Ivan Petrov (Владимир Кулов) was a pilot serving of the Eastern Coalition and is a major antagonist in Starlancer. He was leader of the Black Guard, the Eastern Republic's top gun fighter squadron. Petrov is without question the Republic's premier ace who fights alongside his younger brother Nicolai as his second in command. The brothers and their Black Guard are the nemesis of the Alliance Forward Fleet.
Petrov is known as The Butcher among Alliance soldiers. He earned his name after he ordered the execution of prisoners and civilians when Alliance forces finally surrendered on Mars.
He has a wealth of combat experience against the Alliance. Cold blooded, cunning, and fearless with a high intelligence. Highly dangerous.