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ATAC BodyArmor Lace-up Sketch

ATAC BodyArmor Lace-up (Sketch 01)  designed by "Studio Ammonite" (Designers:  Hiroshi Ogawa, Hirotoshi Ohkura & Takashi Ono)  in February 1984 at Tachikawa City, Tokyo JAPAN. The studio changed that name as  "Studio Santa Claus " in 1987  later works "Red Photon Zillion"  ( by Production I.G. )

Overview Edit

Every soldier of the Southern Cross Army is issued a personal combat suit known as an "arming doublet." The suit not only acts as protective armor but also improves combat performance. Each suit is equipped to serve different functions and can be altered depending on the mission requirements and needs of each division and rank. All suits are personally tailored for the physique of the individual, resulting in high mobility. Some variants of the arming doublet also have the ability to serve as self-sealed spacesuits.

Southern Cross Battle Armor Edit

The Southern Cross began to move away from the CVR-1 in the mid 2020's in favor of a new full-body armor suit it had developed for its own armies. The new Southern Cross armors were extremely decorative, and the armor style not only conformed to a soldier's gender (for obvious reasons), but to their army and rank as well. Stylistically different armors were developed for the Global Military Police's Enforcement Corps, and the Armies of the Southern Cross' Tactical Air Force, Alpha Tactical Armored Corps, Civil Defense Unit, Civil Defense Flying Corps, the Tactical Corps, and many of specialized divisions, namely the Alpine Divisions, Arctic Divisions, Desert divisions, Forest divisions, and the special-forces Reconnaissance Division. Among each of these eleven army-specific types, there were divisions between male and female armors, and distinct helmet designs for unrated enlisted men, non-commissioned officers, and full officers. Because there were sixty-six distinct types of SCBA armor, the designation system was extremely arcane; for example, a female ATAC officer would wear the SCBA-ATAC/F-O; while a male sergeant in the Tactical Corps would wear the SCBA-TC/M-NC, and his male subordinates would wear the SCBA-TC/M-E.

The SCBA-series armors were simple battle-armor, with some environmental control for comfort, but no inherent space-capabilities. A limited environmental suit could be worn under the armor for protection against chemical agents. Though armies wearing this armor occasionally fought in space, there was no provision for this armor to act as a spacesuit; these soldiers had to rely upon pressurized mecha cockpits.

Though effective, mobile, and comfortable armor, the SCBA-series was heavy and difficult to don or remove, and with the collapse of the Southern Cross and the occupation of Earth by the Invid, the Southern Cross armor vanished from the scene, except as the personal armor of occupation-era warlords and as museum pieces. By 2045, virtually all armor worn by humans fighting on Earth was the REF's CVR-3, or the older CVR-1.

The SCBA-series armors are composed of a plastic-ceramic composite for maximal resistance to penetration and thermic explosive damage for minimal weight. The armor stops most small arms fire and grenade and shell fragments, and provides poor to fair resistance against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round. The SCBA armor consists of separate leg, arm, torso, and helmet units, and covers the entire body.

The SCBA-series armors have the following features:

  • Limited temperature control, by the use of Peltier-electric cooling units in armor, conducting heat between the thermally conducting inner and outer layers of the armor. A simple reversal of the voltage can alternate the armor from heating to cooling the pilot. Between the thermally conducting layers on all these pieces, and on the inner surfaces of all other pieces of armor, is a thin insulating layer, designed to minimize non-directed heat transfer. The Peltier-electric units are powered by small batteries in the armor units that contain them, and are designed to assist pilot comfort in hot and cold climes. The units are insufficient for protection above 45 and below -25 degrees Celsius. The Tactical Corps' Arctic divisions employed armor that was more robust in this respect, capable of sustained -45 degrees operation, and included an air conditioning system that warmed the air for the wearer. The air conditioning and power supply for the additional sustained heating capacity were stored in a specialized backpack.
  • Heat resistant up to 500K for brief periods
  • Helmet with variable-tint photochromic polarized polycarbon eyeslits.
  • Radio microphone and speakers in the helmet
  • Optional utility belt that mounts to the waist, and backpack mounting points on the back armor. Backpacks include two standard storage pack designs, and a jet pack used mainly by the TC-Recon and the CDFC. The jet pack weighs 26kg, and permits flight up to 100 kph to altitudes as high as 650m for up to three hours. The TC-Arctic uses an additional backpack design to further assist thermal regulation in arctic climes (see above).
  • Optional armored shield; different designs existed for the various armies and ranks. The GMP-EC, TAF, and CDFC tended to use shields not much larger than the forearm. The TC, ATAC, CDU, TC-Arctic, and TC-Desert use large shields as tall as the pilot's arm is long. The other armies using the SCBA-series armor do not use shields. The GMP shield also serves as scabbard for a 50,000 Volt stun-baton that was standard issue with the armor.
  • SCBA-Alpine armor is equipped equipped with hooks for repelling lines on knees, hips, forearms, and shoulders.
  • SCBA-TCARC and -TCDES armor are sealed at the joints and have extra insulation, to protect against extremes of climate, and to keep foreign matter (in the Desert divisions' case, sand) out of the armor.

It is possible to wear an environment suit under the SCBA-series armor, with the external consumables supply leads going through the suit by way of special channels in the armor, after which they can plug into a mecha's life-support system or for infantry, into an environmental supply backpack.

Southern Cross Environmental Armor Edit

After the introduction of their standard battle-armors, the Southern Cross went on to design decorative armors for those armies needing environmental suits: the Tactical Space Corps, Tactical Armored Space Corps, and the Marine and Marsh Divisions of the Tactical Corps. Like the SCBA-series armor, the SCEA-series armors were distinguished by army and the pilot's gender, and the helmets by rank - officer, non-commissioned officer, and unrated enlisted. Unlike the SCBA-series, however, these armors were completely self-contained, and were capable of supporting the wearer for some time without external support. Additional support was possible through the use of backpacks, and this was necessary for long exposure to hazardous environments.

Like the SCBA-series, the SCEA-series armors fell out of use soon after the Invid occupation of Earth and the destruction of the Southern Cross.

The SCEA-series armors are composed of a plastic-ceramic composite for maximal resistance to penetration and thermic explosive damage for minimal weight. The armor stops most small arms fire and grenade and shell fragments, and provides poor to fair resistance against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round. The SCBA armor consists of separate leg, arm, torso, and helmet units, and covers the entire body.

The SCEA-series armors have the following features:

  • Full temperature control, by the use of Peltier-electric cooling units in armor, conducting heat between the thermally conducting inner and outer layers of the armor. A simple reversal of the voltage can alternate the armor from heating to cooling the pilot. Between the thermally conducting layers on all these pieces, and on the inner surfaces of all other pieces of armor, is a thin insulating layer, designed to minimize non-directed heat transfer. The Peltier-electric units are powered by small batteries in the armor units that contain them, and are designed to assist pilot comfort in hot and cold climes. The units are insufficient for protection above 75 and below -55 degrees Celsius.
  • Full pressure control. The suit is rated from a vacuum to a pressure of 350 kilopascals.
  • Independent Oxygen supply, 60 minutes maximum.
  • Heat resistant up to 500K for brief periods
  • Helmet with variable-tint photochromic polarized polycarbon eyeslits.
  • Radio microphone and speakers in the helmet
  • Optional utility belt that mounts to the waist, and backpack mounting points on the back armor. Backpacks include two standard storage pack designs, a supplemental environmental consumables pack, and a space booster pack used by the TASC and TSC. This space booster pack is 32kg and contains reaction mass for 200 mps delta-v.
  • SCEA-TASC armor is equipped with 1mps vernier-thrusters in the ankles, and the SCEA-TCMNE armor is equipped with swimming flippers on the feet. The SCEA-TCMSH armor is equipped with inflatable pontoons on the feet.
  • Optional armored shield; different designs existed for the various armies and ranks. The TASC and TSC used large arm-length shields with 25mps vernier thrusters built into them. The TC-Marsh used a shield somewhat longer than the forearm. The TC-Marine did not use shields.

Gallery Edit

External link Edit

  1. Southern Cross Battle Armor(The Unofficial ROBOTECH_ Reference Guide - 2066 Edition.)
  2. Southern Cross Environmental Armor (The Unofficial ROBOTECH_ Reference Guide - 2066 Edition.)
  3. Arming Doublet, A.D. (Powered personal body armor) - Robotech Chronicles - (Japanese language ,small caption in English.)

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