Tue, 05 Oct 1999 10:17:00 +1300
A Gundam book I bought in Japan in 1981 states that the Bazooka is ostensibly
used for taking out enemy MS and ships from long range. The Giant Bazooka used
by the Doms can take out a Magellan/Salamis class ship with one shot. And
remember the Zeons didn't develop beam weapons for MS until after they fought
with the White Base MS, and the Bazooka is an effective, low tech, economical
alternative for destroying ships.
The slow firing rate, limited ammo,' low ' projectile velocity is offset by the
range, explosive power and difficult detection of the Bazooka rounds. On Earth,
in ground combat, a direct hit isn't necessary to disable a MS/tanks/bunkers
etc. And unless the Bazooka launch was detected visually, you wouldn't know what
Mark Simmons wrote:
> For one thing, there's range. In space, shell weapons keep right on
> going indefinitely, while beam rifles scatter to the point of
> near-harmlessness over a distance of perhaps 20 kilometers. By the time
> the bazooka shell hits a target at that range, it's had ample opportunity
> to move out of the way, but it should work great against relatively
> immobile targets like ships. (And the damage will be the same at any
> range.) In atmosphere, beam weapons dissipate even faster; shell weapons
> have to worry about friction and gravity, but bazooka shells at least
> appear to be rocket-propelled, so they should do pretty well for range.
> As compared to machine guns, bazookas obviously pack more punch. Mobile
> suits are vulnerable enough that you'd be better off spraying 'em with
> bullets and hoping for a lucky hit, but we've never seen anybody take out
> a warship with a machine gun, have we?
> So at first glance, it looks like the bazooka is best suited for
> long-range attacks on large, heavily-armored, and slow-moving targets
> like ships and base defenses.
> In the original series, we see bazooka-equipped Doms battling the
> Gundam (which is nigh-invulnerable to machine guns) and attacking Jaburo
> (full of tanks, stationary defenses, and miscellaneous buildings). Both
> occasions seem to call for bazookas rather than machine guns. The
> consistent use of bazookas in space is harder to justify, since we see
> lots of Rick Doms engaging in general-purpose skirmishing rather than
> attacking ships, bases, or indestructible mobile suits...
> -- Mark
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