STF AX-95
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Unit details
Name (None)
Unit Model Code STF AX-95
Designer Masato Shikimori
Manufacturer Shikimori Military Industries
Unit Type Military all-purpose mecha
License Japanese Military
Height 18.3m
Weight 82.43 metric tons
Powerplant "SGAX-77" Electric Generators
Main Thrusters "SBAX-77" Rocket-fuel thrusters
Maximum cruising speed 530 kmph
Maximum boosting speed 1232 kmph
Maximum overboost speed 1532 kmph
Principal armament "SMIAACR-T045" Ballistic Assault Rifle (x1) (hip stored)
"SIBS-54" Beamsaber (x1) (waist stored)
"IF940" AS Missile Launchers Model "AX55SML" (x2) (shoulder mounted)
M61 Vulcan Turrets (x2) (Installed on core, beside shoulders)
Alternative armament "ARC-3HD" Beam Rifle (x1) (Exchanged with Assault Rifle when equipped)
Auxiliary armament "SMIAPCR-T036" Ballistic Sniper Rifle (x1) (hip stored)
"SMIAMSW-T099" Ballistic Light Machinegun (x1) (unstorable)

The S(hikimori) T(actical) F(ighter) AX-95 is a mecha from Shikimori Military Industries' STF AX Series. It is the 6th mecha from the series and the 95th prototype submitted for it (hence the code). It, along with its variants (such as the STF AX-95/A), serves as the standard mass-produced mecha for the Japanese Military.

Background

In the year 2062, Masato Shikimori was comissioned by the Japanese Government to find a replacement for the AX-79, as they figured that the later, having the longest service length of all of Shikimori's crafts, aught to retire soon. Thus, the men of the R&D department were set to work, creating a craft that would surpass the 79 Unit in the technological scale.

The first four months of the first year were given to the mecha designers to work on their blueprints. When the deadline was reached, being June 2062, a dozen of basic blueprints were delivered to the president. Out of these, the last one was favored and Prototype AX-95's development began. The rest of the year, along with half of the next year, was dedicated to complete the blueprints.

Of course, this was not the final form of the blueprints as they would undergo constant changing throughout the latter half of the year 2063 during the mechas' realization process. Scientists and designers searched greatly for new design philosophies as well as weapons systems to apply. The greatest emphasis, however, was on the mechas' FCS. This process would last until spring, 2064.

With the mecha basically finished, the team began testing it for malfunctions. For eight months, the team at Shikimori Military Industries would be constantly testing to craft for weaknesses and failures. Once found, measures were taken to correct them. Only in October 2064 was the AX-95 certified for live combat. The Prototype AX-95 was sent to Oppama proving grounds to be tested in battle. It passed all the qualifications necessary and, in the year 2065, was reassigned to Yokosuka Naval Base to aid them in battle.

The craft proved greatly effective in Yokosuka and, November 2065, the mecha started being produced and sent to military units all over Japan. By April 2066, the AX-95 hits mass production lines and, as of September that same year, succeeded in completely replacing the AX-79 as the Japanese military's standard mecha.

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