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MS-06D Zaku Desert Type

 

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Standard colors (MSV)

Karakal team colors

(MSV)

Equipped with tripple missile pod (MSV)

Gariboldi team colors

(MSV-R)

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MS-06D Zaku Desert Type

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: MS-06D
Code name: Zaku Desert Type
Unit type: mass production desert combat mobile suit
Manufacturer: Zeonic Company/Principality of Zeon field engineers
Operator: Principality of Zeon
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 18.2 meters; head height 17.5 meters
Weight: empty 61.3 metric tons; max gross 79.4 metric tons
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 976 kW
Propulsion: jet thrusters: total output 42900 kg
Performance: maximum ground running speed 80 km/h
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 2 x vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head; SA-712 cracker grenade, stored in pod on hip armor racks
Optional fixed armaments: Ratsriver triple missile pod, mounted on left forearm; Ratsriver P-3 twin missile pod
Optional hand armaments: M-120AS Zaku machine gun, drum-fed; heat hawk

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

During the early months of the One Year War, Principality of Zeon military field engineers are developing variants of its standard MS-06F Zaku II mobile suit to operate in the varied and sometimes harsh climates on Earth. One such variant is the MS-06D Zaku Desert Type, which was based on the standard ground-combat J-type Zaku. The Zaku Desert Type (or "D-type") sports several new features to make it adaptable to desert and tropical climates. The most notable feature is the replacement of the standard thruster-laden backpack with a special heat-dissipating radiator backpack, while jet thrusters are added to the legs and skirt armor area to provide additional mobility. With additional power and armor to top off the modifications, the D-type Zaku proves highly effective in the climate it is designed for.

Developed at Zeon's California Base, the Zaku Desert Type is designed for Earth's desert and tropical regions, and is first field-tested in North Africa by Roy Greenwood's Karakal unit. Operating an early type with 2 antennae on the head, the design soon proves itself, and a newer version sporting only one antenna is produced shortly thereafter. In all, 114 D-type Zakus are produced (43 two-antenna and 71 one-antenna types), making the Zaku Desert Type the backbone of Zeon's Earthside forces in North Africa and the Middle East for many months, with the later-produced MS-09 Dom line becoming Zeon's main ground-combat mobile suit. A modified and improved version, the Desert Zaku, is used by Zeon remnants around the world as late as UC 0096.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Roy Greenwood
Appearances:
MSV (Mobile Suit Variations); Mobile Suit Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield; Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (anime); MSV-R
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara

 

Lineart

 

Ratsriver triple missile pod
M-120AS Zaku machine gun

 

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