Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Prototype Gouf was designed from Zeonic's MS-06J Zaku II Ground Type. Its design emphasized Earth-based ground combats and close-quarter MS combats, as reflected with a pair of new, large-spiked shoulder pauldrons. As a prototype, it was only armed with the standard Zaku's 120mm machine gun. The Prototype Gouf presented a great improvement over the MS-06J Zaku II Ground Type. It was then upgraded into MS-07A Gouf; and finally the mass production type, MS-07B Gouf.
- 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.
- The only fixed armament of the Prototype Gouf was a defensive shield attached to the left arm. It is a simple defense used to block most incoming ballistic and explosive projectiles.
- 280mm Zaku Bazooka
- The 280mm Zaku Bazooka was another standard weapon that could be equipped to a Zaku type mobile suit. The bazooka fired explosive rounds that were quite effective against the armor of Earth Federation mobile suits and battleships.
The Gouf was designed to be the successor to the MS-06J Zaku II Ground Type mobile suit. The Zeonic Company engineers worked hard to produce their superior ground-combat-use mobile suit to replace the older J-Type Zaku II.
The Prototype Gouf was just a redesigned and improved upon Zaku II, lighter due to more efficient use of equipment and space, and more maneuverable than the typical F-Type Zaku II. The Prototype Gouf was also supposed to be built with a 5-barreled 75mm machine gun hand and tentacle-like heat rod built into the forearm. However, these weapons were not ready until the second prototype, the YMS-07B Prototype Gouf, was finished. The B-Type Prototype Gouf also featured extra thrusters built into the legs to provide powerful, jet assisted jumps and improved maneuverability. The YMS-07B was nearly identical to the mass production version of the Gouf known as the MS-07B Gouf.
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