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MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom

Unit Type

Limited Production Ground Mobile Suit

Appearances

Manga
Photo Novel
OVA
Game

Real World

Mechanical Designer

Profile

Model Number
  • MS-07B-3
Developed from
First Seen
Manufacturer
Operator
Known Pilots

General Characteristics

Overall Height
  • 18.7 meters61.352 ft
    736.22 in
Head Height
  • 18.2 meters59.711 ft
    716.535 in
Max Weight
  • 77.5 metric tons
Standard Weight
  • 58.5 metric tons
Power-plant
Power Output
  • 1034 kW1,386.617 hp
Sensor Range
  • 3600 meters11,811.024 ft
Pilot Accommodations
  • Pilot only (in standard cockpit in torso
    Pilot only (in modified standard cockpit in main body (Lance Garfield unit))
Armor
  • Super-Hard Steel Alloy

Movement

Max Acceleration
  • 0.53 G
Rocket Thrusters
  • 40700 kg89,728.115 lb
    44.864 tons
Armaments
  • Heat Wire searchgray_iconsmall.png
Optional Equipment
  • 3-barrel 35mm Machine Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • Gatling Shield searchgray_iconsmall.png
    • 75mm Gatling Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • Heat Saber Type D III (battery powered, stored in Gatling shield, hand-carried in use)
  • 90mm Machine Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • 90mm Assault Rifle searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • Mace searchgray_iconsmall.png

The MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom is an upgraded variant of the MS-07B Gouf that was introduced shortly after the MS-09 Dom. It first appeared in the anime Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

During the deployment of the Gouf, its limited combat versatility became evident with its design concept of emphasis on hand-to-hand combat. Numerous disadvantages surfaced during operation on the battlefield, such as lack of flexibility due to the Gouf's fixed armament. The Gouf would be completely redesigned as the MS-07B-3, which was an improvement over the original. The Gouf Custom was designed with improved close quarters shooting and detachable weapons. It was designed primarily for ace pilots preferring a lighter mobile suit that could leap and jump as opposed to the heavy, yet effective MS-09 Dom.

The Gouf Custom featured multiple changes to the MS-07B, including the elimination of the awkward five finger 75mm machine guns, replacing it with a normal manipulator and a wrist mounted 3-barrel 35mm Machine gun. The coil-like heat rod is replaced with a magnetic grappler wire that connects and disables an enemy with an electric charge rather than damaging them. The grappler wire could also be used as a repelling line that could slow or even halt the descent of a falling Gouf in the right conditions. The shield of the Gouf was modified so that it not only stored the Gouf's heat sword but is also capable of carrying a 75mm gatling gun, greatly enhancing the mobile suit's fire power.

Armaments

  • Heat Wire
The original thick tentacle heat rod, somewhat limited in length, was replaced with a magnetic grappler mounted on a thin cable, allowing the right forearm to store a much greater length of heat wire and giving the weapon a much greater reach.
  • 3-barrel 35mm Machine Gun
The original 5-fingered machine gun left hand was replaced by a normal manipulator hand, and instead a 3-barrel 35mm machine gun could be mounted on the left forearm. This new machine gun had greater effect on more heavily armored machines, and was magazine fed.
  • Gatling Shield
The Gouf Custom was equipped with a new type of shield that contains a powerful 75mm Gatling gun that was drum-and-belt fed. The Gouf Custom could easily discard the shield if its weight proved to be a hindrance when it needed speed and maneuverability.
  • Heat Sword Type D III
The Gouf Custom is equipped with the latest in the line of Gouf heat swords, a battery powered weapon that uses a superheated blade to increase its slicing abilities. It is stored in the Gatling Shield.
  • 90mm Machine Gun
  • 90mm Assault Rifle
  • Mace

History

The MS-07B Gouf was intended as a counter to the newer Federation MS, and to replace the MS-06J Zaku II Ground Type; while never replacing the J-type Zaku II, it managed to see few units produced. Zimmad eventually cancelled production of the MS-07B when the MS-09 Dom was introduced. Although the MS-07B was cancelled, development of the Gouf still continued, producing several experimental units, including flight-capable prototypes. The components of one of these machines, the MS-07H8 Gouf Flight Type, was used to develop and create the MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom. While sharing essentially the same parts as the MS-07H8, The Gouf Custom had better weapons, better mobility, was lighter overall and thus faster. Unlike the Zaku, which fights well in forests, and the Dom, which fights well on flat plains, the Gouf and Gouf Custom fight best in urban settings. In Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, a Gouf Custom pilot, Norris Packard, easily destroys three RX-75 Guntank Mass Production Types and damages three RX-79(G)Ground-combat Gundams before he is killed in battle by Shiro Amada in his RX-79(G) Ez8 customized Ground Combat Gundam.

Another two units were also used by the Midnight Fenrir Corps at the assault on Jaburo on November 30, UC 0079, and later at the defense of the California Base. In The Plot to Assassinate Gihren, A white Gouf Custom, used by the White Rose of the Capital Defense Battalion, was modified to be piloted by the single-armed Lt. Lance Gerfield. He single handedly used his unit to defeat a pair of customized assault Rick Doms and squared off evenly against an MS-17 Galbaldy α. He is eventually killed at the conclusion of the duel with both units effectively destroyed in the process, purposely missing the cockpit of his opponent as to entrust the future to a younger generation.

Notes & Trivia

  • The Gouf Custom is one of the two Zeon produced mobile weapons, that had it's cockpit modified to be piloted by someone with one arm, the other being the MA-06 Val Walo.

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