Technology & Combat Characteristics
The GAT-01 Strike Dagger is the first mass-production general-purpose mobile suit deployed by the Earth Alliance and is equipped with a Natural-use OS. It is developed based on the combat data of the G Project mobile suits, specifically the GAT-X105 Strike and also adopts the X100 series frame. The Strike Dagger is also a greatly simplified version of the original GAT-01 design (later produced as the GAT-01A1 Dagger) due to an urgent need for large numbers of mobile suits in a short time.
Compared to the original GAT-01 design, Strike Dagger omits the ability to use Striker Packs, has reduced weaponry as well as head-mounted antenna, and overall lower combat performance. Phase Shift armor is also removed as a cost-cutting measure, but this seems to be inherited from the original design. Although this lowers the Strike Dagger's defensive capability, it has the benefit of improving the MS's energy efficiency and combat endurance. The initial batches of Strike Dagger did not have adequate EMP shielding, but this is rectified after the Battle of Panama.
As the Strike Dagger lacks the capability to perform in some specific environment, mainly aerial and aquatic, it often work in tandem with limited production mobile suits that are specalized for these areas, such as the GAT-333 Raider Full Spec and the GAT-X255 Forbidden Blue as well as support machines such as the F-7D Spearhead fighter jet. Though the Strike Dagger cannot fly, it can be equipped with a parachute so that it can be safely dropped from a carrier plane.
The Strike Dagger's armament is rather simple, consisting of a "Igelstellung" 75mm multi-barrel CIWS, a ES01 beam saber, a M703 57mm beam rifle with an attached grenade launcher, and a shield. Despite not being as powerful as the prototype Gundam or the original design, the Strike Dagger proved to be a versatile and capable mobile suit that operate efficiently in a variety of environments on the ground or in space.
- "Igelstellung" 75mm Multi-barrel CIWS
- A single "Igelstellung" 75mm multi-barrel CIWS gun is mounted on the left side of the Strike Dagger's head. Although classified as Anti Air, this light projectile weapon can also be used to intercept missiles and to destroy lightly armored vehicles.
- ES01 Beam Saber
- The Strike Dagger's main close combat weapon, it can slice through any armor not treated with anti-beam coating. When not in use, it is stored on the mobile suit's backpack.
- M703 57mm Beam Rifle
- The main handheld ranged weapon of the Strike Dagger, it draws energy from the mobile suit's battery. It can easily destroy a ZGMF-1017 GINN with one shot, but is mostly ineffective against armor that has anti-beam coating. Has a grenade launcher at the bottom.
- A defensive equipment used to intercept attacks that the pilot cannot or will not dodge, it is mounted on the left forearm and/or handheld. The shield is anti-beam coated to defend against attacks from beam weapons. However, the shield has its limit and can be damaged or even destroyed by extremely powerful attack, such as a positron cannon blast.
Special Equipment & Features
- Parachute Pack
- When deployed from a carrier plane, the Strike Dagger is equipped with a parachute pack mounted over its normal backpack. The parachute pack has a single large parachute and multiple thrusters to slow the Strike Dagger's descent, allowing it to land on the battlefield safely. To equip the parachute pack, the beam saber on the backpack has to be removed.
The Strike Dagger was the Earth Alliance's first and main mass-production type mobile suit for the last few months of the First Alliance-PLANT War. It was produced by various companies affiliated with the Defense Industry Union headquartered in Detroit. The Strike Dagger first saw action on May 25, C.E. 71, as part of the 13th Autonomous Corps during the Battle of Porta Panama and fared well in combat against ZAFT's ZGMF-1017 GINNs. However, the whole Strike Dagger unit was crippled when ZAFT used its Gungnir EMP weapons. Due to the massive losses ZAFT suffered in the failed Operation Spitbreak, all the surviving Alliance soldiers and mobile suit pilots were brutally slaughtered by ZAFT forces. After the battle, all Strike Daggers had their EMP shielding upgraded.
Despite their defeat at the Battle of Porta Panama, production of the Strike Dagger continued, allowing the EA to quickly build up their mobile suit forces. The Strike Daggers were used to greater effect during the Battle of Orb, where they overwhelmed the Orb Union's MBF-M1 M1 Astrays with their superior numbers. After the EA reclaimed the Victoria Mass Driver, securing its route into space, the Strike Dagger replaced the outdated TS-MA2 Moebius mobile armor in all roles other than nuclear missile delivery.
After the first war, production of the Strike Dagger ceased in favor of more powerful machines such as the GAT-01A1 Dagger. However, during the United States of South America's war for independence, the nation's primary mobile suit was the Strike Dagger, which fared badly against the Atlantic Federation's newer GAT-01A1 Daggers and GAT-02L2 Dagger Ls. However, one unit, piloted by USSA ally Barry Ho, managed to defeat several Atlantic Federation mobile suits before his own unit was crippled and he was rescued by Serpent Tail pilots Gai Murakumo and Elijah Kiel.
Notes & Trivia
- The Strike Dagger is likely a homage to the Universal Century's RGM-79 GM.
- In Super Robot Wars J, Strike Daggers are equipped with the GAT-X102 Duel Gundam's beam rifle and GAT-X131 Calamity Gundam's shield for unknown reasons. The latter was corrected in Super Robot Wars W.
- In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Battle Destiny, the Strike Dagger is the starter unit for the EAF side, causing a canon timeline conflict since they can be mobilized from the Heliopolis incident that occurred in January 25, 71 C.E., but their actual rollout date wasn't until May 25, 71 C.E. This was done since many of the Mobile Armors that the EAF employed in the actual timeline are not playable in said game.