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The ACA-01 Gaw (also spelled Gau) is an atmospheric attack carrier used by the Principality of Zeon during the One Year War. It appeared first in the Mobile Suit Gundam TV series, followed by The 08th MS Team and MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The Gaw was a large bomber and transport aircraft developed by the Principality of Zeon for use in Earth's atmosphere. It was powered by a thermonuclear reactor that drove 18 thermonuclear jet engines, and the aircraft had almost infinite range. However, because the Gaw was designed using computer simulation like the DFA-03 Dopp, it could not support flight by lift alone and even at full speed relied on downward jet thrust for 30% of its lift. The Gaw was sluggish and had low mobility due to relying solely on its vertical tail stabilizer for steering.

The Gaw was categorized as an "attack aircraft carrier" because it could carry mobile suits and aircraft while also being heavily armed with three twin mega particle operated by a gunner and had carpet bombing capability. Designed to deploy mobile suits that lacked long-distance mobility on land, the Gaw could carry three mobile suits in a deck at the front of its fuselage. It could also carry four Dopp fighters in a hangar at the base of each wing, for a total of eight. In order to deploy mobile suits, the Gaw had to slow to a speed of about, 100 km/h, which made it an easy target for enemies. The Gaw also had a deck at the rear that could accommodate the Komusai, which could launch from the Gaw while it was airborne. This method of delivering the Komusai increased its survival rate. While the rear deck was shuttered, the doors of the mobile suit deck swung open.

Armaments

  • Twin Mega Particle Gun
The Gaw was armed with three twin mega particle cannons, with one in each wing and one atop the main fuselage. Each cannon was retractable and capable of rotating in its mount.
  • Beam Cannon
  • Air-to-Ground Missile Launcher
During the Battle of Jaburo, the Gaw was deployed without Dopp fighters and multiple air-to-ground missile launchers were instead installed in the two hangars.
  • Anti-Aircraft Gun
The Gaw was armed with an unknown number of ant-aircraft machine gun turrets for defense against enemy aircraft or mobile suits.
  • Bomb Bay
The Gaw had a bomb bay at the bottom of its fuselage that carried a large amount of explosives and enabled it to carpet bomb enemy cities.

History

The Gaw was used by the Principality of Zeon to help spearhead their Earth Attack Force, led by Colonel Garma Zabi. However, when the Earth Federation began producing mobile suits of their own, the vulnerability of these attack carriers would be exploited, including the moment when the Pegasus-class White Base used its mobile suits to shoot down Garma's Gaw after being deceived by Char Aznable false information.

Several Gaws were used in the unsuccessful Zeon offensive in their attempt to take the Earth Federation's General Headquarters in Jaburo, in which they dropped off their payloads of mobile suits to take the attack to the ground and to try to force their way inside.

In U.C. 0096, during the events in Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn: The Noble Shroud, a Gaw was operated by the Pirates as their command center during the attack of retreating Zeon Remnant's base in New Guinea. It was later intercepted and destroyed by EFF's RX-160S Byarlant Custom and RX-160S-2 Byarlant Custom 02.

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Mobile Suit Gundam Mechanics
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Earth Federation Forces
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
RGM-79 GM | RX-75-4 Guntank | RX-77-2 Guncannon | RX-78-2 Gundam | RX-78-2 Gundam + B-Parts | RX-78-3 Gundam "G-3"
Mobile Pod
RB-79 Ball

Land Vehicle
Anti-Zaku Tank | Missile Buggy | Missile Car | Type 61 Tank | Vulcan Armored Car
Land Battleship
Big Tray-class
Ship
Himalaya-class
Aircraft / Spacecraft
Depp Rog | Dish | Don Escargot | Dragonfly | Fanfan | FF-4 Toriares | FF-X7 Core Fighter | FF-X7-Bst Core Booster | Flyarrow | Fly Manta | G-Armor | G-Bull | G-Bull Easy | G-Fighter | G-Sky | G-Sky Easy | Public-class | Space Launch
Transporter / Supply Ship
Columbus-class | Gunperry | Medea
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Magellan-class | Pegasus-class | Salamis-class | SCV-70 White Base | Trafalgar-class
Super Weapon
Solar System
Principality of Zeon
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MS-05B Zaku I | MS-06 Zaku II | MS-06F Zaku II | MS-06J Zaku II Ground Type | MS-06S Zaku II Commander Type | MS-07B Gouf | MS-09B Dom | MS-09R Rick Dom | MS-09RS Rick Dom C.A. Custom | MS-14A Gelgoog | MS-14S Gelgoog Commander Type | MSM-03 Gogg | MSM-04 Acguy | MSM-07 Z'Gok | MSM-07S Z'Gok Commander Type | MSM-10 Zock | MSN-02 Zeong | YMS-15 Gyan
Mobile Armor
MA-04X Zakrello | MA-05 Bigro | MA-08 Big Zam | MAM-07 Grublo | MAN-03 Braw Bro | MAN-08 Elmeth | MAX-03 Adzam

Land Vehicle
Cui | HT-01B Magella Attack | Samson
Land Battleship
Dabude-class | Gallop-class
Ship / Submarine
Jukon-class | Mad Angler-class | Prober-class | Sealance
Aircraft / Spacecraft
Dodai YS | DFA-03 Dopp | Gattle | Jicco-class | Commu | P01B Luggun | PVN.4/3 Wappa | Sodon
Transporter / Supply Ship
Fat Uncle | Komusai | Papua-class | Pazock-class
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Chivvay-class | Dolos-class | ACA-01 Gaw | Gwazine-class | Musai-class | Zanzibar-class
Super Weapon
Solar Ray
Civilians
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MS-06J Zaku II Ground Type

Aircraft / Spacecraft
Space Boat "Hulke" | Towing Ship | TV Space Boat


MS IGLOO Mechanics
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Principality of Zeon
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
EMS-10 Zudah | GM Camouf | MS-05B Zaku I | MS-06F Zaku II (Propellant Unit) | MS-06C Zaku II Early Production Type | MS-06F Zaku II | MS-06J Zaku II Ground Type | MS-06JC Zaku II | MS-06M Zaku Marine Type | MS-06S Zaku II Patrol Type | MS-09R Rick Dom | MS-14 Gelgoog | MSM-07Di Ze'Gok
Mobile Armor
MA-05Ad Big Rang
Mobile Tank
YMT-05 Hildolfr
Mobile Pod
MP-02A Oggo

Aircraft / Spacecraft
Observation Boat | OP-02c Observation Pod | YOP-04 Balor
Support Weapon
QEX-04M Aegir
Transporter / Supply Ship
H.L.V. | HOTOL | Jotunheim | Komusai | Muspelheim | Papua-class
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Chivvay-class | Dolos-class | ACA-01 Gaw | Gwazine-class | Musai-class
Super Weapon
QCX-76A Jormungand
Earth Federation
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MS-06J Zaku II Ground Type | MS-06JC Zaku II | RGM-79 GM | RGM-79C GM Type C
Mobile Pod
RB-79 Ball | RB-79K Ball Type K | RB-79N Fisheye

Land Vehicle
Type 61 Tank
Submarine
Jukon-class
Aircraft / Spacecraft
FF-X7Bst-II Core Booster II Intercept Type
Transporter / Supply Ship
Columbus-class
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Magellan-class | Salamis-class


MS IGLOO 2 Mechanics
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Earth Federation
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
RGM-79[G] GM Ground Type | RTX-440 Ground Assault Type Guntank

Support Weapon
M-101A3 Regina
Land Vehicle
6×6 Cargo Truck | M353A4 Bloodhound | M72 Lakota | Type 61 Tank
Land Battleship
Big Tray-class | Heavy Fork-class
Aircraft / Spacecraft
Dragonfly | FF-X7 Core Fighter
Cruiser
Salamis-class
Principality of Zeon
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MS-05B Zaku I | MS-06J Zaku II Ground Type | MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom | MS-09B Dom

Land Vehicle
B.M.C. Z78/2 | HT-01B Magella Attack | Magella Eins | PVN.3/2 Sauropelta | PVN.44/1 Weasel | Russel 1/12 Zebu
Land Battleship
Dabude-class
Aircraft
DFA-03 Dopp | PVN.4/3 Wappa
Transporter / Supply Ship
H.L.V. | Komusai | Papua-class
Cruiser / Mother Ship
ACA-01 Gaw | Musai-class


The 08th MS Team Mechanics
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Earth Federation Forces
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
RGM-79[E] GM Early Type | RGM-79[G] GM Ground Type | RGM-79[G] GM Sniper | RX-75 Berge Guntank | RX-75 Guntank Mass Production Type | RX-79[G] Gundam Ground Type | RX-79[G]Ez-8 Gundam Ez8
Mobile Pod
RB-79K Ball Type K

Land Vehicle
Hover Cargo Truck | Type 61 Tank | Hover Truck
Land Battleship
Big Tray-class
Ship
Jungle Boat
Aircraft / Spacecraft
Dish | Fanfan | FF-6 TIN Cod | FFB-7Bst Jet Core Booster
Transporter / Supply Ship
Gunperry | Medea | Space Transport Ship
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Magellan-class | Salamis-class
Principality of Zeon
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MS-05B Zaku I | MS-06F Zaku II | MS-06JC Zaku II | MS-06K Zaku Cannon | MS-06RD-4 Zaku High Mobility Test Type | MS-06V Zaku Tank | MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom | MS-07H-8 Gouf Flight Type | MS-09B Dom | MS-14A Gelgoog | MSM-03 Gogg | MSM-04 Acguy
Mobile Armor
Apsaras I | Apsaras II | Apsaras III

Land Vehicle
Armored Vehicle | HT-01B Magella Attack
Ship / Submarine
Jukon-class | Mad Angler-class | Sealance
Aircraft / Spacecraft
Cui | Dodai II | DFA-03 Dopp | Gunship Heli | P01B Luggun
Transporter / Supply Ship
Dora | Komusai
Cruiser / Mother Ship
ACA-01 Gaw | Musai-class | Zanzibar-class


The Traitor to Destiny Mechanics
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Keraunos/AEUG/Karaba/Anaheim Electronics
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MSA-003 Nemo | MSA-003+FXA-05D Nemo-Defenser | MSA-005 Methuss (Avey Alva use) | MSA-005K Guncannon Detector | MSA-099 Rick Dias (Delphi Squad) | MSK-003 Wagtail II | MSW-004 Full-Armor Kestrel | MSW-004 Gundam [Kestrel] | MSW-004 Gundam (Kestrel) Armor Exterior | MSW-004 Gundam (Kestrel) Maneuver Exterior | ORX-008 Gundam [Gullinbursti] | RGM-79C GM Type C | RGM-79C GM Type C [Keraunos Squad] | RGM-79C GM Type C "Wagtail" | RGC-83 GM Cannon II (Lucien Bendt Use) | RGC-83 GM Cannon II (White Coral) | RMS-099 Rick Dias | RMS-106 Hizack [Epidendrum] | RMS-106 Hizack [Iris] | RMS-106 Hizack [Keraunos Squad] | RX-178 Gundam Mk-II

Aircraft / Spacecraft
Base Jabber | Dodai Kai
Supply Ship
La Vie en Rose
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Irish-class | Salamis Kai-class | Zanzibar-class
Earth Federation Forces/Titans
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MS-06E-3 Zaku Flipper | MS-06M Zaku Marine Type | ORX-003 Domingo | ORX-008 Gundam [Gullinbursti] | ORX-009 Gundam [Sköll] | RGM-79 GM | RGM-79G GM Command | RGM-79Q GM Quel | RMS-106 Hizack | RMS-108 Marasai | RMS-179 GM II | RX-106E Hi-Zack [Vanargand] | RX-110C Gabthley [Hugin] | RX-110NT-1 Gabthley [Munin]
Mobile Armor
MA-05 Bigro | NRX-044 Asshimar | NRX-044Q Asshimar (Danda-Chakra) | ORX-007 [Hati] | RX-136-1 Rakshasa
Mobile Fortress
NRX-033 Matabiri

Land Battleship
Heavy Fork-class
Aircraft / Spacecraft
FF-6 TIN Cod | FFB-7Bst Jet Core Booster | Fly Manta
Transporter / Supply Ship
H.L.V. | Medea
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Alexandria-class | Salamis Kai-class
Principality of Zeon/Delaz Fleet/Zeon Remnants/African Liberation Front
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MS-06D Desert Zaku | MS-06F Zaku II | MS-14F Gelgoog Marine | MSM-04 Acguy | MSM-07 Z'Gok | RMS-192M Zaku Mariner

Aircraft / Spacecraft
DFA-03 Dopp | Dodai YS | Dodai II | PVN.4/3 Wappa
Submarine
Jukon-class
Cruiser / Mother Ship
ACA-01 Gaw | Musai-class
Neo Zeon
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
AMX-003 Gaza-C | AMX-103 Hamma Hamma | MS-14J ReGelgu | RMS-099B Schuzrum Dias

Cruiser / Mother Ship
Endra-class | Musai-class
Kamerade
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
AMX-103 Hamma Hamma | RGM-86R GM III | RMS-106 Hizack | RMS-108 Marasai

Cruiser / Mother Ship
Salamis-class | SCV-102 Nelson
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