Technology & Combat Characteristics
Developed based on the working space suits that are onboard the exploration ship Tsiolkovsky, the Proto GINN is the first mobile suit to be created. The suit is developed for defending the PLANTs and for invading earth, its humanoid design gives it high general purpose capabilities. The Proto GINN has no built-in weaponry and is designed to use handheld guns and swords, but it is unknown what type of guns and swords it can use. The suit cannot be used by a Natural as it is only installed with Coordinator-use OS.
The first mobile suit built by ZAFT and the first suit ever built was the YMF-01B Proto GINN. This suit served as the prototype for the later mass-produced ZGMF-1017 GINN. Afterwards many Proto GINNs are redesignated as ZGMT-01 GINN Trainers, and all ZAFT mobile suit pilots are initially trained on this machine. Even in Gundam SEED DESTINY, the suit is still used to train new pilots despite the presence of the newer ZAFT Armed Keeper of Unity series of MS.
- The Proto-GINN bears a close resemblance to the Universal Century's MS-05A Zaku I. Like wise the Proto-GINN's successor unit, the ZGMF-1017 GINN, closely resembles the MS-06 Zaku II. The GINN and Zaku mobile suit lines performed similar roles in their respective timelines, as the events of the Cosmic Era were largely derived from those of the early Universal Century.