The Dabude-class (officially and frequently romanized Dobday) is a Zeon land battleship which appears in Mobile Suit Gundam.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
Although it is for land combat, it is considered to be a "ship" in both the Principality of Zeon and the Earth Federation Army, which is also described as a "land battleship". Like the Big Tray-class of the Earth Federation Army, it was developed as a front-line mobile command base. Unlike the Big Tray-class, which uses hoverjets to provide movement, the Dabude-class utilizes caterpillar treads, granting it more stable movement at the cost of speed.
The Dabude-class land battleship is one of the few large vessels created by the Principality of Zeon that was not designed to support mobile suits. Although it was standard procedure for all Dabude's to be escorted by at least a few mobile suits for protection, the Dabude had no hangers or external support equipment for the mobile suits. Any mobile suits traveling with the Dabude had to be carried on the platform on its back.
- Twin Cannon
- The main weapons of the Dabude-class is the two double barrel shell-firing cannons. The cannons are mounted on extended apertures, allowing the rotating cannons a clear field of fire that extends more than 180 degrees. The cannons are so powerful that the Dabude requires braces to dig into the ground to prevent it from moving due to recoil.
- Twin Machine Gun
- The secondary weapons are a pair of dual-barreled machine guns mounted in the "neck" of the battleship between the bridge and the main body. The machine guns serve as anti-air or close range anti-mobile suit defense. In MS IGLOO, they're armed with six of these machine guns.
- Missile Launcher
- The Dabude-class is equipped with a platform missile launcher, which is capable of launching a variety of missiles, including nuclear warheads
The Dabude-class land battleship was introduced by the Principality of Zeon during the One Year War to serve as a mobile heavy artillery platform. In that role, the Dabude-class would primarily be used in siege actions, pounding the enemy with its powerful cannons to soften them up for the mobile suits.
One of the most famous battle's the Dabude-class would take part in would be Operation Odessa where numerous Dabudes would be used to defend the mining operation from the Earth Federation attack forces, competing directly with numerous Big Tray-class and Heavy Fork-class land battleships. One of these Dabude-class battleships would be under the command of Captain M'Quve.
Notes and Trivia
- In MS IGLOO 2, the Dabude is shown with two additional pairs of machine guns, two mounted directly behind the bridge, and two facing rearwards behind the "neck" of the land battleship.
|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