The MS-07B Gouf was a high performance ground combat mobile suit mass produced by the Principality of Zeon. It was also referred to as the B-type Gouf.
During the One Year War, the MS-06J Zaku II Ground Combat Type was instrumental as Zeon pushed the Earth Federation back in many battle fronts on Earth. However, the J-type Zaku II was a ground combat variant modified from the successful MS-06F Zaku II.
Zeon decided to create an improved design that was built with specially for ground combat to replace the J-type Zaku II. The YMS-07A Prototype Gouf was the product of Zeon’s research and it was then refined into the mass production model MS-07A Gouf.
The A-type Gouf was produced in limited numbers before it was replaced by the MS-07B Gouf. The A-type Gouf did not have the built-in weapons that were designed for the Gouf as the armaments were still under development and some parts were low on supply. The B-type was the final version of the Gouf design.
The Gouf piloted by Ramba Ral notably overwhelmed the Federation’s RX-78-2 Gundam during the One Year War. Back on the Pegasus-class assault carrier White Base Gundam pilot Amuro Ray tried to simulate the Gouf as an improved F-type Zaku II but the Gouf’s performance was far superior to anything the Federation had previously encountered.
The success of the design prompted Zeon to deploy the Gouf all over the world, including Australia and the Gobi Desert. A modified variant the MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom was used in Southest Asia and Europe.
Despite its impressive performance, Zeon felt that the cost of manufacturing it was too high. It was eventually replaced by the cheaper and better MS-09 Dom as the mainstay of the Zeon’s ground forces. However, the capability of the Gouf meant that it continued to serve in Zeon ranks even after the war ended.
The MS-07B Gouf was mass produced version of the YMS-07B Prototype Gouf and was identical to the prototype design.
The Gouf was designed with built-in weapons to increase its combat capabilities. It out-performed the MS-06F Zaku II in speed, power output, and melee combat.
The standard weapons used by the Gouf were a ranged weapon and a Heat Sword for melee combat. It had machine guns built into each finger on its left hand and a whip-like heat rod on its right forearm.
It was able to use weapons designed for the Zaku II line and many units were equipped with such weapons as Zeon lacked parts and were unable to produce the newer weapons fast enough.
Five-barrel machine gun
The fingers on the left hand of the Gouf were the barrels of a five-barrel 75 mm machine gun. Having the machine gun built into the mobile suit meant that the Gouf was not easily disarmed during combat. However, it was unable to use handheld armaments with the left hand.
The Gouf had a whip-like heat rod mounted on its right forearm. The heat rod was superheated to allow it to cut through most armour. It could also be used to grapple and electrocute its opponents.
The heat rod was retracted into the arm for storage.
120 mm machine gun
The ZMP-50D machine gun was developed specifically for the Zaku II line. It was drum-fed with 100 rounds per drum. It did not require power to be fired. However, that reduced its effectiveness against heavy armour.
The Heat Sword Type-βIV was a battery-powered melee weapon designed for the Gouf. It was based on the Heat Hawk design. It took the shape of a broadsword, giving it a longer reach and larger cutting edge than the tomahawk form of the Heat Hawk.
The Heat Sword was stored in the shield when not in use.
The Gouf had a shield mounted on its left arm. While the shield provided defence against conventional melee weapons and projectile weapons, it was unable to withstand beam weaponry.
280 mm Zaku bazooka
The H&L-SB21K/280 mm A-N(Anti-ship Nuclear) bazooka was an artillery armament that fired hull-piercing explosive rounds. It was designed for use against enemy ships.
It could only take one front-loaded round each time. Due to the method of reloading and the low ammunitions capacity, the pilot had to be very tactful in using it. A magazine of four rounds was stored on the side hip armour.
The bazooka was clasped on the rear waist armour when not in use.
MS-07B Gouf M’quve Custom
It was common for high-ranking officers and ace pilot to have customised mobilt suits during the One Year War. Colonel M’quve had a personalised Gouf unit that was decorated with ornate markings and engravings. It also sported his trademark antenna shaped in a spearhead that he used in the YMS-15 Gyan.
Behind the scenes
Kunio Okawara was the original mechanical designer.
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