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MS-07B Gouf

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General and Technical Data

Model number: MS-07B
Code name: Gouf
Unit type: mass production ground combat mobile suit
Manufacturer: Zeonic Company
Operator(s): Principality of Zeon; South Seas Alliance
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 18.7 meters; head height 18.2 meters
Weight: empty 58.5 metric tons; max gross 75.4 metric tons
Armor materials: super hard steel alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,034 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 40,700 kg total
Performance: maximum ground running speed 185 km/h
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 3,600 meters; optional hover unit (South Seas Alliance units only)
Fixed armaments: 5-barrel 75mm machine gun, barrels mounted as left hand fingers; heat rod, retractable, variable heat/electric shock charge, mounted in right forearm
Optional fixed armaments: shield, mounted on left forearm
Optional hand armaments: 120mm machine gun, drum-fed, 100 rounds per drum; heat sword, battery powered, stored in shield, hand-carried in use; 280mm Zaku bazooka, 4 round magazine

Technical and Historical Notes

Designed as a high performance replacement for the MS-06J Zaku II, the ground combat MS-07B Gouf became famous during the One Year War at the hands of Zeon ace pilot Ramba Ral. Though his personal Gouf was technically a prototype (possibly the YMS-07B), the production model Gouf which came off the assembly line shortly thereafter was identical. This fully equipped production model B-type Gouf immediately followed a limited production run of A-type Goufs, which were produced without the built-in armaments of the standard B-types due to a parts shortage. The Gouf was armed with a five-fingered machine gun for a left hand and a deadly tentacle-like heat rod on its right arm, which could be used as either a superheated slicing weapon or a grappling weapon with an electric shock effect. The Gouf could also carry all of the standard Zaku hand armaments, notably the standard 120mm machine gun.

The Gouf proved to be a nasty menace to the crew and mobile suit pilots stationed aboard the Earth Federation Forces assault carrier White Base. RX-78-2 Gundam pilot Amuro Ray was easily overwhelmed during his first encounter with Ramba’s Gouf, and in post-battle analysis Amuro tried to simulate the Gouf as an improved F-type Zaku. Unfortunately for the White Base crew, the Gouf was above and beyond anything they’d encountered at that point in the war. The standard Gouf lived a short life itself, as production was quickly halted and the new ground combat MS-09 Dom went into production. Though the Gouf’s production run was short, units were deployed all across the world, including places such as Australia and the Gobi Desert. An improved version, the MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom, saw action in Southeast Asia and Europe. In UC 0080, the breakaway South Seas Alliance used salvaged Goufs equipped with hover units as part of its forces.

Miscellaneous Information

Pilot(s): Ramba Ral, Malraux Gaim, Tomas Cruz, Habe, March, Visch Donahue, Renchef, Manning, Manarantha Ahja, Chow Ming, Dagger
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam
Original mechanical designer(s): Kunio Okawara (Mobile Suit Gundam and MSV versions)

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Director(s):

Yoshiyuki Tomino
Ryoji Fujiwara (movie 1)

Writer(s):
Yoshiyuki Tomino
Masaru Yamamoto
Kenichi Matsuzaki
Yoshihisa Araki
Hiroyuki Hoshiyama

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kunio Okawara
Yoshiyuki Tomino

Character Designer:
Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Musical Composer(s):
Yuji Matsuyama
Takeo Watanabe

Airdates:
Japan 04.07.1979 – 01.26.1980
U.S. 07.23.2001 – 09.12.2001

Theatrical Release:
Japan 03.14.1981 – 03.13.1982

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