The MS-21C Dra-C was a mass-produced space attack mobile suit, it was featured in OVA Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory. It is later featured in the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam movies in a gray color scheme used by Axis Zeon, and then in Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, where it is recolored purple and used by the Neo Zeon remnants.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
Interestingly, the Dra-C was not equipped with an AMBAC system, and also lacked the legs a standard mobile suit featured. Instead, the Dra-C mounted two long slim propellant tanks in their place to extend the units range and operating duration. Instead, it relied on its primary thrusters and the verniers in the twin shoulder-mounted pods to control its altitude during space flight. The Dra-C was also lightly armed, with only a 40mm vulcan gun mounted in place of the right forearm and a beam saber attached to the bottom of the small shield over the left arm. The 40mm vulcan could also be replaced with a mega gatling gun for increased firepower.
- Mounted on the Dra-C's shield is a beam saber that could be deployed at any time. Made from leftover battleship plating, the shield incorporates a small generator and e-cap system with a cooling unit since the suit's own generator is insufficient for beam weaponry.
- Beam Saber
- The Beam Saber emits high-energy Minovsky particles to form a blade-shaped I-field (via manipulation of electromagnetic fields), and then fills this I-field shell with superheated Minovsky particle plasma to produce an effective cutting blade. The termination of the I-field along a solid contact surface allows the plasma to eat away at the offending material until the I-field reestablishes itself, allowing the weapon to "cut" through almost any target. Dra-C is equipped with a single beam saber with its hilt being fixed at the underside of its shield.
- 3-barrel 40mm Vulcan Gun
- Dra-C right arm and MS manipulator is replaced by a 3-barrel 40mm vulcan cannon, which is unique to the Dra-C as vulcans aren't usually installed in the form of wielded guns. It's low caliber isn't powerful enough in dealing sufficient damage to mobile suits, but it can damage a mobile suit's sensors, or lightly-armored targets.
- Mega Gatling Gun
- For increased firepower against more advanced mobile suits, the 40mm vulcan gun for the Dra-C's forearm could be replaced with a more powerful mega gatling gun which is powered by rechargeable energy cap. The mega Gatling gun is designed for heavy firepower with a high rate of power. The mega gatling gun are equipped on the Dra-C units deployed by The Sleeves in U.C. 0096.
After the end of the One Year War many of the Zeon remnants that refused to let the war end in anything less than victory retreated from the Earth Sphere and went into hiding. While in exile these renegade fleets were slowly building up their forces, plotting to renew their conflict against the Earth Federation.
One of these rogue Zeon fleets was the Delaz Fleet, and to bolster their military strength they built new mobile suits using what scrap parts they had available. The result was the MS-21C Dra-C, a space-only fast-interception attack use mobile suit. The Dra-C was built out of parts from old Gattle fighter-bombers with the torso and arms borrowed from the MS-06F2 Zaku II F2 Type.
In U.C. 0096, Dra-C units were deployed by the "The Sleeves" to defend the Palau asteroid from the attacking Earth Federation forces. The Dra-C unit operated by The Sleeves were repainted in a new color scheme, given a more powerful gatling gun in place of the 40mm vulcan, and finally given the distinctive markings featured on many of the mobile suits used by The Sleeves. Despite the upgrade in the Dra-C's armaments, the outdated Dra-C units performed poorly and suffered heavily in combat against the more advanced and modern mobile suits of the Earth Federation.