The system is a powerful microwave weapon, which consists of a large array of dish-shaped microwave emitters (from which the name of the system came from). Once activated, the Cyclops System rapidly heats the water that makes up about 70% of the human body, as well as the propellant and ammunition supplies of Mobile Suits. Ultimately the intense radiation heat will destroy even buildings and the array itself. The Cyclops System's effectiveness is actually increased by Neutron Jammers, which restrict the microwaves to a smaller area and increase the intensity of the weapon's effects.
Developed by the Earth Alliance, the Cyclops System was originally not a weapon, but a mining device that uses microwave to melt lunar ice that contain rare metal. However, on June 2, C.E. 70, during a battle at the Alliance supply base at Endymion crater, the OMNI Enforcer was forced to retreat after the destruction of its 3rd Fleet by ZAFT forces. In order to deny the base to ZAFT, the OMNI Enforcer overloaded the Cyclops System under the base. The Cyclops not only obliterated the base, but also devastated ZAFT forces, forcing them to temporarily retreat from the moon. This incident caused interest in its potential application as a weapon to grow.
On May 8, CE 71, the Cyclops System is used a second time. On this day ZAFT launched Operation Spitbreak to attack JOSH-A, the Alliance's Earth military headquarters in Alaska. However the attack was in truth a trap and the leadership of the Alliance military had already left the base, and prepared to activate the Cyclops System underneath it. The Atlantic Federation leaders also used this incident to sacrifice their unwitting Eurasian Federation comrades. The Archangel, who was present at the battle tried to escape after Mu La Flaga found out what was planned but only the timely arrival of Kira Yamato in his new ZGMF-X10A Freedom gave them the opportunity to do so. After Kira was informed what was happening, he warned all people present at the battle of the impending activation. Kira, the Archangel and several ZAFT forces were able to escape the destruction, but 80% of all ZAFT forces present at the battle were wiped out.
In Other Media
In SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online, The Cyclops System is used in two manners. The first is the item known as "Cyclops", which unleashes a burst of energy that can kill weaker units. The second is a PVP stage fought on top of one. The platforms above the System are breakable and falling down into the Cyclops System counts as a death and scores for your opponent's side.
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