DRAGOON System
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The DRAGOON (Disconnected Rapid Armament Group Overlook Operation Network) system is a control system developed by ZAFT to guide remote weapons. The DRAGOON uses Quantum Communication to send signals to weapon pods to move them around without the awkward wire-guidance used in mobile armors such as the TS-MA2mod.00 Moebius Zero, or the Striker Pack AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Striker. The original system was first tested in the YMF-X000A Dreadnought, tested by ZAFT pilot Courtney Hieronimus and then later civilian Prayer Reverie. The most prominent unit using the DRAGOON system is the prototype unit ZGMF-X13A Providence, piloted by ZAFT ace Rau Le Creuset during the Second Battle of Jachin Due.

An alternate version of the DRAGOON system was developed by Earth Alliance's Azrael Financial Group and utilized in their prototype TSX-MA717/ZD Pergrande mobile armor. This version required three pilots, and didn't require a pilot with spatial awareness; instead, the computer maneuvered the pods using the X, Y, and Z coordinates from the pilots. These pods mounted a beam cannon and a beam gun, which made it much more powerful than the regular DRAGOON system mobile suits. The Pergrande was destroyed during testing by ace pilot Gai Murakumo of the Serpent Tail mercenary group.

In CE 73 a new version of the DRAGOON system is developed by ZAFT. This system doesn't require a pilot with highly spatial awareness and thus even a normal pilot can control this weapons (Even though spatial awareness do improve the use of this system) through the pilot's brain waves. The new ZAFT Gundam-type mobile suit ZGMF-X666S Legend is equipped with this new DRAGOON version, as is the ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom. Also the ZGMF-X24S Chaos uses a simplified version of this system in the form of two Gunbarrel-like weapon pods. It is likely that the Earth Alliance copied this technology for the GFAS-X1 Destroy's detachable arms.

The ORB-01 Akatsuki can be equipped with the "Shiranui" backpack, which is equipped with 7 mobile weapon pods that function in a manner similar to DRAGOONs and have the capability to create a beam shield large enough to surround a battleship. The Dreadnought Gundam also had the capability to create a tetrahedral beam shield from its DRAGOON units.

ZAFT also tested but never fielded a "DRAGOON Flyer" system for ZGMF-X56S Impulse. The intention was to replace Impulse simple Silhouette Flyers with combat-capable DRAGOON versions, which would accompany it in battle. These DRAGOONs would be armed with four small beam guns each, but their primary purpose would be to allow Impulse to switch Silhouette packs without waiting for them to be launched from Minerva. As the DRAGOON Flyer could only be used by the four Impulse units, it was likely considered unwise to expend scarce wartime resources on completing the system.

The DRAGOON system is so powerful that a Gundam equipped with this system and piloted by a skilled pilot can match the firepower of a team of conventional mobile suits, but with more coordination than a group of individual pilots. This is shown in the final battle between Rau and Kira in SEED, where Providence, with the help of the system, severely damages Freedom. This is also shown in Phase 39 of Destiny as Kira disables 25 mobile suits in just under 2 minutes.

However, as a powerful weapon DRAGOON system has its weaknesses. The first one being its extraordinary power consumption--all suits with full-fledged DRAGOON systems are nuclear powered. This is because all pods of the system use beam technology--it consumes an immense amount of energy to move and fire. The second one being its extraordinary difficulty to operate--a person with great spatial awareness and mental and physical prowess is required to use the system to its full potential. However, the newer versions of the system have been able to overcome this shortcoming through use of quantum computers but is still difficult to coordinate the pods properly nonetheless. The third drawback of the system is that it cannot be used on Earth since none of the pods can achieve atmospheric flight. Also, even if the pods can fly in the atmosphere, they will unlikely be as effective as they are in space because they will be less maneuverable in the atmosphere due to air resistance and the thrust needed to overcome gravity. The fourth drawback is that once a pod is destroyed, the system's power diminishes. As more pods are destroyed, the system becomes less and less useful. For example, ZGMF-X13A Providence is very powerful when its DRAGOON system remains intact. However, when stripped of all its pods, it is nothing more than a nuclear-powered version of the GuAIZ.

The only mobile suits and mobile armour available with the DRAGOON Systems are:


Strike Freedom


Moebius Zero
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Why'd you only put the Strike Freedom as the only suit with a DRAGOON system? You missed a lot of suits like:
Providence

Legend

Dreadnought

Providence ZAKU

and Chaos.

And also the Moebius Zero doesn't make use of the DRAGOON system, instead it uses gun barrels which are connected to the main body via cable, the only actual mobile armor with a DRAGOON system is a prototype of the Alliance called the Pergrande.
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Doesn't the Akatsuki have one too but why didn't they put the Infinite Justice with a DRAGOON System too
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Nope, the Akatsuki's weapons are only similar to DRAGOONs but are not actual DRAGOONs, they're operated via remote control just like the Justice's lifter. And they didn't put a DRAGOON system in the Infinite Justice because they know that Athrun doesn't have good spatial awareness compared to Kira and Mu and he usually uses melee combat so he wouldn't really need DRAGOONs.
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Posted 10/6/08

AthrunX23s wrote:

Nope, the Akatsuki's weapons are only similar to DRAGOONs but are not actual DRAGOONs, they're operated via remote control just like the Justice's lifter. And they didn't put a DRAGOON system in the Infinite Justice because they know that Athrun doesn't have good spatial awareness compared to Kira and Mu and he usually uses melee combat so he wouldn't really need DRAGOONs.


oh no wonder the Akatsuki had another function compared to the other's that's why i was wondering cause only the Akatsuki can use that defensive barrier
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Posted 10/7/08

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AthrunX23s wrote:

Nope, the Akatsuki's weapons are only similar to DRAGOONs but are not actual DRAGOONs, they're operated via remote control just like the Justice's lifter. And they didn't put a DRAGOON system in the Infinite Justice because they know that Athrun doesn't have good spatial awareness compared to Kira and Mu and he usually uses melee combat so he wouldn't really need DRAGOONs.


oh no wonder the Akatsuki had another function compared to the other's that's why i was wondering cause only the Akatsuki can use that defensive barrier


Actually the Dreadnought can also make a defensive barrier but it is unknown how he does it. Some say it's because if Prayer's newtype abilities. Even Lowe (the guy who made and put the DRAGOONs on the Dreadnought) himself didn't know how he did it. And at that time only the Alliance knew how to create beam barriers. So the Dreadnought's DRAGOONs still remain a mystery.
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Posted 11/29/08 , edited 11/29/08
Where is that info from?

I checked and found it on Wiki.Wiki is not 100% trustworthy.
unique feature of the Providence Gundam, the DRAGOON System consists of eleven independent beam emitters which can be coordinated to attack targets from several directions at once. While similar in concept to the wired gunbarrels used by the Moebius Zero, the DRAGOON units are controlled via wireless quantum communication, which is immune to the disruptive effects of N-Jammers. Using this system requires superhuman powers of spatial awareness, which are extremely rare among Naturals and Coordinators alike.

This is info from Gundam-official.net,a lot more trustworthy source.

Even Lowe (the guy who made and put the DRAGOONs on the Dreadnought) himself didn't know how he did it

Which page was it?!I have X Astray on my computer and I really dont remember Lowe saying that.
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Posted 11/30/08
wait can't you have a funnel's system also if some one chooses like the nu gundam? i know difrent era but just wondering
Posted 1/25/09
mwu's atuskui's defense barrier is possibly a rip off of nu's ff barrier
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Posted 3/13/09
doesn''t one of the throne units have one too, except called fangs instead.
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@Kirafan: Most likely since the Nu and the Hi-Nu are the pioneers of that tech. The Sazabi had funnels first but its funnels needed to recharge and couldn't make barriers.
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