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MS-18 Zaku III Mobile Suit (MS-18B, -18C, -18S)

I. Dimensions

MS-18B MS-18C MS-18S
Total Height:  23.9 meters 21.0 meters 25.3 meters
Total Depth : 7.6 meters 7.7 meters 7.9 meters
Total Breadth : 10.1 meters 10.8 meters 10.4 meters
Dry Weight : 22.1 metric tons 21.3 metric tons 22.2 metric tons
Operational Weight : 32.6 metric tons 34.7 metric tons 36.1 metric tons

II. Type

III. Service Use

IV. Propulsion


Note: all plasma-shock expansion engines draw their plasma from a single fusion pile.





Fuel Capacity:

(MS-18B, -18C)


V. Performance

MS-18B MS-18C MS-18S
Running speed: 180 kph 183 kph 195 kph
Max loiter time: 200 seconds 220 seconds 275 seconds
Jump distance:(*) 220 meters 250 meters 230 meters
Generator Endurance:(**) 5 years 3 years 5 years
Acceleration: 5.3 G 6.0 G 5.66 G
Delta-v capacity: 201.6 kps 223.8 kps 241.2 kps
* = Earth-normal conditions and without thrusters
** = Continuous operational use.

VI. Electronics

Optical tracking:
Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS):

(*) Terran designation. The Tirolian designers considered the sensors part of the design and did not assign separate designations for these systems.

VII. Armament




Hand Held Weapons

Melee Weapon

VIII. Armor

The armor on the MS-18 is a low-mass lunarium titanium composite plating developed by the TMR as a cheaper alternative to Gundarium known as Gundarium Alpha. Aside from the superb protection provided against projectiles, missiles, and other kinetic weapons, this armor is also fairly resistant to plasma globes (annihilation discs), lasers, and to a lesser extent, particle guns too, owing to the fact that the armor can flake off and evaporate in layers under fire from such high-energy weapons, taking much of the weapon's energy and converting it into the latent heat of sublimation in the armor. The armor stops all small arms fire, and has good resistance to all weapons commonly mounted on combat mecha. This new armor is also much lighter than most armors weighing a full two thirds less than the traditional armor's mounted on mecha, but unlike its Terran counterpart, this version is much easier to manufacture and therefore much cheaper costing as much as regular armor.

The Zaku III provides full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure cockpit environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for three days maximum.

IX. Development

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Layout adapted from Robotech Reference Guide

Content by Jeffrey R. Spillner and Ron Ferrara
Copyright 1998-2001 Jeffrey R. Spillner and Ron Ferrara

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