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Unit type Mass Produced Non-Combat Frame
Model Number AF-W8
Codename Laborer
Type Mass Produced Non-Combat Frame

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Manufacturer General Dynamics

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Developed from MR-1A Loadarm

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Pilot(s) Various
Other Information
Mass Produced Non-Combat Frame
"The AF-W8 Laborer is a civilian-used Non-Combat Frame used mainly for construction but can be easily modified for combat duties in a pinch which is the reason we are learning about it today..."
―A Britannian Knightmare Pilot Instructor

The AF-W8 Laborer is a Civilian Non-Combat Frame based heavily on the success of the earlier MR-1 Series Non-Combat Frames. Mainly developed for Construction it can be used for a variety of different jobs and tasks in the Civilian World.

Appearance[]

Looks quite similar to that of the MR-1 Series Loadarm Civilian-Use Frame just taller and larger along with the removal of the typical Knightmare Cockpit block. Normal models are painted in civilian construction yellow or an orange scheme first used by the MR-1 Series while others painted in other colors depending on owner like a couple of units in use by the elite Ashford Academy school for its Knightmare Frame Club alongside several MR-1 Loadarms.

Design[]

The Laborer was originally developed for the use of construction though can be used for other non-combat jobs. While heavily based on the earlier MR-1 Loadarm it is clearly still a bit different mainly in size and mission. Overall the Laborer is one of the largest Knightmares developed measuring at a whopping ten meters in height.

It sports a new cockpit system which is balanced on a neck like attachment that can move around backward and forward. The cockpit is also not housed in an armored block like other more military developed frames. Instead, like other construction equipment, this Knightmare possesses a large window that wraps around the cockpit giving the pilot a wide-view to help in the use of the unit.

The main "arms" of the Knightmare end in two-fingered claws for easily grabbing of large parts and such to move around a construction site. Also included are several smaller mini-arms built into the inner box-like area of the Knightmare which sport a variety of different tools to be used in the frame's true mission of construction.

While developed for the construction duties this Knightmare like many other civilian-use machines can be easily configured for combat when needed. For the Laborer, the claw-hands can be used in melee in an emergency but due to the modular nature of the Knightmare,it can be equipped with a variety of different weapons when needed. This includes arm-mounted cannons and missile launchers along with machine guns on the inner mini-arms.

History[]

The AF-W8 Laborer is developed by General Dynamics the lead developer of civilian-use Knightmare Frames who designed the frame for the use of Construction. It followed a non-standard design layout that was created by General Dynamics for better use of its main job of construction. This Knightmare is in general use across the planet and can be seen almost anywhere a construction site happens to be along with other civilian-use knightmare frames.

While General Dynamics didn't originally intend the Laborer to be used in combat it didn't stop it from being used in combat when it is needed. Hence, there is actually a combat package upgrade introduced by General Dynamics that turns the Laborer into a second-line defense use Knightmare Frame. This package includes a replacement of the claw hands with a pair of heavy machine guns, while the auxiliary arms are replaced with a pair of large shields to use in a defensive role. However, this package is not very popular by many as the machine guns are not often enough to damage enemy Knighmares or armored vehicles. Therefore, other jury-rigged combat configurations are used by many who want to use the Laborer in combat.

Over time, the Laborer while still in general use in the civilian world has stopped to be used in combat outside of the very desperate thanks in part to the retirement of first the Glasgow and then the Sutherland which saw numerous examples of such Knightmares finding their way into the hands of those who often needed a combat-rated Knightmare Frame like terrorists.

Trivia[]

  • Heavily based on the MR-Spi05 Rib from the Turn-A Gundam Series which does bear some resemblance to the MR-1.
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