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The MS-09B Dom (aka MS-09 Dom, Dom) is a mass-production ground combat mobile suit which first appears in Mobile Suit Gundam. Its most well known pilots are the Black Tri-Stars.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The MS-09B Dom was the successor to MS-06F Zaku II and MS-07B Gouf, and far surpassed both in terms of performance. Developed as a heavy, high performance mobile suit, the Dom could outmaneuver the Federation's new mass production mobile suit, the RGM-79 GM.

While the Dom can use many of the Zaku II and Gouf's standard armaments, it was typically equipped with a new 360mm Giant Bazooka, which could easily blow apart a mobile suit. Later, a new 880mm Raketen Bazooka was also developed that could destroy almost anything with one hit. The Dom also had a new Heat Saber, shaped very much like a beam saber, that was used for close combat. Lastly, the Dom featured a scattering beam gun, too weak to damage mobile suits, but powerful enough to blind a pilot for a few seconds.

The Dom's main advantages were its speed, agility, and maneuverability. The Dom has several high-powered thermonuclear jet engines in its massive legs and skirt armor, allowing it to hover over the ground. These gave it a 240 kilometer per hour hovering speed, which far surpassed the Gouf's running speed. The Dom's superiority was blatantly evident to the Zeon forces and it went quickly into mass production.

Armaments

  • Scattering Beam Gun
A beam weapon mounted on the left side of the Dom's chest. While the scattering beam gun is unable to damage enemy units, it does produce a bright flash capable of blinding human eyes and visual sensors momentarily.
  • H&L-GB03K/360mm Giant Bazooka
For the Dom's 'hit hard and hit fast' attack philosophy, it was armed with a 360mm giant bazooka as its main weapon. The bazooka is fed by a 10 rounds magazine and is capable of destroying most mobile suits in a single hit. It can also inflict heavy damage to warships.
  • 880mmRB-T27 Raketen Bazooka
A new heavy bazooka which features powerful rocket-propelled rounds, and improved targeting sensor with protective cover for aiming. The bazooka is fed by a 5 rounds clip and spare clips can be carried.
  • 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 with extra magazines stored on the waist armor.
  • 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. This model used a 100-round drum magazine.
  • H&L-SB25K/280mmA-P Zaku Bazooka
A bazooka originally designed for use by the Zaku type mobile suits. The bazooka fired explosive rounds that were quite effective against the armor of Earth Federation mobile suits and battleships.
  • Heat Saber Type 2
The Type 2 heat saber is a new model of heat weaponry designed for and used by the Dom. Stored on the backpack when not in use, its blade is superheated during use to melt through the armor of an enemy machine.
  • Heat Hawk
An axe-like melee weapon originally designed for use by the Zaku line of mobile suits, whose name is short for "tomahawk". Thermal energy generated by MS's thermonuclear reactor is used to superheat the heat hawk's blade, allowing it to slice through the armor of enemy warships, mobile suits and vehicles. The thermal energy is relayed to the weapon through the MS' manipulators.
A simplified, disposable rocket launcher. As the warhead is not equipped with a guidance device, it is extremely hard to use the Sturm Faust to hit a moving target accurately. However, it is still a highly destructive portable weapon.
  • Knuckle Shield
The knuckle shield is a modified Zaku II shoulder shield carried on the arm, with the curve of the armor fitting over the mobile suit's hand. One of the modifications is the additions of three spikes placed on the plate that rests in front of the hand. These spikes make the knuckle shield an effective bashing weapon.
  • Heat Mace
A blunt melee weapon, the mace is a type of club that uses a heavy head on the end of a handle to deliver powerful blows.

History

A few months into the One Year War, the Zeon realized that their revolutionary MS-06 Zaku II mobile suits, which had proved a formidable force in space, were severely handicapped under the full gravity conditions on Earth. Mobile suits were just too large and slow moving under Earth's gravity, which made the massive machines into easy targets. To remedy this situation, the Zimmad Company began to produce a new model mobile suit that had a higher ground speed. Using the data from the MS-07C-5 Gouf Test Prototype, the Zimmad Company engineers created the MS-09 Dom.

The first three Dom units shipped out were assigned to the Black Tri-Stars, who had been sent to aid Captain M'Quve's Odessa mining base. However, all three units were destroyed by RX-78-2 Gundam and its Amuro Ray after two battles. Prior to this, Ramba Ral attempted to obtain some of the Doms to aid in the capture of the Gundam. However, M'Quve refused to follow orders to send the Doms, leaving Ramba Ral to his fate.

Production of the Dom continued for a short period as after Operation Odessa the war on Earth tipped in the Earth Federation's favor, forcing the Zeon forces into systematic retreat. Despite being unable to produce the Dom in enough numbers to turn the war on Earth back in their favor, the Principality of Zeon adapted the mobile suit's frame for space combat. This new mobile suit was the MS-09R Rick Dom and replaced the MS-06F Zaku II as Zeon's primary space-use mass production mobile suit during the last month of the war until the final two weeks when production of the MS-14A Gelgoog began in earnest.

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Notes and Trivia

  • The Dom's model number has been commonly known as MS-09 since the First Gundam TV series was aired in 1979. The "B"-suffix was officially established in 1986, as shown in the mechanic section of 1/144 MS-09G Dwadge's modelling manual.
  • The ZGMF-XX09T DOM Trooper from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny is inspired by the Dom.
  • A Dom appears in the Capcom fighting game, Star Gladiator as an unused, scrapped character and in an unpolished state. Though it is not referred to by name, its name in the Vs screen is Blodia, the name of the protagonist's mech from another fighting game, Cyberbots.

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