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Hardened Uplink

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The external Hardened Uplink (left) and a CBRN module (right).

The Hardened Uplink (HUL) is an external helmet attachment compatible with helmet variants of the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor.[1]

Usage[edit]

The HUL was designed for acquisition of military intelligence,[2] and is required for personnel employing the Recon or Pilot helmets while on sensitive operations.[3][4] When used in conjunction with the Command Network Module, it is a favorite of pathfinder units employing the AIR ASSAULT-class Mjolnir helmet.[5] The device is often integrated with remote sensors into a hardened uplink/remote sensor package.

Compatibility[edit]

The HUL has been observed to be compatible with the following helmets:

Variants[edit]

The HUL has three observed variants, each with its own distinct physical appearance.

Standard HUL[edit]

The standard HUL variant resembles a cube, and can be worn on either side of the helmet. Its adoption is reserved for personnel employing the Recon helmet during sensitive operations.[3]

HUL-I[edit]

The external Hardened Uplink-Improved (HUL-I) is an upgraded variant of the standard issue HUL unit. It has only been observed as compatible to the JFO variant.[13]

HUL[3][edit]

HUL[3] is the third-generation external hardened uplink for military intelligence acquisition.[7] Its adoption is required for personnel employing the Pilot helmet during sensitive operations.[4]

FC configurations[edit]

The modularity of the MJOLNIR armor has made it possible to attach multiple modules on the helmet. In cases where a HUL and a CNM and are both employed, the configurations are designated "FC", "FC-I", and "FC-I[2]" depending on the variants used. FC refers to the configuration in which an external HUL and the "tall" CNM variant are both attached to the helmet.[8] FC-I refers to the configuration in which an external HUL, along with the CNM-I, are integrated on the "camera" CNM variant, though this configuration has only been observed on the MJOLNIR/AA variant.[5] FC-I[2] refers to the configuration in which both the HUL[3] and "tall" CNM are attached to the helmet.[6][10]

Gameplay[edit]

The HUL and its variants serve as cosmetics and have no impact on gameplay.

Halo: Reach[edit]

All three variants of the HUL are available as attachments on several helmets in the armor permutations of Halo: Reach. The device is priced at different levels of Credits, depending on the base helmets. In Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the same HUL-attached helmets are unlockable in Season 1: Noble.

Production notes[edit]

The CQC helmet with the "camera" CNM variant labelled as "HUL" in the Beta.
  • During the Halo: Reach Multiplayer Beta, the "camera" variant of the CNM on the CQC helmet, along with UA attachment on the Mark V[B] helmet, was labelled as HUL. Both helmet attachments costed 5,000 credits.
  • In the final release of Halo: Reach, four mislabeled helmet attachments involved the HUL:
    • The standard HUL variant mislabeled as the CNM on the EVA[C] helmet.
    • The standard HUL variant mislabeled as the UA/HUL[3] on the EVA[C] helmet.
    • The standard HUL variant mislabeled as the HUL-I on the Recon helmet.
    • The "Camera" CNM variant mislabeled as the UA/HUL-I on the Mark VI helmet.

Gallery[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The in-game options in Halo: Reach Armory erroneously refer to the standard HUL attachment on EVA[C] as "CNM" and "HUL[3]".
  2. ^ The in-game option in Halo: Reach Armory erroneously refers to the attachment as "HUL-I".

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Halo: Reach - Armory
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Halo: Reach - Armory: Mark V[B], CQC, EOD, Operator, EVA, Security & CQB - UA/HUL Helmet Descriptions "Up-armored variant with hardened uplink module for MILINT acquisition."
  3. ^ a b c Halo: Reach - Armory: Recon - HUL Helmet Description "External hardened uplink for MILINT acquisition; reserved for sensitive OPs."
  4. ^ a b c Halo: Reach - Armory: Pilot - HUL[3] Helmet Description "Third-generation external hardened uplink for MILINT acquisition; required for sensitive OPs."
  5. ^ a b Halo: Reach - Armory: Air Assault - FC-I Helmet Description "Command network module-Improved; external hardened uplink. A favorite of Pathfinder units."
  6. ^ a b Halo: Reach - Armory: Commando - UA/FC-I[2] Helmet Description "Up-armored variant with external command network and hardened 3rd generation uplink modules."
  7. ^ a b Halo: Reach - Armory: Commando - UA/HUL[3] Helmet Description "Up-armored variant with hardened 3rd generation uplink module for MILINT acquisition."
  8. ^ a b Halo: Reach - Armory: Grenadier - UA/FC Helmet Description
  9. ^ Halo: Reach - Armory: HAZOP - CBRN/HUL Helmet Description "For operations in extremely hazardous environments; hardened uplink module."
  10. ^ a b Halo: Reach - Armory: Mark VI - FC-I[2] Helmet Description "External command network and hardened 3rd-generation uplink modules."
  11. ^ Halo: Reach - Armory: ODST - CBRN/HUL Helmet Description "For operations in hazard zones; hardened uplink module."
  12. ^ Halo: Reach - Armory: Recon - UA/HUL[3] Helmet Description "Up-armored variant with hardened 3rd-generation uplink module for MILINT acquisition."
  13. ^ Halo: Reach - Armory: JFO - HUL-I Helmet Description "External hardened uplink-improved; upgraded variant of the standard issue HUL unit."