Model number: MSN-04
Code name: Sazabi
Unit type: prototype Newtype use mobile suit
Manufacturer: Anaheim Electronics
Operator: Neo Zeon
First deployment: UC 0093
Accommodation: pilot in panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit in head
Dimensions: overall height 25.6 meters; head height 23.0 meters
Weight: empty 30.5 metric tons; max gross 71.2 metric tons
Armor materials: Gundarium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 3960 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 133000 kg total (2 x 14000 kg, 2 x 13300 kg, 8 x 9800 kg); vernier thrusters/apogee motors: 28
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 22600 meters; psycommu system; psychoframe cockpit frame; 2 x external propellant tank, ejectable, mounted on backpack
Fixed armaments: diffuse mega particle cannon, power rated at 8.8 MW, mounted in torso; 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in forearms, hand-carried in use
Optional fixed armaments: shield, mounted on either forearm, mounts 3 x small missile
Optional hand armaments: beam shot rifle, power rated at 10.2 MW, powered by rechargeable energy cap; beam tomahawk, stored in recharge rack in shield, hand-carried in use
Remote weapons: 6 x funnel (mounts beam gun, power rated at 10.6 MW), stored in backpack storage pods
When the presumed-dead Char Aznable makes a surprise reappearance in the early UC 0090s, many surviving Zeon remnants and Spacenoid civilians still desiring independence from the Earth Federation welcome him with open arms. Thus, a second Neo Zeon movement is started at the colony of Sweetwater, with Char as its leader. A new revolution against the Federation is now brewing, and as the new Neo Zeon military begins building its forces, Char commissions his engineers to design him a custom mobile suit to take advantage of his Newtype abilities and superb piloting skills.
This design is the MSN-04 Sazabi, and it is constructed by the Luna-based contractor Anaheim Electronics. Despite its large size and heavy armor, the Sazabi is equipped with enough thrusters and verniers to make it extremely maneuverable compared to mass-produced frontline mobile suits. It is equipped with a relatively high-output generator, but most of its power is used to fire its abdomen-mounted diffuse mega particle cannon, whose beam was wide enough and powerful enough to destroy several mobile suits with a single shot. The Sazabi's armament is rounded out by a pair of beam sabers, a large shield carrying three missiles and a large, hand-carried beam tomahawk, and a beam shot rifle, which operated like a beam rifle version of a shotgun.
However, the Sazabi is also designed as a Newtype's weapon. Armed with six remote funnel units, Char can mentally control these weapons at great distances and without the disadvantage of Minovsky particle interference. His funnels are controlled via a fairly standard psycommu system, but the Sazabi is also the first mobile suit to feature a revolutionary new piece of Newtype-use technology. This feature is called the "psychoframe," and it involves constructing the cockpit's frame with a material composed of microscopic psycommu receptors, thus increasing the pilot's Newtype sensitivity and responsiveness. Strangely enough, Char - for reasons known only to himself - authorizes Anaheim to pass along the psychoframe technology to the Federation Forces' Londo Bell task force, who also contract Anaheim to construct a new mobile suit to be used by Char's old rival, Amuro Ray.
Always having been a soldier who prefers to lead his troops into battle rather than command from the rear lines, Char deploys quite often in his crimson-red Sazabi during the Second Neo Zeon War that starts when he begins bombarding Earth with asteroids in UC 0093. Soon enough, Char comes up against Amuro in his own psychoframe-equipped mobile suit, the RX-93 v Gundam, and their battle of Newtype minds and mecha reaches its fateful, inevitable conclusion. Psycoframe development continues after the war, and Anaheim creates a successor unit, the MSN-06S Sinanju Stein, which incorporates the psychoframe throughout its entire body. The suit is stolen by Neo Zeon's "Sleeves" faction and is fielded as the restyled MSN-06S Sinanju, piloted by the mysterious Full Frontal, a man often called "the second coming of Char."
Pilot: Char Aznable
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack; Gundam: The Battle Master/Gundam Battle Assault; Gundam Battle Assault 2; Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack - Hi-Streamer (novel); Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam Next; Mobile Suit Gundam: Climax U.C.; Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.; Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost; Gundam MS Graphica; Gundam Versus; Gundam Legacy
Original mechanical designer: Yutaka Izubuchi
Beam tomahawk 1
Beam tomahawk 2