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MS-06D Desert Zaku

 

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Standard Zeon colors (Gundam ZZ)

African Liberation Front colors (Gundam ZZ)

Zeon remnants colors (Gundam Unicorn OVA)

Zeon remnants colors (Gundam Unicorn novel)

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MS-06D Desert Zaku

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: MS-06D
Code name: Desert Zaku
Unit type: mass production desert combat mobile suit
Manufacturer: Principality of Zeon
Operator(s): Principality of Zeon; African Liberation Front; Zeon remnants
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 19.6 meters; head height 18.5 meters
Weight: empty 44.7 metric tons; max gross 69.5 metric tons
Armor materials: super hard steel alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1440 kW
Propulsion: jet thrusters: 8400 kg total (2 x 4200 kg); additional jet ski jet thrusters: 7600 kg total (2 x 3800 kg)
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 8800 meters; 2 x external propellant tank, ejectable, mounted on backpack; 2 x optional jet ski, fits on feet, provides high-speed mobility over desert sand
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head
Optional hand armaments: 290mm rocket launcher, 8 round magazine; 120mm machine gun, drum-fed; cracker grenade, can be stored in optional 2-slot cracker pod on hip armor; heat hawk, battery powered, can be stored on waist armor storage racks

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

A modified and improved version of the original MS-06D Zaku Desert Type, the MS-06D Desert Zaku features better power output, external propellant tanks on its backpack to carry extra thruster fuel, and additional shields and dust filters on its joints to facilitate burying the mobile suit under the sand for ambushes. The Desert Zaku can also be fitted with a pair of jet skis on its feet, making it easy to glide at high speed across the desert sand. Though normally used by Zeon remnants led by "Desert" Rommel in North Africa in UC 0088, a few Desert Zakus also land in the hands of the African Liberation Front, with one unit operating as part of their "Blue Team" and painted in their distinctive light-blue-on-blue colors. Zeon remnants continue to make use of the Desert Zaku as late as UC 0096 during an attack on Australia's Torrington Base.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Niki, Karahan, Elo Melloe
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ; Mobile Suit Gundam: Advanced Operation; Mobile Suit Gundam: The Return of Zeon; Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (novel); Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (anime); Advance of Zeta: The Traitor to Destiny
Original mechanical designer(s): Masahiro Oda (Gundam ZZ version), Hajime Katoki (Gundam Unicorn version)

 

Lineart

 

Cracker pod
Jet ski
120mm machine gun
290mm rocket launcher

 

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