 Aegis Gundam | TFA-2 ZuOOT | TMF/A-802 BuCUE | TMF/S-3 GINN OCHER Type | UMF-4A GOOhN | UMF-5 ZnO | UWMF/S-1 GINN WASP Type | YFX-200 CGUE DEEP Arms | YMF-01B Proto GINN | ZGMF-515 CGUE | ZGMF-600 GuAIZ | ZGMF-1017 GINN | ZGMF-1017 GINN Miguel Aiman Custom | ZGMF-1017M GINN High Maneuver Type

Aircraft / Spacecraft
Guul
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Laurasia-class | Nazca-class
Actaeon Industries
Land Vehicle
Linear Artillery | Missile Truck
Pirates / Civilians
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
TFA-2 ZuOOT | TMF/A-802 BuCUE | UMF-4A GOOhN | UTA/TE-6 GOOhN Underground Mobility Test Type | YMF-01B Proto GINN

Transporter / Supply Ship
Courier Ship | Liteiria | Pirate Transport | Tsiolkovsky
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Agamemnon-class | Nelson-class

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