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Garuda class (Melord)

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General and Technical Data

Class: Garuda
Name: Melord
Ships of the line: AudhumlaGarudaMelordSudori
Unit type: large transport plane
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Titans
First deployment: unknown
Dimensions: overall length 317.0 meters; wingspan 524.0 meters
Weight: max gross 9,800.0 metric tons
Propulsion: 10 x jet engine
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 10 x 2-barrel laser gun turret, mounted across main body
Mobile suits: 20

Technical and Historical Notes

The Garuda class was a stratospheric mobile suit transport plane constructed by the Earth Federation Forces as part of its Garuda Initiative. Six Garudas were assigned to Earth’s air defense zones to act as an emergency preparedness initiative for mobile suit deployment. The massive plane’s design bore a similarity to the Principality of Zeon’s Gaw planes from the One Year War. The Garuda class could carry up to 20 mobile suits, as well as multiple sub-flight systems. The Garuda class was lightly armed with 10 laser gun turrets and thus relied on the mobile suits it carried for its primary defense. In November UC 0087, Titans officer Jerid Messa commanded the Melord as it chased the Audhumla across Africa to the Earth Federation’s capital in Dakar. Karaba pilot Amuro Ray used his MSK-008 Dijeh to heavily damage the Melord, which forced the plane to cease pursuit.

Miscellaneous Information

Captain: Jerid Messa
First appearance: Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
Original mechanical designer: Kazumi Fujita

Lineart
garuda laser gun
Laser gun turret
Zeta Gundam Info


Director:

Yoshiyuki Tomino

Writer(s):
Hiroshi Ohnogi
Yumiko Suzuki
Tomoko Kawasaki
Yasushi Hirano
Akinori Endo
Miho Maruo
Minoru Onoya

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kazumi Fujita
Mamoru Nagano
Kunio Okawara
Makoto Kobayashi
Kazuhisa Kondo
Hideo Okamoto

Character Designer:
Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Musical Composer:
Shigeaki Saegusa

Airdates:
Japan 03.02.1985 – 02.22.1986

Theatrical Release:
Japan 05.28.2005 – 03.04.2006

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