The Assault Container is a tactical armed carrier appearing in Mobile Suit Gundam 00.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Assault Container can be thought of as an assault-oriented replacement of the normal Containers of the Ptolemaios, giving the ship offensive capabilities it originally lacked. It can also operate independently and can transport the Gundams and GN Arms, maintaining its fire support capabilities even in this form. The Assault Container is typically powered by GN Particles stored in a GN Condenser, but when a Gundam is on board, the unit can draw power from the Gundam's GN Drive. If the Gundam itself is damaged, CB engineers can refit the GN Drive with particle cables to power the container. The container's rear section has a hatch that opens for docking with the Gundam and GN Arms, with the latter's rear thrusters as part of the container's overall propulsion system.
The Assault Container's bridge has two seats and enough space to accommodate a small crew. When the GN Arms is docked, there is a mechanism to transfer the pilot from the container to the GN Arms and vice versa. Not only can the container operate in space and in the atmosphere, it is also capable of atmospheric entry and exit, eliminating the Gundam's weakness of returning to Ptolemy without a covert orbital elevator ride. For weapons, the container is armed with two GN Large Beam Cannons, two GN Beam Guns, and can fire GN Missiles from 8 launchers. It can also generate a GN Field for shielding. Though not shown, its overall combat capabilities can possibly be enhanced with Trans-Am when a Gundam is stored in it. Although the Assault Container was proven a worthy asset, only two were ever created.
- GN Large Beam Cannon
- A pair of large beam cannons are mounted in the tips of the Assault Container, they are covered when not in use.
- GN Beam Gun
- One mounted in the left and right side, the pair of GN Beam Guns are weaker than the GN Large Beam Cannons, but can still damage most targets. Like the GN Large Beam Cannons, the GN Beam Guns are concealed when in use. The GN Beam Guns can also swing outward to the sides when needed.
- GN Missile
- The Assault Container can fire GN Missiles from 8 launchers, two hidden on top and three hidden on each side behind the GN Beam Guns. Each launcher can fire several rounds of GN Missiles.
Special Equipment & Features
- The Assault Container can create a GN Field for defensive purposes, or even it used as a means to ram targets.
Trip to Earth
When Setsuna F. Seiei, the pilot of GN-001 Gundam Exia, wanted to go down to Earth to stop UN Forces' attack on Team Trinity and to figure out the purpose for the Gundams' existence, Ptolemaios' gunner Lasse Aeon volunteered to go along, noting the Assault Container's ability to exit the atmosphere. Besides Exia, the Assault Container was also loaded with the GNR-001E GN Arms Type-E for the trip as Lasse wanted to conduct further performance test of the latter machine.
On Earth, Lasse and Setsuna found the GNW-002 Gundam Throne Zwei assaulting GNW-003 Gundam Throne Drei. Lasse then rammed the Assault Container into the Throne Zwei's back to stop its attack and dropped off Setsuna in Exia. While engaging the Throne Zwei, Setsuna found that the mobile suit was now controlled by Ali al-Saachez. As the battle continued, Lasse tried to assist by firing the Assault Container's weapons, but Ali's accuracy forced Lasse to make evasive maneuvers. Lasse then stayed out of the fight and was amazed when Exia activated its Trans-Am System. Ali and his Throne Zwei eventually escaped, and Lasse and Setsuna returned to space using the Assault Container.
In the final battle with the UN Forces, the Assault Container piloted by Lasse was loaded with Exia and GN Arms Type-E and launched from the Ptolemaios to take down the huge enemy mobile armor, the GNMA-XCVII Alvatore. Once within range, Lasse opened fire on Alvatore with GN Missiles and the GN Large Beam Cannons, but the mobile armor blocked them with a GN Field.
On the other end of the battlefield, the Ptolemaios was unable to raise its own GN Field due to its most recent damage, and Sumeragi Lee Noriega decided to board the second Assault Container and help Ian Vashti defend the ship. This Assault Container later fired at three GNX-603T GN-Xs attacking the damaged GN-003 Gundam Kyrios. This caused one of the GN-Xs to leave its group and attack the Ptolemaios, successfully destroying the ship's bridge. This GN-X was then attacked and destroyed by the second Assault Container.
Back at the other battle, Lasse's Assault Container continued to fire on the Alvatore to no effect. Lasse then rammed the Assault Container into the Alvatore in an attempt to break through its tough GN Field. Although this attack succeeded in allowing the Assault Container's tips to pierce through the GN Field, the unit was soon stopped by the Alvatore's Large Close-Combat Arms. After a shot from the GN Beam Gun failed to destroy one of Alvatore's arms, the Assault Container was torn apart by the mobile armor. Fortunately, the Exia and GN Arms Type-E ejected in time.
Notes & Trivia
- The Assault Container is one of the rare units made by CB that doesn't have any classification.
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