From The Anuvi Incident
The deck alarm blared again and Captain Cavanagh’s voice filled the hangar. “Secure for tactical operations.”
“All tactical data will be transferred to your battlesuit computers,” Captain Lovelace said. He nodded at the First Sergeant.
“WHO ARE WE!?” the First Sergeant screamed.
“WHAT DO WE SAY!?”
“YOUR DEATH, MY LIFE!”
The Varano, a Victory class assault transport about five hundred meters long, had two spherical hulls fore and aft joined by a long, wide connecting hub. A thousand drop chutes, holes two meters wide at the bottom end of several meters of steel pipe, lined her underside. Magnetic accelerators shat out capsules four meters long, each containing an Imperial Marine in an armored suit. All Marines fought as battlesuited infantry: each wore a Spez-Kriegworks Model K-3A Armored Battlesuit, a 2.5 meter tall suit of steel and aluminum, with musculature and reflex enhancers, leap servos, a flight pack, and the latest in targeting, electronics, and counter-measures. A 64-kilojoule laser mounted on the left arm complemented a grenade launcher and magazine of 20 bombs mounted on the right.
A Squad Sergeant commanded each squad of fourteen Marines, with each squad composed of two teams. Karadjian commanded Putz and his buddies in First Squad. The brass assigned each squad a ready room in the lower decks of the ship, each a circular room ringed by fourteen four meter long capsules, and each capsule contained an armored battlesuit. The Marines stripped off their coveralls and pulled on their compression jump suits, garments of a tight-fitting material covered with interfaces that hooked into ports in the battlesuit. The battlesuit transmitted vital data to the squad sergeant, the company commander, the battalion commander, and up to the control room in the Varano, allowing commanders to monitor the health and status of each Marine.
“Don’t forget to seal your toilet tubes!” Sergeant Karadjian barked. “You won’t get any sympathy from me if you’re swimming in your own shit!”
The Marines of the 356th Imperial Marine Battalion are equipped with the Spez-Kriegworks K-3A Armored Battlesuit. This is a 2.5 meter tall exoskeleton composed of a titanium-aluminum-vanadium alloy, and advanced polymers and ceramics. The systems within the suit enhance the wearer’s strength and reflexes, allowing the wearer to perform incredible feats of strength and speed, including extended low-angle or high-angle leaps, close-range physical combat with vehicles and enemy personnel, and controlled flight or descent using the attached flight pack. Encased in re-entry capsules, personnel wearing the exoskeleton can descend to a planet’s surface through an atmosphere from low-orbit; the capsule provides protection from the friction of re-entry, and the drag ‘chute slows descent enough to allow use of the flight pack to precisely target the desired drop zone.
Advanced sensors provide infrared, low-light, and ultraviolet vision, long range sight, and targeting using optics, radar, and laser. Full environmental protection provides the flexibility to operate in a multitude of environments including hostile environments planet-side, in orbit, or ship-to-ship operations in vacuum. Encrypted radio communication and full tactical display allow full communication with and perception of personnel location at the squad, platoon, and company level. Integrate the communication system with a full WorldNet satellite system or Fleet Information System, and the wearer has unmatched perception of threats from around the target world or within a fleet of any size. Base armament for the suit is a 64-kilojoule laser on the left arm and a grenade launcher and magazine of 20 bombs on the right. A right shoulder interface provides a mounting point for a variety of accessories, including an antimatter missile launcher, a hull piercing explosive harpoon used for boarding spacecraft, a heavy plasma projector, a point defense projectile launcher, or an enhanced electronic warfare pod.
The K-3A Armored Battlesuit provides an unmatched advantage in individual mobility and firepower.