Model number: MS-06R-2 Code name: Zaku II R-2 Unit type: prototype high mobility space combat mobile suit Manufacturer: Zeonic Company Operator: Principality of Zeon
Rollout: June UC 0079 First deployment: UC 0079 Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso Dimensions: overall height 18.0 meters; head height 17.5 meters Weight: empty 49.5 metric tons; max gross 75.0 metric tons Armor materials: super hard steel alloy Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,340 kW Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 60,000 kg total Equipment and design features: sensors, range 5,600 meters Fixed armaments: shield, mounted on right shoulder Optional hand armaments: Zaku machine gun, drum-fed; Zaku bazooka; giant bazooka; heat hawk
Technical and Historical Notes
The appearance of the Earth Federation Forces' beam weapon-carrying mobile suit prototypes in September UC 0079 forced the Principality of Zeon to make some serious changes in its mobile suit development programs. One of these programs was the MS-11 Act Zaku, an intended replacement for the aging space combat MS-06F Zaku II. As the MS-11 project was cancelled and reorganized into development for the MS-14 Gelgoog, Zeon needed a temporary improvement in its spaceborne mobile suit forces until the Gelgoog could begin production. The result was the MS-06R-2 Zaku II R-2, based on the MS-06R-2P. An improvement over the MS-06R-1A, the R-2 featured lighter construction materials, better armored legs, and extra propellant storage. However, it did incorporate the R-1A's less-powerful reactor, and thus could not use beam weapons. Only four units were constructed, but soon the design lost out to Zimmad Company's space combat revision mobile suit, the MS-09R Rick Dom. Three units were placed into combat, assigned to ace pilots Johnny Ridden, Gabby Hazard and Robert Gilliam, with the fourth unit assigned to the lunar Granada base for continued testing.