|Q-61 K-9 Combat Dog Drone|
|Faction||Union of Anti-Communists|
|Unit Type||Mechanical Scout|
|Production Building||Infantry Helipad|
|Secondary Ability||Activate EMP (Nearby vehicles disabled, K-9 also disabled temporarily)|
|Production Time||5 seconds|
|Heroic Upgrade||Mk. Q-71 (K-9 unit is now faster, and the EMP bomb has a greater radius)|
|Dev. Status||BA3 Echoes Original Unit|
- Dogs of War: Mechanical drones constructed by the UAC, K-9’s are utilized in the field in a similar role to what the Alliance’s Attack Dog fills. Equipped with newly developed sensors that are used to allow the K-9 unit to root out enemy infiltrators that dare to threaten UAC’s operations in a given area, before ripping them to shreds with their titanium jaws, which have been tested on and capable of tearing through the body armour of a General Defender.
- Affirmative, Roman!:What really makes the K-9 valuable to the UAC is the fact that each unit has a built in EMP bomb that can be remotely detonated by a UAC commander when the machine is in a prime location. Upon detonation, any enemy vehicles surrounding or in the vicinity of the K-9 will find that their engines and weapons are now disabled, although the K-9 unit is also disabled as well, albeit, both are only temporary.
- Good Dog, So Long:Despite the mechanical jaws and the EMP device, the K-9 has a few drawbacks that the UAC are trying to iron out. The first, and largest one, is the speed, as its mechanical and motorized nature makes it slightly slower than its real Alliance or International counterparts. Secondly, as mentioned before, each K-9 unit gets disabled for a time once there EMP device is detonated, making them easy targets for the unaffected infantry, and vehicles aren’t actually damaged by the EMP, only disabled. Finally, there size means that the UAC can’t add that much armour to them, lest they go even slower, so despite being mechanical, the K-9 will fall just as quickly as the other real animal scouts used by the other factions.
- UAC's Best Friend: If a K-9 unit has proved valuable enough to the cause, the K-9 unit in question can be put forward for a mechanical overhauling, turning it into the Mk. Q-71 K-9 unit. This sees a reworking of its motor systems, allow the K-9 to go much faster than before, and the EMP Device is tweaked slightly, giving it a much greater blast radius than in the older model. But, due to the expense of the Q-71, only the K-9’s that are guaranteed to survive are allowed to be upgraded.
"They say dogs are a man’s best friend, but I’d argue differently. I have a dog that’ll never be seen at a Communists side. I have the K-9.”
- -- Aaron Ford Roman on the unveiling of the first ever K-9 unit, 1938.
The K-9 unit is as much a symbol of the Union of Anti-Communists as the White Star or the Opus Combat Car, and an easy way to judge UAC presence in a given area is to observe the concentration of K-9’s in the vicinity. These mechanical drones, built to roughly mimic the shape of a common dog, are used as a frontline policer in UAC’s war on Communism, and are used to pursue those accused of being a Communist sympathiser.
Shortly after forming, the American Anti-Communist League in 1934 found that it needed a foolproof way of rooting out Communists on their new island nation of Cuba. Dogs, a plentiful animal on the island, were deemed as a good idea to use, but the training and resources that needed to go into the program proved to be ineffective when initial dogs were found to be easily distracted by non-UAC personnel, especially in crowded areas, such as Havana. The problem, it was judged, was that the dogs were too accustomed to humans, and saw all as potential friends. Native dogs were ruled out, but the idea of dogs used to find Communists weren’t. But it was a few years before such an idea even could be started.
In 1936, as the transAtlantic idea sharing between the AACL and the British Anti-Communist Organization began to reach its zenith, Aaron Roman suggested to President MacArthur that perhaps, instead of using real dogs, as the Alliance had started to do, mechanical dogs could be built instead, cutting down on both training time, and arguably making them better than a common dog would ever be. Needless to say, MacArthur and the rest of the AACL loved the idea, and soon, scientists from both groups began to get to work. The first ever K-9 unit, as it was dubbed, was primitive to say the least. Using radio controls, small diesel engines and only tangibly resembling the creature that it was meant to look like, the Mk. Q-38 was meet with applause. At the time, it was arguably one of the more advanced robotic creations in the world, and was held up as the future. Even if it needed a radio handler to get it to move, the two groups quickly set about to use them as enforcing units in their patrols.
By the time WW2 started in 1950, the K-9 had come along way. New developments in scientific fields meant that the K-9 could move faster, thanks to new engines, and the addition of a metallic jaw meant that it could take the offensive in the hunt against Communism, rather than just detect them and wait for its human handlers to deal with the situation. The radios used to control were also made a lot more powerful, meaning that the K-9 could potentially chase down targets as well, without large fears of the unit powering itself down after getting more than five meters from its handler.
WW2 came and went, and the role the K-9 played in it was rather small, being used to police captured cities with troops of Blackshirts, or just continue the normal routine of patrolling loyal Alliance cities in case of infiltration. A few reports noted how the jaws could bite and lock onto an attacking Communist, not letting go even after the unit had been filled with bullets, a fact most likely due to the way jaws lock when they close.
It was in the post war situation that the K-9 really began to develop, as Thornley’s science funds that the UAC got allowed them to develop the technology they needed. For starters, the old engines that K-9’s had relied on in one form or another were completely replaced by new betatron based engines; too small to power a military generator, but strong enough to power the K-9 units. The radio control system was also replaced, using a small version of the AMOC device, meaning that the K-9 no longer had to be shackled to a human in order to operate. The sturdy, cylindrical legs on wheels of the previous model were replaced with newly developed legs, modelled closely off the legs of a real dog, which ended in giving the new generation of K-9 not only speed, but the full mobility their flesh and blood counterparts in the Alliance enjoyed. And finally, Roman ordered an electromagnetic device to be built into the body of the K-9, allowing it to disable any and all vehicles that a suspected Communist might use to escape in. The Mk. Q-61 was born.
These K-9’s became infamous during the Third World War, with jaws strong enough to shatter bone and bite through armour, its metallic, grey shell harbouring sensors that could seemingly detect any form of cloaking device, and the way that packs of them would sometimes be unleashed before the UAC soldiers even arrived made the Comintern and the Axis hate them, and even Epsilon had problems with them, as its mechanical nature meant that no amount of psychic suggestion was going to affect them. The fact that such a small machine could also potentially render a Furnace Tank a sitting target was just another thing that made the citizens of the UASR and USSR hate the machine dogs even more.
In the time following the end of the Third World War, the UAC is still making new improvements to the K-9, and they’re still patrolling the streets of cities with high UAC presence. Perhaps this versatility is to be admired, but to the likes of the Vietminh and the Phoenix Front, K-9’s are nightmares that they’ve had to deal with for almost two decades, with no end in sight.