|Please note that this is the Gundam Wiki's article on the mobile suit featured in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin; if you are looking for the article on Char's custom MS-06 Zaku II featured Mobile Suit Gundam then you should head to MS-06S Zaku II Commander Type.|
Technology & Combat Characteristics
With data from Char's MS-05S, the MS-06S is an improved version of the MS-06F and Char's custom is painted in his personal red colors. Being a commander’s unit, it has a horn on its head. Char personally ordered the removal of its limiters, allowing it to use its thrusters to the maximum limit, despite the high risks. The hit-and-run tactics enabled by the resulting high thrust, and the impression its distinctive colors made on the battlefield, led to Char's nick name, “Red Comet”.
One Year War
Battle of Loum
In September, U.C. 0079, at Side 7, Noa, following the launch of the RX-78-02 Gundam from White Base, Dren was ordered by Char to equip Char and Slender's Zaku II units with Type 1 Gear and prepare to launch them along the laser lines. After Amuro's Gundam destroyed two missiles, Oscar Dublin detected Char's and Slender's Zaku II units, with the former approaching three times faster than the latter. Captain Paolo Cassius immediately and gravely recognized it as the Red Comet, Char, stating to a surprised Bright that it was the suit that single-handedly scrapped five of the Federation's battleships at Loum and ordered to turn back and run. Char's Zaku II, still moving at great speed was now close to the ship and Char saw the Gundam through his camera.