Bandai Gundam MG Master Grade 1/100 23 MS-09R Rick DomThis article is about a fictional machine from the Universal Century timeline of the anime Gundam metaseries. It is not to be confused with ZGMF-XX09T DOM Trooper. A few months into the One Year War, the Principality of Zeon realized that their revolutionary MS-06 Zaku II mobile suits, which had proved a formidable force in space, were severely handicapped under the full gravity conditions on Earth. Mobile suits were just too large and slow moving under Earth's gravity, which made the massive machines into easy targets. To remedy this situation Zeon's Zimmad Company began to produce a new model mobile suit that had a higher ground speed. Using the data from the MS-07C-5 Gouf Test Prototype the Zimmad Company engineers created the MS-09 Dom.
The MS-09 Dom in Mobile Suit Gundam, was the successor to MS-06F Zaku II and MS-07B Gouf mobile suits, and far surpassed both in terms of performance. Developed as a heavy-type, high performance mobile suit, the Dom could outperform the Federation's new mass production mobile suit, the RGM-79 GM. While the Dom can use many of the Zaku II and Gouf standard armaments, it was also equipped with a new 360mm Giant Bazooka, which could easily blow apart a mobile suit. Later, a new 880mm Raketen Bazooka was also developed that could destroy almost anything with one hit. The Dom also had a new Heat Saber, shaped very much like a beam saber. Lastly, the Dom featured a scattering beam gun, too weak to damage mobile suits, but powerful enough to blind a pilot for a few seconds. The Dom's main advantages were its speed, agility, and maneuverability. The Dom had massive legs and a "skirt", under which were several high-powered thermonuclear jet engines that made the Dom hover over the ground. These gave it a 240 kilometer per hour hovering speed, which far surpassed the Gouf's running speed of only 99 kilometers per hour. The Dom's superiority was blatantly evident to the Zeon forces and the Dom went quickly into mass production. The first three Dom units shipped out were assigned to the Black Tri-Stars, who had been sent to aid Captain M'Quve's Odessa mining base. However, all three units were destroyed by RX-78-2 Gundam's pilot Amuro Ray after only two battles.
In Mobile Suit Gundam, When the battle shifted back to space, the Dom was re-designed from ground combat to space combat. The space-type version, the MS-09R Rick Dom, had the jet engines replaced with rocket thrusters. An improved model of the Rick Dom was produced very late in the war, the MS-09RII Rick Dom II. Because of the Dom's bulkier build, thanks to a bigger design frame and heavier armor, a Musai-Class Light Cruiser can only carry two MS-09Rs in its main hangar, versus three of the smaller Zaku II's. The Dom series became the mainstay frontline unit for the rest of the One Year War. It was supposed to be replaced by the excellent MS-14A Gelgoog, but the war came to a close too quickly, allowing the Dom series to remain the frontline mobile suit until the war ended.
The remnants of the Zeon forces upgraded their Rick Doms into MS-09R Rick Dom "Stutzer" to counter Titan's new machine, as they had no production capabilities for any new mobile suit. It was armed with a winch unit on the front of the machine. This winch unit was able to launch wire-guided arm parts that could entangle enemy machines with wire, or throw hand grenades at them while the mobile suit itself remained hidden. Other armaments included missile pods and minelayer units attached to its shoulders. Weapons were usually operated via the manipulators, but fixing them in place made it possible to use many weapons simultaneously. It could also carry bazookas and other standard hand weapons. The large backpack gave it an increased propellant supply. The Dom's design would later serve as the base for the RMS-099 Rick Dias mobile suit, which was extensively based on the Rick Dom's design. The AMX-009 Dreissen is also a distant relative of the Dom series mobile suits.