RECON-class Mjolnir, also designated as the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor/R variant, is a stealth-oriented variant of the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor that was originally commissioned by the Office of Naval Intelligence and developed by the Materials Group, with the GEN2 version being manufactured by the Imbrium Machine Complex.
The visor used was the B5D-R/Optics Suite.
A prototype was created prior to the Fall of Reach concurrently with the Mark VI Prototype. Field tests from the armor where to improve the final model. But the armor was already shown to reduce armor silhouettes without decreasing survivability.
The Recon armor was developed parallel to the Scout armor in the Office of Naval Intelligence's Beta-5 Division Ordnance Testing Facility in Swanbourne, Perth, Western Australia. The armor was designed to provide the wearer with stealth capabilities and with little or no loss of endurance, specifically by reducing its infrared signature, reflective surfaces, and Cherenkov radiation emission.
The helmets visor system was changed to a APL-72 visor system. The chest has an infrared signature modulator, and a X900-Boulder emission shroud (IMC-spec). The reactor pack has a Bravado-120-B4 fitted stabilizer for masking reactor footprint.
It offers improved movement stabilizers and adjustable shield distribution channels for versatility during deep-field reconnaissance.
The GEN2 Recon helmet also contains a highly classified Auspex battlenet uplink featuring state-of-the-art ONI counter-cyberintrusion and firewall routines. The armor itself is fitted with emissions baffling and plasma electronic support activity sensors for observation missions behind enemy lines.
The greaves are an off-market system that feature exposed shield conduits.
As a result of the UNSC Ordnance Commission in 2553, Imbrium Machine Complex took over production of the Recon variant after the Human-Covenant War, where they refined and improved the existing architecture. The GEN2 variant was tested at Anakara Resiliency Chamber with it being quickly done, as by January 2553 a copy of the armor was on board the UNSC Infinity.
Most operators indicate the armor has a notably higher resiliency and much leaner reaction-time margin.
In the post-war era, custom-built upgraded and up-armored RECON [GEN1] helmets remain in service with individual ONI operatives. Such helmets, equipped with cutting-edge stealth and cyberwarfare suites, were used by ONI teams responsible for information sanitation operations on Created-occupied Earth.
Unlock: After March 2012, Recon was unlocked for online profiles by default. Previously, it was unlocked by Bungie staff as a gift to specific players of merit, until the complete set of Vidmaster Challenges of Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST were introduced. Then, it was unlocked by completing the Vidmaster Challenges and clicking "Unlock My Recon" in Bungie.net Service Record.
The MJOLNIR, Prototype[R] is being developed concurrently with the Mark VI MJOLNIR PAA.
HUL cost: 75,000 cR, Colonel
UA/HUL cost: Pre-order bonus
Cost: 1,500 cR, Corporal
Halo 5: Guardians
Unlock: Rare REQ card
Available skins: BDA, ITG, and RSO
In Halo 5: Guardians due to the "Body" having a predefined customisation this armor set permanently has the following parts from Halo 4:
Halo 4 skins
Halo 5: Guardians skins
Halo 5: Guardians REQ cards
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