The Hayabusa armor's advanced materials decreased its weight by nearly one-third, and was aesthetically designed after ancient Japanese samurai armor. It includes spiked shoulder pauldrons (correctly referred to as s'ode).
The Hayabusa armor's helmet was designed with a defensive and ultraviolet-protective visor. Like all UNSC helmets, the visor is the weakest part. Thus, a small visor was designed to be more difficult to accurately penetrate. As such, the small visor provides for better protection of the wearer as well as better camouflage. The Hayabusa was designed with greater emphasis on heavy lifting and extra-vehicular activity than the MJOLNIR. It is slightly slower and less dexterous than its MJOLNIR counterpart, though it is nonetheless highly effective and possesses most of the design features of the MJOLNIR Mark VI.
The Hayabusa is a powered battle armor system, similar to the MJOLNIR armor, except stemming from Project HAYABUSA as opposed to Project MJOLNIR. It was developed by the RKD group, an Earth-based think tank, in the year 2536, fifteen years before the MJOLNIR Mark V entered production. It was presented to the UNSC Ordnance Committee as an answer to the self-contained powered armor problem.
Originally, RKD developed Project HAYABUSA without knowledge of the classified Project MJOLNIR. After contacts were made between RKD and ONI's Materials Group, the two pooled their research resources, resulting in the creation of a MJOLNIR-compatible HAYABUSA variant. Featuring a number of stylistic and functional improvements, it became a crucial piece of hardware in the later years of the Human-Covenant War.
The helmet features seven angular spikes, one to each side, and the face plate is fused into a single piece and contour. The top rear guard of the helmet is pointed, revealing a protruding spike. The bottom rear, around the neck, forms a neck guard, like that of a samurai helmet. The seven spikes are always silver-white regardless of armor color. Clips can be seen on the side of the helmet.
Shoulder pauldron characteristics
Its shoulder pauldrons are replaced by three metal plates arranged in an overlapping fashion similar to the armor of a Japanese samurai, also known as the "sode".
The chest armor features a thick, round collar piece protecting the neck, as well as an angular strip of armor that appears to be strapped over the chest, featuring a small delta in the center.
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