Technology & Combat Characteristics
As Zeon worked to upgrade its aging MS-06 Zaku II series during the One Year War, they intended to replace the space-use mobile suit MS-06F Zaku II with a new high-performance model the MS-11 Action Zaku. But it was still under development, a MS-06R-1A Zaku II High Mobility Type was heavily modified to serve as a testbed unit for the Action Zaku's development team. Incorporating the Action Zaku's powerful reactor and cooling system, the testbed Zaku II High Mobility Test Type could use beam weapons. The Zaku II High Mobility Test Type unit was so heavily and continually modified over its service life that it earned the nickname "MS-06R-3 Zaku III."
- Shoulder Shield
- The shield is a simple defense used to block most incoming ballistic and explosive projectiles. Also used to great effect in close quarters battle with enemy mobile suits. The Zaku II mounts a shield on its right shoulder.
- 120mm Machine Gun
- The 120mm machine gun is a standard weapon for Zaku type mobile suits. It is a shell firing gun that does not require energy to be used, however its effectiveness against heavy armor is very limited. This model used a 100-round drum magazine.
- Prototype Beam Rifle
- Heat Hawk
- An axe-shaped close combat weapon, it uses a super-heated blade to cut through the armor of enemy MS or vehicles. The thermal energy is generated by the power output of the Zaku II's thermonuclear reactor and relayed through the MS' hands.
When the RX-78-2 Gundam with its hand-held beam weapons appears, Zeon engineers were forced to redesign the mobile suit. The MS-11 project was scrapped and Zeonic Company started on a new mobile suit called MS-14 Gelgoog. The plans for the MS-11 Action Zaku was later assigned to the Pezun Asteroid Base.
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