Coyote Main Battle Armour
A form of battledress introduced in the 2270's
The Coyote Main Battle Armour suit was a 3rd Generation-equivalent battledress produced by Livinton Heavy to outclass the 2nd Generation suits it was expected to fight. At that time, powered armour was still issued only to designated units, on account of it’s bulk and perponderance. The Coyote was designed to mark a new phase in personal body armour and to be worn by line infantry. Still slightly slower walking than an unencumbered soldier, the powered servos allowed the wearer to move slightly faster than normal when running. In addition, though previous suits had included a jet pack, the Coyote was the first to have it optimised for short bursts, allowing a trooper to bound across the ground at great speed. The pack was still capable of sustaining powered flight for thirty seconds, but the dangers of guided weapons above ground level meant it was rarely used in this mode. The suit incorporated active camouflage, allowing it to blend into any location, and advanced cooling to reduce the infrared signature of the soldier (though the use of jets would act as a beacon through a set of sensors). The integrated Heads Up display could be keyed into the soldier’s personal firearm as well as any incorporated weapons.
Several different models were produced. The Standard Template, most widely produced, incorporated a flame thrower for close in incendiary and anti-personnel work. A command suit used an improved model of the tactical network present in all the suits to give greater command and control options to both the team leader and his superiors. Another variant used a larger radio system to extend the range of the suits already significant communications range.
The suits used electronics and servo-motor technology that was far beyond what was possible for most of human industry at the time. Livinton Heavy sought assistance from several cutting-edge research projects, in return for heavy subsidies. As a result, the suits were incredibly expensive. Though they were capable of being used by regular infantry, it was unfeasible to pay for that many, even for the richest governments.
Tapsco was one of the few worlds which even attempted to acquire significant numbers. Several thousand were bought, at great expense, to equip various units of the 4th Army. Desires to see the armour under combat conditions influenced the deployment of the Tapscan military to Firoze in 2277.
Though the armour performed well in the campaign, it couldn’t prevent the ignomious rout. Defeat fatally tarnished the reputation of the Coyote, along with power armour in general. Large numbers had to be left behind during the retreat, losing Tapsco it’s precious investment. For several decades power armour development was ignored. Only recently has the Coyote been reevaluated. Though still too expensive to produce, it influenced 3rd Generation suits such as the TacMaster.