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TMF/A-802 BuCUE

This article is about a fictional weapon from the Cosmic Era timeline of the anime Gundam metaseries.

The TMF/A-802 BuCUE is a quadrupedal mobile suit used by ZAFT and designed for ground combat. Its superior balance, running speed, and maneuverability give the BuCUE a distinct advantage over conventional bipedal mobile suits, particularly in rough terrain such as deserts. In addition to running and leaping, BuCUEs can also crouch down and drive using tank treads mounted on their legs. Initially, BuCUEs were armed only with a turret on their back, which could mount either a 13-tube missile launcher or a pair of railguns. However, after the capture of four Earth Alliance G Project mobile suits, ZAFT reverse-engineered their beam weapons and began refitting each BuCUE with a double-bladed beam saber which was mounted in its "mouth". Two notable BuCUE variants were also built. The first was the TMF/A-802 P-Mod.W BuCUE Waltfeld Custom Type, a field modification by "Desert Tiger" Andrew Waltfeld, which predated the introduction of beam sabers. Waltfeld mounted a pair of fang-like "head spikes" on his BuCUE's mouth and "foreleg spike" claws on its front feet. Elements of this design would later be included in the commander model TMF/A-803 LaGOWE. Later, after Waltfeld had received his LaGOWE, the BuCUE Waltfeld Custom was put into storage, then later acquired by the Junk Guild, who replaced the missile launcher with manipulator arms for scavenging work. This new version would be piloted by Kisato Yamabuki, and stored on the ReHOME. The other variant was the TMF/TR-2 BuCUE Tactical Reconnaissance Type, which was equipped with enhanced sensors in its head and a large radome for longer-range surveillance (when N-Jammers didn't interfere with its use). It was armed with a double-edged beam saber, a pair of beam guns, and a retractable "leg spike" claw in each foot. One salvaged BuCUE Tactical Reconnaissance Type head was modified and briefly used by Lowe Guele as a double-bladed beam saber for his MBF-P02 Gundam Astray Red Frame.

In CE 73, a variant known as the TMF/A-802W2 Kerberos BuCUE Hound was fielded. This version is armed with a pair of beam fangs and beam horns on its head, and the standard BuCUE's turret is modified to mount Wizard packs. In addition to the standard Wizards, the BuCUE Hound can also utilize the specialized Cerberus Wizard. This bizarre-looking pack consists of two additional BuCUE heads with long, flexible "necks". These heads each contain a beam cannon, a double-edged beam saber, and a beam horn.

Specifications

TMF/A-802 BuCUE

Manufacturer: Maius Military Industries
User: Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty, Junk Guild
Unit type: mass production ground assault mobile suit
Head height: 11.07 meters
Weight: 69.3 metric tons
Powerplant: Ultracompact energy battery
Armament: double-edged beam saber x1, 2-barrel 450mm railgun x1 or 13-tube 400mm missile launcher x1
Pilot(s): Andrew Waltfeld, Kirkwood, Maylam

TMF/A-802 P-Mod.W BuCUE Waltfeld Custom Type

Manufacturer: Maius Military Industries
User: Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty, Serpent Tail, Junk Guild
Unit type: commander's custom ground assault mobile suit
Head height: 11.07 meters
Weight: unknown
Powerplant: Ultracompact energy battery
Armament: 13-tube 400mm missile launcher x1, head spike x2, foreleg spike x4, cutter x2
Pilot(s): Andrew Waltfeld, Elijah Kiel, Loretta Adja, Kisato Yamubuki, GG A.I-George Glenn, Liam Garfield

TMF/TR-2 BuCUE Tactical Reconnaissance Type

Manufacturer: Maius Military Industries
User: Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty
Unit type: terrestrial fighter and tactical reconnaissance mobile suit
Head height: 11.07 meters
Weight: unknown
Special equipment:radome; 3D ultracompact optical sensor array, enhanced multiband sensor cluster, metaphase SQUID sensor and bi-directional quantum bitstream communication system (optional); stealth system
Powerplant: Ultracompact energy battery
Armament: high-output laser gun x2, leg spike x4, double-edged beam saber x1, wing hardpoint weapons: many missiles, many x machine gun

TMF/A-802W2 Cerberus BuCUE Hound

Manufacturer: Maius Military Industries
User: Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty
Unit type: multi-purpose ground assault mobile suit
Head height: 11.07 meters
Weight: unknown
Special equipment: hardpoint for mounting Wizard Packs, Cerberus Wizard
Powerplant: Ultracompact energy battery
Armament: (on head) dual beam fang, dual beam horn, beam tongue, (on Cerberus wizard pack) beam cannon x2, double-edged beam saber x2, beam horn x2
Pilot: Isaac Mau

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