Striker Packs are specially designed auxiliary armament units in the Cosmic Era that allows one single mobile unit to be fitted for a number of different roles, and that can also be changed to fit the needed environment or task of a multi-mode mobile suit. As its name implies, it is originally designed to be the support units for the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam.
The Striker Packs were intended to boost the combat potential of one of the Earth Alliance's newest G-Weapons - the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam - by being able to change its weapon systems, either strategically or "on the fly" if needed. The initial concept sought to provide a base number of specifically-designed Striker Packs to meet a variety of combat situations, while creating and utilizing several delivery systems to enable the Strike access to these units - from launching the desired Striker Pack from Archangel's catapult, to developing an equally-compatible support fighter (the FX-550 Skygrasper) to deliver the Striker Packs to the mobile suit. Furthermore, since the Striker Packs each contain a smaller auxiliary battery that can be harnessed by the unit, successfully interchanging packs mid-combat also extended the Strike's overall combat endurance and operation time.
However, none of them ever worked out quite the way the Alliance desired. One reason being that switching packs in a fight left the Strike vulnerably exposed during the interchange: it required the unit's Phase Shift Armor to be inactive while switching packs, leaving both the pack and the unit susceptible to enemy fire. Additionally, the Striker Packs themselves lacked any kind of maneuvering capability, making mid-flight docking an extremely difficult proposition for the Strike's pilot: this is also further compounded by the Striker Pack's components often having to be mounted individually across the Strike's body. In the end, variably changing Striker Packs was left as a design curiosity that never quite panned out for the Earth Alliance. However, in the few instances this technique was used successfully, it aids and replenishes the Strike during combat.
Another curiosity of the Striker Packs never fully capitalized was their combinatorial ability - the ability to swap and retool armaments from one pack to another. One instance of this is shown in a scene in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Re: had the Strike Gundam utilize the Aile Striker Pack with the 'Panzer Eisen' rocket anchor and the 'Schwert Gehweir' anti-ship sword used with the Sword Striker Pack. Another example is seen with the creation of a combined Multi-weapon Striker Pack (derived the Aile, Sword, and Launcher Packs) used to form the Perfect Strike.
During the first Bloody Valentine War, no fewer than six Striker Packs were ever developed for the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam and its mass-produced derivatives, such as the GAT-01A1 105 Dagger, GAT-02L2 Dagger L, and GAT-04 Windam. However, with the reputation and the performance of the Strike and the Striker Packs, the technology of Striker Packs spawns the creation of newer and similarly-derived weapon systems after the war. Both the Striker Packs and these derivative systems become mainstays of both the Earth Alliance and ZAFT armed forces: The Alliance continues developing Striker Packs, while ZAFT created derived weapon systems known as "Wizards" and "Silhouettes". In fact, ZAFT later uses the Striker Pack's delivery concept for their own Silhouette System, which utilized unmanned "Silhouette Flyer" vehicles to deliver Silhouettes for mid-battle changeovers.
- AQM/E-X01 Aile Striker
- Aile Striker is a high-powered thrusters backpack designed to enhance GAT-X105 Strike Gundam's mobility and maneuverability in both space and the atmosphere. Later on, it was upgraded to allow full-fledged atmospheric flight by both the Orb Union and the Alliance. Aile was the most commonly used of the Striker Packs (especially by early Strike pilot Kira Yamato), and generally the one that Strike would sortie with. Aile Striker is equipped with a pair of beam sabers, and the Strike often use this Striker pack together with a beam rifle and shield.
- In addition to normal model of the Aile Striker, Fujiyama also developed an improved model for the Cosmograsper, this Aile Strike is not equipped with beam sabers.
- AQM/E-X02 Sword Striker
- This Striker Pack was designed for close combat, with a very large anti-ship laser sword (Schwert Gewehr), a "rocket anchor" (Panzer Eisen) and a beam boomerang (Midas Messer). The Panzer Eisen is protected by anti-beam coating and can be use as small shield. It is worth noting that the Sword Striker on the Archangel is a prototype model, as such the Schwert Gewehr's hilt laser gun is not functionable and is replaced by a beam blade emitter. Sword Striker was seldom used by either Kira Yamato or Mu La Flaga, usually relegating the weapon package to Archangel's Skygrasper No. 2 (whether that was piloted by Cagalli Yula Athha or Tolle Koenig at the moment), and probably contributing to the bad-luck reputation that unit possessed. Out of the 3 Striker Packs for Strike Gundam, Sword Striker is the only one that can be used underwater due to the design of its weapons, and has the lowest energy consumption, thus has the highest combat endurance.
- The Phantom Pain's Report photonovel revealed a new Another Trial version of the Sword Striker used by the Strike E. The Another Trial Sword Striker eliminates the additional shoulder armor, mounting the Midas Messer on a modified Panzer Eisen and doubling their number. It also changes some of Strike E's VPS armor to blue.
- AQM/E-X03 Launcher Striker
- This Striker Pack was designed for long-range assault, and is equipped with a 380mm Super-High Impulse Cannon (Agni) and a combo weapons pod, which contain a 120mm anti-ship Vulcan and two 350mm gun launchers (unlike the Buster Gundam's gun launchers, the Strike Gundam's launchers appeared to fire rocket propelled grenades). The "Agni" Impulse Cannon had enough firepower to punch through a colony wall, or slag an enemy mobile suit with a single hit. Due to its incredibly heavy firepower, Launcher Striker was the preferred weapons package of Skygrasper No. 1 pilot Mu La Flaga, though when he became the Strike's pilot he, like predecessor Kira Yamato, switched to favor the Aile Striker.
- The Phantom Pain's Report photonovel revealed a new Another Trial version of the Launcher Striker used by the Strike E. The anti-ship vulcan and gun launchers are relocated to a modified backpack as Strike E cannot mount them on the shoulder. It also changes most of Strike E's VPS armor to green.
- This Striker Pack was specifically designed for use by Mu La Flaga, but as he defected with Archangel to the Orb Union, it was instead used by Morgan Chevalier's GAT-01A1 105 Dagger. The AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Striker was developed based on the TS-MA2mod.00 Moebius Zero, with similar equipment (four wired gunbarrels of a slightly modified design, armed with a beam gun and a pair of missiles each, and a four-barrel Gatling gun) and could only be effectively used by those with great spatial awareness. At least two units were deployed with Morgan Chevalier's Dagger, though it is unknown if any further units were used by used by other pilot(s). Similar to Aile Striker, the MS equipped with Gunbarrel Striker also usually carries standard armaments such as beam rifle/machine gun and shield.
- AQM/E-A4E1 Jet Striker
- Designed for the GAT-02L2 Dagger L and used in CE 73. The Jet Striker is derived from the AQM/E-M1 IWSP, and is used to grant atmospheric flight capability. It also includes four hardpoints for missiles and rocket pods, additional propellant tanks, and other mission-specific equipment. It is also used by the GAT-01A1 105 Dagger and GAT-04 Windam.
- AQM/E-M11 Doppelhorn Striker
- Designed for the GAT-02L2 Dagger L and used in CE 73. Doppelhorn Striker is derived from the AQM/E-M1 IWSP, and is equipped with a pair of recoilless cannons mounted on a backpack. It is also is used by the GAT-04 Windam.
- AQM/E-X05 Divine Striker
- This Striker Pack was specifically designed for the ZGMF-X12A Testament. The Divine Striker serves a similar role to the Aile Striker, but can also reconfigure itself into a very large grappling claw and comes with a multi-purpose shield weapon that wraps around Testament's right arm. Unlike most Striker Packs, the Divine Striker is protected by PS armor and will change its colors according to Testament's VPS.
- AQM/E-X09S Noir Striker
- see: GAT-X105E+AQM/E-X09S Strike Noir Gundam
- Multi Launcher Pack
- Designed for the GAT-04 Windam used in CE 73. Little is known about the Multi Striker. In anime, it carries two nuclear missiles and thrusters to properly balance the Windam against the additional weight. The name implied that it may able to armed with different equipment as well. First deployed and to date only deployment in the Battle of Aprilius One.
- Speculum Striker
- Design by Fujiyama as Another Trial model of the Aile Striker. It has atmospheric flight capabilities as well as hardpoints on its wing and is equipped with a pair of beam sabers. Similar to Aile Strike Gundam, the Speculum Raigo also carries a beam rifle and shield. Appears in the Frame Astrays manga.
- Caliburn Striker
- Design by Fujiyama as Another Trial model of the Sword Striker. Caliburn Striker's "Midas Messer Kai" Beam Boomerang is mounted on the right arm, "Panzer Eisen kai" rocket Anchor is mounted on the left arm and and both "Schwert Gewehr Kai" anti-ship sword and "Caladbolg" large beam saber are mounted on the backpack. Used by the Raigo Gundam in the Frame Astrays manga.
- Sumbullet Striker
- Design by Fujiyama as Another Trial model of the Launcher Striker. Sumbellet Striker replaces the weapons pod with a large 8-tube missile launcher and mounts it on the left side of the backpack. A modfied plasma-sabot bazooka "Todesblock Kai", based on the one used by the GAT-X131 Calamity is mounted on the right side of the backpack. It also has the "Agni Kai", an improved model of the Agni impulse cannon of the Launcher Striker. Used by the Raigo Gundam in the Frame Astrays manga.
- AQM/E-YM1 Multiple Assault Striker
- This Striker Pack combines all of the aspects and armaments of the Aile, Sword and Launcher Striker Packs making it very powerful. The only downside to this is the very high energy consumption, so this pack is also fitted with four additional battery packs. When one of this battery pack is depleted, the battery is jettisoned to avoid dead-weight. The designation "AQM/E-YM1" shows that, contrary to the Aile/Sword/Launcher Strike Packs, this Striker Pack has passed the experimental stage ("X" designation) and that it is used as a prototype ("Y" designation). This may suggest that this configuration's data were used in the development of the IWSP. When used by Strike, it's called Perfect Strike, rather than Multiple Assault Strike.
- P202QX (AQM/E-M1) IWSP
- The IWSP (Integrated Weapons Striker Pack) was originally developed by PMP Company, but was abandoned due to energy issue. Orb's Morgenroete Inc. later accquired one of the prototypes and solved the energy issue using their superior battery technology. IWSP combines the primary characteristics of the Aile, Sword and Launcher Striker Packs into a single set of equipment. As such it is very heavy, very powerful, very energy intensive and difficult to use. It has two 9.1m anti-ship swords, two 115mm rail guns, two 105mm cannons and a combined shield that is armed with one Midas Messer beam boomerang and a 30mm six-barrel Gatling gun. During the first Bloody Valentine War, it was not used because Cagalli Yula Athha was unable to master the complicated weapon controls in the short time between its completion and the war's end. After the war, the IWSP is installed on the Strike Rouge to make it look tougher, but this is entirely for show. The IWSP is shown to be able to grant the equipped suit full flight capability in the atmosphere when it is later used by Waid Rabby Nagada's Slaughter Dagger. Before the second war, Actaeon Industries managed to build a new but functionally identical IWSP and this model is given the "AQM/E-M1" model number. Data obtained from the pack's usage is used to make Noir striker, Jet striker and Doppelhorn striker. The pack seems to be mainly used by the Phantom Pain unit.
- Oddly enough, IWSP is the only Striker Pack that has its name tacked on after the name of the mounting MS.
- There are minor differents between Orb's and Alliance's IWSP:
- The barrels of the rail guns on the AQM/E-M1 appear shorter than P202QX's, the sensors on top of each gun are also different.
- The over shoulder cannon shielding and barrels are different.
- The top thrusters on the pack are different in the protective armor plate, with AQM/E-M1's appear to indent towards the middle and the main thruster intake vents are straight.
- AQM/E-M1's shield appears smaller but the vents at the top are larger, and has some sort of handle at the top.
- AQM/E-M1's boomerang blade is narrower, and the Gatling gun is longer.
- P204QX Lightning Striker
- A Striker Pack whose primary purpose is to increase the operating time of the battery-powered GAT-X105 Strike and MBF-02 Strike Rouge (piloted by Mu La Flaga and Cagalli Yula Athha respectively), and to improve its firepower. The Lightning Striker's primary armament is the Type 70-31 Electromagnetic Cannon, capable of accurately firing hyper-velocity projectiles at extreme ranges, it is split in two pieces and stored on the forearms when not in use. The Lightning Striker was first deployed with the Strike Gundam, but was heavily damaged in battle. Similar to the IWSP, the Lightning Striker was later used by the Phantom Pain unit.
- EW454F Ootori Striker
- A multipurpose Striker Pack developed for the MBF-02 Strike Rouge. Based upon the IWSP, it has simpler structure leading to better reliability and ease of maintenance. It is outfitted with many wing-mounted missiles, a missile launchers, a rail gun, a beam launcher and an anti-ship sword. Used by the Strike Rouge in the HD Remaster of Gundam SEED Destiny, retconning the normal Aile Striker it used in the original and the Special Edition movies.
The ZGMF-X12 Astray Out Frame, built by Lowe Guele from the frame of an incomplete ZAFT mobile suit, has a back hardpoint identical to that of the Strike Gundam, allowing it to use Earth Alliance Striker packs. Alternately, it can use some custom-built packs designed by the AI unit 8. In addition, Lowe modified the flight pack of an MBF-M1 Astray to mount on his MBF-P02 Astray Red Frame as a Striker-like optional high-mobility pack.
- Back Joint
- A pair of heavy-duty manipulator arms that is equipped with a pair of "Armor Schneider" folding knives and spotlights. Additional boosters can be mounted on top.
- Back Home
- A large storage backpack that contains a camouflage "Shooting Cloak" and living quarters for the pilot, and mounts a shield on the back. Mounts on top of the manipulator arm pack.
- A very large Striker that allows the Out Frame to transform into a high-speed mobile armor flight mode.
- An adaptor that allows Out Frame to mount ZAFT's Silhouette and Wizard Packs.
- Shield Striker
- Standard Striker Pack for the LG-GAT-X105 Gale Strike Gundam. The Shield Striker is basically a modified Aile Striker. The Aile Striker's wings are removed, as are its large thrusters, with its smaller thrusters' location adjusted, and the shield mounted on an articulated support arm on its top. The beam sabers are also slightly relocated, mounted vertically in the front instead of horizontally on the upper sides.
- Buster Striker
- Standard Striker Pack for the LH-GAT-X103 Hail Buster Gundam. The Buster Striker mounts the gun launcher and high energy rifle similar to the ones used by the GAT-X103 Buster Gundam.
- Bazooka Striker
- Standard Striker Pack for LR-GAT-X102 Regen Duel Gundam. The Striker Pack mounts the 350 mm rail bazooka Gae Bolg and has a manipulator arm, allowing Regen Duel to hold it with ease.
- DRAGOON Striker
- Standard Striker Pack for LN-ZGMF-X13A Nix Providence Gundam. The DRAGOON Striker consists of high-output thruster binders and the Judicium beam rifle. Nix Providence can shoot the beam rifle without holding it and the DRAGOON Striker can be seperate from the Nix Providence and function as part of the DRAGOON system.
- Maga no Ikutachi Striker
- Standard Striker Pack for LN-GAT-X207 Nebula Blitz Gundam. Based on the Astray Gold Frame Amatsu's "Maga no Ikutachi" energy absorption claw and is equiped with 2 "Magashira no Hoko" harpoons. Can be used by LV-ZGMF-X23S Vent Saviour Gundam for improved flight performance due to the Mirage Colloid particles.
After the end of the Bloody Valentine War, ZAFT designed its own Gundam based on the principles of the GAT-X105 Strike, called the ZGMF-X56S Impulse. The Impulse Gundam's mission packs are called "Silhouettes". Silhouettes and Wizard packs are unique in the fact that they are mostly one main component, thus they are much easier to dock with mid-battle, however, they do not posses secondary batteries like Striker Packs. So far, 7 Silhouette Packs have been designed but only 4 have been produced. Unlike the Earth Alliance's Striker packs, the Silhouettes have a dedicated delivery system. Launched using the specialised catapult installed on the Minerva, the Silhouette packs use a small flight unit to reach the Impulse and attach to the mobile suit using a laser guide. This way, different packs can be exchanged very quickly in battle.
- α Force Silhouette
- The Force Silhouette (analogous to the AQM/E-X01 Aile Striker), as well as granting atmospheric flight and improved mobility to the Impulse, mounts an additional pair of beam sabers as added weaponry. The Force Silhouette was the most commonly used Silhouette pack.
- β Sword Silhouette
- The Sword Silhouette (analogous to the AQM/E-X02 Sword Striker) carries a pair of beam boomerangs and two anti ship swords which can be combined to form a large double edge sword. It retains the beam rifle for added long range fire.
- γ Blast Silhouette
- The Blast Silhouette (analogous to the AQM/E-X03 Launcher Striker) features two long range beam cannons, two railguns and a set of missile launchers on the back. It also carries a pair of beam javelins for close range combat.
- δ Chaos Silhouette
- The Chaos Silhouette (used in conjunction with a specialized Leg Flyer) is a specialize Silhouette for high speed space combat, based on ZGMF-X24S Chaos. It is a concept that is not implemented.
- ε Abyss Silhouette
- The Abyss Silhouette (used in conjunction with a specialized Leg Flyer) is a specialize Silhouette for aquatic battle, based on ZGMF-X31S Abyss. It is a concept that is not implemented.
- ζ Gaia Silhouette
- The Gaia Silhouette (used in conjunction with a specialized Leg Flyer) is a specialize Silhouette for high speed ground combat, based on ZGMF-X88S Gaia. It is a concept that is not implemented.
- θ Destiny Silhouette
- The Destiny Silhouette serves as a testbed for some of the weapons and systems of the ZGMF-X42S Destiny. While the Destiny Silhouette effectively duplicates the functions of all three original Silhouettes, its very high power consumption makes it unsuitable for combat use on a battery-powered mobile suit. Nevertheless, it is still combat capable.
- ι Destiny R Silhouette
ZAFT's new standard mobile suit, the ZAKU Warrior/ZAKU Phantom, uses interchangeable packs known as "Wizards". In addition, the Clyne Faction's DOM Trooper is compatible with Wizard packs. Wizards differ from Silhouettes in that they must be equipped on board the carrier and no facilities exist for changing them in mid-flight.
- EX-A1 Gunner Wizard
- Long-range sniper-use Wizard consisting of the large and very powerful but slow-firing beam cannon. Commonly used by ZAKU Warrior pilots Dearka Elsman and Lunamaria Hawke.
- EX-K Slash Wizard
- Close-range combat Wizard consisting of two beam Gatling cannons and a large beam axe. Commonly used by ZAKU Phantom pilot Yzak Joule.
- EX-M Blaze Wizard
- High-mobility Wizard consisting of two large thruster pods, which each contain a 14-round missile launcher. Commonly used by ZAKU Phantom pilots Rey Za Burrel and Heine Westenfluss, and is the most common Wizard. Alec Lad's TMF/A-802W2 BuCUE Hound appear in Frame Astray manga also seen equipped with this wizard.
- EX-AAL Noctiluca Wizard
- Amphibious assault landing Wizard consisting of two large propulsion fans and "skid plate" foot attachments, which contain torpedoes, depth charges, and sonar arrays. Used on the Noctiluca ZAKU Warrior, which has specialized head and shoulder fins.
- EX-R4 Command Wizard
- Command, Control, and Communication (C3) Wizard consisting of a large antenna-laden backpack. Used on the Command ZAKU CCI, which mounts a large parabolic dish antenna on the right shoulder and carries an antenna rifle.
- EX-EZ1200 EZ Wizard
- Designed by the Clyne Faction as the standard equipment of the DOM Trooper. It consists of a small backpack mounting a strengthened beam saber and a pair of thrusters, and can be removed to mount other ZAKU Wizards.
- EX-G1 Knight Wizard
- Designed by ZAFT as a weapon carrying Wizard Pack for the DOM Trooper Original Spec Type. It can carry 2 "Gigalauncher" bazooka/beam cannons, 8 close combat drill bits, or 1 "Gigalauncher" and 4 drill bits.
- Kerberos Wizard
- Designed for use with the upgraded TMF/A-802W2 BuCUE Hound, the Kerberos Wizard adds two other heads to the base BuCUE, making a wholly fast-attack melee unit, and also makes the BuCUE appear as the mythical greek dog Cerberus. It can also be mounted on the ZAKU series and ZAKU Warrior is seen equipped with this wizard in Delta and Frame Astray manga.
During the war, ZAFT developed a heavy armor system equipped with missiles and a shoulder-mounted rail gun for the stolen GAT-X102 Duel; this system was called the "Assault Shroud" and was in service on the Duel from early February CE 71 to the last day of the war (November 25, CE 71) when it was destroyed by the Forbidden Gundam.
The Duel's Assault Shroud was based on a technology originally developed for the ZGMF-1017 GINN and ZGMF-515 CGUE. Each of them use a different type of Assault Shroud. GINN's Assault Shroud is armed with small gatling gun on each shoulder and forearm-mount grenade launcher. Unlike other, CGUE use Assault Shroud also give the MS a certain degree of atmospheric flight capabilities and unlike the GINN's assault parts, it does not mount much in the way of additional weapons.
A similar system was deployed by the Earth Alliance for the mass-production GAT-01D Long Dagger and GAT-01D1 Duel Dagger mobile suits, called "Fortresta Mode". The Fortresta configuration mounted a clip-fed linear cannon rather than Assault Shroud's railgun, and carried a slightly larger number of slightly smaller missiles.
Fatum-00 Subflight Lifter Backpack
While ZAFT did not develop striker pack technology during the Bloody Valentine War, its ZGMF-X09A Justice possessed a heavily-armed detachable backpack, the Fatum-00, which could convert into a "subflight lifter" (essentially a flying platform upon which the Justice Gundam could ride).
METEOR Support Unit
EF-24R Flight Rotor Shrike
In CE 73, the Orb Union upgraded some of its MBF-M1 Astray mobile suits with the 11.8 metric ton EF-24R Flight Rotor Shrike, which consisted of a pair of wings, each mounting a large helicopter-like rotor. This pack attaches to the Astray's existing flight unit backpack and provides considerably enhanced aerial capability.
In addition, the MBF-M1 and MBF-M1A Astray mobile suits' flight packs, while not removable, were based heavily on the AQM/E-X01 Aile Striker pack. These flight packs served as the basis for a removable flight pack used by the MBF-P02 Gundam Astray Red Frame.
"Oowashi" and "Shiranui" Backpacks
The ORB-01 Akatsuki is able to use two different Striker Pack-like backpacks. The aerial use "Oowashi" pack is equipped with two high energy beam cannons and is similar to the subflight lifter on the ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam, which can detach from the mobile suit and fly on its own. The space use pack "Shiranui" incorporates a DRAGOON system, with seven remote beam cannon pods. It is currently unclear whether Akatsuki, which is closely related to the GAT-X105 Strike, can equip standard Striker packs, but it seems likely based on the statement that the test type Core Block for the Impulse Gundam could theoretically mount Akatsuki's packs due to their similarity to the Strike's.
Articles & References
- ↑ MG Impulse Manual
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