The United Maintenance Plan was drafted by the Zeon high command late in the One Year War to upgrade and improve existing mobile suit (MS) designs, and to streamline its own manufacturing capabilities. Vast differences in the designs of the mobile weapons developed by Zeon's MS manufacturing companies interfered with MS production goals. The plan stressed ease of production and standardization of parts. Colonel M'Quve, who was making great efforts to increase war production and specifically to improve production rates, was the leading proponent of the United Maintenance Plan and was organized under his direction. Meetings with project leaders focused on sharing and standardizing parts between various MS designs (like the MS-09 Dom and MS-06 Zaku II), such as the cockpit, nuclear reactors, and weapon systems.
The result was a mixed bag. While weapons developed under the United Maintenance Plan such as Sturm Faust and MMP-80 90mm Machine Gun can be used by older mobile suits and considered to be success, the redesign mobile suits are drastically different that they are not compatible with older models that made up the bulk of Zeon force.
Mobile Weapons Developed
- Originally, the Zeon mobile suits appearing in Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket were meant to be redesigned versions of the mobile suits from the original series. However, they were later retconned into improved models, and the lore surrounding the United Maintenance Plan was created afterwards.