Power Armor

Even though they were smaller than their first generation counterparts, the Southern Cross battloid mecha were still unsuitable for dealing with military threats involving more conventional ground troops, or for dealing with civilian strife, both of which were becoming the common type of threat faced by the Southern Cross after the final defeat of the Zentraedi at the end of the Malcontent Uprisings. To deal with these threats Robotech engineers developed small-scale mecha that were in effect heavily armored powered exoskeletons. Unlike the larger battloids, these mecha were not designed to be piloted but instead worn, with the operator moving the mech with his own limbs (though with power enhanced strength and mobility). Sensor data is displayed directly on a heads-up display (HUD) in the mech's head (helmet) while weapons and other auxiliary systems are operated by a combination of hand controls in the arms and voice command. Since size constraints prevent these mecha from using either Protoculture or fusion power sources, engineers opted instead for liquid hydrogen fuel cells, allowing the same fuel source as the fusion reactors of the battloids to be used for the mecha suit fuel cells.

Referred to alternately as both Powered Armors and Mecha Suits, these mecha are usually equipped with some built-in offensive capability that, thanks to their small size, can be augmented with conventional carried infantry weaponry.

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