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RMS-119 EWAC Zack

 

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Gundam ZZ version

Gundam Unicorn novel version

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RMS-119 EWAC Zack

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: RMS-119
Code name: EWAC Zack
Unit type: mass production reconnaissance mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator(s): Earth Federation Forces; Neo Zeon; African Liberation Front; Republic of Zeon
First deployment: unknown
Accommodation: pilot only, in panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 19.2 meters; head height 18.3 meters
Weight: empty 41.6 metric tons; max gross 73.5 metric tons; mass ratio 1.61
Armor materials: titanium alloy ceramic composite
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1428 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 64800 kg total (4 x 16200 kg); vernier thrusters/apogee motors: 10
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 26000 meters; passive radar radome, mounted on head; various additional infra-red, visual, and communications sensors on head, main body, and backpack; 4 x data pod, stores encoded reconnaissance data, can be jettisoned or launched back to friendly forces; 2 x external propellant tank, ejectable, mounted on backpack
Fixed armaments: none
Optional fixed armaments: shield
Optional hand armaments: Zaku machine gun custom

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

A reconnaissance variant of the RMS-106 Hi-Zack used during the Gryps Conflict, the Earth Federation Forces' RMS-119 EWAC Zack can also be considered a distant relative of the old Principality of Zeon's MS-06E Zaku Reconnaissance Type. The most visible physical difference between the Hi-Zack and the EWAC Zack is the large radome mounted on its head. This radome is equipped with a passive radar system, allowing the EWAC Zack to monitor enemy forces without giving itself away with active radar signals. The EWAC Zack is also equipped with various additional infrared, communications and visual sensors, allowing it to monitor the enemy in a variety of methods. The radome also features a second monoeye that runs on a track along the perimeter of its lower side, allowing the pilot to keep a lookout on the ground while flying or jumping overhead.

Although the use of radar- and radio-jamming Minovsky particles in battle situations renders such electronic forms of detection useless, the EWAC Zack is often used for pre- and post-combat actions, tasked with acquiring enemy strength, location and disposition data. Thus, the EWAC Zack is also equipped with four data pods in its backpack, each of which carries recordings of the mobile suit's intelligence data and can be either jettisoned or launched back towards friendly forces. In the case of capture by the enemy, the data in the pods is also encrypted, thus assuring that valuable intelligence will not fall into the wrong hands. The EWAC Zack is also designed for long-range use, equipped with a pair of external fuel tanks for extended flight times. Although typically unarmed, the EWAC Zack can also be equipped with the weapons normally carried by a Hi-Zack, if necessary.

The EWAC Zack is originally built and operated by the Earth Federation Forces, but the invasion of Earth by Neo Zeon during the First Neo Zeon War in UC 0088 results in several of these units being captured by the enemy. At least one unit is also captured by the African Liberation Front rebel group, operated as part of their "Blue Team" and painted in their distinctive light blue-on-blue colors. The "Sleeves" Neo Zeon faction also make use of the EWAC Zack during the Laplace Incident in UC 0096.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ; Mobile Suit Gundam: The Return of Zeon; Mobile Suit Gundam Ecole du Ciel; Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (novel); Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (anime); Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. 0096: Rising Sun
Original mechanical designer: Hajime Katoki

 

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