Thunder Gear Sidestory: Snake Eater
Though tensions between the US and Russia had eased in the year following the Red Dawn incident, not everyone was happy with the new world balance. The CIA received an offer from a Soviet scientist by the name of Nikolai Stephanovich Sokolov, who wished to defect to America. He informed the CIA that he was working on a secret project for a new type of nuclear weapon, even though the use of such devices have been banned in accordance to the peace treaty. The project was under the control of a GRU commander named Colonel Yevgeny Borisovitch Volgin, and was not being developed with knowledge of the Soviet government. The CIA, wanting to know what this project was, sent out their newly established special operations division, Force Operation X (aka FOX), to retrieve Sokolov. This would be their first operation, and would be known as the Virtuous Mission.
FOX sent their best operative, and one of the founding members of the unit, into the jungles of Tselinoyarsk, in the southeast Soviet Union. Under the codename of Naked Snake, he infiltrated the research base using a prototype variant of the USMF-1 Wolverine, designed for special operations and high-altitude parachute insertions. However, the extraction did not go as planned, as Snake's mentor, The Boss, and her old special ops unit defected to Col Volgin's unit, handing over Sokolov and a set of Davy Crockett launchers and warheads. Volgin then used one of the launchers to frame Snake and the US for attacking Russia with nuclear weapons, in an attempt to force the superpowers to go back into war. In order to clear their name, Snake and the FOX unit were forced to go back into Tselinoyarsk, recover the Davy Crocketts, and kill The Boss.
Returning to Tselinoyarsk, Snake confronts The Boss' old unit, the Cobras, as well as the GRU unit stationed there under Volgin. Though he was not able to rescue Sokolov (who was presumed killed by Volgin, but was actually smuggled out of Tselinoyarsk by The Boss), Snake uncovered the goal of the project he was part of: The massive nuclear tank Shagohod. Sokolov was never fond of the idea of a "walking tank", and wanted to show the world that standard tanks could still be part of the world arsenal. Though the original intent of the Shagohod was as nuclear deterrent, Volgin had no such conceptions. As a result, Snake was forced to destroy the Shagohod and it's production facility in order to defeat Volgin, and make his way to The Boss.
In the end, Naked Snake kills The Boss and clears the US of any wrongdoing in the attack. And while Naked Snake was honoured by the President and given the title of Big Boss, the whole mission was removed entirely from the records, and no trace of it was left behind. The only thing that remained was heightened tensions between the two superpowers, until the war in Veitnam broke out. And while what happened during "Operation Snake Eater" will never be made public, the effects of the events that transpired there would be felt for decades to come...
- USMF-1spec Special Operations Wolverine
- USMF-1spec Special Operations Wolverine Big Boss Custom "Snake Eater"
- USMF-1spec Special Operations Wolverine The Boss Custom "Patriot"
- AFWT-001 Wildcat The Pain Custom (TBD)
- AFWT-001 Wildcat The Fear Custom (TBD)
- AFWT-001 Wildcat The Fury Custom
- AFWT-001 Wildcat The End Custom