Model number: AMX-102
Code name: Zssa
Unit type: prototype artillery mobile suit
Manufacturer: Neo Zeon
Operator: Neo Zeon
First deployment: UC 0088
Accommodation: pilot in panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height mobile suit only 15.85 meters; overall height with shoulder missile pods 16.94 meters; overall height with booster 25.11 meters; head height 15.0 meters
Weight: empty 23.7 metric tons; max gross mobile suit only 40.0 metric tons; max gross with shoulder missile pods 48.2 metric tons; max gross with shoulder missile pods and booster 74.5 metric tons; mass ratio 1.55
Armor materials: Gundarium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,820 kW
Propulsion: 120,400 kg total (rocket thrusters: 2 x 17,300 kg (on mobile suit only and with shoulder missile pods, not operable with booster attached), 32,400 kg (on booster), 2 x 26,700 kg (on booster)); vernier thrusters/apogee motors: 18
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 10,800 meters; optional shoulder missile pods; optional booster
Fixed armaments: 2 x 30mm vulcan gun, 800 rounds of ammunition per gun, mounted in torso; 4 x beam saber, power rated at 0.62 MW, stored in recharge racks in legs, hand-carried in use; scattering beam gun, power rated at 7.64 MW, mounted in torso; 2 x 10-tube missile launcher (uses AMS-02S small missile), mounted in lower legs; 2 x 6-tube missile launcher (uses AMS-02S small missile), mounted in upper legs; 2 x 3-tube missile launcher, mounted in torso (uses AMS-02S small missile); 2 x 3-tube missile launcher (uses AMS-05S small missile), mounted in forearms
Optional fixed armaments: 2 x 7-tube missile pod (uses AMS-02H heavy missile), mounts on shoulders; 2 x 4-tube missile pod (uses AMS-02H heavy missile), mounted on optional booster over torso
Optional hand armaments: beam rifle; shotgun
Another mobile suit developed in anticipation of their assault on Earth during the First Neo Zeon War, Neo Zeon’s AMX-102 Zssa was designed as a long-range bombardment unit for attacking targets from behind the front lines. Intended to work in concert with the AMX-101 Galluss-J, the Zssa was armed with 44 missiles as its primary armament. In addition to beam sabers, a scattering beam gun, and a pair of vulcan guns for closer-range and melee combat, the Zssa could also be fitted with an optional pair of shoulder missile pods containing seven additional missiles each. An optional booster could also be mounted on the Zssa’s back, giving the mobile suit an additional eight missiles and the ability to fly in the atmosphere, allowing the Zssa to conduct aerial bombardments. The Zssa proved itself quite effective as a long-range strike unit, and it was one of the most commonly mass produced Neo Zeon mobile suits used in the war. Some units survived the First Neo Zeon War and were later used by the “Sleeves” faction of Neo Zeon in UC 0096, armed with beam rifles and shotguns.
Pilot: Mashymre Cello
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ
Original mechanical designer(s): Yutaka Izubuchi (principal design, Gundam ZZ version), Kazumi Fujita (cleanup, Gundam ZZ version), Hajime Katoki (Gundam Unicorn anime version)
Gundam ZZ Info
Japan 03.01.1986 – 01.31.1987
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