Technology & Combat Characteristics
A variant of the ZGMF-1017 GINN designed mainly for reconnaissance missions, the GINN Long Range Reconnaissance Type has enhanced search capabilities thanks to the two radomes on its shoulders and an enhanced sensor array mounted in its head fin. Due to its role, the suit is also designed for extended solo operation and has a two seater cockpit for a pilot and a co-pilot, who is mainly involved with the search systems. Weapons wise, the suit carries a sniper rifle for long range attacks, but can also use other standard GINN armaments like the 76mm heavy assault machine gun.
- Sniper Rifle
- Designed for long-range sniping, the rifle achieves even higher accuracy by operating with the mobile suit's high-precision sensors.
- MMI-M8A3 76mm Heavy Assault Machine Gun
- In place of the sniper rifle, the GINN Long Range Reconnaissance Type can also use the standard GINN's heavy assault machine gun. This weapon is magazine-fed and has two firing modes, semi-auto and full-auto.
During the First Alliance-PLANT War, ZAFT created several variants of its mainstay unit, the ZGMF-1017 GINN, to cope with different situations. One such variant is the GINN Long Range Reconnaissance Type, which is used for search and recon missions in space.
A GINN Long Range Reconnaissance Type was deployed by the Yun Law team in early February, CE 71, to search for the civilian shuttle Silverwind, which carried Lacus Clyne. The shuttle was preparing a memorial service at the ruins of the destroyed colony Junius Seven but was destroyed by an Earth Alliance battleship. Coincidentally, at the same time as the GINN Long Range Reconnaissance Type was there, the crew of the LCAM-01XA Archangel was also present and searching for valuable equipment. The GINN Long Range Reconnaissance Type eventually spotted one of the MAW-01 Mistrals belonging to the Archangel and nearly destroyed it, but was shot down by Kira Yamato's GAT-X105+AQM/E-X01 Aile Strike.
The GINN Long Range Reconnaissance Type was still in service in CE 73, with one unit seen scanning the area around PLANT during an Earth Alliance attack. It eventually discovered the secret strike force which planned to annihilate Aprilius One with a nuclear attack. During the Second Alliance-PLANT War, another unit followed Martin DaCosta of Terminal to the FFMH-Y101 Eternal.