Technology & Combat Characteristics
While it was a successful plan, the MSZ-010S Enhanced ZZ Gundam was not a permanent fix to MSZ-010 ΖΖ Gundam's structural issue. On that note, Anaheim Electronics constructed a Full Armor System for the Enhanced ZZ Gundam, adding on many missile launchers and an extra beam cannon. It also added extra armor with anti-beam coating, making it able to withstand even the most powerful of beam attacks for at least 3 seconds.
Like the normal ZZ Gundam, the Full Armor ZZ Gundam is used as an assault mobile suit, able to destroy a large number of mobile suits in a matter of seconds. The additional missile launchers allow the Full Armor ZZ Gundam to bombard its target with a missile volley, giving it even more attack power.
While the Full Armor upgrade solved many of the flaws of the ZZ Gundam, a new flaw was introduced in the form of the armor's restrictive bulk, which prohibited the transformation system. In order to transform into its G-Fortress mode, the ZZ Gundam would need to entirely shed off the Full Armor parts, returning to its weaker MSZ-010S Enhanced ZZ Gundam form.
The Full Armor ZZ Gundam retains the regular armaments of the old ZZ Gundam, while adding some new ones.
- Missile Launcher
- The Full Armor package gives the Enhanced ZZ Gundam a series of additional missile launchers mounted in its chest, shoulders and left forearm. This enables the Full Armor ZZ Gundam to bombard targets in combat.
- Hyper Mega Cannon
- The Full Armor ZZ Gundam can be equipped with a hyper mega cannon. This massive handheld cannon is as long as the mobile suit is tall and connects directly to the Full Armor ZZ Gundam's power generator through a connector in the backpack. When at full power, the hyper mega cannon can fire a mega particle beam with a power rating of 79.8 MW.
- Waist High Mega Cannon
- Mounted on the waist, it has the same output as the head-mounted High Mega Cannon.
Special Equipment & Features
- A technological variant of the psycommu system developed by Anaheim Electronics. Although its full capabilities are unknown, its primary purpose was to allow a Newtype pilot to more easily interface with his mobile suit via mental commands. The bio-sensor could also have a rather surprising side effect when the pilot was mentally and emotionally focused enough (usually when angry or upset) to cause the bio-sensor to amplify the power, speed and strength of the mobile suit for a short period of time.
- Ejectable Armor Components
- Separable Transformation Components
Though the MSZ-010S Enhanced ZZ Gundam helped to improve the structural weakness of the original ZZ Gundam, it was not a permanent fix. On that note, Anaheim Electronics constructed a Full Armor System for the Enhanced ZZ Gundam. During the final battle of the internal conflict within Neo Zeon, Full Armor ZZ launched into battle for the first and only time. Although it did not make many major contributions, it was able to match Puru Two's NZ-000 Queen Mansa (being able to withstand its powerful beam attack), before Glemy Toto was sniped down by Roux Louka in her MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam.
Notes and Trivia
- In its original appearance in ZZ Gundam, the Full Armor ZZ Gundam configuration offered little more than additional protection and additional missiles to the ZZ Gundam's armament. However, future appearances in additional media, video games in particular, would add extra weapons to the Full Armor ZZ Gundam, such as a Beam Cannon mounted on the skirt armor, and the same Hyper Mega Cannon equipped on the FA-010A FAZZ.
- Due to the additional mass created by mounting additional armor, the ZZ Gundam's Double Beam Rifle is able to mount directly onto the armor mounted on the right forearm.
- In Super Robot Wars Alpha and Alpha Gaiden, the Full Armor ZZ Gundam had a G-Fortress mode that it did not have to purge its armor for. However, this "Banpresto Original" version of the G-Fortress never appeared in any other media.
- The concept of a heavily armed and missile-filled armor expansion that prevented transformation may have been inspired by the Armored Valkyrie of Super Dimension Fortress Macross.