Black Ops right shinguard
Black Ops right shinguard
The success of the Army combat armor paved the way for superior models. The most important of these was the general purpose combat armor issued to military units nationwide, with the first Army model relegated to domestic and garrison duties.
The new combat armor was manufactured in three different variants, for wearing with the standard armed services uniform: Light, medium (sturdy), and heavy. The modular suit of armor was manufactured from alloys that offer balanced protection from conventional firearms and energy weapons and provide load-bearing functionality in combat. A new combat helmet model was designed for all three variants, incorporating ear protection and a pair of attachment points for additional equipment, such as lamps (commonly found on surviving units) and targeting or imaging equipment.
The superior, sturdy combat armor variant was the baseline model. The torso assembly is enhanced with the inclusion of soft body armor from ballistic fiber, overlaid with enlarged hard armor plates providing superior coverage and protection. A groin protector is included by default. Limbs incorporate the axillary and thigh protectors of the lighter model, with the addition of plating on forearms, knees, and lower legs. The entire assembly was intended for units engaged in heavy fighting on the most contested fronts.
The standard combat armor was designed to accept numerous modifications, allowing for it to be tailored for specific purposes. Common material included additional reinforcement, “shadowing” (reducing its profile and signature, with a characteristic black finish), and an optional polymer upgrade that replaced the standard combat armor alloy with advanced combat polymers. Functional upgrades were numerous, tailoring the armor's functionality to the mission profile and included special linings (fire-retardant asbestos, radiation-resistant lead, or the unique BioCommMesh enhancing combat drug duration), lightened construction, upgraded combat webbing, melee modifications, weapon stabilization, and various customizations of the armor profile and silhouette to improve performance in close combat.
After the Great War, some factions developed their own modifications. For example, the Brotherhood of Steel armors incorporate a special coating that provides additional protection from background radiation.
The Black Ops is a custom-modified variant of the standard combat armor for classified operations, providing enhanced strength, performance, and reducing the sound generated. The right shinguard increases movement speed by 10%.
- Frontline troops in Alaska wear this type of combat armor. As seen in the Fallout 4 intro.
- The Army helmet is presented in the game as an older type of helmet, issued to uniformed troops who do not use the standard set of combat armor: Clearly visible in the tutorial segment and later on countless dead bodies throughout the Commonwealth.
- Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "Combat Armor offers balanced protection against both energy and ballistic damage."
- Concept art for the helmet shows the heavy model as having a special targeting unit attached, with an ocular over the right eye.
- Sturdy combat armor in Fallout Shelter: "Worn by the toughest ground pounders in the toughest battles."
- Fallout 4 armor upgrades.