Model number: YMS-09D Code name: Dom Tropical Test Type Unit type: prototype tropical climate mobile suit Manufacturer: Zimmad Company Operator: Principality of Zeon First deployment: October UC 0079 Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso Dimensions: head height 18.6 meters Weight: empty 65.1 metric tons; max gross weight unknown Armor materials: super hard steel alloy Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, power output rating unknown Propulsion: rocket thrusters: total output unknown Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown Fixed armaments: heat saber, battery powered, stored in recharge rack on back Optional hand armaments: giant bazooka, clip-fed
Technical and Historical Notes
Following the successful testing of the YMS-09 Prototype Dom at Zeon's captured California Base during the One Year War, one of the prototypes was modified for use in desert and tropical climates. Designated the YMS-09D Dom Tropical Test Type, the modified prototype now mounted a coolant tank on its backpack and a short-range communications antenna on the head. Several standard MS-09 Doms were later converted to the Tropical Test Type, with a dozen serving in units on the frontlines in Northern Africa, including the Karakal Team commanded by Roy Greenwood, whose personal Dom Tropical Test Type was nicknamed "Thunder Cat." The Tropical Test Type served as the basis for the later model MS-09F/Trop Dom Tropen, which saw action during and after the One Year War.