With the warfront in Afrika expanding into the plains and deserts, the NAR has been taking higher than average mobile suit losses due to long range artillery and spotters. The wide open nature of the plains makes for very little cover, and it is hard for most mobile suits to close to their optimum engagement range without taking direct hits.
The MS-05L Zaku Sniper Type was developed as a long-range engagement/scout type mobile suit platform. Equipped with a Savage Arms 40mm Artillery sniper rifle, it can locate and engaged targets out to nearly 5km, sometimes further with satellite assistance. Additionally, it can be equipped with an AUG 10mm rifle for soft targets at close range. The AUG 10mm comes standard with an Starlight night scope for scouting or hit and run missions in near perfect dark situations.