MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor [GEN3]
Design and features
The conceptual design framework incorporates lessons from the MJOLNIR [GEN2] line of Mjolnir, while also using performance and higher levels of protection given by the MJOLNIR [GEN1] line of Mjolnir.
The GEN3 armor used by the Master Chief in 2559 looks aesthetically similar to a MJOLNIR [GEN1] Mark IV armor variant used by some SPARTAN-II commandos during Operation: WARM BLANKET, while the helmet shares similarities with the MJOLNIR [GEN1] Mark VI helmet he used during the last months of the Human-Covenant War.
Early history and development
Although the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor (GEN2) meant a radical simplification of the Mjolnir platform, to the point it could be mass-produced, some in the Spartan Operations branch were dissatisfied with its minimal performance improvement over the old GEN1 systems. By that reason, the UNSC decided to manufacture the next generation of Mjolnir armors.
Around October 17, 2558, the Mark VII was used as the testbed for the [GEN3] improvements, but it remained uncertain if manufacturers would adopt the standards and cost accounting by the Unified Earth Government.
On February 10, 2559, four months after the rise of Cortana and the Created, the Materials Group manufactured the [GEN3] armor. In October of 2559, John-117 and Blue Team were deployed on a covert mission to CASTLE Base. The armor saw use during this mission. Several months later on May 28, 2560, the armor was used by John-117 during a conflict on a Halo ring.
In Discover Hope, while John-117's armor BIOS is activating, a line in the HUD reads "Preparing A.I. Intrusion countermeasures". This is likely to prevent AI intrusion following the rise of the Created.
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