Taking advantage of the weightlessness of space and Minosky particle interference, Commander Ridden's Zaku II Hi-Mobility Type is heavily armed for long-drawn out campaigns, equipped with plenty of weapons to keep it on the frontlines with the rest of his troops for as long as possible. While retaining most of its original weaponry (Zaku machine gun, Zaku bazooka, Rakten bazooka), Ridden's custom commander machine comes with a recently-developed beam machine gun that is able to be used with his Zaku's improved reactor. This allows his machine to lay down a suppressing field of beam fire with power and range far exceeding the Zaku machine gun.
The second notable change in armament is his upgraded heat hawk. As a symbol of privilege and loyalty, custom heat hawks are only given to high ranking or top performing Zeon leaders (except for Char, he gets entire mobile suits). Bestowed to him upon his appointment as Commander of the Zeon forces at their final staging area, Ridden's new heat hawk is massive, sturdy and heated by the leftover energy from the reactor, ensuring that the weapon will never run out of steam as long as the suit is still functioning.