Technology & Combat Characteristics
Although the Gaza-D was functionally the same as the AMX-003 Gaza-C, it has enhanced power output, speed and maneuverability. In addition to a pair of beam guns, two beam sabers, two leg claws and its "knuckle buster" beam rifle, the Gaza-D was also equipped with various missile launchers in its shoulder binders and added mega particle guns in its leg claws for additional firepower. In addition to its superior specs and increased armaments, the Gaza-D also featured an improved transformable frame that could, unlike the Gaza-C, handle multiple transformations without breaking down.
- 14-tube Missile Launcher
- Compared to the Gaza-C, the Gaza-D has a much higher firepower in the form of two 14-tube missile launcher mounted at the top of the shoulder binders. They fire AMS-01H Heavy Missiles.
- 4-tube Missile Launcher
- In addition to the two 14-tube missile launchers, the Gaza-D also has a pair of 4-tube missile launchers on the front of the shoulder binders They are loaded with the same missiles as the aforementioned pair.
- Beam Saber
- The beam saber is a small device held in the mobile suit's hands when operated and is powered by a rechargeable energy capacitor. It emits a blade of plasma contained by an I-field and is capable of cutting through any armor without anti-beam coating. When not in use, the Gaza-D's beam sabers are stored in its shoulder binders.
- Beam Gun
- A pair of small fire-linked beam guns are fixed on the Gaza-D backpack. Used mainly in mobile armor mode, these beam guns can't change their firing angle. Possess a power rating of 2.3 MW each and could destroy a MS with a well-placed shot.
- Leg Claw
- The feet of the Gaza-D can be utilized as claws primarily in mobile armor mode. In the center of the claw is a mega particle gun, which is usable only in mobile armor mode.
- Knuckle Buster
- Mounted on the right chest, this beam firearm is powered directly by the mobile suit's generator and has a power output of 8.5 MW, which is much higher than a standard beam rifle. The knuckle buster is equipped with a large sensor unit. Usable in mobile suit and mobile armor mode. The Gaza-D's right hand supports this weapon when it is being fired in mobile suit mode.
Introduced at the beginning of the First Neo Zeon War, the AMX-006 Gaza-D was a moderate improvement over Neo Zeon's mass-produced frontline model, the AMX-003 Gaza-C. As the Gaza-D's basic construction and transformation sequence were practically the same as the Gaza-C's, it was easy to mass-produce, as the existing Gaza-C production lines at the Axis asteroid base were easily modified to facilitate production of the Gaza-D. At the outbreak of the war, the Gaza-D often complemented - and eventually replaced - its predecessor as one of Neo Zeon's mainstay mobile suits.
By U.C. 0096, the Gaza-D mobile suits were still in service with the Neo Zeon remnants, "The Sleeves". These units would be repainted in a new color scheme and given the distinctive markings featured on many of the mobile suits used by The Sleeves. Some of these mobile suits were deployed as part of the asteroid Palau's defense force during the Earth Federation's attack on Palau. The Gaza-D, like many other outdated units deployed by The Sleeves, performed poorly against the Earth Federation's more advanced and modern mobile suits.
Notes & Trivia
- In the game Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn, the Knuckle Buster is erroneously named the "Hyper Knuckle Buster", which belongs to the AMX-008 Ga-Zowmn.