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The GAT-X303 Aegis Gundam is a command type mobile suit in service during the first half of Cosmic Era year 71. It is stolen by ZAFT pilot Athrun Zala on 25 January and serves as his mobile suit.

The X303 Aegis is a commander-type mobile suit with very advanced sensors and heavy attack power. It can transform into a mobile armor configuration armed with a multi-phase beam cannon (which is later mounted on the GAT-X131 Calamity Gundam). For close-range combat, Aegis is equipped with 4 beam sabers. As these weapons are mounted on the forearms and feet rather than hand-carried, all four can be wielded simultaneously, in either mobile suit or mobile armor configuration.

The Aegis Gundam is transported to Earth shortly after the Battle of Orbit on February 13 to pursue Archangel, it is held at the Carpentaria Base in Australia until the Archangel passes through the Indian Ocean, where it is sent to rendezvous with the Vosgulov-class submarine Cousteau. The Aegis, Duel, Buster and Blitz Gundams successfully intercept Archangel in midocean and force the heavily damaged assault ship to lay over at Orb for repairs.

Finally, its destruction occurs in late May while fighting Kira Yamato in the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam and Tolle Koenig in his FX-550 Skygrasper. Athrun self-destructs the Aegis Gundam while grappling the Strike Gundam, destroying both units. He ejects before self-destruction and is found injured on the shore by Cagalli Yula Athha. Later in that year, he returns to combat piloting the new, Aegis-derived ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam. From June to the end of the war he pilots the Justice Gundam as part of the Clyne Faction, alongside Kira Yamato in the ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam.

We last see the Aegis Gundam as fragments of a destroyed mobile suit on the island where Athrun and Kira fought, the remains of this fallen metal giant finding their final, peaceful use as a playground for young children. Its shield was later found, if one looks carefully, at the black market auction for junk where Lowe Guele picked up the TMF/TR-2 BuCUE Tactical Reconnaissance Type head he used temporarily for his MBF-P02 Gundam Astray Red Frame. A variation on its transforming system is used by ZAFT, on a much larger scale, in the ZGMF-X11A Regenerate Gundam.

In Cosmic Era 74, the Eurasian Federation fields an upgraded version of the Aegis, the GAT-X303AA Rosso Aegis. The "AA" stands for "Advanced Acceleration". Piloted by Emilio Broderick, a pilot with Phantom Pain, the Rosso Aegis is very similar to the original, in that it retains the same three modes of transformation and has nearly identical armament. However, it has two very significant advantages: Unlike the original, it can fire its devastating "Scylla" multiphase beam cannon while in either Mobile Armor Attack Mode or in a "Mobile Suit Attack Mode" in which the torso component, which covers the barrel, is removed. And it can control the trajectory of the beam, much like the GAT-X252 Forbidden Gundam, but to a somewhat greater degree. Dispatched against the Martian Turn-Delta Gundam, it and the GAT-X207SR Nero Blitz were defeating their opponent, until repreated provocation by Turn-Delta pilot Ergnes Brahe caused Emilio to go berserk.

SpecificationsEdit

GAT-X303 Aegis Gundam Edit

GAT-X303 Aegis Gundam

GAT-X303 Aegis Gundam

Manufacturer: Morgenroete, Inc/Earth Alliance
Users: Earth Alliance, Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty
Unit type: prototype commander use transformable mobile suit
Head height: 18.86 meters
Base weight: 79.9 metric tons
Special equipment: Phase Shift armor
Powerplant: Ultracompact battery, sustainable delivery approx. 2-3 megawatts
Armament: "Igelstellung" 75mm multi-barrel CIWS x2, beam saber x4, 60mm beam rifle x1, "Scylla" 580mm multi-phase beam cannon
Pilot: Athrun Zala

GAT-X303AA Rosso Aegis Gundam Edit

GAT-X303AA Rosso Aegis Gundam

GAT-X303AA Rosso Aegis Gundam

Manufacturer: Actaeon Industries
Users: Earth Alliance/Phantom Pain
Unit type: prototype commander use transformable mobile suit
Head height: Unknown
Base weight: Unknown
Special equipment: Phase Shift armor
Powerplant: Ultracompact battery
Armament: CIWS x2, beam saber x4, 60mm beam rifle x1, "Scylla" 580mm multi-phase beam cannon
Pilot: Emilio Broderick

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