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MS-21C Dra-C

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General and Technical Data

Model number: MS-21C
Code name: Dra-C
Unit type: mass production space attack use mobile suit
Manufacturer: Zeon remnants
Operator(s): Zeon remnants; Axis Zeon/Neo Zeon
Rollout: May UC 0083
First deployment: October UC 0083
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 29.8 meters
Weight: empty 23.9 metric tons; max gross 49.0 metric tons
Armor materials: super hard steel alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 596 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 117,500 kg total (2 x 28,000 kg, 3 x 20,500 kg)
Performance: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 3-barrel 40mm vulcan gun, mounted on right arm; shield, mounted on left arm, features beam saber
Optional hand armaments: beam Gatling gun (Neo Zeon units only)

Technical and Historical Notes

Following the end of the One Year War at the Battle of A Baoa Qu on December 31, UC 0079, many remnants of the Zeon military went into exile, surviving and rebuilding their forces as best they could until they could renew the war against the Earth Federation Forces. One remnant was the Delaz Fleet, and it built an exclusive new mobile suit with salvaged parts and mobile suit components. The MS-21C Dra-C was a space-only, fast interception mobile suit, armed only with a 40mm vulcan gun on its right arm and a beam saber-equipped shield on the left arm. Its torso and arms were salvaged from the MS-06F-2 Zaku II F2, but it mounted a pair of large propellant tanks in place of legs. Since it resembled a mobile armor as much as it did a mobile suit, the Dra-C was not equipped with an AMBAC (Active Mass Balance AutoControl) system, instead relying on main thrusters and a pair of large, vernier-laden shoulder pods for attitude control. A variant design, the MS-21D1 Dra-C Custom, used different shoulder thrusters that resulted in better acceleration but lower maneuverability. Following Operation Stardust, the Dra-C was also used by the Axis Zeon during the Gryps War in UC 0087, and later by the “Sleeves” Neo Zeon faction during the Laplace Incident in UC 0096. The Sleeves units mounted a beam Gatling gun as their main armament, but these aging mobile suits performed poorly against the EFF’s newer models in a battle at the Palau asteroid.

Miscellaneous Information

Pilot: Suu Kyi O’Connell
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
Original mechanical designer: Mika Akitaka
Note: “Axis colors” custom lineart by v_zubko

Lineart
ms-21c vulcan gun
40mm vulcan gun
ms-21c beam saber
Beam saber
Gundam 0083 Info


Director(s):
Takashi Imanishi
Mitsuko Kase

Writer(s):
Fuyunori Gobu
Ryosuke Takahashi
Akinori Endo
Tomohide Ohkuma

Mechanical Designer(s):
Hajime Katoki
Shoji Kawamori
Mika Akitaka
Yasushi Ishizu

Character Designer:
Toshihiro Kawamoto

Musical Composer:
Mitsuo Hagita

Video Release:
Japan 05.23.1991 – 09.24.1992
U.S. 01.22.2002 – 07.23.2002

Theatrical Release:
Japan 08.29.1992

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