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Musai class

 

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Standard version (Mobile Suit Gundam)

Alternate illustration

(MSV)

Falmel

(Mobile Suit Gundam)

Standard version

(MS IGLOO)

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Musai class

 

General and Technical Data

 

Class: Musai
Ships of the line: Camel, Falmel, Kuwamel, Swamel, Tokmel, Primus, Baromel, Remul, Brave, Schleswig, Wismar, Fuhlt
Unit type: light cruiser
Manufacturer: Principality of Zeon
Operator(s): Principality of Zeon; Neo Zeon

Rollout: July UC 0075
Dimensions: overall length 234 meters; overall width 98.4 meters; overall height 79.4 meters
Weight: unknown
Propulsion: unknown
Equipment and design features: Komusai shuttle; sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 3 x 2-barrel mega particle gun; 2 x large missile launcher; 10 x small missile launcher
Mobile suits: 5 (3 in mobile suit hangar, 2 in Komusai shuttle)

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The Principality of Zeon develops the Musai class light cruiser in conjunction with its mobile suit program, and as such, the Musai has the distinction of being the first combat spaceship ever designed to carry and support mobile suits. Musai class cruisers are capable of transporting three mobile suits, and two additional mobile suits can be stored in the Musai's Komusai re-entry capsule. The Musai is armed with three twin mega particle cannon turrets and a battery of missile launchers, but it's heavily dependent on its mobile suit contingent to provide anti-fighter and anti-MS defense. A major flaw in the design of the Musai is the omission of any close-in weapons systems for point defense. This shortfall, however, is partially a result of the role the Musai is expected to play in battle - to support its mobile suits from long range. Musai class ships prove themselves superior in long-range combat repeatedly throughout the One Year War. Late-war examples of the Musai remove one of the mega particle cannon turrets and increase the mobile suit complement to four. The post-war refit Musai Kai class remains in service as late as UC 0096 with the Republic of Zeon and Neo Zeon, and the original Musai serves as the inspiration for Neo Zeon's Endra class.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Captain(s): Char Aznable (Falmel), Dren (Falmel)
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th M.S. Team; Mobile Suit Gundam: Outer Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo; Mobile Suit Gundam 0079: Zeonic Front; Gundam the Ride: A Baoa Qu; Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation VS Zeon DX; Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo; Mobile Suit Gundam Vs. Giant God: Counterattack of Gigantis; Mobile Suit Gundam: Outer Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: Space Beyond the Blaze; Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space; Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles; Gundam 0079: The War for Earth; Gundam Evolve; Mobile Suit Gundam: Pilot's Locus; Mobile Suit Gundam: Climax U.C.; Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War; Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: The Gravity Front; Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 603; Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079; Mobile Suit Gundam Ecole du Ciel; Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record UC 0081; Char's Deleted Affair: Portrait of a Young Comet; Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.; Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ Side Story: Mirage of Zeon; Advance of Zeta: The Traitor of Destiny - Mace of Judgment; Advance of Zeta: The Traitor to Destiny; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories; Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost; Mobile Suit Gundam: Hunter of Black Clothes; Mobile Suit Gundam MSV-R: Legend of the Universal Century Heroes; Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt (anime); Gundam Legacy; Mobile Suit Gundam MSV-R: The Return of Johnny Ridden; Mobile Suit Gundam: The Blue Destiny; Mobile Suit Gundam: MS Senki Reboot
Original mechanical designer(s): Kunio Okawara (Mobile Suit Gundam version), Hajime Katoki (MS IGLOO version)

 

Lineart

 

Falmel bridge
Komusai launch

 

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