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GAT-01D Long Dagger

 

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Normal version in standard colors

Normal version in Jean Carrey colors

Fortrestra mode in standard colors

Fortrestra mode in Jean Carrey colors

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GAT-01D Long Dagger

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: GAT-01D
Code name:
Long Dagger (aka "Duel Dagger")
Unit type:
prototype high performance mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Alliance
Operator: Earth Alliance
First deployment: C.E. 71
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.02 meters
Weight: unknown
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: ultracompact energy battery, power output rating unknown; optional ejectable external Fortrestra armor
Propulsion: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 2 x beam saber, mounted on hips, hand-carried in use; shoulder-mounted cannon (Fortrestra mode); 8-tube missile launcher, mounted on left shoulder (Fortrestra mode); 2 x "Igelstellung" CIWS, fire-linked, mounted in head; shield, mounted on left arm
Optional hand armaments: 57mm high-energy beam rifle w/175mm grenade launcher

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The GAT-01D Long Dagger is a high performance mobile suit based on the GAT-X102 Duel Gundam. Originally, the unit is codenamed Duel Dagger, but this is changed after the Duel Gundam is stolen by ZAFT pilot Yzak Joule. Whereas the Strike Dagger is designed for the standard Natural pilot, the Long Dagger is intended for use by artificially enhanced pilots similar to the "Extended" pilots under the control of Blue Cosmos leader Muruta Azrael. The Long Dagger's design is also influenced by data from GAT-X105 Strike Gundam's battles with the Duel Gundam. As such, the Long Dagger is equipped with an armored Fortrestra mode similar to the Assault Shroud that ZAFT designs for the Duel Gundam. The Fortrestra mode features armaments comparable to the Assault Shroud and is more powerful, but as a consequence of the extra armor it is less maneuverable. Because the Alliance is short on enhanced Naturals, testing of the Long Dagger is carried out by Eleven Socius, a "combat Coordinator'" from an earlier research project. However, with the outbreak of war with ZAFT, the Alliance suspends testing with Coordinators out of fear of where their loyalties truly lie. These fears are proven correct when Eleven's mental conditioning fails and he escapes with a stolen Long Dagger unit. To rectify the situation, the Alliance contracts the Serpent Tail mercenary group to hunt down Eleven and his stolen Long Dagger. Eventually, this leads to a battle between Eleven and Gai Murakumo, pilot of the MBF-P03 Gundam Astray Blue Frame.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Eleven Socius, Seven Socius, Jean Carrey
Appearances: SEED-MSV (Gundam SEED Mobile Suit Variations); Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ASTRAY B; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED X ASTRAY; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Never-Ending Tomorrow
Original mechanical designer(s): Koji Ogata (concept), Yoshihiko Machida (principal design)

 

Lineart

 

57mm high-energy beam rifle w/175mm grenade launcher
Fortrestra missile pod
Shoulder cannon

 

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