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MBF-P03 Gundam Astray Blue Frame

 

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Standard version

Equipped with scale system

Equipped with missile launchers

Equipped with high speed booster

Equipped with sensor unit
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MBF-P03 Gundam Astray Blue Frame

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: MBF-P03
Code name:
Gundam Astray Blue Frame
Unit type:
prototype general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Morgenroete, Inc
Operator: Serpent Tail
Rollout: 10 January C.E. 70
First deployment: 25 January C.E. 71
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 17.53 meters
Weight: max gross weight 49.8 metric tons
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: ultracompact energy battery, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: optional scale system
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; optional extra sensor unit; optional high-speed booster
Fixed armaments: 2 x "Igelstellung" 75mm multi-barrel CIWS, mounted on head; 2 x beam saber, power rating unknown, mounted on shoulders, hand-carried in use
Optional fixed armaments: 8-tube missile launcher, mounted on left shoulder; M68 "Pardus" 3-barrel missile launcher, mounted on legs; shield, mounted on left forearm
Optional hand armaments: Type 71 beam rifle, power rating unknown; 2 x M68 "Cattus" 500mm recoilless rifle; underwater rifle; 2 x bazooka

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

When the Earth Alliance began a project to build its own mobile suits, the initial work was done in conjunction with the Morgenroete research facility on the Orb space colony Heliopolis. While Orb assisted in the research, they had an ulterior motive: steal the data from the Alliance to build their own mobile suits. From the stolen data, Orb constructed five prototype Gundam Astray units. While Orb was able to copy the Alliance's beam saber and beam rifle technology, they were unable to duplicate the Phase Shift armor and compensated by making the Astrays light and maneuverable. As with the Alliance suits, the Astrays were equipped with hand plugs to exchange energy and data with their carried weapons. The Alliance and Orb used different hand plugs, and only weapons designed for the Astray could be used without any modifications.

 

The development of the Astray project was interrupted when ZAFT attacked Heliopolis on January 25, C.E. 71. Orb desired to keep the Astray project secret and destroyed the Astray factory, but a Coordinator named Rondo Ghina Sahaku was determined to save the units. To that end, he loaded the Blue Frame with specifications to use various types of equipment and armament. Such equipment included a high mobility booster and an optional head sensor unit. Following the destruction of the factory, the Blue Frame was discovered by Junk Guild pilot Lowe Guele, but it was immediately seized by Serpent Tail mercenary pilot Gai Murakumo. Although he was hired to destroy all remaining evidence of the Astray project, Gai decided to keep the Blue Frame as his own personal mobile suit after being double crossed by his employers. As with the MBF-P01 Gold Frame and MBF-P02 Red Frame, the Blue Frame's initial standard armament included a beam rifle, beam sabers and a pair of "Igelstellung" vulcan guns. Thanks to its design, Gai was able to equip the Blue Frame with a wide variety of custom armaments for various jobs. While defending the Alliance space fortress Artemis, Gai outfitted the Blue Frame with various bazookas and missile launchers. While on Earth, the Blue Frame was equipped with a scale system for underwater mobility. The scale system was put to the test in a battle with Rondo Ghina's Gold Frame. Later, the Blue Frame was heavily damaged in combat with Eleven Socius' GAT-01D Long Dagger. Afterward, Gai upgraded the unit to the Blue Frame Second L with some assistance from Red Frame pilot Lowe. He also created several upgrades of his own for the Blue Frame Second G.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Gai Murakumo, Lowe Guele, Kazahana Adja
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ASTRAY (manga); Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ASTRAY B; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ASTRAY R; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED X ASTRAY; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Never-Ending Tomorrow; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (PS2 game)
Original mechanical designer(s): Junichi Akutsu (mobile suit), Yoshihiko Machida (scale system and full armor cleanup)

 

Lineart

 

Bazooka
Beam saber
High-speed booster
M68 "Cattus" 500mm recoilless rifle
M68 "Pardus" 3-barrel missile launcher
Optional sensor unit
Type 71 beam rifle

 

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