After the successful release of the [[MS-06R-1 Zaku II High Mobility Test Type]] the Zeon engineers began to receive feedback from the pilots of the new units on ways the design of the mobile suit could be further improved upon. The newideaswereincorporated into the nextrelease of the MS-06R-1AZakuIIHighMobilityType. TheZakuIIHighMobilityTypehadsomeminorengineproblemscorrected, and thelargercapacitypropellanttankswereremovedandreplaced with exchangeablefuelcartridges,whichweremuchquickertoreloadandrefuel.
After the successful release of the [[MS-06R-1 Zaku II High Mobility Test Type]] the Zeon engineers began to receive feedback from the pilots of the new units on ways the design of the mobile suit could be further improved upon. The into the of the . , and with .
After the successful release of the MS-06R-1 Zaku II High Mobility Test Type the Zeon engineers began to receive feedback from the pilots of the new units on ways the design of the mobile suit could be further improved upon. The biggest difference from the R-1 is that the fuel tanks on the back and legs have been modified into cartridges to solve the problem of propellant consumption. In particular, those of the legs are changed into cylindrical shapes. This not only simplifies replenishment in the mother ship, but also allows for replenishment in outer space, and a platoon equipped with this unit is to be accompanied by a Zaku equipped with a refill cartridge. As a result, the operation time has been extended.
Mounted on the right shoulder, it is a simple defense used to block most physical projectiles.
120mm Machine Gun
A standard weapon for Zaku type mobile suits. It is a shell firing gun that does not require energy to be used, however its effectiveness against heavy armor is very limited. It holds 100 rounds per drum with spare drums that can be stored on waist armor racks.
H&L-SB25K/280mmA-P Zaku Bazooka
A bazooka originally developed for anti-ship use. It fired explosive rounds that were quite effective against the armor of Earth Federation battleships and MS.
H&L-GB05R/360mm Giant Bazooka
The same MS-use bazooka as used by the Dom, it fires rocket-propelled 360mm physical rounds. It is fed by a 10 rounds magazine, and a single round can blow the torso off of an enemy mobile suit.
MMP-80/90mm Ver.8 Machine Gun
An alternative to the 120mm Machine Gun. It used 90mm bullets instead of 120mm type, allowing for a greater firing speed and better penetration capabilities. The machine gun is magazine-fed with 32 rounds per mag.
An axe-shaped close combat weapon, it uses a super-heated blade to cut through the armor of enemy MS or vehicles. The thermal energy is generated by the power output of the Zaku II's thermonuclear reactor and relayed through the MS' hands.
MIP-B6 Cracker Grenade
Identical to those used by infantry, the cracker grenade is an explosive weapons designed to be thrown or launched by the MS and detonate after a set amount of time. The "cracker" breaks into several smaller munitions over a wide area. A flash-type variant also exist, which it used to temporarily paralyze the sensors of enemy MS. The Zaku II can optionally equip up to four cracker grenades, that are stored on the left and right waist armor racks, with two on each side.
A total of fifty-six Zaku II High Mobility Types would be constructed, with half of the existing Zaku II High Mobility Test Types upgraded to the R1-A model. The Zaku II High Mobility Type became a highly sought after unit by many notable ace pilots such as the Black Tri-Stars, Eric Manthfield, Masaya Nakagawa, and Shin Matsunaga. But despite its incredible popularity and high performance, the suit was considered too difficult for rookie pilots to handle, as well as too expensive for a mass production run. One unit was piloted by Vincent Gleissner of Zeon's regiment the Marchosias and participated in the battle of Solomon. In U.C. 0083, Char Aznable, Kamuji, and Fabian Frischknecht use the Tri-Stars R-1A Zakus to attack a Federation fleet.
Standard Production Colors
Zaku II Shin Matsunaga Custom - MSV illustration
MS-06R-1A Zaku II High Mobility Type (Masaya Nakagawa Custom)
MS-06R-1A Zaku II High Mobility Type (Eric Manthfield Custom)
MSiA / MIA MS-06R-1A Zaku II High Mobility Type (Black Tri-Stars Custom) (Second Version; 2004): package front view
MSiA / MIA MS-06R-1A Zaku High Mobility Type (Masaya Nakagawa Custom) action figure (2nd version; Limited edition "Dengeki Hobby Mobile Suit in Action Perfect Guide" exclusive; 2004): package front view