GNX-704T/SP Ahead Smultron
|Developed from||GNX-704T Ahead|
|First Seen||2312 A.D.|
|Last Seen||2312 A.D.|
|Manufacturer||Earth Sphere Federation|
|Known Pilots||Soma Peries|
|Head Height||20.9 meters68.57 ft |
|Standard Weight||72.9 metric tons|
|Power-plant||GN Drive Tau|
|Pilot Accommodations||Pilot only, cockpit in chest|
GNX-704T/SP Ahead Smultron (aka Ahead Quantum Brainwave Type, Ahead) is a customized Ahead unit from season 2 of Mobile Suit Gundam 00. It was piloted by Soma Peries, but it is later assigned to Louise Halevy.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Smultron is a customized Ahead unit, tailored to A-Laws officer Soma Peries to pilot. Its arms and legs are exactly the same as the regular Aheads. The chest and torso area has been reinforced with a larger and thicker armor plating. However, the greatest difference are its modifications in systems and armaments.
The unit is equipped with a multi-vector thruster backpack for high-speed combat. Because the unit was designed specifically for a super soldier, the unit can maneuver at speeds and g-force levels above normal human tolerance. Though not fully defined, Smultron has a been installed with a Quantum Brainwave Interface system that allows Soma Peries to interface with Smultron in a unspecified manner. It's believed it supports her enhanced hand-eye coordination and super-human reflexes in MS piloting.
Weapons-wise, Smultron can utilize all equipment used by its Ahead counterparts, including remote controlling the Automatons. However, Soma maintained use of her preferred weapons. The GN Shield has been fitted with a Tieren-like shield. While slightly smaller than the regular Ahead series, it's thicker and able to take in harder impacts against beam weaponry. Its GN Beam Rifle has also been enhanced for extended firing range. Its overall combat capabilities almost rivals Celestial Being's Gundams.
- GN Submachine Gun
- A standard armament for all GN-X units. It is capable of destroying older model mobile suits like the AEU-09 AEU Enact Space Type in a single shot. Two shots were capable of destroying a Katharon transport. However it is not as effective against the Gundams.
- GN Beam Rifle
- The GN Beam Rifle is a GN Submachine Gun extended by an optional gun barrel. The firing distance is improved but it is currently unknown if the fire power is also improved.
- GN Vulcan
- As with previous GN-X models the Ahead is equipped with a pair of 30mm GN Vulcans used to intercept and destroy incoming missiles.
- GN Beam Sabers
- The Ahead Smultron is equipped with two GN Beam Sabers which are stored in compartments in the shoulders.
- GN Shield
- Although smaller than the shields of the normal GNX-704T Ahead, the Smultron's shield is made of high strength E-Carbon. The GN-Field's defensive effect is stacked onto the material shield to give overall higher protection. A 60mm GN Vulcan gun is mounted within.
- Quantum Brainwave Interface
The Smultron was given to Soma Peries on her transfer into the A-Laws. She used it three times in battle, twice against Allelujah's Arios. Her first use of the Smultron was shortly after the Trilobite's failed attack when she intercepted Arios. Allelujah recognized that it was Marie in the mobile suit and refused to fight her, although he did attempt, and failed, to dodge her attacks so Soma managed to lightly damage the Gundam. The battle broke off when Katharon mobile suits appeared and Soma was forced to defend herself and retreat. The Smultron's second use came shortly after information about a Katharon base. The Smultron was part of the team of mobile suits that participated in the massacre, shooting down mobile suits that exited the base. The A-Laws retreated shortly after the Gundams arrived on the scene.
Soma used the Smultron a third and last time to defend against an attack from Celestial Being over the ocean. This would be the Smultron's second battle against Arios, a battle in which both suits were heavily damaged. When the Smultron was damaged, Allelujah grabbed her suit and pulled her down to ground. It was later salvaged.
Louise Halevy later requested to have the Smultron as her suit to "avenge" Soma's "death", which was supported by Major Aber Rindt. Louise would use the Ahead Smultron multiple times in battle against the Gundams. Her first time using this suit is to intercept the Ptolemaios, but Ptolemaios succeeded in escaping to space using trans-am. Her first battle with the mobile suit would be in space during the A-Laws ambush as Lagrange 1 where her squad was assigned to keep 00 Gundam occupied and away from the main assault force, but were completely out-matched by the capabilities of the 00 Raiser.
Her second use of the mobile suit was during the coup d'tat. During the Break Pillar incident she and fellow A-Laws ground forces helped in the destruction of the pillars pieces, but right afterward, alongside Andrei Smirnov, attacked the leader of the coup d'tat and Sergei Smirnov, even having a brief run-in with Marie in the GN Archer although neither knew who was piloting the other suit.
Louise would most likely continue to use the Smultron in the A-Laws' various attacks on Celestial being during their four month hiatus to rest, repair, and prepare. After Celestial Being destroyed the second Memento Mori Louise and the Smultron participated in a large scale attack on Celestial Being. The Smultron, and another Ahead piloted by Andrei, were disguised as a pair of meteors that drifted towards the Ptolemaios 2 from above while the ship and Gundams were dealing with a pincer attack of A-Laws mobile suits. However Celetial Being saw through the trick because it had been used on them before. The 00 Raiser intercepted the two however because Saji and Setsuna were trying to reach out to Louise they did not actually fight them and neither Ahead was damaged. This would be the last mission the Smultron would participate in as shortly afterward Louise is assigned to the new GNMA-0001V Regnant.