The DFA-03 Dopp is the Principality of Zeon's only atmospheric fighter aircraft during the One Year War. It first appeared in the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team. Notable pilots include Garma Zabi and Norris Packard.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
An atmospheric fighter jet built by Zeon for the invasion of the Earth. It was said that Zeon engineers at the time did not have the development technology of atmospheric fighters, so it was developed by computer simulation, and they forced them to fly by equipping them with a large thrust engine and a large number of apogee motors. Thanks to that, the Dopp's maneuverability is high, but its cruising range is short.
Since the Dopp relies on its thrusters to fly, it's possible for it to remain airborne even if a wing is severely damaged, as seen when RX-78-2 Gundam cut off a wing from Garma Zabi's Dopp. The cockpit is built in consideration of visibility during combat under Minovsky particles dispersion.
- 30mm 6-tube Missile Launcher
- The 30mm missiles are the only viable anti-MS weapons on the aircraft (as the 20mm Vulcan rounds' penetration capability was close to none). Twelve missiles are housed equally in two launchers located next to the fighter's cockpit.
- 20mm Vulcan Gun
- The Dopp Fighter mounts two 20mm Vulcans in the same modules as the missile launchers. While it can hardly penetrate MS armor, the weapon is still useful to ward off advancing enemies, shoot down missiles, or hit other light-armored, fast moving targets like helicopters.
The Dopp fighter would be introduced as part of Zeon's Earth invasion force in the early days of the One Year War, serving as the main fighter of Zeon's air force to support and protect their mobile suits from aerial attacks.
Notes and Trivia
- In the 08th MS Team OVA, a Dopp identical to the Garma Zabi custom can be seeing flying as part of a squadron.
|MS IGLOO 2 Mechanics|
RGM-79［G］ GM Ground Type | RTX-440 Ground Assault Type Guntank
6×6 Cargo Truck | M353A4 Bloodhound | M72 Lakota | Type 61 Tank
Big Tray-class | Heavy Fork-class
|Aircraft / Spacecraft|
Dragonfly | FF-X7 Core Fighter
|Principality of Zeon|
MS-05B Zaku I | MS-06J Zaku II Ground Type | MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom | MS-09B Dom
B.M.C. Z78/2 | HT-01B Magella Attack | Magella Eins | PVN.3/2 Sauropelta | PVN.44/1 Weasel | Russel 1/12 Zebu
DFA-03 Dopp | PVN.4/3 Wappa
|Transporter / Supply Ship|
H.L.V. | Komusai | Papua-class
|Cruiser / Mother Ship|
Gaw | Musai-class