Created in a time where Suspicion fell on many major Axel manufactures (for supply arms to the Global Resistance), The UEPC decided to turn to smaller industrial companies to pick up production as unreliable companies were liquidated on suspicions of treason. One of these was the Canadian company Kova, which previously manufactured snow tractors and winter-adapted industrial devices.
Until then Kova had no experience producing bipeds in any form. When approached by the UEPC to produce an autocannon-using axel the board of directors decided to take a gamble. They hired local talent, created a design team, and worked to produce their first axel within a year. The Kikka walked off the assembly line a year and a half after the first design iterations.
Because of the amateur nature of the design it has marked differences from most other machines in UEPC hands. The head unit is an incredible departure from the standard camera mounts of the KR series and others. In addition to the main lens, a binocular array allows the targeting computer more accurate information. The balance systems were also concentrated in the thighs, with a control unit in the torso. The reactor unit was also moved to the upper-back in contrast to the traditional location in the pelvis.
The Kikka is also the first production Axel to do away with arms entirely; focusing primarily on the four anti-armor machine guns mounted in the arms. Even the LK-99 Karkana, the UEPC primary anti-air axel, mounts the primary weapons as optional mounts on the shoulders and retains manipulator arms.
Though the Kikka is an unorthodox machine it does have popularity with a selection of pilots and neophytes who would rather not bother with arms. The Kikka is also a very forgiving machine to most pilots. So far the only drawback to the design is the ammunition limit; in the two battles seen immediately after the Kikka hit the field, the weapons ran out of ammunition and forced the pilots to retreat from the field.
------------------ For my sci-fi portfolio I decided to document the creation of an Axel drawing from beginning to end. You'll identify this as one of the thumbnails done for the sketches... I decided to select it and make it. Only when it was finished did I realize this is the first Axel I've ever drawn without arms.