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— Dr. Catherine Halsey

The MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor/Mark V was the second main model of the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor sequence. The preliminary model of the Mark V powered exoskeleton, designated as Mark V[B],[1] was issued to the SPARTAN-IIs and a number of other SPARTAN-III commandos on November 24, 2551,[2] whereas the second model of the armor was unveiled for Operation: RED FLAG on August 29, 2552.[3][4][Note 1] The Mark V armor was in service till October 2552, when it was changed by the MJOLNIR Mark VI.[5] It might nonetheless be requisitioned by SPARTAN-IV personnel as late as October 2558, albeit upgraded to operate with the MJOLNIR [GEN2] suite.[6][7]

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In 2542, seventeen years after the MJOLNIR Mark IV entered service, manufacturing started on the following technology of MJOLNIR armor. A crew beneath the management of Chief Scientist Dr. Catherine Halsey would spend the following ten years creating the swimsuit. Utilizing information collected from the Mark IV, a whole bunch of minor technical enhancements and a number of other main modifications have been made to the Mark V; most notably, the swimsuit’s armor plating underwent a complete redesign and higher supplies have been developed for its use. Separating the Mark V from the earlier model of the system have been two main breakthroughs within the methods during which the swimsuit improves its wearer’s fight effectiveness.[4]

The primary main breakthrough, which was launched with the primary technology of the Mark V, was the addition of a self-recharging power protect system, reverse-engineered from captured Kig-yar level protection gauntlets,[8] which repel objects and power bursts, plus some other hazardous elemental energies. Whereas impacts on the protect place a considerable drain on the system’s energy provide, the system’s power regenerates as soon as the person is not beneath fireplace. Nevertheless, the variation of the protect overlaying the complete physique weakens the magnetic discipline, making the Mark V’s protect system weak to sustained fireplace. Power protect know-how was first examined on the Mark IV, although such checks weren’t particularly profitable.[3][9]

The second main development, which was not carried out till the second technology of the swimsuit,[3][4] was the addition of a layer of pc reminiscence superconductor that will enable an synthetic intelligence to piggyback into the sector with the operator to each present and collect real-time intelligence. The synthesis of a synthetic intelligence with a human mind shouldn’t be doable with out an improve to the person’s already-specialized neural interface. Like the usual neural interface, the specialised neural lace interprets electrochemical alerts to digital code and routes them by way of an interface connection on the rear of the cranium. Via this interface, the person’s ideas command the armor’s motion and weapons, and enter from the on-board sensors is fed on to the person’s thoughts. As well as, an AI character and processing matrix will be carried by the armor and delivered to the swimsuit through the specialised neural lace and on-board storage in a crystal information chip no bigger than a private bank card. With out the armor, a Spartan’s response time is charted at twenty milliseconds; with the Mark V, and an AI on-board, the time required to translate thought into movement is rendered virtually instantaneous.

The swimsuit additionally possesses different upgraded options that improve its wearer’s talents. It has an upgraded heads-up show linked to sensors that mission protect energy and an improved movement detecting system along with offering different quite a few readouts, together with allies’ vitality and protect standing. These options are maintained and initialized by the Mark V BIOS firmware.

In its second part, the Mark V MJOLNIR battle armor weighs 1 / 4 ton (226,8 kilograms), and with its SPARTAN wearer. The SPARTAN/MJOLNIR mixture is designed to be essentially the most devastating intelligence device ever created, because the AI can enormously improve the wearer’s response time and vastly enhance intelligence gathering capability.

John-117 was the primary Spartan to check the second-generation MJOLNIR Mark V with a sensible AI carried out inside the armor throughout a “live-fire” fight state of affairs.[3] His check was to ring a bell after going by way of an impediment course. This course concerned ten Orbital Drop Shock Troopers, a minefield with Lotus anti-tank mines, three automated 30mm chain weapons, a forest of picket poles, and an surprising SkyHawk jumpjet using 4 50mm cannons and Scorpion missiles. This check confirmed that an AI might vastly enhance the armor’s response instances.[8]

After the Human-Covenant Conflict, the Mark V MJOLNIR elements have been tailored for the usage of the SPARTAN-IV within the MJOLNIR (GEN2) armor. The GEN2 variant of the Mark V was examined on the Damascus Testing Facility in Vhalkem on Chi Ceti IV, a major MJOLNIR improvement web site for a number of a long time.[10]

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A Mark V [B] swimsuit, customised with a baseline Mark V helmet and Mark V shoulder pads, all of which have been obtainable as of November 2551.

Numerous variants of the Mark V have been manufactured to be used within the discipline. As well as, the armor system is suitable with elements and variants created for the sooner or later MJOLNIR generations.

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Variants suitable with the Mark V embody, however will not be essentially restricted to:

Mark VI prototype

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In 2552 previous to the Fall of Attain, a Mark VI helmet was examined on Mark V armor alongside the Recon armor set.

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In late 2552, all surviving Mark V helmets acquired an improve with then current-issue inside elements and software program Mark VI.

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As of 2558, the Mark V has been upgraded to operate with the MJOLNIR [GEN2] suite.

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  • Hybrid GEN2/Mark V [Gen 1]

This variant is basically primarily based off the GEN1 variant however with closely modified elements to satisfy the requirements of GEN2 armor. Some up to date Spartan-IVs use this armor in 2558.[12]

  • Mark V Alpha

The Mark V Alpha is a extremely configurable model of the unique Mark V armor. Although it’s unclear who requested an integration verify for the Mark V helmet with the newest GEN2 structure, engineers at Supplies Group have been shocked on the MARK V ALPHA’s near-parity with up to date designs.[7][13]

  • Mark V Delta

The Mark V Delta helmets are sourced from a cache of SPARTAN-II supplies uncovered on the Seongnam Particular Warfare Middle and are suitable on the GEN2 platform. A number of are even etched with the hand-carved ID variety of Spartans long-since marked MIA.[14]

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As of 2560, the Mark V has been upgraded to operate with the MJOLNIR [GEN3] suite.

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  • Mark V Zeta

An upgraded Mark V variant, the Mark V Zeta helmet was utilized by Spartans assigned to ONI’s Xeno-Supplies Exploitation Group on Set up 07. It is high-threat response and surveillance interlinks programs have been thought of splendid for Zeta Halo’s peculiar working atmosphere.[15]

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Numerous upgrades have been additionally designed together with the usual Mark V, in ONI’s CASTLE Base on Attain to help sure Spartans’ talents in fight. The next is an inventory of recognized improve elements and variants:

  • Neural induction circuits – Allowed the armor to answer the wearer’s motion at a quicker charge.[16]
  • Linear accelerator – Doubles the energy of the power protect system and permits the MJOLNIR to take extra hits earlier than failing.[16]
  • Picture enhancing pc – Higher visible show on the MJOLNIR’s heads-up show.[16]
  • Improved monitoring system – Higher monitoring system on the MJOLNIR’S heads-up show, which improved accuracy at distances as much as a thousand meters.[16]
  • Improved movement sensors – Improves sensitivity readings on the movement tracker permitting for extra correct readings.[16]

As well as, the Mark V armor helps several types of extra attachments, which allow varied talents. A few of these could also be associated to the add-ons described above. The armor can also be suitable with varied varieties of propulsion gear, reminiscent of thruster packs and Sequence 8 jetpacks.

  • Armor lock – A compact generator system on the again of the person generates a strong protect, while concurrently partaking the swimsuit’s lockdown system. This presents short-term near-invulnerability to all floor weaponry and sends out an electromagnetic pulse as soon as the lockdown is disengaged.
  • Energetic camouflage emitter – The energetic camouflage plug-in could make the person almost invisible for transient intervals of time. As a downside, the extra the person strikes, the extra seen he/she turns into. As well as, all sound is muffled to the person whereas the camo is engaged, and the movement sensor is rendered nearly inoperative.
  • Hologram module – A tool on the again of the armor permits a hologram to be despatched out to attract enemy fireplace.
  • Dash module – A module that bypasses the protection limiters of the swimsuit’s actuators and “muscles”, permitting higher efficiency on the expense of warmth regulation, overheating and fatiguing the person if used for extended intervals.

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  • Helmet: The helmet is likely one of the most vital facets of the MJOLNIR system. It’s made from titanium and incorporates key options like a heads-up show that hyperlinks to the mind and arms, and may determine gear and show details about it when it’s picked up by the wearer. The helmet additionally incorporates different gear to guard and assist the person in hostile circumstances. This consists of filters to take away toxins from the ambiance, a provide to supply air to the wearer throughout EVA, thermal and movement sensors, communications, solar-powered lighting, and imaging and video gear. The helmet additionally incorporates the AI housing, the place a ship-borne AI chip will be inserted, situated on the again of the helmet. The Mark V helmet is an upgraded model of the Mark IV helmet, modified to operate with the Mark V’s power protect programs,[17] although, like the remainder of the Mark V system, it doubtless incorporates a number of different modifications as effectively. The helmet helps varied exterior upgrades, reminiscent of a Command Community Module and Up-Armor plating.
  • Titanium alloy outer shell: The outer shell of the MJOLNIR armor is comprised of a reasonably thick titanium alloy. This plating covers the chest, arms, hip, legs, calves, toes and arms. This alloy may be very resilient, can take important punishment, and is sort of impervious to small arms fireplace. Whereas sufficient pictures from armor piercing rounds will breach the outer shell, the swimsuit can take a couple of glancing blows from them with out compromising the armor. The outer shell of all of the MJOLNIR fits is roofed with a refractive coating to assist disperse the warmth skilled from Covenant power weapons. Nevertheless one or two direct hits from any Plasma weapon will compromise the armor plating.
  • Titanium nanocomposite bodysuit: Sandwiched between the exterior armor and the inner padding is a thick black armored bodysuit. This swimsuit has quite a few capabilities, small however very important to the protection and survival of the wearer. The bodysuit is made from a titanium-based materials, making it very robust and but very versatile. It additionally serves as one other layer of safety towards ballistics assaults and is coated with a warmth resistant materials to disperse warmth from plasma weapons.
  • Hydrostatic gel layer: Beneath the armored bodysuit is a gel-filled layer, this gel layer regulates the temperature of the swimsuit and may reactively change its density to evolve to the wearer’s form, the temperature contained in the swimsuit is managed by the moisture absorbing fabric swimsuit beneath the hydrostatic layer. The hydrostatic gel layer will also be pressurized to varied ranges to doubtlessly save the wearers life ought to the wearer be subjected to excessive G forces or a excessive velocity influence; nevertheless, over pressurizing this layer may cause nitrogen embolisms.[18][19]
  • Reactive crystal layer: Sandwiched between the exterior armor and the inner padding is a layer of piezoelectric materials that deforms alongside a most well-liked axis when uncovered to an electrical cost. When creating the swimsuit, the liquid crystal materials is poured right into a capillary system the place electrical costs can direct the formation of crystal geometries.[20] This layer acts as artificial muscle, permitting the Spartan entry to roughly twice their regular energy. This isn’t attributable to a “Leverage Effect”, however slightly having the mechanical programs performing in tandem; relative to their biologically augmented operators.
  • Reminiscence-processor superconductor layer: A layer comparatively new to the MJOLNIR line, launched with the Mark V, that’s able to housing an A.I. Comprised of the identical materials as a starship’s A.I. system, this layer permits an A.I. to journey with a soldier into the sector. The A.I. can then assist the soldier in software program intrusion, {hardware} hacking, and espionage by listening to enemy chatter.[21] As a aspect word, this layer is commonly confused with the Reactive Steel Liquid Crystal layer, which as a result of latter’s piezoelectric properties is unattainable.
  • Magnetic weapon holder strips: The MJOLNIR armor options very small, but highly effective magnets positioned on the legs, waist, and again of the swimsuit which might be used to carry any gear or any weapons with a magnetic property. The swimsuit additionally incorporates a magnet system inside its boots that permits its wearer to remain hooked up to a metallic floor in zero G environments and will be toggled on or off by the wearer.
  • Power shields: First used on the Mark V, and later refined on the Mark VI, the power protect system is reverse engineered from Covenant know-how. Starting in 2532[22] forty scientists and technicians would spend the following twenty years making an attempt to make some use of the know-how. For many years the makes an attempt at cracking their know-how had met with failure after failure; some had given up and others within the scientific neighborhood believed the power protect know-how might by no means be cracked. Nevertheless in some unspecified time in the future earlier than 2552 a breakthrough was made and for the primary time the UNSC had efficiently cracked and improved upon the know-how.[23]
  • Stress seal: The strain seal is an important element to the MJOLNIR system; it retains the system hermetic underwater or in area. The seal may be very robust, solely breaking beneath excessive strain, reminiscent of in a excessive velocity influence or when the hydrostatic gel has been overpressurized.
  • Automated biofoam injectors: Biofoam injectors are an integral element of the programs that hold a SPARTAN-II functioning in battle even after accidents which might in any other case incapacitate the wearer.[24][Note 2] Biofoam is a medical gel that’s used to fill and seal a wound mechanically in addition to to deal with any an infection that might happen because of the wound.
  • Biofoam injection ports: The Mark V armor possesses injection ports the place a direct provide of biofoam or different medicines will be administered from an ordinary navy first assist equipment when the wearer is injured.[25]
  • Fusion reactor: The fusion reactor is essentially the most important a part of the MJOLNIR system, because it offers energy to all gear utilized by the armor, the reactor is constructed into the swimsuit and permits for almost limitless motion. The fusion reactor in all variations of the MJOLNIR armor are half the dimensions of a traditional battery pack that typical marines carry round.[26]
  • Power-multiplying circuits: Positioned all through the armor, these programs increase the power utilized by the person. They make hand-to-hand fight simpler, but additionally make the armor troublesome to regulate to; a slight movement will be translated right into a doubtlessly dangerous one if not carried out accurately. For that reason it’s only doable for Spartans to make use of this armor, as their strengthened our bodies are in a position to stand up to the elevated energy and velocity of motion, which, in unaugmented human our bodies, leads to damaged bones or dying attributable to spasms attributable to the ache of damaged bones.
  • Reactive circuits: Reactive circuits are programs straight linked into the wearer’s neural interface. They amplify the wearer’s response time by connecting on to the ideas of the wearer, making it a lot simpler to manage and permitting for the soldier to be each extra environment friendly and have the next survival charge in fight.
  • Energy provide management unit: The facility provide management unit controls the ability provide of the armor.
  • MJOLNIR Mark V BIOS: The fundamental enter/output system, normal firmware interface for the Mark V.
  • Lock-down system: The lock-down system protects muscular tissues and joints from traumatic, high-impact accidents by seizing the swimsuit right into a inflexible posture by way of modifying the density of the hydrostatic gel layer.[27][28][29][30]
  • Fail-safe detonation system – This method capabilities as a self-destruct mechanism so as to stop a lifeless Spartan’s armor from being compromised by hostiles. It’s activated by a sequence of digits that solely the Spartans know. When engaged, it produces a reactor overload that burns every part inside a ten-meter radius, then produces a big blast.[31]

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Mark V being struck by a Scorpion missile.

The Mark V armor was a significant improve from the earlier model of MJOLNIR armor. With the inclusion of power shielding, this iteration of MJOLNIR is extraordinarily proof against not simply gunfire and explosions, however plasma weaponry as effectively. Whereas John-117 was discipline testing Mark V MJOLNIR on Attain in 2552, his armor’s shields weren’t solely in a position to take the hits from a number of 30mm chain weapons, but it surely was additionally in a position to stand up to the blast from a Scorpion missile.[32]

Throughout the Fall of Attain, the Mark V armor worn by the Spartan IIs of Pink crew was in a position maintain the lives of most them and even hold functioning after hitting the bottom at terminal velocity.[33] Nevertheless, the armor of the survivors suffered injury. Frederic-104 needed to substitute a damaged strain seal utilizing one taken from the armor of deceased Spartan Malcolm-059.[34] Physician Halsey later had the surviving Spartans recuperate armor components that have been being field-tested from CASTLE Base to switch the broken elements of Fred, William-043, Kelly-087, Vinh-030 and Isaac-039.[35]

Throughout the Battle of Set up 04, John-117’s Mark V armor was in a position to stand up to the “wash” from an off-target plasma bolt from a Mgalekgolo‘s assault cannon.[36] Later in the course of the battle, Cortana is ready to alter the swimsuit’s protect system to ship an EMP to knock out Set up 04‘s part pulse mills when John steps into them. The EMP briefly drains John’s shields every time. She later makes use of the armor’s energy provide to energy a bounce utilizing the set up’s teleportation grid from the neighborhood of the Management Room to the . Cortana said a perception that doing so would not completely injury the swimsuit’s energy provide, however wasn’t solely certain and believed they need to solely attempt it as soon as.[37][38]

Throughout the Skirmish over Threshold, attributable to injury from a plasma blast to the armor’s chest at comparatively shut vary with the shot elevating the armor’s inside temperature to over sixty levels Celsius, John’s armor’s power shields have been knocked off-line and unable to recharge. Moreover, attributable to injury from a Stealth Sangheili‘s Kind-1 power sword, the armor was breached. Nevertheless, the armor was in a position to operate positive with out the shields and breached, although John was compelled to regulate his ways to match his lack of shields. A Huragok was later in a position to restore the injury to the protect system and restore the power shields on the orders of Cortana.[39] The swimsuit itself was later repaired in some unspecified time in the future which allowed John to participate in a zero-gee operation on the hull of the the place John’s swimsuit and that of the remainder of Blue Workforce saved them from a near-miss from a Covenant plasma torpedo, although Anton-044 and Li-008 have been vaporized from a direct hit by the torpedo. The near-miss severely broken the armor of the surviving Spartans, however Physician Halsey was in a position to restore it.[40]

Throughout Operation: FIRST STRIKE, a Jiralhanae was in a position to break by way of John’s shields by way of brute power and strangle him inside the armor. Even with the Jiralhanae strangling him, the armor’s shields nonetheless started to recharge. As soon as they reached one-quarter charged, John was in a position to mix the repulsive power generated by the protect and his personal coaching to interrupt free and kill the Jiralhanane.[41]

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The second model of the Mark V helmet is the one a part of the armor obtainable to the participant, it’s unlocked by getting the UNSC Spartan achievement.

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Mark V

Helmet: Initially issued in August 2542, all extant Mark V helmets have been upgraded with current-issue inside elements and software program.

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MCC: All extant MARK V helmets have been upgraded with current-issue elements.

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The primary model of the Mark V helmet and shoulder pauldrons can be found as armor permutations in . The helmet is first in a position to be considered on the rank of Captain, and is purchasable at Lt. Colonel.

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Mark V Alpha (helmet)

It’s unclear who requested an integration verify for the Mark V helmet with the newest GEN2 structure, however engineers at Supplies Group have been shocked on the MARK V ALPHA’s near-parity with up to date designs.

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Mark V Alpha Reflex (helmet)

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Mark V Alpha (physique)

The Mark V and its product-improved variant, the Mark V [B], have been the primary Mjolnir armors to completely combine protect emitters and adequate computing energy for an onboard Good AI. The MARK V ALPHA is a extremely configurable revamp of the unique.

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Mark V Alpha Reflex (physique)

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Mark V Delta (helmet)

MARK V DELTA helmets are sourced from a cache of SPARTAN-II supplies uncovered on the Seongnam Particular Warfare Middle. A number of are even etched with the hand-carved ID variety of Spartans long-since marked MIA.

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John-117 carrying the Mark V in

Throughout the early improvement phases of , John-117 wore the first-generation Mark V armor seen in ‘s armor permutations,[42] although he had canonically already upgraded to the second-generation model. Within the ultimate sport, he wears a second-generation swimsuit, like he wears within the unique sport and in canon, which seems enormously totally different from the first-generation swimsuit seen in . Whereas this conflicts along with his look within the cryo Easter egg from , his armor shouldn’t be meant to be seen in any nice element within the Easter egg, making this discrepancy inconsequential.

Throughout the improvement of , what was to labeled because the FJ/PARA knee guards have been usually used as in the event that they have been normal Mark V knee guards, given the truth that the participant’s character was usually carrying them. For unknown causes, in direction of the tip of the sport’s improvement cycle, these knee guards have been established as a secondary kind slightly than the bottom kind, which was added throughout this time period. The idea artwork of the Mark V for had the armor’s knee guards being noticeably bigger than the ultimate character mannequin’s, which have been shriveled and performance to being considerably sq. plates of metallic partially wrapping across the knee. Within the context of , the sooner idea artwork and deserted -era revisions intently resemble the knee guards of the Grenadier variant. Nevertheless, regardless of any of the visible similarities, neither these ideas or their predecessors match the motion qualities of all 4 knee guard units in .

Throughout the improvement of , the Mark V Alpha was codenamed “” when it was conceived.[43]

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  1. ^

    and ‘s video state that the Mark V was issued on August 29, 2552. Nevertheless, various later sources, together with the aforementioned Weekly Replace, Dr. Halsey’s private journal, the 2011 version of the , and retcon this, clearly stating that the Mark V was issued on November 24, 2551. The 2 latter sources reveal that the swimsuit issued in November 2551 was a prototype of the one issued in August 2552, explaining its noticeably totally different look in . Whereas John-117 certainly examined the efficiency of the second-generation Mark V system, ONI was really evaluating the Spartan-AI pairing made doable by the second-generation Mark V swimsuit.

  2. ^, whereas the non-regenerating well being in and seemingly means that the injectors weren’t current within the Mark V swimsuit. Nevertheless, that is merely a gameplay-related change as establishes that the Mark V was geared up with biofoam injectors.

    The next Mark VI technology’s automated biofoam injectors supposedly function the fictional clarification for the participant’s regenerating well being in, whereas the non-regenerating well being inandseemingly means that the injectors weren’t current within the Mark V swimsuit. Nevertheless, that is merely a gameplay-related change asestablishes that the Mark V was geared up with biofoam injectors.

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