The DFA-03 Dopp is the Principality of Zeon's only atmospheric fighter aircraft during the One Year War. It 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
The Dopp was an atmospheric fighter by Zeon for invasions on Earth. It was said that Zeon engineers, due to living on space colonies, did not have the knowledge to develop atmospheric aircraft or a place to test them, so the Dopp was designed using computer simulation. As a result, the first four prototypes crashed when tested on Earth. Because it had very poor aerodynamics, the Dopp forcibly achieved flight via a large thrust engine and a large number of attitude control verniers. The had high mobility and a maximum speed of Mach 5 but poor range. As a result, it was often carried in the ACA-01 Gaw. The Dopp was designed for visibility during combat in dispersed Minovsky particles, so the cockpit was situated above the rest of the aircraft to give the pilot a large field of view. The Dopp can remain airborne even if a wing is severely damaged, as seen when the RX-78-2 Gundam cut off a wing from Garma Zabi's Dopp.
- 30mm 6-tube Missile Launcher
- A 6-tube missile launcher pod was mounted on each side of the cockpit. These weapons were the Dopp's only viable anti-MS weapons.
- 20mm Vulcan Gun
- A vulcan gun was mounted in the center of each of the same pods as the missile launchers. While essentially ineffective against mobile suit armor, they were useful for combat against other aircraft, intercepting incoming missiles/rockets, destroying mobile suit sensors, and attacking lightly-armored vehicles.
The Dopp was introduced as part of Zeon's Earth invasion force in the early days of the One Year War, serving as the main fighter jet 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|
ACA-01 Gaw | Musai-class