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Battle Armor of the United Earth Forces:
Home Forces
After the Pioneer Mission departed in 2023, the United Earth Forces needed to recruit a large number of new soldiers. Most of UEF veterans of the Anti-Unification War, 1st Robotech War and Malcontent Uprisings had shipped out with the Pioneer Mission. In an effort to give the
home forces an esprit de corps, planners decided that an all around change in uniform and body
armor pattern was necessary.
The new armor of the UEF would not follow the utilitarian look of the past. Harkening
back to mythical ideals of courage and valour, the new armor tended to have either a highly
stylized yet vaguely Eastern, Roman or Norse look to it. The results in many cases were mixed.
Some of the armor issued, like that of the ATACs, was considered a badge of courage while
others, like that of the Tactical Air Force, quickly fell out of use in favor of another model.
To further differentiate the ranks, the helmets and shields used by officers, NCOs and
enlisted personnel varied in look. Thus it was easier to tell an officer from a soldier, though this
could have disastrous consequences in battle on occasion. To rectify this problem, later only one
standard form of shield and helmet (least ornamental) was generally issued, though a soldier could
still wear his more formal accouterments (as was often the case with the imperturbable ATACs).
Some armors issued to special environmental troops occasionally included innovations not
seen in the standard models.
Standard Features for all UEF Battle Armor
- Limited environmental capabilities provided by undersuit for protection from chemical,
biological and radiological attack. Oxygen supply, if helmet sealed, to last for 20 minutes.
- Temperature control capable of limited range for extended period of time or extreme control for
limited period of time (20 minutes at maximum setting)
- Polarized faceplate lenses
- Passive night vision sensor built into faceplate as well as Heads-up Display
- Optional Water hydration system to be used underneath field pack
- Radio link up 10 miles, boosted indefinitely with satellite. Battery life for 1 hour constant use.
- Combat shield (depending upon needs it could be reinforced, light or a buckler)
Army of the Southern Cross Battle Armor
Designation: BA-1
Weight: 11 kg (dry)
Accouterments: Utility belt with connection point for 2 energy magazines (1 on either hip)
Connection point for sidearm holster (in place of right side e-magazine)
Connection points for soft or rigid field pack/survival pack
Small utility belt connection points for pouches in the front and rear
The first of the new breed of battle armor created, this armor remained in service
throughout the period leading up to the 2nd Robotech War. After the Invid invasion, it became less
prevalent over time though it never completely disappeared thanks in part to adoption by certain
city-states.
Forest Specialist Armor
Designation: BA-1F
Weight: 11 kg (dry)
Special Features: Caribener attachment points on either shoulder
Light source and additional caribener point on shield
Accouterments: Utility belt with connection point for 2 rifle/carbine magazines (1 on either hip)
Connection point for sidearm holster (in place of right side e-magazine)
Connection points for soft or rigid field pack/survival pack
Small utility belt connection points for pouches in the front and rear
Based upon design modifications to the older standard UEF armor of the
Malcontent Uprisings, the Forest Specialist Armor was adopted shortly after the introduction of the
BA-1. It was somewhat lighter than the standard armor from modest thinning of the breastplate.
This armor remained in service all through the period leading up to the 2nd Robotech War. After the
Invid invasion, this armor remained a rare, if sometimes recorded, item.
Alpine Specialists Armor
Designation: BA-1A
Weight: 11 kg (dry)
Special Features: Caribener attachment points on either shoulder (2 each), either hip the covering
magazine connection point and either kneecap. Another caribener point on
the left forearm vambrace.
Light source, and additional caribener point on buckler.
Rope containers/dispensers on either shoulder, each holding
Boots modified for mountainous terrain/climbing
Accounterments: Utility belt with connection point for 2 rifle/carbine magazines (1 on either hip)
Connection points for soft or rigid field pack/survival pack
Small utility belt connection points for pouches in the front and rear
Like the Forest Specialist armor, the Mountain armor (as it is commonly known as) is based
upon modifications to the older UEF armor by the Alpine Troops during the Malcontent Uprisings.
This armor all but disappeared after the arrival of the Invid.
Arctic Specialist Armor
Designation: BA-1C
Weight: 11 kg (dry)
Accouterments: Utility belt with connection point for 2 rifle/carbine magazines (1 on either hip)
Connection point for sidearm holster (in place of right side e-magazine)
Connection points for soft or rigid field pack/survival pack
Small utility belt connection points for pouches in the front and rear
Light source on left upper breatplate
Light source on shield
Troops stationed in cold climes have always needed specialized gear. No where is this more
apparent than in the armor developed for the Arctic Specialists. Capable of better heat distribution
than the standard armor, this suit also helps in keeping the wearer dry by pulling the moisture away
from the skin. Specialized snow goggles are built into the faceplate to reduce glare. With the
arrival of the Invid, this armor was still in use in some areas above the Arctic Circle as well in
Antarctica.
Desert Specialist Armor
Designation: BA-1D
Weight: 10 kg (dry)
Accouterments: Utility belt with connection point for 2 rifle/carbine magazines (1 on either hip)
Connection point for sidearm holster (in place of right side e-magazine)
Connection points for soft or rigid field pack/survival pack
Small utility belt connection points for pouches in the front and rear
Light source on shield
Like the cold environmental armor, the desert armor had to be designed to aid its user in
extreme conditions. Capable of better cooling (during the day) as well as heating (for night) than
the standard armor, the desert armor also had fewer solid plates in places. A better air filtration
system was also installed in the face mask to account for sand. The undersuit also had a water
recycling system (not for the squeamish) that allowed urine and sweat to be reclaimed for use by
the wearer. With the arrival of the Invid, this armor became incredibly rare except outside of North
Africa where a number of mercenary and freedom fighter units sprang up.
Wetlands Specialist Armor
Designation: BA-1M
Weight: 8 kg (dry)
Special Features: Inflatable pontoons in the feet to allow for walking over water
Small ballast tanks in the chest, hips and groin
Accouterments: Utility belt with connection point for 2 energy magazines (1 on either hip)
Connection point for sidearm holster (in place of right side e-magazine)
Connection points for soft or rigid field pack/survival pack
Small utility belt connection points for pouches in the front and rear
With the large scale use of riverine warfare during the Malcontent Uprisings, a different set
of requirements was needed for the armor of the Wetlands Specialists. Among these was a more
environmentally sealed armor and limited ballast (along the lines of the Naval Diver Armor). The
new armor also needed to be somewhat lighter than the standard armor and less restrictive. The
result was a successful, if somewhat limited production design. With the arrival of the Invid, this
armor all but disappeared from the battlefield though there a few recorded cases of former ASC
soldiers turned freedom fighters using it.
Recon Armor
Designation: BA-1R
Weight: 8kg (dry)
Special Features: Shock absorbers in either ankle, knee and quad as well as padding in the
shin and boot.
Accouterments: Utility belt with connection point for 2 energy magazines (1 on either hip)
Connection point for sidearm holster (in place of right side e-magazine)
Connection points for soft or rigid field pack/survival or jump pack
Small utility belt connection points for pouches in the front and rear
The Recon troops of the Army of the Southern Cross were light infantry/shock troops.
Instead of a heavier armor and shield, it was decided that a lighter armor that would allow for
greater stealth. With the addition of the jump pack, it was decided to build special shock absorbers
into the armor to lessen the damage to soldiers ligaments and bones from use. This armor all but
disappeared from the battlefield after the Invid invasion.
ATAC Armor
Designation: BA-2
Weight: 9kg (dry)
Accouterments: Utility belt with connection point for 2 energy magazines (1 on either hip)
Connection point for sidearm holster (in place of right side e-magazine)
Connection points for soft or rigid field pack/survival pack
Small utility belt connection points for pouches in the front and rear
During the Malcontent Uprisings, many of the original ATAC soldiers showed a complete
disdain for their foes. Based upon the modifications made to the standard armor worn by them, the
UEF originally initiated the switch over to a more stylized armor. Among a number of the
modifications noted were wings, horsehair crests and other motifs for their helmets to give them a
fierce look to their foes. This was paid homage to by those that designed the new armors. The new
ATAC armor showed many of these original motifs and it was noted that many of the new soldiers
showed the same level of disdain for their foes during the 2nd Robotech War.
Though the Army of the Southern Cross ceased to exist within three months of the arrival
of the Invid, this armor was still to be found on the battlefield from time to time. A number of
documented cases exist where former ATAC soldiers performed raids and other attacks against the
invaders.
Global Military Police Battle Armor
Designation: BA-3
Weight: 11 kg (dry)
Accouterments: Connection point for sidearm holster (in place of right side e-magazine)
Connection points for soft or rigid field pack/survival pack
Small utility belt connection points for pouches in the front and rear
1 pair handcuffs and 10 plastic restraints in left hip pouch
If any of the armors developed for the United Earth Forces could be said to have a sinister
look it is the black and white armor of the Global Military Police. Having a more Eastern and/or
Horned Devil look to it, the armor fulfilled its function of unnerving its foes. With the arrival of
the Invid, this armor rarely surfaced on the battlefield, though some cases do exist.
Naval Diver Armor
Designation: DA-1
Weight: 9 kg (dry)
Special Features: Flipper in the feet
Small ballast tanks (hips, groin, kneecap, chest)
Accouterments: Connection points for hydrojet pack
An improvement over the first armored diver suits developed with the Prometheus and
Daedalus programs, the DA-1 offered a complete air purge/filtration system that allowed for the
use to be submerged for longer periods of time. It also allowed for the diver to be kept at a
comfortable temperature during the dive.
Never produced in mass numbers, the DA-1 all but disappeared after the arrival of the
Invid. Only those units stationed in the Anatarctic and with the Posieden Habitat in Australia
retained them.
Tactical Air Force Flight Armor
Designation: FA-1
Weight: 10 kg (dry)
Special Features: Independent air supply: 3 hours
Positioning system/beacon
Emergency radio: 3 hour use
Pressure undersuit for flight
Accouterments: Utility belt with connection point for 2 energy magazines (1 on either hip)
Connection point for holdout sidearm (in place of right hip magazine)
Connection points for jet pack
Developed concurrently with the ASC Battle Armor, the TAF Flight Armor was less than
popular with the pilots of the United Earth Forces. Restricted vision as well as limited mobility
were among the many problems cited in this suit. Consequently, most units switched over to the
TASC or TSC Space Armor as soon as possible. Complete conversion to the newer armor did not
occur before the outbreak of the 2nd Robotech War. By the end of the war this armor had been
completely supplanted and either mothballed or sold off to UEG member states. It all but
disappeared during the Invid occupation.
TASC Space Armor
Designation: SA-1
Weight: 15 kg (dry)
Special Features: Independent air supply: 3 hours
Positioning system/beacon
Emergency radio: 3 hour use
Pressure undersuit for flight
Limited vernier thrusters on the ankles, knees and combat shield
Accouterments: Utility belt with connection point for 2 energy magazines (1 on either hip)
Connection points for rocket pack
A completely sealed environmental armor, the SA-1 was the most popular of the armors for
the UEF Air Force. It was considered superior to the older UEF armored flight suit that journeyed
with the Pioneer Mission Air Forces. The SA-1 remained in production well through the period
leading up to the 2nd Robotech War. It was adopted in large part by the space soldiers of the
Tactical Space Corps in favor of their own armor. After the arrival of the Invid, it continued to be
used by various space units on the Moon, Mars and Space Station Liberty.
TSC Space Armor
Designation: SA-2
Weight: 15 kg (dry)
Special Features: Independent air supply: 3 hours
Positioning system/beacon
Emergency radio: 3 hour use
Pressure undersuit for flight
Limited vernier thrusters on the ankles, knees and combat shield
Accouterments: Utility belt with connection point for 2 energy magazines (1 on either hip)
Connection points for rocket pack
The armor of the typical space soldier of the United Earth Forces, the TSC Armor was
never quite as popular as the SA-1. By the start of the 2nd Robotech War, it had largely been
adopted by the troops of the Interstellar Transport Corps and Cosmic Unit Marines. Like the SA-1,
the TSC armor remained in service with many units off world after the arrival of the Invid.
Cities Defense Force Armor
Designation: CDA-1
Weight: 11 kg (dry)
Accouterments: Utility belt with connection point for 2 energy magazines (1 on either hip)
Connection point for sidearm holster (in place of right side e-magazine)
Connection points for soft or rigid field pack/survival pack
Small utility belt connection points for pouches in the front and rear
Developed as a Civil Defense version of the standard Southern Cross armor, the CDA-1
was acquired in large numbers by the various member states of the UEG. This armor remained in
production all through the period leading up to the 2nd Robotech War. With the arrival of the Invid,
the CDA-1 was produced in small amounts by various city-states or acquired (by whatever means)
for use by local militias.
Civil Defense Fighter Corps Flight Armor
Designation: CDFA-1
Weight: 9 kg (dry)
Special Features: Independent air supply: 3 hours
Positioning system/beacon
Emergency radio: 3 hour use
Pressure undersuit for flight
Accouterments: Utility belt with connection point for 2 energy magazines (1 on either hip)
Connection point for holdout sidearm (in place of right hip magazine)
Connection points for jet pack
With the formation of the CDF, it was determined that a flight armor for the new
organization had to be developed. Based largely upon the TAF armor, the CDFA-1 was produced
in limited quantities until it was quickly supplanted by the TAF armor that the UEF sold off. Only
units largely in North America used this armor. It disappeared after the arrival of the Invid.

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