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MSZ-006A1 (MSK-006) Zeta Plus A1

 

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Mobile suit mode in standard colors

Mobile suit mode in Amuro Ray colors

Waverider mode in standard colors

Waverider mode in Amuro Ray colors

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MSZ-006A1 Zeta Plus A1

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: MSZ-006A1 (MSK-006)
Code name:
Zeta Plus A1
Unit type: mass production transformable mobile suit
Manufacturer: Anaheim Electronics
Operator(s): Karaba; Earth Federation Forces
First deployment: November UC 0087
Accommodation: pilot only, in panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 22.11 meters; head height 19.86 meters
Weight: empty 32.7 metric tons; max gross 68.4 metric tons
Armor materials: gundarium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 2070 kW
Propulsion: jet thrusters: 101000 kg
Performance: maximum thruster acceleration: 1.48 G
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 16200 meters
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head; 2 x beam cannon, power rated at 2.4 MW, mounted on thighs; 2 x beam saber, power rated at 0.75 MW, stored in recharge racks, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: beam rifle, power rated at 5.7 MW, powered by rechargeable energy cap

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

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. The first Zeta Plus rolls out in November of UC 0087, and the new machine is assigned to Karaba units such as the 18th Tactical Fighter Aggressor Squadron (18TFAS) based aboard the 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.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Amuro Ray
Appearances:
Gundam Sentinel
Original mechanical designer(s): Hajime Katoki, Masahiko Arano

 

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