The Gattle is a space fighter-bomber that appears in Mobile Suit Gundam.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Gattle was one of the few space fighters in the Principality of Zeon's armed forces. It was classified as a "space fast heavy combat bomber". The cockpit was double-seated, with a separate pilot and copilot. The cockpit also served as an escape capsule, which could be propelled for short periods of time by rockets installed in the rear. It is armed with a total of four fixed 30mm Vulcan guns mounted on the underside of the cockpit, a set of five built-in missile launchers on the left and right units, and two armament stations (pylons) for large anti-ship missiles. To increase maneuverability, it had attitude control verniers in various parts of the fuselage. However, it was not as efficient as the AMBAC system used in MS, and its combat time was not as long as that of MS. Due to this, they were often deployed and operated for fortress defense, rather than being mounted on combat ships as shipboard aircraft.
- 30mm Vulcan Gun
- 5-tube Missile Launcher
- Large Anti-Ship Missile
Although it had been in operation since before the full deployment of MS and was regarded as a "bridge" unit until the deployment of MS, and was being decommissioned during the One Year War, it continued to participate in actual combat throughout the entire period from the One Week Battle at the beginning to the final stages of the Battle of A Baoa Qu. In the latter half of the war, when the situation was deteriorating, they were mainly used to defend bases and stall the enemy as part of space fortresses and Dolos-class aircraft carriers. After the war, some of them were converted into non-combat-use work boats. In addition, the MS-21C Dra-C was developed by combining the Gattle's engine with the Zaku II.