Since the release of the KR-14A model it has become gradually apparent that the quality control of the Axel had more to be desired. Attempts by the UEPC to maintain the illusion of quality with the D model did not easily fool some of the nations within the UEPC, and in the face of growing Pirate Axel activity many of them were finally forced to act on their own.
Several member nations of the UEPC, including Egypt, Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines, South Africa, and others embarked on a discreet program to upgrade the lackluster KR-14A models to produce a better quality fighting unit. This new "KR-14A+" was the common result, though there are minor differences between the various nations that upgraded their Kellegs. The version shown here is the Egypt model.
Compared to the D, the KR-14A+ has several improvements and several holdovers from the A model. Although the shoulder connection joints are based on the original models, the articulation points in the shoulders themselves was improved. Knee armor was also upgraded with heavier knecaps and lighter rear guards (since the ones on the D model were heavy and attributed to balance problems). The stacked balance systems were retained but improved with another model. One of the more innovative additions was the revision of the camera system: The binocular arrays were combined with new software to present depth into the pilot's perception. Though the monitors were still black and white, they could now zoom and offer distance-shifting on pilot request.
By the time the UEPC Military council learned about the existence of the Plus type there were already two dozen divisions' worth of the units produced. While the UEPC supreme council gave a compulsory order to have all units destroyed, every nation fielding one has been slow to comply and more are still in production. It is thought that with the appearance of the KR-14-P7 model and the recognized threat of Pirate Axels, the UEPC has not been fast to enforce their directive (especially as it may disrupt their timetable for potential lunar subjugation plans).
Decided to polish the disappointing KR-14A drawing with something a little more functional. Not too happy with this one (the egypt scheme especially), so I might either delegate this to scraps or work on the -14A model some more to produce another variant.