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MS-06 Zaku II

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002 MS-06 Zaku II (from Mobile Suit Gundam)

195 MS-06 Zaku II (from Mobile Suit Gundam The 08th MS Team)01:23

195 MS-06 Zaku II (from Mobile Suit Gundam The 08th MS Team)

232 MS-06 Zaku II (from Mobile Suit Gundam MS Igloo)01:23

232 MS-06 Zaku II (from Mobile Suit Gundam MS Igloo)

407 MS-06 Zaku II (from Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ)01:23

407 MS-06 Zaku II (from Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ)

Unit Type

Mass Production General-Purpose Mobile Suit

Appearances

Anime
OVA
Game

Profile

Model Number
  • MS-06
Developed from
Developed into
Variants
First Seen
Manufacturer
Operator

General Characteristics

Head Height
  • 17.5 meters57.415 ft
    688.976 in
Max Weight
  • 73.7 metric tons
Standard Weight
  • 58.1 metric tons
Power-plant
Sensor Range
  • 3200 meters10,498.688 ft
Pilot Accommodations
  • Pilot only (in standard cockpit in torso)
Armor
  • super-hard steel alloy

Movement

Max Acceleration
  • 0.59 G
Max Speed
  • 88 km/h54.681 mph (Ground Running)
180° Turning Time
  • 1.7 s1,700 ms
Rocket Thrusters
  • 2 x 20500 kg45,194.751 lb
    22.597 tons
  • 2 x 1000 kg2,204.622 lb
    1.102 tons
Armaments
  • Shoulder Shield searchgray_iconsmall.png (Mounted on right shoulder)
  • 3-Spike Shoulder Armor (Mounted on left shoulder)
Optional Equipment
  • ZMP-50D 120mm Machine Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png (100-round drum)
  • M-120A1 120mm Machine Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • MMP-78 Machine Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png (100-round drum)
  • MMP-80 90mm Machine Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png (32-round magazine)
  • H&L-SB25K/280mmA-P Zaku Bazooka searchgray_iconsmall.png (4-round magazine)
  • Ex-T2-2 Beam Bazooka searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • Prototype Large Beam Rifle searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • 120mm Assault Rifle searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • 90mm Assault Rifle searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • Knuckle Shield searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • Gatling Shield searchgray_iconsmall.png
    • 75mm Gatling Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • Heat Hawk Type5 searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • 4 x MIP-B6 Cracker Grenade searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • ZIM/M.T-K175C 175mm Recoilless Rifle searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • 2 x 3-tube Missile Pod searchgray_iconsmall.png (Mounted on legs)
  • Hand Grenade searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • Flamethrower searchgray_iconsmall.png

The MS-06 Zaku II (ザク II) is a mobile suit line from the Universal Century timeline. It is based upon the earlier MS-05 Zaku I.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The successor to the first fielded mobile suit, the MS-05 Zaku I, the Zaku II improved on everything the previous model offered. It was faster, far more durable, had a better Minovsky Reactor, and could be fitted with far more weapons. The Zaku II was the mainstay of the Zeon military for most of the One Year War. Even after the MS-09B Dom and MS-09R Rick Dom began to replace it on the front lines, the Zaku still remained the most numerous mobile suit in Zeon's armed forces. As such, the Zaku II formed the backbone of the U.C. 0083 rebels of Operation Stardust and some were even seen as late as U.C. 0088 in both AEUG and Neo Zeon service during the Gryps Conflict and the First Neo Zeon War. The Zaku II was also a common aggressor unit used during training for Earth Federation Forces pilots.

Armaments

  • ZMP-50D 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. The ZMP-50D used a 100-round drum magazine. "ZMP" stands for "Zaku Machine Pistol".
  • M-120A1 120mm Machine Gun
Also referred to as a "rifle" by Zeon soldiers, Zeonic was contracted to develop this weapon. Its internal development code is "ZMC38III". It can switch modes between single-fire and automatic fire. Its low penetration power became evident with the appearance of Federation MS.
  • MMP-78 Machine Gun
A new model machine gun with enhanced firepower to combat Federation Forces MS. Early type and late type models exist, with differences in the location and mounting of the grip in the latter. "MMP" is an abbreviation for "Mobile Suit Machine Pistol".
  • MMP-80 90mm Machine Gun
An alternative to the MMP-78, it is an upgrade of the above weapon. It used 90mm bullets instead of 120mm type, allowing for a greater speed of firing and a higher rate of penetration. The machine gun is magazine-fed with 32 rounds per mag.
  • H&L-SB25K/280mmA-P Zaku Bazooka
The 280mm Zaku Bazooka was another standard weapon that could be equipped to a Zaku type mobile suit. The bazooka fired explosive rounds that were quite effective against the armor of Earth Federation mobile suits and battleships. However the bazooka could only be loaded with a single round at a time, thus it had to be used carefully. The bazooka was front loaded which is difficult to do while a mobile suit is changing vectors. The bazooka could be stored on the rear waist armor while spare ammunition could be stored on the side hip armor.
  • ZIM/M.T-K175C 175mm Recoilless Rifle
The main gun of the HT-01B Magella Attack main battle tank, it is remodeled as an MS artillery weapon. The Top Cannon was mainly used for long distance ground combat and can be loaded with HEAT or APFSDS rounds.
  • MIP-B6 Cracker Grenade
Identical to those used by infantry, the cracker grenade is an explosive weapons designed to be thrown or launched by the MS and detonate after a set amount of time. The "cracker" breaks into several smaller munitions over a wide area. The Zaku II can optionally equip up to four cracker grenades, that are stored on the left and right waist armor racks, with two on each side.
  • 3-tube Missile Pod
Mounted on the legs are two 3-tube missile pods. These missiles are quite effective against armored enemies. However, they were also slow and unsuited for combat against nimbler targets.
  • Hand Grenade
Throwing weapon used an alternative to the Cracker Grenade. These waist mounted grenades can be thrown like regular grenades and set to detonate upon impact with the target or timed to explode after a preset time. They come in multiple variants, allowing them to perform different roles in battle.
An explosive weapon with a rocket propelled warhead, it was designed before the beginning of the One Year War as an anti-ship weapon. Useful both in space and under gravity, it was mainly deployed for anti-ship attacks during the early days of the war. The Sturm Faust likely made a good anti-mobile suit weapon during the latter days of the war, as Zeon mobile suits could be equipped with both a Sturm Faust and a more typical ranged weapon for greater versatility. As a non-guided weapon, it is difficult to hit targets with high mobility.
  • Heat Hawk Type5
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.
  • 3-Spike Shoulder Armor
Used to protect the joint of the mobile suit, and can also used to ram into the enemy. Some pilots would customize their Zaku, to have two Spiked Shoulders, by having the right shoulder shield replaced.
  • 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.
  • Ex-T2-2 Beam Bazooka
A weapon originally developed for the Rick Dom. The bazooka has its own internal reactor, rather than an E-cap, and is, essentially, a Musai deck gun scaled down for mobile suit use. Due to using a reactor rather than an E-cap, the bazooka is capable of a single sustained blast or several short bursts, requiring a lengthy recharge period of approximately 10 minutes before it can be used again.
  • Gatling Shield
A weapon from the MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom, it is a shield with a powerful, drum-and-belt fed, 75mm Gatling Gun attached to it. The Gatling Gun can detach from the shield itself when it runs out of ammunition.
  • Prototype Large Beam Rifle
A experimental beam weapon developed at Axis after the One Year War, it's effective firing range is 1.8 times that of a ordinary beam rifle, because it's powered by it's own built in generator it can be wielded by Zaku type MS. The generator however only has enough power for five shots. Appears in Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Deleted Affair: Portrait Of Young Comet.
  • Knuckle Shield
The knuckle shield is a modified Zaku II shoulder shield that mounts on the left arm. When mounted on the forearm the curve of the armor fits over the mobile suits hand. One of the modifications is the additions of three spikes placed on the plate that rests in front of the hand. These spikes make the knuckle shield an effective bashing weapon.
The Skiure is a massive auxiliary weapons platform developed for the express purpose of compensating for the lack of range and firepower of mobile suits during the One Year War. It consists of a large beam cannon mounted on a movable platform.
  • 120mm Assault Rifle
  • 90mm Assault Rifle
  • Flamethrower

History

The MS-06 Zaku II series was one of the most produced and versatile mobile suits of the One Year War. And even after its performance was surpassed by its successor mobile suits, like the MS-07B Gouf, the MS-09B Dom, and the MS-14A Gelgoog, it would still see wide-scale service both on the front lines and behind the scenes after the war's end.

During the First Neo Zeon War, the Zaku II would still see use among Haman Karn's Neo Zeon forces, but it would see less of a combat role and more of a support and defense role.

Variations

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Notes & Trivia

  • In Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, the Zaku II also has a pair of vulcans mounted in the left arm, and a third vulcan in the right chest.
  • The original concept of the Zaku was simply a disposable underling, with its name derived from the sound of a huge man (or many soldiers) walking and the Japanese term 雑魚 (zako), meaning "inferior fish" (the term also signifying expendable grunts).[1][2]
  • Although partially, the Zaku was a design model for the Russian Jaeger Cherno Alpha, in the 2013 movie Pacific Rim. [3]

References

  1. アニメック(Animec) 16th issue special volume, 機動戦士ガンダム大事典 (Mobile suit Gundam Encyclopedia), 1 March 1981, Yoshiyuki Tomino Interview, そうですね、ザクなんかでも………大きい人が歩いてくると地面がザクッザクッと音をだしますね、それからとったんですよ。(笑), Yes, Zaku whatever... is when a huge man walking the ground will make Zaku, Zaku sound, and it took that (for its name) (laughter)
  2. ガンダム・エイジ (Gundam Age), 洋泉社, 敵のモビルスーツのザクは、もともとは、雑兵っていうか、雑魚(ザコ)なのね。でも、ザコじゃあんまりだ。やつら軍隊だから、軍団でザクザクやってくるでしょ。だからザクにしようって, Enemy's Mobile suit Zaku is originally (designed as) a common soldier, disposable underling (Zako). However, saying it is an underling is too extreme, they are a military force and flanks of army make the Zaku Zaku sound, thus it was named Zaku.
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-zCQGA4fdY

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