Technology & Combat Characteristics
The RX-160 Byarlant is designed to possess self-sustained atmospheric flight without the use of an external support system or a complicated and costly transformation system. The Byarlant's flight capabilities were achieved through the incorporation of powerful thermonuclear jet thrusters in its shoulders and waist. By replacing the jet thrusters with rocket thrusters, the Byarlant can be used in space. However, its offensive systems were lacking. Because of the design of the Byarlant's hands, the Byarlant could not wield the mass-produced weapons employed by other mobile suits, limiting it to its own pair of beam sabers and the mega particle guns in its hands.
- Beam Saber
- For close-combat, the Byarlant has a pair of beam sabers stored in the upper arms (near the elbow joints), which can be pulled out during battle. The beam sabers' handles have a unique triangular cross section to match the mobile suit's clawed hands.
- Mega Particle Gun
- A fixed armament mounted on Byarlant's palms, the pair of mega particle guns are the suit's sole range weapons. They are capable of rapid-fire and have a power output of 4.7MW each.
The RX-160 Byarlant was an experimental mobile suit designed by the Titans during the Gryps Conflict in U.C. 0087. Jerid seized the incomplete Byarlant as his new personal mobile suit during the skirmish at Mount Kilimanjaro. He used the Byarlant to battle members of the AEUG, specifically his rival, the AEUG's Gundam pilot Kamille Bidan. Despite its impressive performance, the Byarlant was defeated and Jerid moved on to other more powerful machines. Later, three additional Byarlant units accompanied Reccoa Londe during Scirocco's coup against Bask Om. The pilots' identities of these two units remain unknown.
In U.C. 0096, the Earth Federation Forces modified two remaining Byarlants into the superior RX-160S Byalant Custom and RX-160S-2 Byarlant Custom 02. Later that year, a third Byarlant variant, the RX-160G Byarlant Isolde was used by the private military organization, Birnam.
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