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The GNR-001 GN Arms (aka GN Arms) is a support craft created for GN-001 Gundam Exia and GN-002 Gundam Dynames. It is piloted by Lasse Aeon.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

Designed based on the data of the GNR-000 GN Sefer and GN-001/hs-A01D Gundam Avalanche Exia', the GN Arms serve as a support/peripheral system(s) to increase and enhance the Gundams’ combat abilities.[1] Only two units were created and both of them were modified to reflect the combat themes of their respective assigned Gundams. The standard weaponry is featured in both units; both are armed with a pair of Large-Size GN Cannons and Claws. The cannons are hidden below the top hatch. The Claws is a three-pronged close range weapon inherited from the Gundam Avalanche Exia'. The claws are located at the underbelly of the GN Arms; they’re folded within the lower platform until deployed. However, while its standard weaponry makes it formidable, it is its specialized weaponry that gives the GN Arms its unique combative qualities.

GN Arms Type-E has a pair of Large-Size GN Swords and two GN Beam Guns. The swords are larger versions of Exia’s swords; they’re GN particle-laced swords designed to cut through large targets. However, they’re specifically designed to puncture through GN Fields in case their enemy(s) managed to acquire GN technology. The GN Beam Guns are built behind the sword. The overall weapons silhouette gives the pair of gun-swords a focus in close-quarters combat (CQC), but balanced for mid-to-short range firing solutions. GN Arms Type-D has a double-barreled GN Twin Rifle and a Large-Size Missile Container (can carry hundreds of GN Missiles).

In terms of systems, the GN Arms is powered by GN particles. The units are built with GN Condensers to store a limited supply of particles; its pilot must be mindful of its particle reserves or risk a power-down in a compromising tactical position. However, the units are designed with a docking system that connects to their respective Gundams’ GN Drive to help recharge their particles for extended operation usage. For combat, it is able to fly in outer-space and Earth’s atmosphere, and relies on its speed to flank and shoot down its target(s), similar to traditional aerial dog fighting.

Celestial Being engineers realized the GN Arms have limitations, exiting Earth’s atmosphere and its overall mass is too great to fit into a linear train for a ride back into space. While not designed for the sole purpose of being an atmospheric shuttle, the Assault Container (AC) is a heavily armed tactical mini-MS carrier that house the Gundam and GN Arms. When combined with the AC, the pilot of the GN Arms is transferred through a special lift and ported over the AC's helm for manning its flight controls and weapons. Should the container become compromised, the pilot can immediately transfer back into the GN Arms and eject Gundam to escape.

When transforming into GN Armor, the pilot expands the unit into a large exo-suit combat system. The GN Arms opens in such a way that the Gundam simply "falls" into the GN Armor, locks in place, and can utilize its systems in a matter of seconds. The cockpit folds up and rotates to the rear of its frame. The midsection expands and exposes a special docking module that docks directly with Gundam's GN Drive Cone. The lower modules fold out to reveal foot platform to dock with Gundam's legs.

Armaments

  • Claw
Inherited from the GN-001/hs-A01D Gundam Avalanche Exia', however unlike the GN Claws of the Gundam Avalanche Exia', the GN Arms' claws cannot create a beam saber at the tip.
  • Large-Size GN Cannon
Two large cannons are built on top of the GN Arms and act as its main weapons.[2] Although they consume a lot of GN Particles, they are capable of generating beams that are as powerful as Gundam Virtue's GN Bazooka.[2] Their full power however is only usable when the GN Arms is combined with Exia.[2] When combined with the Ptolemaios as part of the Assault Container, they are also used as the main guns of the ship.[2]
  • Large-Size GN Sword
Notably the most defining feature of the GN Arms Type-E, are its two large GN Swords, one on each side of the unit for melee combat. They are equipped with the same system as Exia's GN Sword,[2] and thus are able to pierce GN Fields.[3] Due to their increased size, their destructive power has greatly increased.[2]
  • GN Beam Gun
A GN Beam Gun is located behind each of the Large-Size GN Swords of the GN Arms Type-E. As they were primarily designed for suppression fire,[2] their attack power is not so high.[2] However since they are installed on arms that can move freely, they have a wider targeting range than the Large-Size GN Cannons.[2]
  • GN Twin Rifle
The GN Arms Type-D is equipped with a double-barreled GN Twin Rifle on the right side. While its power is weaker than the Large-Size GN Cannons,[4] it has a longer effective range.[4] It is folded when not in use.[4]
  • Large-Size Missile Container
The GN Arms Type-D is equipped with a large missile container on the left side which can carry hundreds of GN Missiles. The missiles are pre-charged with GN Particles and have great destructive power.[4] If the GN Arms is able to sneak into the enemy's formation and release a large salvo, a large military advantage can be gained.[4]

History

Defending Ptolemy

After suffering several losses against Celestial Being, the UN Forces were granted access to 30 GN Drives which resulted in the creation of the GNX-603T GN-X - a mobile suit that could resist Celestial Being. Fearing the possibility of defeat, Sumeragi Lee Noriega had Lasse Aeon and Ian Vashti retrieve the GN Arms from one of their lagrange resource satellites. Lasse retrieved GN Arms Type E, while Ian retrieved GN Arms Type-D.

Lasse/GN Arms Type-E made it back in time to assist the Ptolemy crew after their first encounter with UN Forces with their GN-X's in space. Lasse would later transport Setsuna/Exia down to Earth to assist him in his investigations while testing out the capabilities in between GN Arms Type E and the Assault Container.

During the second UN attack, Lockon attached the Dynames to the GN Arms Type-D, taking out the majority of the GN-Xs. He then went to take down the Virginia-class Carriers, destroying two but before he could take out the last one, the Twin Rifle was taken out by GNW-002 Gundam Throne Zwei, piloted by Ali al-Saachez. Lockon had to eject, as a linear bolt destroyed the GN Armor. He later used the remaining GN Cannon to destroy the lower torso of Gundam Throne Zwei and the lower body of Ali al-Saachez.

In the final events of A.D. 2308, UN Forces successfully fended off Celestial Being. Last standing Gundam Meister, Setsuna F. Seiei, and Lasse/GN Arms Type-E fought against Alejandro Corner/Alvatore. The GN Arms Type-E managed to defeat the enemy MA, but Lasse/GN Arms Type-E was severely damaged from the battle and unable to continue the fight. After Setsuna/Exia defeated Alejandro/Alvaaron and subsequently disappeared, Lasse was rescued but it is unknown if the GN Arms Type-E was salvaged.

Picture Gallery

Gunpla

Articles & References

  1. HG 1/144 GN-001/hs-A010 Gundam Avalanche Exia' manual
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 High Grade 1/144 GN Arms Type-E + Gundam Exia (Trans Am Mode)
  3. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 1 Episode 25
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 High Grade 1/144 GN Arms Type-D + Gundam Dynames

Notes & Trivia

External links


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