GAT-X105E+AQM/E-X09S Strike Noir Gundam
The GAT-X105E+AQME-X09S Strike Noir Gundam is a Mobile Suit in the OVA Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: STARGAZER and the manga Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73 Δ Astray. It is piloted by Sven Cal Bayang.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Noir Striker is developed based on Phantom Pain member Sven Cal Bayang's usage of the AQM/E-01 IWSP pack and is hence considered the successor to the IWSP. However, unlike the original, the Noir Striker is specialised for close combat and as a result, the Strike Noir has to work in coordination with the Blu Duel and Verde Buster units in battle group tactics to maximize combat efficiency. The Noir Striker is a flight pack equipped with MAU-M3E42 twin linear gun, designed with emphasis on rapid fire and capable of firing high-velocity projectiles that are destructive at close-range. The barrels are connected through a flexible base below the wing which allows for a high degree of swiveling movement, and can be secured in all directions to provide a wide range of fire. Mounted externally above the wings are a pair of MR-Q10 "Fragarach 3" beam blades, anti-ship swords based on the Gaia Gundam's MR-Q17X "Griffon 2" Beam Blade. The Noir Striker is also equipped with an EQS1358T rocket anchor, similar to those on the Strike E itself, and has VPS armor. The latter makes the Noir Striker hard to mass-produce and furthermore, like the IWSP, it can only be mastered by those with high piloting skills and therefore, there are no records of it being used by regular forces.
Due to the Strike E's power extender, the Strike Noir has longer operational and flight time. When equipped with the Noir Striker, the Strike E's VPS armor changes colour, with the shoulder, head, wrist, ankle and skirt color changing to black and the white armor pieces changing to a dull grey.
- M2M5 "Todesschrecken" 12.5mm automatic CIWS
- Like most other mobile suits, the Strike E also features head-mounted 12.5mm automatic CIWS guns of type M2M5 "Todesschrecken". These light projectile weapons are used to intercept missiles and to destroy lightly armored vehicles.
- EQS1358 rocket anchor
- One EQS1358 rocket anchor is mounted in each hand and foot, for a total of four rocket anchors. These anchors can be used to grapple a unit and are powerful enough to allow the Strike Noir to throw the captured unit over a small distance. The attached cable is coated with a special polymer that allows the pilot to adjust the physical properties (thickness, strength, etc.) of the cable upon firing.
- M8F-SB1 "Shorty" beam rifle
- While most mobile suits feature a single handheld beam rifle, the Strike Noir is instead equipped with two small M8F-SB1 "Shorty" beam rifles. Despite their small size and 15% decreased in shooting range compared to standard rifles, the rifles are powerful enough to destroy an enemy unit with a single shot. When not in use, the rifles are mounted on the hips of the unit, the same spot where the combat knives were stored on the original Strike.
- MR-Q10 "Fragarach 3" beam blade
- Developed from the Gaia Gundam's MR-Q17X "Griffon 2" Beam Blade, it is the melee weapon of the Strike Noir. They are stored on the wings when not in use. While not as big as a normal Anti-Ship Sword, it can still do massive damage to the target.
- MAU-M3E42 twin linear gun
- Mounted on the wing. As its model number implies, it is an advanced model of the Alliance's MAU-M3 series best seller which is commonly equipped on Mobile Armors (Moebius, Exus), the M3 boasts reliability and cost-effective performance. With the E4 model, it is configured for rapid fire with shortened electric charges to specialise in close combat.
- 57mm high-energy beam rifle
- An optional beam rifle that Strike E can use. It is the same rifle as the one used by the Duel and has a longer range than the "Shorty" beam rifle. Strike Noir has been shown to carry a pair of them for certain mission.
- 175mm grenade launcher
- The beam rifle is fitted with an underslung grenade launcher, which can fire a variety of grenades. These grenades are not very effective against large ships, but are ideal mid-range anti-mobile suit weapons.
- Hardpoints for Striker Packs
- Because of its origin as a Strike E, the Strike Noir can mount Striker Packs. This ability was demonstrated in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73 Δ Astray, when the Strike Noir was heavily damaged by Ergnes Brahe's GSF-YAM01 Δ Astray and had to equip an IWSP pack used by a Slaughter Dagger.
- Power Extender
- The suit features a "power extender" system to increase battery life.
- A new version of the Phase Shift armor used on the original Strike. Strike E's VPS armor can change its colors according to the Striker Packs it is equipped with at the moment, but this only applies to the Noir Striker and Another Trial Striker Packs.
After the first Bloody Valentine War, as part of the "Actaeon Project" MS development plan, at least one other GAT-X105 Strike was re-manufactured. The unit was assigned to Phantom Pain pilot, Sven Cal Payang, and subsequently upgraded into more the powerful and advanced Strike E. Sven's Strike E was typically equipped with the Noir Striker and often work in a team consisting of Mudie Holcroft and her GAT-X1022 Blu Duel, as well Shams Couza and his GAT-X103AP Verde Buster.
The Strike Noir's first deployment in the anime, along with the Blu Duel and Verde Buster, was to defend against Zala loyalist guerillas who emerged in the wake of the "Break the World" terrorist attack. Shortly afterward, Sven supervised a squad of GAT-01A2R Slaughter Daggers as they destroyed a Coordinator refugee camp where some of the terrorists were allegedly trained.
Later in CE 73, Sven engaged in a brief, inconclusive duel with Martian Coordinator Ergnes Brahe in the GSF-YAM01 Δ Astray, who later escaped in his ship, the Acidalium. Shortly afterward, when Orb joined in a treaty with the Earth Alliance, Sven was assigned to lead a squad of five Slaughter Daggers piloted by Orb soldiers in pursuit of the Acidalium. During the battle, Strike Noir's striker pack was damaged by Δ Astray and Sven changes over to the IWSP pack (which was being used by one of the Orb pilots) in order to continue the fight. He subsequently defeated Δ Astray using the Strike E IWSP.
Sven later returned to his Phantom Pain squad and escorted the Bonaparte as it delivered the GFAS-X1 Destroy to Neo Roanoke's unit. The Bonaparte was attacked along the way, and while Blu Duel pilot Mudie Holcroft was killed, the attacking ZAFT force is wiped out and the Bonaparte arrived at its destination.
In CE 74, the remainder of Sven's squad is assigned to attack the Deep Space Survey and Development Organization's (DSSD) space station, to capture the GSX-401FW Stargazer's AI unit. During the battle, Sven is caught off guard by Stargazer's unorthodox anti-beam defense system, and Strike Noir's left arm is sliced off, along with other less significant damage. Stargazer's pilot Selene McGriff then grabbed the Strike Noir and uses the DSSD station's propulsion laser to launch both mobile suits away from the battlefield. They are carried all the way to Venus, where Selene drained Strike Noir's remaining power into Stargazer's reactor, and rescued Sven from the disabled mobile suit. The heavily damaged Strike Noir was abandoned as Stargazer returned to Earth.
- It is the second Strike-derived unit to bear a color-themed name, "noir" being the French word for black, and the first being the MBF-02 Strike Rouge.
- The Strike Noir, along with its sister units the Verde Buster and the Blu Duel, make up the third "trio" of Gundams piloted by EA/Phantom Pain pilots, following the GAT-X131 Calamity, GAT-X252 Forbidden, and GAT-X370 Raider from Gundam SEED, and the stolen ZGMF-X24S Chaos, ZGMF-X88S Gaia, and ZGMF-X31S Abyss from Gundam SEED Destiny. While the pilots were raised and indoctrinated in a special military school, they were apparently not artificially enhanced.
- Strike Noir's traits are similar to Devil May Cry character Dante such as Twin Guns resembling Ebon & Ivory, Twin Swords resembling Agni and Rundra, Dark Colors, and it's pilot Sven resembles Dante as well.