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BK-47B Bulava B by Norsehound BK-47B Bulava B by Norsehound
In some circles it was considered a travesty to tamper with the designs of Nikolov Stanislaw, but some of the head designers within the UEPC's Mobile Armaments Division felt that more could be accomplished with his design... and were puzzled why he did not design the unit originally as powerful as he could. To revise the Bulava, the UEPC MAD gave the design to Stanislaw's competitor for over fifty years- Matfey Sukhoi (descendant of the same Pavel Sukhoi who founded the aerospace industry in Russia from the 1930s). Sukhoi had a grudging respect for Stanislaw, and personally felt it was a discredit to his adversary to be asked to redesign his machine.

Rather than taking the vengeful course and destroying the reputation of Stanislaw's device, Sukhoi instead competed by making the design even more powerful no matter the cost. The result was the B version of the Bulava, which due to the political climate and desperation of the UEPC in their arms race, actually saw production in limited numbers.

The Bulava B is extraordinary for a number of reasons. Firstly, the idea of fixed weapons on an Axel is an uncommon idea that has been unpopular for an unspecified reason. Ever since the first fixed gun on an export version of the TR-7 Bear, turrets and other mounted weapons have been difficult to work with because it distracted attention from the pilot.

The second point of the Bulava's uniqueness is what makes the first point work so well: it has a copilot. Only in rare instances has an Axel unit ever had any sort of crew or operator other than the pilot, and almost always in experimental or unusual circumstances. Largely this was averted because of arguements between the pilots and their co-pilots in piloting the machine... but in this case, Sukhoi limited the co-pilot (termed the 'Gunner' in this instance) to operating the fixed turrets and operating a second set of hands.

These manipulator hands are the third point of the Bulava's strangeness... never before has an Axel appeared with such an arrangement. In theory the sub-arms are to allow for cargo-carrying and fine manipulations too fine for the main arms to perform. In practice, Gunners are not unknown for using weapons from a light Axel's arsenal to upgrade the firepower of their units.

The Bulava-B has seen limited deployment across the globe, and only the first production run has been completed. Though the Bulava-B outperforms it's immediate predecessor, the Bulava-A is still considered for mass-production over the B type because of the cut-costs and conventional design.

While the Bulava-A is typically nicknamed "The Hermit's Nightmare", the Bulava-B is often nicknamed "The Russian Kaiju".
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wolfgang-111 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Artist
love the thigh cannons
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inrepose Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Nice and chunky. I like the hint of the funky weapon in hand.
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tekanako-the-first Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Student General Artist
Oh wow, I would hate to face that brute, It reminds me of that rock monster in Galaxy Quest, keep up the great art work!
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Talros Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, now I have an imagination of the size. Nice work dude, thanks ! ;D
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Keydan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Damn it's huge... Talles of my mechs are as tall as it's leg, at max.
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Eh... "Huge" in this case would be something like the towering Zakus and Gundams (16 meters high). Axels are more like graduated power armors, higher than a tank but certainly more navigable over rough terrain.
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Keydan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Still, it's around 10m tall. How fast and manouverbale are they? What time period is it?
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
On the ground they're OK. Not the fastest, but they can go where tanks cannot and are virtually supreme in urban warfare. Air units are rare and in-between, so Helicopters still trump them at times. It's accepted that they're better in tanks and more effective since they're essentially super infantry.

This unit type was out and about in 2476 or about there. Contemporaries are the KR-14 and MN-18. Adversaries include the OU-8.
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El-Bronco Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Big body, big gun. I really like this one.
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Bad-People Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
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