The problem with your typical security contractors is that they have no sense of style, no presence. They are bristling, pragmatically violent when needed, and otherwise, just terrible scenery to be around. Commandos in tuxedos are still crude men and women, and they are seldom good looking enough to even incidentally be in a press junket or media op. Thank god for IronCorps.
The standard issue personal power armor of the IronCorps, the Melbourne is an ultralight composite armor that has a minimal number of servos and actuators, relying more on the person inside for mobility. The armor offers more protection than a standard encounter suit, without the bulkiness of SLAB armors, or the high cost of Decontractee Armure
Melbornes are popular, and the most common members of the IronCorps. Most are able to conceal their combat suits under regular clothing. The majority of Melbornes are chosen for a combination of their appearances and their performance profiles. These men are typically involved in high profile bodyguard work, where they are typically very lightly or completely unarmed and function as shields for their VIPs. When threatened, a man in a Melbourne can use advanced hand to hand tactics, regular infantry firearms, and light melee weapons.
The Amsterdam is a full suit power armor with helmet. The Amsterdam is a Jack of All Trades armor, and has a semi-modular system that allows it to swap out a pair of torso mounts, and a forearm mount, allowing it to run 'Neat' without any mods, or to equip a Kanemitsu sourced jetpack for high mobility, or an over the shoulder weapon system like a 'switchblade' style long rifle, a grenade launcher, and so forth. The arm mount can equip a 'Megatron' style weapon like a large bore recoilless boom tube, flamethrower, or other power armor weapons.
Amsterdams are the second most common suits in the IronCorps, but the heaviest used. Amsterdams are the cavalry for Melbournes, the rank and file for regular combat missions. The suit is a sleeker, more streamlined, and better designed version of commercially available standard power armors. The suit only stands out for it's aesthetic designing and for the color shift paints used on the armors.
The Moscow power armor is designed to take a beating and keep moving. It has multiple layers of armor sandwiched with ablative materials, and a shock absorbing gel sheath for the pilot to keep them alive even when thrown around. It retains the relative sleek and low profile design favored by the IronCorps, and it does have mounting points for weaponry, it's main draw it it's high strength value. Moscow troopers can turn vehicles into improvised weapons, use girders as clubs, and grab and throw most other power armors with ease. At close range, a Moscow equipped with hydraulic claws can tear through a mech or a tank with relative ease.
The Moscow and similar power armors are why many mech corps retain remoras and other mech stalking ground forces. While an exceptional power armor suit, it can still be taken out by a sniper or a placed charge thrown by a commando. The relative number of female Moscow pilots is quite high.
The Vancouver suit is similar to the Melbourne, except that it has an integral jetpack and has sustained flight as a basic function. While not aerospace fast, the Vancouver is more than enough to keep up with kazes and other electro-rotor craft, as well as having the range and agility to fly trough urban build up.
Vancouvers are typically used for VIP duty on aerostats, skyships, and other open air spaces where there is a danger of falling, or threats from a distance. Outside of these roles, Vancouvers are used for recon, drone spotting, providing fire support, and other high mobility tasks. They are still vulnerable to air to air threats, and against something like an actual aerospace fighter, even at full speed they are practically sitting still.
The Berlin suit is somewhat larger than the standard issue Amsterdam, but that is to accommodate the increased size of the power pack and to have six weapon mounts, two each on the shoulders, hips, and arms. The typical Berlin load out is a pair of folding barrel linear guns (magnetic, moderate ROF, high velocity, armor piercing) on the shoulders, optical laser on dominant arm mount, support magnetic assault rifle on the non-dominant arm, one hip mounted grenade launcher, and a surface to air missile (one shot) on the other hip. Berlins are used in assault roles, and fire support roles, and almost never in VIP or bodyguard positions.
The Berlin is the drawn blade, and only has aggressive stance uses. If forced into a defensive role, it's armor is only moderate, and it has less mobility than the Amsterdam, plus with hard mounts, it is less capable of utilizing improvised or recovered weaponry. THe suit requires a degree of greater training, as the operator has to be able to utilize the suit's computer adjutant system, as well as use at least 4 out of the 6 weapon systems at the same time.
The Antwerp is a light suit, but has an obvious over the shoulder antenna system, and a pair of CogNet LBNs, allowing the suit to have tandem net connections and a non-cognitive communications link. Antwerps are bristling with sophisticated smartgear, allowing them to function as a mobile communications system, a drone controller system, or an electronics warfare commando. These suits are unarmed, very low profile, and most are modded to have flight capability or adaptive camouflage.
The Antwerp is a spy suit, and when someone equips it with a weapon, it is either an arcanotech horrorshow, or a spotter system for a much larger indirect weapon. Most Antwerps are used for HQ operations, and monitoring ongoing situations. They are the least seen of the IronCorps suits.
Stockholm, Milan, and Copenhagen
The Stockholm is a mobile medical suit, functionally a diet med-pod in a shiny shell. The pilot is typically trained in medicine, but in a high danger zone, the VIP or a wounded individual can be put inside the Stockholm suit, and it will administer first responder and basic aid, as well as having access to autoconstriction to prevent blood loss, and the ability to manually keep a victim breathing and their heart beating until they can be delivered to a private medical center for enhanced care.
The Milan is technically an Amsterdam that has been styled from the outside to look female, in that the armor has prominent breasts and hips. Like the Amsterdam, either a man or woman can pilot either suit.
The Copenhagen is an extreme environment/rescue suit with enhanced breathing systems, better sensors, and enhanced strength for diffing through rubble, righting heavy objects, and rescuing people after accidents or disasters. While they can be armed, most will be equipped with a first responder kit, a combat shield, or a crowd dispersal system like a LRAD (long range acoustic device) DME (directed microwave emitter) or a squirt gun
Built exclusively for the IronCorps, the Fury Class carry-all is compact, spartan, and as sophisticated as the power armor suits it transports. Technically an assault craft, the Fury is unlikely to be used in such into the breech actions. The craft, with it's dagger like profile, is more commonly seen as a high profile escort for non-military craft, and in carrying out basic logistics for the Corps. The Fury is considered a para-military vehicle as it has basic armor, and only minimal weaponry, none of which is capital grade. The Corps was fine with this, as the Fury is not intended for combat operations.
Stark Fury - the carry-all of the IronCorps 7th Company, Armored Rescue, Stark Fury has been used on a number of extraction missions where the IronCorps have carried out VIP recovery operations. The craft is red and gold, and has an internal bay to hold a pair of aerospace craft, allowing for very high level VIPs to have a hypersonic escape path, or combat air cover, whichever is more prudent to the mission. The 7th Company is stationed in the EuroZone currently, and Stark Fury is currently in Berlin.
Red Fury - the carry-all of the 2nd Company, Armored Response, Red Fury is a First Responder craft, and carries a large number of Stockholm medic troopers, and other search and rescue equipment. The red and white carry-all can airlift a pre-con medical base into position as needed, as well as providing power and communications support after landing.
The Gladius Class is a medium sized aerospace cargo craft that is used for lightning quick deployment. The Gladius has a crew of three, and can deploy up to eight armored troopers almost anywhere above water. This isn't comfortable, as half of the troopers are carried on external soft points, and the other half are packed into the small cargo bay like sardines. If carrying Melbourne or Vancouver armors, the Gladius can carry 12, rather than eight, due to the compact nature of the light suits.
The Gladius was originally pitched to the AtFed military as a deep strike vehicle, and for supporting black and supersoldier ops. The Federation passed on the design, as they already had deep strike destroyers and assault craft that did the same job, and were larger, more durable, and more expensive. They weren't looking for something as quick and vulnerable as the Gladius. The proposed Gran Gladius would have used the same soft point system to carry mecha into combat. It never progressed beyond the design phase
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The hook had me on this one, I thought neat an organization of sauve body guards that put equal emphasis onf style and substance. But then it just turns into another list of fantasy equipment without stats.
The writing: it is like I am just reading the footnotes for piece. I get writing footnotes, but why not give us the whole thing. It is also a little two Scras-styled for my tastes, lots of proper nouns, no characters, no personality: a narrativeless fact explosion without personality written in the voice of an expert not burdened by doubt or academic sensibilities.