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TMF/A-802 BuCUE

Unit Type

Mass Production Ground Mobile Suit

Appearances

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Model Number
  • TMF/A-802
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General Characteristics

Head Height
  • 11.07 meters36.319 ft
    435.827 in
Max Weight
  • 69.3 metric tons
Power-plant
  • Ultracompact Energy Battery
Pilot Accommodations
  • Pilot only, Cockpit in chest
Armaments
  • Double-edged Beam Saber searchgray_iconsmall.png
Optional Equipment
  • 2-barrel 450mm Railgun
  • 13-tube 400mm Missile Launcher

The TMF/A-802 BuCUE is a Mobile Suit in the Cosmic Era timeline.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The TMF/A-802 BuCUE is a mobile suit designed for ground combat. Unlike other ZAFT mobile suits, the BuCUE is a quadruped, looking more like a dog than a human. The four-legged design distributes the weight of the BuCUE, giving the mobile suit greater balance and mobility on the ground then any other ZAFT mobile suit. Additionally each leg is equipped with a caterpillar-treads. BuCUE can enter a "tank-mode" by crouching down and moving on these treads, giving it greater speed and a smaller profile. Both of these designs make the BuCUE particularly effective in terrains that are difficult for standard mobile suits, such as sandy deserts or snowy fields.

Because BuCUE do not have manipulator hands they cannot use standard mobile suits weapons. Instead the BuCUE possess a turret mount on its back that can mount either a 2-barrel 450mm railgun or a 13-tube 400mm missile launcher for ranged combat. These were originally the BuCUE's only weapons. After ZAFT's theft and study of the G Project mobile suits, ZAFT upgraded the BuCUE by incorporating a double edged beam saber mounted in the units head, allowing it to charge at an enemy unit and cut it in half. In terms of defense, the BuCUE possesses an armor strong enough to withstand impacts from conventional hand weapons, such as RPGs.

Armaments

  • 2-Barrel 450mm Railgun
The weapon of choice for support fire, from a BuCUE. These Railguns, sporting two cannons, mounted on the back, use electricity, rather than gunpowder, giving the ballistic weaponry a stronger impact and longer range than other weaponry. Its power is enough to even damage Phase Shift units, able to knock them back with a direct hit. Due to the BuCUE's quadruped design, it is able to fire steadily, without worry of recoil or kickback.
  • 13-Tube 400mm Missile Launcher
The more standard weaponry for the BuCUE, designed more for mid-range assaults and barrages. Due to having a seperate silo for the missiles, mounted on the back, the BuCUES missiles are larger and stronger than the missiles used by other mobile suits, such as the Buster Gundam, in which are smaller in size to be integrated into the unit. They are strong enough to even deal damage to Phase Shift units, Andrew Waltfield calculating it would take exactly 76 BuCUE missiles to drain the Strike Gundam's Phase Shift.
  • Double-Edged Beam Saber
The suit's primary melee weapon and only beam weapon, it is a later addition to the suit. Mounted in the mouth, it is primarily used for hit and run attack, in which the suit hits an enemy unit as it charges forward.

History

While invading Earth during the Bloody Valentine War, ZAFT created the BuCUE, a quadrupedal mobile suit used for ground combat, and it soon became one of the key factors in planetary battle operations. After the Archangel descended down to Earth and landed in Africa, several BuCUEs attacked the ship and managed to cause trouble for it and its only mobile suit, the GAT-X105 Strike, until Strike's pilot Kira Yamato was able to adjust to the new terrain. BuCUEs were also deployed in large numbers during Operation Spit Break, the attack on the EA headquarter JOSH-A.

In CE 73, the BuCUE is still used in large numbers during the Second Bloody Valentine War, for example in battle against the massive EA mobile armor GFAS-X1 Destroy. During this time, a new and more advanced version of the BuCUE is introduced, the TMF/A-802W2 Kerberos BuCUE Hound, which proves to be a formidable opponent even for ace pilots.

During the first war, ZAFT also created the TMF/A-802 P-Mod.W BuCUE Waltfeld Custom Type, which served as a testbed for the commander version TMF/A-803 LaGOWE. Another variant produced was the TMF/TR-2 BuCUE Tactical Reconnaissance Type, which was used for recon missions.

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