Technology & Combat Characteristics
A new Earth Alliance mobile suit developed as a successor to the GAT-02L2 Dagger L, the GAT-04 Windam adopted data and know-how obtained from the Dagger Series and gained extremely high general capabilities. Its development was deeply connected to the Junius Treaty signed in C.E. 72 that imposed restrictions on deployable mobile suits, resulting in an increase in demand for next-generation units with higher capabilities rather than modification of existing units. Through inheriting the frame of the X100 Series units and with added thrusters on its legs and shoulders, the Windam's mobility and maneuverability within and outside the atmosphere have been enhanced. It also has newly designed feet for walking more easily on rough terrain.
The Windam's overall performance was said to be comparable to the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam's and depending on its pilot, it can even compete against the ZAFT's New Millenium Series units. In the hands of a skilled pilot like Neo Roanoke, the machine proved to be a challenge even to the ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam. Due to its excellent performance, the Windam was described as being one of the culminations of the Earth Alliance's mobile suits. The Windam's standard armament is similar to the Dagger L's, consisting of CIWS guns, beam sabers, anti-armor penetrators, a new beam rifle, and shield. Like its predecessors, the Windam is also compatible with the Striker Pack system, enabling it to handle a variety of missions. However, its shoulder armor design prevents the mounting of the Sword or Launcher Striker Packs.
- M2M5 "Todesschrecken" 12.5mm Automatic CIWS
- Two CIWS are located in the head and another two on the clavicle. They are primarily for intercepting missiles or enemies at close range. Like the Dagger L, the Windam's use of the smaller caliber 12.5mm "Todesschrecken" CIWS as compared to the older 75mm "Igelstellung" CIWS allows it to store more ammunition for the weapon.
- ES04B Beam Saber
- The beam saber serves as the Windam's standard melee weapon, and its beam blade can cut through most non beam-resistant material. This model is the same as that used by the Dagger L. The Windam is equipped with two beam sabers stored on the top of the side armor.
- Mk315 "Stiletto" Rocket-Propelled Anti-Armor Penetrator
- Identical to the ones used by Dagger L, these penetrators are dagger-type bombs, which are stored inside the suit's side armor. They can be used for close combat but are most times used as throwing weapons, which can destroy a mobile suit if they hit a critical spot.
- M9409L Beam Rifle
- The Windam's standard equipped beam weapon for ranged combat. This beam rifle is larger and more powerful than the beam carbine used by the Dagger L series.
- A52 Offensive Shield Type E
- Mounted on the left forearm and/or handheld, it is a large physical shield and has a beam resistant coating. This model is a new type of shield and is named as such as it carries missiles. The shield's tip has sharp blades for use in close combat.
Special Equipment & Features
- As with the 105 Dagger and Dagger L, the Windam can mount striker packs to adapt to different missions and environments.
The Windam was introduced in October CE 73, when a squad equipped with Multi Striker Packs was sent to destroy the PLANTs, shortly after the declaration of the Second Alliance-PLANT War. However, they and their supporting fleet were all destroyed by ZAFT's Neutron Stampeder. Soon afterwards, Windams equipped with the Jet Striker were deployed to oppose ZAFT's "Operation Spear of Twilight", in which large numbers of mobile suits were dropped to Earth to reinforce their Carpentaria and Gibraltar bases. Windams were also employed in a failed attempt to destroy ZAFT's battleship, Minerva, as it left Orb territorial waters, and in most major Earth Alliance operations on the planet thereafter such as the battles of Heaven's Base and Orb.
Neo Roanoke, commander of the 81st Independent Mobile Battalion, piloted a custom Windam with a unique purple and dark gray color scheme. Windams were also used by the renegade Earth Alliance forces that sided with ZAFT after the existence of Logos was exposed. The Earth Alliance also used Windam in large numbers in space in the last month of the second war, during which they were deployed without any Striker Pack or with the Doppelhorn Striker. The Windams were used to protect the emitter of the Requiem superweapon at the Daedalus lunar base as well as its relay stations. At the end of the war, a dozen Windams allied with the Three Ships Alliance to destroy Requiem, now controlled by ZAFT.
Notes and Trivia
- The Windam appears to be analogous to the RGM-89 Jegan as the Dagger L is to the RMS-179/RGM-79R GM II.
- While some materials such as Gundam SEED DESTINY MS Encyclopedia state that the Windam has VPS armor and while wrecks of PS-down Windams can be spotted, it's contradicted by the fact that Windam can be damaged by all sorts of projectiles, explosions, missiles, and even the LHM-BB01 Minerva's 40mm CIWS. Other sources such as Gundam Fact Files list its armor as unknown.
- In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Battle Destiny, the Jet Windam can only be used in the atmosphere, while the standalone Windam and the one equipped with the Multi Striker Pack are exclusive for space-use.
- Profile on side of the box of HGCE 1/144 GAT-04 Windam
- Profile on instruction manual of HGCE 1/144 GAT-04 Windam
- 'Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY MS Encyclopedia' Book
- GAT-04 Windam on MAHQ.net
- GAT-04+AQM/E-X01 Aile Windam on MAHQ.net
- GAT-04+AQM/E-M11 Doppelhorn Windam on MAHQ.net