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Bolo Mark XXV (Stupendous)
Year of Introduction 3001
Weight 13,000 tons
Road Speed 150
Sprint Speed 150
Indirect Fire Tactical
Self Aware Autonomous
Armament

1x 90cm Hellbore

18x Ion Bolt Infinite Repeater

After forty T-years of experience with the Mark XXIV , even diehards conceded that many of the inhibitory software features which had been incorporated into every Bolo since the Mark XX were no longer justified. The most restrictive features were deleted from the Mark XXV, Model B, although it was not until the Model D (introduced in 3029) that virtually all inhibitions were suppressed. A core package of override programming was retained to restrict the volition of (or even, in the case of the so-called 'Omega Worm', to destroy) a Mark XXV which went 'rogue' as a result of battle damage or 'senile' due to poor maintenance, but most of the restrictions which had required human approval for almost all non-battle decisions were progressively relaxed over the operational life of the Mark XXV, with a tremendous increase in efficiency. The practice of deploying totally independent Bolo brigades lay well in the future, but the Mark XXV's capabilities clearly pointed the way to them. The Mark XXV essentially duplicated the offensive and defensive systems of the Mark XXIV, yet further improvements in metallurgy and fusion technology dropped weight to 13,000 tons while normal speed rose to a maximum of 95 kph, though 'sprint' speed remained unchanged.


Source: A Brief Technical History of the Bolos by Prof. Felix Hermes, Ph.D.

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