OF92 Booster Frame
The Open Frame 92/Extra-Vehicular Activity, or booster frame, is an experimental starfighter in service with the UNSC Navy, developed by the Office of Naval Intelligence as a prototype. They were specifically assigned for extra-vehicular activity and special operations roles, dropped from hooks within the hangars of specialized UNSC ships. The ship itself has no sealed cockpit, so a pressurized suit must be worn in order to operate the vehicle.
Design and development
The booster frame is a heavily-armed, open-frame incursive vehicle specifically intended for deep-space use and close-quarters environments. Its weapon loadout is designed primarily for "Disrupt/Overwhelm/Adapt" - a technique employed to deal with the twin problems of field-effect energy shielding and armor plating. When used in concert, the combination of EMP, explosive and projectile force can make surgical incisions in large-scale, otherwise impenetrable defenses.
It was specifically engineered for use by SPARTAN-II units and is only usefully operable in zero-/low-G and zero-/low-atmosphere environments. It has no aerodynamic properties beyond its basic mass and thrust quotient. Booster Frames are deployed directly into vacuum through a specialized hydraulic winch system which extends from a ventral bay on a select number of modified UNSC warships and undisclosed ONI special service vehicles. The booster frame is also protected, at least partially, by energy shields.
The Booster Frame is extremely heavily armed, leading to its classification as ammunition rather than a vehicle. In addition to the weaponry, the Booster Frame is equipped with chaff launchers to disrupt plasma torpedoes. Scanning devices can also be launched from the Booster Frames onto starship hulls, to scan for possible signal transmitters.
OF92/EVA was developed by the Office of Naval Intelligence in conjunction with Naval Special Operations and the University of Songnam. As evidenced by its open cockpit design, it was developed alongside the MJOLNIR project and in tandem with the research done on EVA, or extra-vehicular activity technology following the Summa Deep Space Incident. As with many ONI projects, both the analysis and eventual matériel response were heavily classified. Because their overall cost clashes with their expendable nature, ONI and the UNSC have no plans for widespread application or production. In fact, it is technically classified by the Naval shipping and logistics organization as Aircraft Ammunition rather than Aircraft.
There are only three officially recorded missions where the Booster Frame's use has been logged. Five were used in 2544 by SPARTAN-II supersoldiers during Operation: WARM BLANKET, an assault on a Covenant fleet, in an attempt to board a ship and recover the captured Dr. Catherine Halsey. During the mission, the Booster Frame showed to perform extremely well against Covenant Type-31 Seraphs. In 2558, five were used by Fireteam Majestic and Spartan Sarah Palmer during the Ambush at Oth Lodon.
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