The Akatsuki Gundam was developed through the fusion of the knowledge that the Orb engineers had gained from studying the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam and its Striker Pack support system, with newer Orb-based prototype technologies.
This Akatsuki includes the "Shiranui" Space Pack. Attached to the back, it is an optional backpack unit for space combat. It is equipped with the DRAGOON System in the form of seven M531R guided mobile beam turret systems. The Akatsuki can use these remote weapons for either increased firepower or defensive capabilities.