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MS-06V Zaku Tank

 

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Standard version (MSV)

Southeast Asia version (08th MS Team)

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MS-06V Zaku Tank

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: MS-06V
Code name: Zaku Tank
Unit type: artillery mobile suit
Manufacturer: Zeonic Company/Principality of Zeon field engineers
Operator(s): Principality of Zeon; Earth Federation Forces
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 14.7 meters
Weight: empty 53.6 metric tons; max gross weight unknown
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: engine-driven caterpillar treads: 2
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; bulldozer blade, attached to front of tank body (Southeast Asia version); 2 x manipulator arms, mounted on torso (Southeast Asia version)
Fixed armaments: triple machine gun, mounted on lower tank body (standard version)
Optional hand armaments: none

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

As the One Year War rages on, the Zeon military finds itself desperately in short supply of replacement parts for mobile suits and other combat weapons. Zeon is forced to salvage what parts and supplies they can from existing damaged units, often cobbling together makeshift designs to get more operational units to the field. One product of this situation is the MS-06V Zaku Tank, which fuses a MS-06F Zaku II mobile suit's upper body, head and arms with the Magella Base drive base of a HT-01B Magella Attack tank. Zaku Tanks are prized commodities for Zeon field commanders who are starved for replacement mobile suits, and the machines are often employed as construction units for building bases and moving supplies. One such variation is a construction unit used by Zeon forces stationed in Southeast Asia, which uses the upper body of a MS-05B Zaku I and mounts a bulldozer blade and a pair of long manipulator arms for heavy lifting. However, Zaku Tanks can also, if necessary, be outfitted with weapons and fielded as combat units. Following the end of the One Year War, many captured Zaku Tanks are employed at Earth Federation Forces bases across Earth, particularly at the Jaburo military headquarters in South America. Zeon remnants in Africa continue to make use of the Zaku Tank as late as UC 0096.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Eledore Massis
Appearances:
MSV (Mobile Suit Variations); Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ; Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team; Mobile Suit Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield; Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (manga); Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (novel); Dynasty Warriors Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories; Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. HARDGRAPH Iron Mustang; Mobile Suit Gundam: We're Federation Hooligans!!
Original mechanical designer(s): Kunio Okawara (MSV version); Kimitoshi Yamane (08th MS Team version)

 

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