Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Wave Shooter Equipment is a draft plan to increase the Zeta Gundam's air combat capability. It uses the FXA-01K flying armor, which adds thermonuclear jet engines, making flight within the Earth's atmosphere possible by producing enormous thrust. It also features variable-sweep wings that improve takeoff and landing performance, cruising range, and low altitude flight. Also, the front skirt has been enlarged to increase propellant capacity.
Otherwise, all the regular armaments and systems of the Zeta Gundam are retained.
According to the Master Archive Mobile Suit MSZ-006 Z Gundam, this variant appeared around November U.C 0087, during the time when the Zeta Gundam was in Karaba possession (between the assault on Kilimanjaro and Char Aznable's speech in Dakar). Two sets of Flying Armor was tested during this period: The FXA-01K Wave Shooter, constructed based on data supplied by Anaheim; and the variable-geometry FXA-01K-VW which was apparently the basis for the wings of the MSZ-006A1 Zeta Plus A1. The latter showed good results during test flights, but was never used in combat.
In the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Define manga, Kamille piloted the unit when he engaged the mobile suits of the Garuda-class Sudori. When the said aircraft attempted a kamikaze on the Audhumla, Four Murasame sacrificed herself to prevent it by crashing the MRX-009 Psyco Gundam into the Sudori.
Notes and Trivia
- The Wave Shooter equipment was originally created because replicating the rotation of Zeta Gundam's wing binders in a transforming kit was beyond the capabilities of plastic models at the time, so Bandai borrowed ideas from their previous Gundam Sentinel MSZ-006C1 Ζeta Plus C1 kit, whose wings were more manageable.
- ↑ http://www.mechatalk.net/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=15331&view=previous#p340279
- ↑ http://www.mechatalk.net/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=15331&view=previous#p340290