Technology & Combat Characteristics
The MS-06V-8 Zaku Tank (Wild Boar) was created from mounting a MS-06F Zaku II torso, head and arms onto the hull of a Magella Attack Tank. These units were prized by field commanders starved for replacement mobile suits and used for both combat and support duties. For MS-06V-8 type, it was armed with a Twin 105mm Zaku Machine Gun which was belt-fed via a back-mounted magazine rack with an ammunition capacity of 3.5 times of a regular drum magazine. Due to the stability of the Magella Base and increased ammunition, the Wild Boar's shooting performance proved superior to the MS-06J Zaku II Ground Type. Its head-mounted communication antenna was shortened to accomodate the limited height of storage hangar. The Wild Boar's superior firepower came at the expense of added weight from weapon and ammunition, which led to a drop of 30% overall speed compares to the Magella Attack Tank.
- 3-barrel 35mm Machine Cannon
- The 3-barrel 35mm Machine Gun was the original weapon for Magella Attack Tank and was located in front of its tank platform against enemy infantry and light armored vehicles and targets.
- Twin 105mm Machine Gun
- For Zaku Tank (Wild Boar), its left Claw Arm was replaced with a Twin 105mm Machine Gun, the main firearm used by MS-05 Zaku I MS series. It was a shell firing gun that did not require energy to be used. However, its effectiveness against heavy armor was very limited. The Twin Machine Gun was belt-fed via the Wild Boar's back-mounted magazine rack.
- Either melee-use claws or any hand-held weapon from MS-06 Zaku II
- If the Zaku Tank (Wild Boar) was fitted with a normal right arm and manipulator, it could utilize firearms normally used by the Zaku series such as the ZMP-50D 120mm Machine Gun, MMP-80 90mm Machine Gun, etc. to enhance its firepower.
The MS-06V Zaku Tank was originally intended for non-combat construction work, but as the circumstances of the war worsened the Zaku Tank units were re-armed and used in combat. Originally introduced on the African front, the Zaku Tank was eventually used around the world. The MS-06V-8 Zaku Tank (Wild Boar) was known to have been deployed in Northern Europe. It was produced with several types of coloring scheme, including the off-white winter colors for European frontlines, a forest-green camouflage, and a tri-color South American jungle scheme.
Notes and Trivia
- The unit was named after Wild Boar, a suid native to much of Eurasia. This implies the MS-06V-8's intended usage as a combat unit for European frontlines.