Cherno Alpha has been around for ages Production began in 1948 under the new five year plan ordered by Joseph Stalin. The Production was slow as the soviets began their space program. It wouldn't be until 1975 when the first Cherno unit was finished. Sadly the Soviet Union had no use and failed to launch them. They were locked away until the events of the Pacific Rim.
An I the only one that sees a face in the torso? Like, you see those two orange lights next to each other, then underneath looks like a small, flat nose, and RIGHT under that you see a small space that looks like a mouth, and finally you see the lower jaw/chin. If that was intended, that's pretty cool. If not, it's still an interesting look. Can't wait for NECA to make a figure of this guy!
To be honest, I never saw a point in the movie where they said "well the cockpit isn't in the head, it's in the chest", or even suggested it. (And considering what happens in the movie, maybe that's a better idea than leaving the pilots in the head.) All they said was that it was the oldest Jaeger still in service, and had no escape pods. (Wow, they really like to waste lives, huh? But then again wasn't that the Russians' design choice?)
Yes, the head in the chest is a brilliant idea, as the kaiju slowly learned to aim their attacks for the head in order to take the jaegers down easily by killing the pilots. Cherno's fake head is a ....spherical shaped head (blueprints you can find online show this) encase in so much armor that it looks like a nuclear cooling tower, which in a way brings more attention to the decoy head. Think about the battle in which cherno loses, one kaiju spits acid corroding most of the decoy head and only part of the real cockpit. Now imagine if the decoy was where the cockpit actually was. They wouldn't survive.
That's very true and really does make sense, but I still wonder about the "no escape pods" design choice. I mean, if there are any flaws in the movie that are kindof annoying (but don't ruin the entire movie for me) it's that a lot of the design choices are rather ludicrus and, let's face it, if we really made the Jaegers, we'd include escape pods, even in the first Jaeger we ever make. (But as I said, it might've been the Russian's choice since they constructed it.
You're right, its the russian's choice. It is known that russian prototypes don't have the best intentions for the survivability of their users. Its seems very reasonable for the Russian Prototype Jeager to focus on durability, weapons, and deceit rather than the safety of the pilots. I mean even the other Mark 1 Jaegers were bad at first, no radiation shielding and the initial ones didn't have an escape pod, or had one put in later. I mean with the way the Russian designed it, the married couple piloting Cherno probably would of died 2 other ways rather than drowning: massive deadly radiation poisoning (due to the reactor being destroyed in part [and again, no radiation shielding]), and the fact that with the pilots now exposed, they could easily be picked off by the kaiju, and because they, again, don't have escape pods.
Only Mark 1 Jaeger still operational. Undefeated for 6 years. Pilots hold the record for the longest Neural Handshake (18 straight hours) Both Pilot's names literally mean "Defenders of Mankind". Its main weapon is called The Roll of Nickles, a cylinder its fingers grip to add extra punching power. It was built from the beginning to have no escape pods, the pilots either Win or the Die.
I bet if Russia made a Mark 2-5, they would each be progressively more badass than the next.