Model number: MS-06F
Code name: Zaku II [Stutzer]
Unit type: custom mobile suit
Manufacturer: Principality of Zeon (original unit)
Operator: Zeon remnants
First deployment: unknown
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: total output unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: winch unit, mounted on backpack; wire cutters, mounted on head and chest; shield, mounted on right shoulder; MS-14A Gelgoog beam rifle, connected to chest, hand-carried in use
The greatest difficulty for the remnants of the Principality of Zeon’s forces was securing resources, particularly mobile suits, and since they had no production capabilities the mobile suits they currently possessed represented their last remaining fighting strength. As the Titans who hunted them continued to deploy new machines on the frontlines, they found themselves at a dramatic disadvantage in terms of both quality and quantity. To address this situation, many Zeon remnants applied their own independent modifications to enhance the performance of their mobile suits. The Stutzer series were among the customized machines. (Stutzer is a German word meaning a fop, a dandy, or a fancy dresser.) The winch unit used by the Stutzer series consisted of a detachable wire-guided arm which is launched on rails. The mobile suits themselves were equipped with wire cutters on their heads and chests, which prevented their sensors from being damaged by their own wires. Operating data from the custom machines used by Zeon remnants was covertly relayed to forces like Axis, and incorporated in the development of their new mobile suits. The winch unit used by the Stutzer series, which launched wire-guided arm parts, was a weapon which could be operated even by ordinary pilots who weren’t Newtypes. This device could entangle enemy machines with wire, or throw hand grenades at them while the mobile suit itself hid behind an asteroid, making it ideal for guerilla tactics in shoal areas.
The MS-06F Zaku II, which was the representative mass production machine of the Zeon forces during the One Year War, was obsolete in this era. In order to resist the succession of prototypes and new machines introduced by the Earth Federation Forces, the Zeon remnants heavily remodeled the Zaku II to enhance its performance. For example, during the Delaz Conflict of UC 0083, the Zaku II was reborn as the high-speed fighter mobile suit MS-21C Dra-C used by the Delaz Fleet. The fighting strength of the Zaku II [Stutzer] was enhanced by the winch unit independently created by these Zeon remnants, and by the installation of an MS-14A Gelgoog beam rifle in its chest as a fixed weapon, which was powered by an auxiliary generator on its back.
First appearance: Advance of Zeta: The Flag of Titans
Original mechanical designer: Kenki Fujioka