Model number: RMS-119
Code name: EWAC Zack
Unit type: mass production reconnaissance mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator(s): Earth Federation Forces; Titans; Neo Zeon; African Liberation Front; Republic of Zeon
First deployment: unknown
Accommodation: pilot only, in panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 19.2 meters; head height 18.5 meters
Weight: empty 41.6 metric tons; max gross 73.5 metric tons; mass ratio 1.61
Armor materials: titanium alloy ceramic composite
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,430 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 32,400 kg total (2 x 16,200 kg); vernier thrusters/apogee motors: 10
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 26,000 meters; passive radar radome, mounted on head; various additional infrared, visual, and communications sensors on head, main body, and backpack; 4 x data pod, stores encoded reconnaissance data, can be jettisoned or launched back to friendly forces; 2 x external propellant tank, ejectable, mounted on backpack
Fixed armaments: none
Optional hand armaments: Zaku machine gun custom; shield, mounted on either forearm
A reconnaissance variant of the RMS-106 Hi-Zack used during the Gryps War, the Earth Federation Forces’ RMS-119 EWAC Zack could also be considered a distant relative of the old Principality of Zeon’s MS-06E Recon Type Zaku. The most visible physical difference between the Hi-Zack and the EWAC Zack was the large radome mounted on its head. This radome was equipped with a passive radar system, allowing the EWAC Zack to monitor enemy forces without giving itself away with active radar signals. The EWAC Zack was also equipped with various additional infrared, communications and visual sensors, allowing it to monitor the enemy in a variety of methods. The radome also featured a second monoeye that ran on a track along the perimeter of its lower side, allowing the pilot to keep a lookout on the ground while flying or jumping overhead.
Although the use of radar- and radio-jamming Minovsky particles in battle situations rendered such electronic forms of detection useless, the EWAC Zack was often used for pre- and post-combat actions, tasked with acquiring enemy strength, location and disposition data. Thus, the EWAC Zack was also equipped with four data pods in its backpack, each of which carried recordings of the mobile suit’s intelligence data and could be either jettisoned or launched back towards friendly forces. In the case of capture by the enemy, the data in the pods was also encrypted, thus ensuring that valuable intelligence would not fall into the wrong hands. The EWAC Zack was also designed for long-range use, equipped with a pair of external fuel tanks for extended flight times. Although typically unarmed, the EWAC Zack could also be equipped with the weapons normally carried by a Hi-Zack, if necessary.
The EWAC Zack was originally built and operated by the Earth Federation Forces, but the invasion of Earth by Neo Zeon during the First Neo Zeon War in UC 0088 resulted in several of these units being captured by the enemy. At least one unit was also captured by the African Liberation Front rebel group, operated as part of their Blue Corps and painted in their distinctive light blue-on-blue colors. The “Sleeves” Neo Zeon faction also made use of the EWAC Zack during the Laplace Incident in UC 0096. These units had their cockpits converted from the Hi-Zack style to match the Neo Zeon standard.
Pilot: Aimee Diplome
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ
Original mechanical designer(s): Hajime Katoki (Gundam ZZ and Gundam Unicorn versions), Mika Akitaka (cleanup, Gundam ZZ version), Kenki Fujioka (A.O.Z Re-Boot version)
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Japan 03.01.1986 – 01.31.1987