Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Garuda-class mobile suit (MS) transport plane is a massive airplane designed to carry a large number of mobile suits, accompanying support Base Jabber and Dodai Kai subflight vehicles, and if need be can be used to carry hundreds of personnel. The Garuda class bears a passing resemblance to Zeon's Gaw Atmospheric Attack Carrier, which is its likely descendant considering how the Earth Federation was in the habit of studying and improving various technologies employed by the Principality of Zeon during the One Year War.
At 317 meters in length, the Garuda class was longer than the Salamis-class cruiser, though not nearly as well armed with only 10 laser guns and several missile launchers. Likely its mass is the reason for its speed, needing several days to cross the North American continent and Pacific ocean. However, despite its relatively light armament and slow speed, attacking a Garuda is difficult unless thoroughly prepared. That is because of the twenty mobile suits it carries and subflight craft that allows the Garuda to launch its own aerial defense force. The Garuda class lacks VTOL capabilities, requiring the need to build up speed in order to take-off, and a corresponding decrease to land. However, the Garuda can use either a runway on land or the ocean.
- 2-barrel Laser Turret
- Missile Launchers
The Garuda-class MS transport plane was in service to the Earth Federation Forces, and by extension the Titans, by UC 0087. Its original purpose was that of a strategic platform that would be responsible for the air defense of the Earth with aircraft deployed among six regions.
Several of these massive airplanes were stationed at Jaburo to serve as evacuation craft as the Titans moved their military base to lure the Anti Earth Union Group (AEUG) into a trap. However, the AEUG managed to capture a Garuda, the orange-colored Audhumla, and use it to escape. The Audhumla was later handed over to AEUG's earth-based ally, the Karaba. Karaba subsequently used the Audhumla to move their personnel to Ireland. The Titans pursued Karaba in their own Garuda transport Sudori, from which several advanced mobile suits, such as the NRX-044 Asshimar and ORX-005 Gaplant, were fielded to harass the AEUG and Karaba.
In UC 0088, the Earth Federation continued to use the Garuda in the fight against Neo Zeon and used them to transport the new RGM-86R GM III. The Garuda class was later employed by Neo Zeon during their colony drop on Dublin, carrying several AMX-009 Dreissens and the AMX-011 Zaku III. During this event, the Karaba deployed the Audhumla was to evacuate the citizens of Dublin.
The Geush was deployed in U.C.0122 as an EFF mother ship during the ground campaign on Earth against Mars Zeon remnants.
Notes & Trivia
- In the first movie of Zeta Gundam: A New Translation, the Sudori was captured by AEUG together with the Audhumla. It was said to carry mobile suits and pilots reinforcement for the Argama in space. However, in the second movie, the Sudori was used by Titans to pursue AEUG and Karaba. This ownership change and event discontinuity was never explained in the story.
- The name Garuda could possibly be a reference to a God in Hindu named the Garuda.
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