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MSZ-006A1 Zeta Plus A1

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Unit Type

Limited Production Transformable Atmospheric Mobile Suit

Appearances

Photo Novel
OVA

Profile

Model Number
  • MSZ-006A1
  • MSK-006
Namesake Zeta
Developed from
Developed into
Variants
First Seen
  • November, 0087 U.C.
Manufacturer
Operator
Known Pilots

General Characteristics

Overall Height
  • 22.11 meters72.539 ft
    870.472 in
Head Height
  • 19.86 meters65.157 ft
    781.89 in
Max Weight
  • 68.4 metric tons
Standard Weight
  • 32.7 metric tons
Power-plant
Power Output
  • 2070 kW2,775.916 hp
Sensor Range
  • 16200 meters53,149.606 ft
Pilot Accommodations
  • Pilot only (in panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit in torso)
Armor

Movement

Max Acceleration
  • 1.48 G
Rocket Thrusters
  • 5 x 12200 kg26,896.388 lb
    13.448 tons
  • 2 x 10600 kg23,368.993 lb
    11.684 tons
  • 4 x 7600 kg16,755.127 lb
    8.378 tons
  • 101000 kg222,666.822 lb
    111.333 tons
    (total thrust)
Vernier Thrusters
  • 8
Armaments
  • 2 x 60mm Vulcan Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • 2 x Hip Beam Cannon searchgray_iconsmall.png (2.4 MW)
Special Equipments and Features
  • Birdlime launchers searchgray_iconsmall.png
Optional Equipment
  • Shield searchgray_iconsmall.png

The MSZ-006A1 Ζeta Plus A1 (Z Plus A1) is a part of the MSZ-006+ Zeta Plus line of mass-production mobile suits. The A1 type was the first mass-produced successor to the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam. It was featured in the photo-novel Gundam Sentinel. The unit is piloted by Amuro Ray.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The transformable mobile suit MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam developed by the AEUG resistance group is originally considered far too complex and expensive for mass production. But Karaba, the organization that serves as the AEUG's terrestrial forces, takes note of the Zeta Gundam's effectiveness and redesigns it to create the mass production type MSK-006 Zeta Plus (later redesignated as the MSZ-006A1). Because this machine is intended exclusively for use in the atmosphere, its space flight systems and atmospheric entry features are eliminated. However, its cost-performance ratio and flight capabilities are superior to those of the prototype Zeta Gundam.

Instead of the flying armor used by the original Zeta Gundam, the Zeta Plus is equipped with variable geometry wing binders similar to those of the MSN-00100 Hyaku Shiki. These wing binders improve the flight characteristics of the wave rider form, giving it a cruising range of hundreds of kilometers, and in mobile suit form they can be used for AMBAC maneuvering rather than simply becoming dead weight. The Zeta Plus is also equipped with two thigh beam cannons, which are connected directly to its movable frame so that energy supply and fire control can be performed without using the mobile suit's hands.

Armaments

  • 60mm Vulcan Gun
Two 60mm Vulcan Gun mounted on the sides of Zeta Plus' head. Having a high rate of fire, it can ward off advancing enemies, aircrafts and fast-moving targets. Comparing with Zeta Gundam, Zeta Plus' extended head allows it to carry 80% more ammunition than the normal Zeta Gundam.
  • Hip Beam Cannon
A pair of Beam Cannons are mounted to the thigh sections of the Ζeta Plus A1. It can be operated automatically and available in both mobile suit and waverider forms. The Beam Cannons are power rated at 2.4 MW.
  • Beam Saber
Beam sabers are standard equipment on all Federation MS. The beam sabers use Minovsky particles held in place by an I-Field to form an effective cutting surface that can slice through nearly any material.
  • Shield
The shield of Zeta Plus A1 looks similar to the original Zeta Gundam. It tends to stop physical rounds and serves as the nose in the waverider mode.
  • Beam Rifle
Zeta Plus A1 applied a beam rifle similar to Zeta Gundam's one, power rated at 5.7 MW and powered by rechargeable energy-cap.
  • Beam Rifle~ReZEL's version
A beam rifle used by the Zeta Plus A1 in U.C. 0096. This rifle is first used by the RGZ-95 ReZEL and besides functioning as a ranged weapon, it can also emit a beam saber from its tip, allowing it to act as a long beam saber. This allows the rifle to be used as a close combat weapon in the event that the pilot is unable to draw the beam saber in time.

Special Equipment & Features

  • Birdlime Launchers
Development from the variable geometry wing binders similar to those of the MSN-00100 Hyaku Shiki . These wing binders improve the flight characteristics of the wave rider form, giving it a cruising range of hundreds of kilometers, and in mobile suit form they can be used for AMBAC maneuvering rather than simply becoming dead weight.

History

The Z Plus, although designed at first only for a semi-official series Gundam Sentinel, got its designs to retcon the supposedly earlier model, the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam. After the Gryps Conflict ended, the Earth Federation wanted the design of the Ζeta Gundam to be reworked, so that it was more streamlined, less complex, and, most importantly, cheaper to manufacture, but so that it would still retain all of the major strengths of the original unit. The Ζ-Plus line of mobile suits was the answer to the Federation's requests.

The first Zeta Plus rolls out in November of U.C. 0087, and the new machine is assigned to Karaba units such as the 18th Tactical Fighter Aggressor Squadron (18TFAS) based aboard the Garuda class carrier Audhumla. Karaba eventually deploys about twenty machines, three of which are painted in white and orange test colors for demonstration purposes. Rumor has it that one of these colorful machines is used by the legendary ace pilot Amuro Ray in his role as commander of 18TFAS. Some of the Zeta Plus A1 remain in service even in U.C. 0096 and are stationed at some Earth Federation ground bases.

Variants

Picture Gallery

Notes & Trivia

  • The Zeta Gundam's name is derived from "Zeta", which is the sixth letter of the Greek Alphabet - which may be reference to its model number.

References

Gundam Sentinel Special Edition, Model Graphix, ISBN 4-499-20530-1

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