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'''Combat armor''' is among the best forms of protection in the [[Great War|post-War]] [[wasteland]]. Although extremely expensive, the protection value of this armor and its [[#Variants|variants]] is surpassed only by [[power armor]]. It was designed to sheath the human body as completely as possible with a high-durability armor.
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'''Combat armor''' is a general term for any suit of personal body armor employed before the [[Great War]] by the [[United States Armed Forces]]. Although offering varying degrees of protection, sophistication, and encumbrance, the combat armor is typically among the finest possible options when it comes to personal protection, as it was designed to secure the operator without limiting their protection or fine motor control.<ref>[[Simple armor|Simple combat armor]]: "''Worn by the more mobile units that accompanied power armor troops prior to the war, combat armor offers protection without sacrificing mobility or fine motor control.''"</ref>
   
==Background==
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==Design==
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First created in [[Timeline#2051|2051]], the military-grade combat armor was designed to protect key sections of the human body from ballistic trauma with hard armored plates made from complex polymers and ceramics, with a flexible body suit interwoven with thermal-dissipative membranes and bulletproof material. The earliest models of the combat armor were manufactured as specific plates mounted on combat webbing, although as the technology improved, body-enclosing suits of armor were created and entered active combat duty, though in limited quantities. The armor came with a matte-finish olive drab coloring by default, making it suitable for woodland and/or urban camouflage.<section end="background" />
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Modeled after the human silhouette, combat armors were designed to provide balanced protection without limiting user mobility. They are a diverse family of personal body armor with varying degrees of sophistication, ranging from the earliest iterations developed by the [[United States Army]]<ref name="Fo4ArmyHelmet">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</ref> to the cutting-edge [[riot gear]]s that came into use prior to the [[Great War]].<ref>[[Riot gear]] variants available in ''Lonesome Road''.</ref><section end="background" />
   
The combination armor layers of a suit of adequately-maintained combat armor grant the wearer significant protection from most types of damage, including laser, plasma, ballistic (bullets, shrapnel), and blast damage - uncommon for personal armor. Furthermore, it does so without the extreme weight inherent in most battle armor systems of the 20th and 21st centuries. In summary, combat armor provides outstanding protection at comparatively low-weight and high-comfort levels.
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==Army combat armor==
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[[File:American Soldier OA.png|right|thumb|220px|A full suit of Army combat armor used on the Alaskan front.]]
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The first modern type of combat armor developed by the United States Army<ref name="Fo4ArmyHelmet">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</ref> to the cutting-edge [[riot gear]]s that came into use prior to the [[Great War]].<ref>[[Riot gear]] variants available in ''Lonesome Road''</ref> consisted of individual armored plates manufactured from synthetic fibers<ref>Visual inspection of the Army helmet in ''Fallout 4'' shows that its material is nearly identical to modern combat helmet materials, such as the Spectra or Dyneema fibers</ref> attached to standard load-carrying equipment of the infantryman. The individual components included a combat helmet issued with matching goggles in hazardous environs, front and back ballistic plates, and a pair of axillary protectors. Additional forearm protectors were issued to frontline troops.<ref>Only ''Operation Anchorage'' [[American soldiers|soldiers]] are shown wearing them, they are absent from domestic armor</ref> The lower body was protected by a pair of thigh plates, worn together with a groin and kidney protector. The shins, knees, and feet were covered by frontal plates worn over standard combat boots.<ref name="F3NVAppearanceCA1">Armor appearance in ''Fallout 3'' and ''Fallout: New Vegas''</ref>
   
===Pre-War users===
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The armor was typically worn in conjunction with standard [[Army fatigues]]<ref>As shown in ''Fallout 4''.</ref> or specialized uniforms designed for it, with various solid color camouflage patterns (including Arctic white, coyote brown, and olive drab). Rank indicators were typically painted on the axillary protectors,<ref>[[US Army combat armor]] in ''Lonesome Road'' has the rank insignia of private</ref> with the Army insignia and identification numbers printed on the back plate.<ref>[[Ranger combat armor]] in ''[[Fallout 3]]''</ref><ref name="F3NVAppearanceCA1" />
[[File:Combat armor.jpg|thumb|250px|Combat armor ad from ''Fallout d20'']]<section begin="background" />
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Prior to the [[Great War]], combat armor was nearly exclusively the property of military forces and special police units. Currently-available historical documentation shows users only in the North American continent, but allied nations were likely to possess identical or similar systems. Combat armor was the de facto armor of the [[United States]] military, issued to all combat soldiers not in the powered armor units. Additionally, at least one [[Canada|Canadian]] partisan was caught on camera wearing a suit of combat armor.
 
   
Civilian ownership of combat armor was highly restricted. A special permit was required from the [[Bureau of Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, Firearms and Lasers]] for private ownership of the combat armor (though it was marketed to US citizens without mentioning this fact).<section end="background" />
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FO3 Combat Armor.png|Standard combat armor
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American Soldier OA.png|Winterized variant
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Winterized Medic Armor.png|Medic variant of the winterized combat armor
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US Army combat armor.png|US Army combat armor
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Tenpenny security uniform.png|Tenpenny security uniform
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Rivet City security uniform.png|Rivet City combat armor
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Fallout 3 Talon Armour with Helmet.png|[[Talon Company]] armor
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Ranger_battle_armor.png|Ranger battle armor
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VanGraff CombatArmor.png|Van Graff combat armor
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===Post-War users===
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After the [[Great War|war]], it became a valuable item, especially as the number of usable suits dwindled in the centuries that followed. Only those who are either very wealthy, very well-connected, very skilled, or simply very lucky own combat armor - and even for those people, finding a suit can be a task.
 
   
====West Coast====
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==Standard-issue combat armor==
In [[Timeline#2161|2161]], combat armor was rare outside large population centers. The [[Gun Runners]] that originated in [[the Hub]] owned and wore several sets, while a few merchants had a suit available for sale at extremely high costs. The armor was also used by the [[Hub police]]. The Brotherhood initiates used a [[Brotherhood armor (Fallout)|superior variant]].
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In [[Timeline#2241|2241]], the armor became more popular, used by the [[Vault City guard (faction)|Vault City guard]], [[New California Republic Rangers]], [[Hubologist]] guards and even some raiders, as evidence by [[John Bishop|Bishop]]'s mercenary raider captains and [[Darion]]'s elite raiders. The selling price was lower, but locating a set of the armor was still difficult. Shops in [[San Francisco]] often had a set or two in stock, but usually for $12,000 or more.
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The success of the Army combat armor paved the way for superior models. The most important of these was the standard-issue<ref>[https://twitter.com/Bethesda_UK/status/1167423124603842560/photo/1 Bethesda UK Official Twitter]</ref> combat armor issued to military units nationwide,<ref name="Fo4Intro">Frontline [[American soldiers|troops]] in [[Northwest Commonwealth|Alaska]] wear this type of combat armor. As seen in the [[Fallout 4 intro|''Fallout 4'' intro]]</ref><ref>''Fallout 76'' intro shows this type of armor as the standard issue armor for United States soldiers</ref> with the first Army model relegated to domestic and garrison duties.<ref name="Fo4ArmyHelmet">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. Visible in the tutorial segment and later on dead bodies throughout the Commonwealth</ref>
   
In [[Timeline#2281|2281]], pre-War combat armor has been largely superseded by post-War designs, especially by larger and most powerful factions. However, some mercenaries and most importantly, the [[Gun Runners]] still use combat armor, making it uncommon, but not unseen.
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The new combat armor was manufactured in three different variants, for wearing with the [[Army uniform|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<ref>[[Fallout 4 loading screens|''Fallout 4'' loading screens]]: ''"Combat Armor offers balanced protection against both energy and ballistic damage."''</ref> 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.<ref>[[:File:Fo4 Combat Armor Concept Art.png|Concept art]] for the helmet shows the heavy model as having a special targeting unit attached, with an ocular over the right eye</ref>
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<section begin="Fo4 lite" />The basic, light model was most common, issued widely to troops on the battlefield.<ref>[[Combat armor (Fallout Shelter)|Combat armor in ''Fallout Shelter'']]: "''The preferred battlefield armor of pre-war grunts.''"</ref><ref name="Fo4Intro">Frontline [[American soldiers|troops]] in [[Northwest Commonwealth|Alaska]] wear this type of combat armor. As seen in the [[Fallout 4 intro|''Fallout 4'' intro]]</ref>, it consisted of a pair of plates covering the chest and upper back, attached to standard load-bearing equipment, axillary protectors, and a pair of plates covering the thighs.<ref>Combat armor appearance in ''Fallout 4''</ref><section end="Fo4 lite" /> <section begin="Fo4 med" />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.<ref>[[Sturdy combat armor]] in ''Fallout Shelter'': "''Worn by the toughest ground pounders in the toughest battles.''"</ref><section end="Fo4 med" />
   
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<section begin="Fo4 heavy" />The heaviest model of combat armor is a radical departure from the principle of balance that guided the design of combat armor. Emphasizing durability and protection, the heavy variant encloses the entire body in a layer of soft body armor enclosing it almost entirely, with the characteristic armored plates worn on top. The torso assembly incorporates the medium variant upgraded with armor plating enclosing the entire torso, including a characteristic hump that protects the upper back. Arms are sheathed in segmented armor that incorporates additional protection for hands, elbows, and shoulders (heavy axillary protectors include a pair of characteristic pauldrons). Legs are protected even more heavily, with armor plating enclosing the thighs, lower legs, and covering feet.<ref>[[Heavy combat armor]] in ''[[Fallout Shelter]]'': "''They used to send in an army. Now they only need you.''"</ref><section end="Fo4 heavy" />
In [[Timeline#2277|2277]], the combat armor is fairly commonplace in the [[Capital Wasteland]], owing the fact that the National Guard was dispatched hours before the bombs fell. First-generation suits are used by several factions who have also recolored it to fit their profile.
 
   
==First generation armor variants==
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<section begin="Fo4 mods" />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.<ref name="Fo4UpgCatalogue">''Fallout 4'' armor upgrades</ref>
===Basic combat armor===
 
[[File:FO3 Combat Armor.png|right|x120px]]
 
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The basic model of combat armor is essentially a pre-War olive-drab military body suit, worn with combat webbing to which armored plates forming the combat armor are mounted. It offers decent protection (and reliability, as broken plates can be simply swapped for fresh ones), although lacks the coverage later models offer.
 
   
The helmet is a standard ballistic assembly, with a back-mounted battery that can be used to power any helmet attachments.
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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.<ref name="Fo4UpgCatalogue" /><section end="Fo4 mods" />
   
* For other versions in ''[[Fallout Shelter]]'', see: [[sturdy combat armor]], [[heavy combat armor]], [[battle armor]], [[sturdy battle armor]] and [[heavy battle armor]]
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==Advanced combat armor==
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Even with the widespread deployment of standard combat armor, work continued on more advanced suits of combat armor. The largest and most successful model was a high-tech armor using advanced defensive polymers to provide a high degree of protection,<ref>[[Fallout Demo|''Fallout'' demo]], ''[[Fallout]]'' and ''[[Fallout 2]]'' item description: ''"{1700}{}{Combat Armor}"''<br />''"{1701}{}{High tech armor, made out of advanced defensive polymers.}"''<br />([[PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout demo)]], [[PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout)]], [[PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2)]])</ref><ref>[[Fallout Official Survival Guide]] p.122: ''"'''Combat Armor:''' High-tech armor made out of advanced synthetic materials."''</ref> also referred to as battle armor<ref>''Fallout Shelter'' designates it as such</ref> and reinforced combat armor.<ref>''Fallout: New Vegas'' uses this name</ref> The advanced model represented a new approach to design, doing away with the modular construction of its predecessors, and was hailed as an advanced personal armor for the 22nd-century police officer or soldier: Highly effective against most types of damage ''and'' lightweight, unlike the heavy variant of the standard combat armor. Unlike older models, materials used in the advanced combat armor also provided limited protection from [[radiation]] by default<ref>Combat Armor item perk in ''Fallout'' and ''Fallout 2''.</ref><ref name="FO1Manual">[[Vault Dweller's Survival Guide]] p. 5-17: ''"Combat Armor is advanced personal armor for the 22nd century police officer or military grunt. This is about the best armor a Vault Dweller is likely to see in their lifetime. Combat Armor is highly effective against most types of damage, is light weight (for it’s protective value), and is, unfortunately, not available without a special permit. Interested parties should contact the BADTFL office near them."''</ref> and typically incorporated some form of camouflage by default.<ref>[[Sid (Fallout)|Sid]]: ''"{127}{}{It's camouflage, you blend so well. Wait! Where'd you go?}"''<br />([[SID.MSG]])</ref>
   
===US Army combat armor===
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The basic component of this advanced armor is a long-sleeve jumpsuit, incorporating thermal dissipators and general-purpose dissipative membranes.<ref>The [[Chosen One]]: ''"{292}{}{The Phoenix Armor Implant.}"''<br />[[Johnson (Fallout 2)|Johnson]]: ''"{310}{}{According to the reports, Phoenix Armor Implants give you 5% resistance to thermal damage (fire, laser, and plasma) - over and above any other armor you're wearing. The operation takes a few days, one suit of Combat Armor (for the thermal-dissipative membranes), and it will cost you $8,000. Not to worry, though; this operation *should* create only minimal scarring - at least that's what I read.}"''<br />The [[Chosen One]]: ''"{318}{}{That sounds great, Doc. Let's do it.}"''<br />[[Johnson (Fallout 2)|Johnson]]: ''"{326}{}{Coming around, are we? You're just jam-packed with thermal-dissipators and dissipative membranes. You won't look quite so lumpy in a few weeks, but you won't be winning any beauty pageants again, either. Try not to pick at the pus-crusts near the drainage incisions until they stop suppurating.}"''<br />[[RCDRJOHN.MSG]])</ref> It is worn underneath the actual combat armor, manufactured from polymer impact plates providing concussive protection and incorporating additional dissipation cells and membranes.<ref>The [[Chosen One]]: ''"{278}{}{Do you have what you need to perform the operations?}"''<br />[[Johnson (Fallout 2)|Johnson]]: ''"{279}{}{Mostly. I have the skill and the training, but I don't have the implant material.}"''<br />The Chosen One: ''"{280}{}{So, what does that mean?}"''<br />Johnson: ''"{281}{}{That means that we'll just have to improvise. I think I can get what I need from a set of standard combat armor. I can take the concussive protection plates and also the thermal cells from the armor.}"''<br />([[RCDRJOHN.MSG]])</ref><ref>The [[Chosen One]]: ''"{213}{}{Combat implants? What do you mean?}"''<br />[[Andrew (Fallout 2)|Andrew]]: ''"{214}{}{Well, according to the schematics I saw, you can graft dermal plates and thermal dissipators to a person's skeleton using the following procedure...}"''<br />The Chosen One: ''"{211}{}{I found some combat implant schematics in the Vault City medical database. Could you perform the operation?}"''<br />Andrew: ''"{215}{}{Huh. Well, I suppose with help from the ol' Doctor I could do that operation. Course, I'd need some impact plates and dissipators first...might be able to pry some out of a suit of combat armor, if you can find one.}"''<br />([[VCANDY.MSG]])</ref> The top layer incorporates a single-piece vest enclosing the entire torso, a pair of axillary protectors, armored boots, forearm protectors, and a ballistic helmet with an integrated laser targeting system and a polarized visor. Compared to its older brother, the design is a lot more mobile, with limbs protected by soft armor that doesn't limit fine motor control and agility, and crucial areas of the body hidden under hard armor. The organic, rounded shapes of the armored shell also improve its protective qualities as compared to more angular past models.<ref name="FO1ArmorAppearance">The appearance of high-tech combat armors in ''Fallout'', ''Fallout 2'', and ''Fallout: New Vegas''</ref><section end="Fo1 background" />
[[File:US Army combat armor.png|right|x120px]]
 
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US Army combat armor is different from standard [[Combat armor (Fallout: New Vegas)|combat armor]] in four primary ways, the first of which are aesthetic. The leggings are slightly darker, and have added cargo pouches. There is also a single chevron on either shoulder pad, indicating a rank of Private. Additionally, the US Army combat armor has more damage threshold than normal combat armor or [[Combat armor, reinforced|reinforced combat armor]], with only slightly less than [[Combat armor, reinforced mark 2|Mk II reinforced combat armor]]. It also gives a bonus to the guns and survival skill.
 
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===Winterized combat armor===
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===Brotherhood armor===
[[File:American soldier OA.png|right|x120px]]
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[[File:COMBA2A.gif|right]]
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{{Gamearticle|FO1|FO2|link=Brotherhood armor}}
This winterized version was used by the United States during the [[Battle of Anchorage|Anchorage Reclamation]] campaign in [[Northwest Commonwealth|Alaska]]. The winterized combat armor includes snow goggles, a mask and protective bracers in addition to the other features already present in combat armor.
 
 
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===Winterized medic combat armor===
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===Upgraded variants===
[[File:Winterized Medic Armor.png|right|x120px]]
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{{Gamearticle|FO2|FNV|link1=Combat armor Mk II|link2=Combat armor, reinforced mark 2}}
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Although the advanced combat armor was never fielded in large enough quantities to supplant the standard combat armor, additional variants were created:
A special winterized version was used by doctors and medics during the [[Battle of Anchorage|Anchorage Reclamation]] campaign in [[Northwest Commonwealth|Alaska]]. It closely resembles the winterized combat armor, except it doesn't have the mask and black goggles for the helmet, and has a red cross symbol on the back.
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* The combat armor mark II is a heavier set designed for use by shock troops and Special Forces, incorporating additional armor plating and increasing its protective qualities.<ref name="FO2Guide">[[Fallout 2 Official Strategies & Secrets]] p. 65: ''"Combat Armor is prewar personal body armor. Combat Armor Mk. 2 was designed as a heavier set of personal armor, reserved for use by shock troops and Special Forces."''<br />''"Brotherhood Combat Armor, manufactured by the Brotherhood of Steel, looks like normal Combat Armor, but is made of substantially improved materials and is designed better. In addition to its other protective features, Combat Armor gives the wearer a 20% bonus to their Radiation Resistance."''</ref>
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* After the Great War, the Brotherhood of Steel created its own variant that incorporates superior materials and design. Easily recognizable due to polished rivets incorporated into its pauldrons and the blue trim on the edges.<ref name="FO2Guide" />
   
===Security uniform===
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[[File:Security Uniform.png|right||x120px]]
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CBTARMOR.gif|A set of advanced armor
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A weaker, civilian version of combat armor used by the [[Tenpenny Tower|Tenpenny Tower Security]] and [[Rivet City|Rivet City security]] after the War. The Tenpenny Tower version is very similar to the basic combat armor but with a desert color, while the Rivet City one has a black color and a modified combat helmet resembling a riot helmet.
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===Talon combat armor===
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==Marine armor==
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{{Gamearticle|FO4FH|FO76|link1=Marine armor (Far Harbor)|link2=Marine armor (Fallout 76)}}
A black-colored variation of the basic combat armor. The suit also bears the [[Talon Company]] logo in white on the left breast. There is also a unique version - [[Lag-Bolt's combat armor]].
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An advanced model of combat armor designed for the [[United States Marine Corps]],<ref>[[DiMA's memory|DiMa's memory No. 5]]: ''"Memory file identification: 0Y-8K7D. Converted to audio transcription. Beginning playback.''<br /><br />''{{Tooltip|I've discovered a curious record inside the prewar data files of this submarine base.|holotape recording / Neutral}} The marines here were equipped with an advanced model of combat armor. There are several suits already in the base, in various states of deterioration. But there were more shipments of the armor on its way to the base, the day the bombs fell. They could be in prime condition if the sealants have held. I have no use for them, but you never know. Maybe they'll be worth digging up one day...''<br /><br />''Additional data appended. Armor Shipments Tracking Information. Coordinates downloaded."''</ref> the Marine armor pulls no stops when it comes to providing protection for the user, above even that of the heavy combat armor. Outclassed only by Power Armor, every piece of was designed to provide exceptional protection in nearly every battlefield scenario.<ref>[[Fallout 76 loading screens]]</ref>
   
===Reilly's Rangers combat armor===
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Unlike the standard or polymer combat armor, this variant relies on a combination of hard and soft armor to provide protection. The torso assembly consists of a tactical vest from ballistic fiber covering the entire torso from the groin to the shoulders and neck, supplemented by tactical rigging combining hard ballistic armor with a powered survival system and a belt with four multipurpose pouches. Arms are protected by sleeves from the same ballistic fiber, combined with hard armor covering the shoulders, forearm, and dorsal side of the hands. The hard armor is shaped to provide additional protection from the front when aiming and double as attachment points for additional carry pouches. The legs are protected in the same way, with the added benefit of thigh pouches and a pair of stabilizers on the shin. The helmet is derived from the standard combat armor variant, combing by default with a polarized visor, filtration mask, and additional carry strap on the back of the head. Together, they combine to provide a heavy duty set of combat armor that covers almost the entire body in heavy armor, excepting necessary articulation points.<ref>Armor appearance</ref><section end="marine background" />
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A version of the basic combat armor used by [[Reilly's Rangers]]. This version offers superior damage resistance and bears the Reilly's Rangers insignia while retaining the standard olive-drab camouflage with matte finish.
 
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===Van Graff combat armor===
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==Riot gear==
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:''Gameplay articles: [[NCR Ranger combat armor]], [[Desert Ranger combat armor]], [[Riot gear]], [[Advanced riot gear]], [[Elite riot gear]], [[Ranger armor outfit]]''
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An improved basic combat armor used by the [[Van Graff]] family. It is colored matte-black for "brand recognition purposes", but has no matching black helmet. It closely resembles the Rivet City security uniform.
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Another advanced design fielded in limited quantities before the Great War, riot gear was a specialized model of combat armor used by the [[United States Marine Corps]],<ref>[[Desert Ranger combat armor]] was used by a marine in China</ref> Army units in the American West,<ref>Riot gear availability in ''Lonesome Road''</ref> and select law enforcement agencies, such as the Los Angeles Police Department.<ref>[[Fallout: New Vegas loading screen hints|''Fallout: New Vegas'' loading screen hint]] - ''"The distinctive black ranger combat armor consists of the Desert Rangers' traditional trench coat worn with Pre-War riot armor. Ranger patrol armor is hand-manufactured in the NCR."''</ref>
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===Sim regen armor===
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The most characteristic element of this model is the helmet. A rounded shell protects the head from incoming gunfire, while the lamps on the right side of the helmet (including infrared and visible light projectors) provide illumination.<ref>[[:File:Ranger Massive Black 2.jpg|Massive Black concept art]]</ref> The armored mask designed to be worn with the helmet is necessary to use the IR lamp, due to the low-light optics integrated into the lenses.<ref>The [[Courier]]: ''"What do the new rangers mean for NCR?"''<br />[[Hanlon]]: ''"The Baja rangers can do more advance night scouting and sharpshooting to assist the troopers. Ranger combat helmets are old Pre-War gear. They have built in low-light optics. Makes a big difference."''<br />([[Hanlon's dialogue]])</ref><ref>As seen in the [[Fallout: New Vegas intro|''Fallout: New Vegas'' intro]]</ref> The mask also incorporates a locking mechanism to properly join it together with the helmet shell, ear covers with membranes that do not inhibit hearing while maintaining its protective qualities, and air filters. Some upgraded models also include communications gear and upgraded filtering apparatus.<ref name="RGAppearances">Appearance of [[NCR Ranger combat armor]], [[Desert Ranger combat armor]], and [[riot gear]]s</ref>
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A version cut from the final version of the ''Fallout 3'' add-on, ''Operation: Anchorage.'' It is identical in appearance to standard combat armor.
 
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==Second generation (reinforced) armor variants==
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The torso assembly is a flexible vest of rigid impact plates, worn with adjustable straps on the sides and shoulders. One of its most notable additions is a prominent throat protector mounted on the vest, used by military operators to display tactical numbers<ref>[[Riot gear]] textures</ref> or the owner's identifying information, such as the name, rank, and blood group, allowing for easy casualty management.<ref>[[Desert Ranger combat armor]]</ref> Later models of riot gears may include heavier protection, including armored plating on shoulders and forearms. Military coats designed for use with the armor will also typically include some form of bullet-resistant reinforcement.<ref name="RGAppearances" />
===Reinforced combat armor===
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In this more advanced and expensive pre-War model, the torso is covered by the primary armor assembly, including a vest enclosing the entire chest and upper abdomen, pauldrons and an armored plate covering the lower abdomen. It is typically worn over a long-sleeved body suit, with proper combat webbing attached by default. The lower body incorporates no hard armor, save for armored boots and kneepads.
 
   
The helmet is a ballistic assembly, designed to protect the wearer from projectile and energy weapon impacts, bladed weapons, blunt trauma, and concussion. An integrated polarized visor not only protects the user's eyes from the ordinary battlefield hazards of grit and dust, but also from laser blindness and flying fragments. The helmets also incorporate combination camera/laser rangefinder units built into the helmets' right side, just above the ear. Those suits of combat armor surviving in the wasteland still have the housing for that equipment, but no suit has been documented as having working hardware.
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===Reinforced combat armor mark II===
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===Pre-War===
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The United States Armed Forces were the principal operator of the entire family of combat armors before the [[Great War]], although some were provided to law enforcement agencies. It was not available to civilians without a special permit provided by the [[Bureau of Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, Firearms and Lasers|BADTFL]].<ref name="FO1Manual" />
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* [[United States Army]]: The main operator of the entire family of combat armor: starting with the [[US Army combat armor]] and its specialized variants, the [[winterized combat armor]] and [[winterized medic armor]],<ref>''[[Operation: Anchorage]]''</ref> through the standard combat armor, to the most advanced suits such as the advanced combat armor,<ref>''[[Fallout]]''</ref> [[combat armor Mk II]],<ref>''[[Fallout 2]]''</ref> [[riot gear]], [[advanced riot gear]], and [[elite riot gear]].<ref>''[[Lonesome Road (add-on)|Lonesome Road]]''</ref>
An improved version of the Reinforced combat armor, designed to replace it, this high tech suit was created as a heavier, more protective armor reserved for use by American shock troops and special forces.
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* [[United States Marine Corps]]: Employed riot gears adapted for desert use.<ref>''[[Honest Hearts]]'' Desert Ranger armor.</ref>
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* [[Canada]]: At least one Canadian used the advanced combat armor for personal protection, before his capture and execution on national television. The source of the suit is not known.<ref>As seen in the [[Fallout intro|''Fallout'' intro]]</ref>
   
This suit of armor is even more durable than the standard reinforced combat armor, providing modestly greater protection against all forms of damage. Some of its variants are visually identical to the older model, while others feature a modified design.
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* [[Brotherhood of Steel]]: The largest operator of combat armors, principally the Army, standard, and advanced combat armor. Basic combat armor was usually used with the standard woodland camouflage,<ref>[[Pek|Initiate Pek]] wears this armor in the field</ref> while standard armor was deployed with a custom, copper-colored finish providing additional resistance to [[radiation]].<ref>''[[Fallout 4]]'' upgrade options</ref> The most advanced armor of this family was the Brotherhood armor, an upgraded variant of the basic version. Manufactured by Brotherhood knights, it looks like normal combat Armor, but is made of substantially improved materials and is designed better.<ref name="FO2Guide" />
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* [[Enclave]] used advanced combat armor as standard equipment for its light infantry stationed on the mainland.<ref>[[Navarro]] infantry in ''[[Fallout 2]]''</ref>
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* [[Vault City]] provided suits of advanced combat armor to its patrols operating away from the City itself.<ref>[[Fallout 2 random encounters|''Fallout 2'' random encounters]] with [[Vault City]] patrols</ref>
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* [[New California Republic Rangers]] used advanced combat armor in 2241,<ref>[[NCR Ranger (Fallout 2) |Rangers]] in [[Shady Sands]] and on patrols wear this armor</ref> but by [[Timeline#2281|2281]], after being folded into the NCR military command, switched to hand-made [[NCR Ranger patrol armor|combat armor pattern suits]], with [[NCR Ranger combat armor|LAPD riot gears]] provided to its veteran members.<ref>[[NCR Ranger (Fallout: New Vegas) |Rangers in ''Fallout: New Vegas'']]</ref>
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* [[Rivet City]]'s security guard all used Army combat armor painted black with riot helmets as its [[security uniform]] in [[Timeline#2277|2277]].<ref> Rivet City security guards in ''[[Fallout 3]]''</ref>
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* The wealthy merchant houses of [[the Hub]] provided full suits of advanced combat armor to the [[Hub police]] in 2161.<ref>[[Hub police]] officers in ''[[Fallout]]''</ref>
   
===Brotherhood combat armor===
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* Some wealthy merchants would continue the practices of providing their security detail with combat armor, such as [[Duppo]] in [[Timeline#2242|2242]], with advanced combat armor,<ref>[[Duppo]]'s guards in the Bazaar in ''[[Fallout 2]]''</ref> or [[Allistair Tenpenny]] in 2277, who provided his security with [[security uniform]]s in characteristic beige.<ref>Tenpenny [[security guard]]s in ''[[Fallout 3]]''</ref> [[Van Graffs]] also wore black combat armor for brand recognition.<ref>[[Simon (Fallout: New Vegas)|Simon]]: ''"Welcome to the Silv- ah crap, don't tell me you're my new guard. Okay, now let's get you geared up. First, your armor. Standard issue is your run-of-the-mill combat armor, with a nice dark coat of paint for both brand recognition and sheer intimidation value. Next, your weapon. Guards are required to use rifles. Anything lighter compromises your combat effectiveness. Anything heavier and people are too scared to come in the door. What's your preference, laser or plasma?"''<br />([[Simon's dialogue (Fallout: New Vegas)]])</ref>
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* The [[Gun Runners]] provided combat armor for all of its security between 2161 and 2281.<ref>Gun Runner guards in ''[[Fallout]]'' and ''[[Fallout: New Vegas]]''</ref>
The [[Brotherhood of Steel]] has also developed their own improvement on the reinforced combat armor. Called, creatively, [[Brotherhood armor (Fallout)|Brotherhood armor]], this version boasts significantly-improved defensive ratings in all forms of damage. However, this armor did not see widespread use as its holdings were zealously restricted to the ranks of the Brotherhood and those who had been of unique assistance to the Brotherhood. Its distinguishing marks includes pale green/gray coloring of the armor panels, blue trim on the chest armor panels, a light gray body suit, and pronounced riveting on the pauldrons.
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* Various mercenary units and other groups throughout the centuries made use of combat armor of all types. Notable examples include [[Bishop]]'s mercenaries, [[Darion]]'s elite New Khans, and the [[Hubologists]] of [[Timeline#2241|2241]], [[Talon Company]] and [[Reilly's Rangers]] of 2277, as well as [[Gunners]] of [[Timeline#2287|2287]].<ref>Appearance of these characters in ''[[Fallout 2]]''</ref> Individuals would also be able to purchase an intact suit with increasing ease, due to the increased availability of suits on the market (although prices are typically high).<ref>Availability of armor between ''[[Fallout]]'', ''[[Fallout 2]]'', ''[[Fallout 3]]'', ''[[Fallout: New Vegas]]'', and ''[[Fallout 4]]''</ref>
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==Third generation combat armor variants==
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==Gallery==
===NCR Veteran Ranger combat armor===
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===Concept art===
[[File:RangerCombatArmor.png|right|x120px]]
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A military-grade armor originally used by LAPD riot squads, this combat outfit is typically worn with a matching military helmet with built-in low light optics, a combinaton IR/white light lamp and gas mask.<ref>[[:File:Ranger Massive Black 2.jpg|Massive Black concept art]].</ref> It is traditionally worn with the [[Desert Rangers]]' traditional duster (with the NCR Rangers' insignia on the left flap) and a set of rodeo jeans. Its creation was based on the Desert Ranger combat armor for the NCR Veteran Rangers after the merge between the Desert Ranger and the NCR Rangers in 2271.
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===Desert Ranger combat armor===
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===Renders and game assets===
[[File:FNVHH Desert Ranger Armor.png|right|x120px]]
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FNV_Wallpaper_7_1920x1200.jpg|Promotional wallpaper
A military-issue armor from the same manufacturer as the LAPD riot armors, this particular type of combat suit was provided to [[United States Armed Forces#Marine Corps|U.S. Marines]] operating in China. Boasting a desert camouflage pattern, the armor provides quality protection and is typically worn with a matching military-grade helmet with built-in low light optics, a flashlight and gas mask. Owner data is printed on the collar and includes rank, name, service branch and blood type, to facilitate easy identification of wounded and dead soldiers.
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===Riot gear===
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[[File:Riot gear.png|right|x120px]]
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Desert Armor.png|NCR Veteran Ranger wielding a [[.357 magnum revolver]]
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It resembles the [[NCR Ranger combat armor]], but with a black duster and different markings on the chest plate as well as green details on both the duster and the body armor such as a dark green color and pouches located on the side of the duster's sleeves. The helmet also features a different design on the gas mask and a small spike protruding from the tip of it. The helmet also gives the effect "Sneak Sight", which gives the player low visibility sight while in sneak mode. This will toggle from on to off once you exit sneak mode.
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FNV NCR Armor.jpg|NCR Veteran Ranger in the ''Fallout: New Vegas'' trailer
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NCR Ranger concept4.jpg|NCR Ranger combat armor concept art
===Advanced riot gear===
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[[File:Advanced riot gear.png|right|x120px]]
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Ranger Massive Black 2.jpg|Ranger helmet concept art
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The Advanced riot gear appears to be a more heavily armored version of the [[riot gear]]. The shoulder pads are bulkier and worn on top of the duster, and the chest plate seems to be slightly greener. It appears to have much thicker armor plates on the forearms. It also has a faded 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment emblem on the helmet. The suit itself looks a lot thicker and the duster looks darker along with a cleaner appearance. The eyes of the helmet glow red at night, much like the [[NCR Ranger combat armor]] during the [[Fallout: New Vegas intro|''Fallout: New Vegas'' intro]]. The helmet's air-filtering system seems to be more advanced, and there is a Flashlight on the side of the helmet, however, this cannot be used by the player or any other character. The suit also weighs 5 pounds less than standard riot gear, NCR Ranger combat armor, or even [[Desert Ranger combat armor]].
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<!--All Roads full cover.jpg|Two NCR Veteran Rangers wearing the NCR Ranger combat armor can be seen in the ''All Roads'' cover, one at the end of the broken "Welcome" sign and the other to the right, near the edge of the image and the back of the pick-up truck
===Elite riot gear===
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[[File:Elite riot gear.png|right|x120px]]
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{{Gamearticle|FNV|link1=Elite riot gear}}
 
A unique version of the [[riot gear]] with different shoulder plates from [[advanced riot gear]], and a larger amount of pouches and equipment on the torso plate and duster. It also lacks the faded 11th Infantry emblem on the helmet and has the addition of green tubes on its enhanced gas filter as well as an antenna connected to the fleshlight on the right side of the helmet. There is also a canteen attached to the belt and a bandolier that spans across the chest plate. It provides a high level of protection for its weight and the only medium armor with a higher DT is the [[Gannon family Tesla armor]].
 
 
==Other types of combat armor==
 
The armors listed below are similar in function or design, but otherwise unrelated to the American modular combat armor.
 
 
===NCR Ranger patrol armor===
 
[[File:RangerPatrolArmor.png|right|x120px]]
 
{{gamearticle|FNV|link1=NCR Ranger patrol armor}}
 
The NCR Ranger patrol armor is a combat armor worn by the NCR Rangers in [[Timeline#2281|2281]]. Each model is made by hand in the NCR and features full body armor, a knife sheath on the left chest plate, a camelback style hydration pouch in the back and the Ranger insignia on both pauldrons.
 
 
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===Urban combat armor===
 
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{{Gamearticle|FOBOS|link1=Combat armor (Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel)}}
 
A recovery combat armor, crafted with Kevlar and metal plating put on a leather armor, created after the Great War and only seen in [[Texas Commonwealth|Texas]].
 
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Combat armor is a general term for any suit of personal body armor employed before the Great War by the United States Armed Forces. Although offering varying degrees of protection, sophistication, and encumbrance, the combat armor is typically among the finest possible options when it comes to personal protection, as it was designed to secure the operator without limiting their protection or fine motor control.[1]

DesignEdit

Modeled after the human silhouette, combat armors were designed to provide balanced protection without limiting user mobility. They are a diverse family of personal body armor with varying degrees of sophistication, ranging from the earliest iterations developed by the United States Army[2] to the cutting-edge riot gears that came into use prior to the Great War.[3]

Army combat armorEdit

American Soldier OA

A full suit of Army combat armor used on the Alaskan front.

The first modern type of combat armor developed by the United States Army[2] to the cutting-edge riot gears that came into use prior to the Great War.[4] consisted of individual armored plates manufactured from synthetic fibers[5] attached to standard load-carrying equipment of the infantryman. The individual components included a combat helmet issued with matching goggles in hazardous environs, front and back ballistic plates, and a pair of axillary protectors. Additional forearm protectors were issued to frontline troops.[6] The lower body was protected by a pair of thigh plates, worn together with a groin and kidney protector. The shins, knees, and feet were covered by frontal plates worn over standard combat boots.[7]

The armor was typically worn in conjunction with standard Army fatigues[8] or specialized uniforms designed for it, with various solid color camouflage patterns (including Arctic white, coyote brown, and olive drab). Rank indicators were typically painted on the axillary protectors,[9] with the Army insignia and identification numbers printed on the back plate.[10][7]


For other versions in Fallout Shelter, see: sturdy combat armor, heavy combat armor.

Standard-issue combat armorEdit

M Torso Lite Standard
M Torso Mid Reinforced
M Torso Heavy Reinforced


The success of the Army combat armor paved the way for superior models. The most important of these was the standard-issue[11] combat armor issued to military units nationwide,[12][13] with the first Army model relegated to domestic and garrison duties.[2]

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[14] 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.[15]

The basic, light model was most common, issued widely to troops on the battlefield.[16][12], it consisted of a pair of plates covering the chest and upper back, attached to standard load-bearing equipment, axillary protectors, and a pair of plates covering the thighs.[17] 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.[18]

The heaviest model of combat armor is a radical departure from the principle of balance that guided the design of combat armor. Emphasizing durability and protection, the heavy variant encloses the entire body in a layer of soft body armor enclosing it almost entirely, with the characteristic armored plates worn on top. The torso assembly incorporates the medium variant upgraded with armor plating enclosing the entire torso, including a characteristic hump that protects the upper back. Arms are sheathed in segmented armor that incorporates additional protection for hands, elbows, and shoulders (heavy axillary protectors include a pair of characteristic pauldrons). Legs are protected even more heavily, with armor plating enclosing the thighs, lower legs, and covering feet.[19]

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.[20]

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.[20]

Advanced combat armorEdit

Even with the widespread deployment of standard combat armor, work continued on more advanced suits of combat armor. The largest and most successful model was a high-tech armor using advanced defensive polymers to provide a high degree of protection,[21][22] also referred to as battle armor[23] and reinforced combat armor.[24] The advanced model represented a new approach to design, doing away with the modular construction of its predecessors, and was hailed as an advanced personal armor for the 22nd-century police officer or soldier: Highly effective against most types of damage and lightweight, unlike the heavy variant of the standard combat armor. Unlike older models, materials used in the advanced combat armor also provided limited protection from radiation by default[25][26] and typically incorporated some form of camouflage by default.[27]

The basic component of this advanced armor is a long-sleeve jumpsuit, incorporating thermal dissipators and general-purpose dissipative membranes.[28] It is worn underneath the actual combat armor, manufactured from polymer impact plates providing concussive protection and incorporating additional dissipation cells and membranes.[29][30] The top layer incorporates a single-piece vest enclosing the entire torso, a pair of axillary protectors, armored boots, forearm protectors, and a ballistic helmet with an integrated laser targeting system and a polarized visor. Compared to its older brother, the design is a lot more mobile, with limbs protected by soft armor that doesn't limit fine motor control and agility, and crucial areas of the body hidden under hard armor. The organic, rounded shapes of the armored shell also improve its protective qualities as compared to more angular past models.[31]

Brotherhood armorEdit

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Gameplay articles: Fallout, Fallout 2

Upgraded variantsEdit

Gameplay articles: Fallout 2, Fallout: New Vegas

Although the advanced combat armor was never fielded in large enough quantities to supplant the standard combat armor, additional variants were created:

  • The combat armor mark II is a heavier set designed for use by shock troops and Special Forces, incorporating additional armor plating and increasing its protective qualities.[32]
  • After the Great War, the Brotherhood of Steel created its own variant that incorporates superior materials and design. Easily recognizable due to polished rivets incorporated into its pauldrons and the blue trim on the edges.[32]

Marine armorEdit

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Gameplay articles: Far Harbor, Fallout 76

An advanced model of combat armor designed for the United States Marine Corps,[33] the Marine armor pulls no stops when it comes to providing protection for the user, above even that of the heavy combat armor. Outclassed only by Power Armor, every piece of was designed to provide exceptional protection in nearly every battlefield scenario.[34]

Unlike the standard or polymer combat armor, this variant relies on a combination of hard and soft armor to provide protection. The torso assembly consists of a tactical vest from ballistic fiber covering the entire torso from the groin to the shoulders and neck, supplemented by tactical rigging combining hard ballistic armor with a powered survival system and a belt with four multipurpose pouches. Arms are protected by sleeves from the same ballistic fiber, combined with hard armor covering the shoulders, forearm, and dorsal side of the hands. The hard armor is shaped to provide additional protection from the front when aiming and double as attachment points for additional carry pouches. The legs are protected in the same way, with the added benefit of thigh pouches and a pair of stabilizers on the shin. The helmet is derived from the standard combat armor variant, combing by default with a polarized visor, filtration mask, and additional carry strap on the back of the head. Together, they combine to provide a heavy duty set of combat armor that covers almost the entire body in heavy armor, excepting necessary articulation points.[35]

Riot gearEdit

Gameplay articles: NCR Ranger combat armor, Desert Ranger combat armor, Riot gear, Advanced riot gear, Elite riot gear, Ranger armor outfit

Another advanced design fielded in limited quantities before the Great War, riot gear was a specialized model of combat armor used by the United States Marine Corps,[36] Army units in the American West,[37] and select law enforcement agencies, such as the Los Angeles Police Department.[38]

The most characteristic element of this model is the helmet. A rounded shell protects the head from incoming gunfire, while the lamps on the right side of the helmet (including infrared and visible light projectors) provide illumination.[39] The armored mask designed to be worn with the helmet is necessary to use the IR lamp, due to the low-light optics integrated into the lenses.[40][41] The mask also incorporates a locking mechanism to properly join it together with the helmet shell, ear covers with membranes that do not inhibit hearing while maintaining its protective qualities, and air filters. Some upgraded models also include communications gear and upgraded filtering apparatus.[42]

The torso assembly is a flexible vest of rigid impact plates, worn with adjustable straps on the sides and shoulders. One of its most notable additions is a prominent throat protector mounted on the vest, used by military operators to display tactical numbers[43] or the owner's identifying information, such as the name, rank, and blood group, allowing for easy casualty management.[44] Later models of riot gears may include heavier protection, including armored plating on shoulders and forearms. Military coats designed for use with the armor will also typically include some form of bullet-resistant reinforcement.[42]


OperatorsEdit

Pre-WarEdit

The United States Armed Forces were the principal operator of the entire family of combat armors before the Great War, although some were provided to law enforcement agencies. It was not available to civilians without a special permit provided by the BADTFL.[26]

Post-WarEdit

States and municipalitiesEdit

  • Brotherhood of Steel: The largest operator of combat armors, principally the Army, standard, and advanced combat armor. Basic combat armor was usually used with the standard woodland camouflage,[51] while standard armor was deployed with a custom, copper-colored finish providing additional resistance to radiation.[52] The most advanced armor of this family was the Brotherhood armor, an upgraded variant of the basic version. Manufactured by Brotherhood knights, it looks like normal combat Armor, but is made of substantially improved materials and is designed better.[32]
  • Enclave used advanced combat armor as standard equipment for its light infantry stationed on the mainland.[53]
  • Vault City provided suits of advanced combat armor to its patrols operating away from the City itself.[54]
  • New California Republic Rangers used advanced combat armor in 2241,[55] but by 2281, after being folded into the NCR military command, switched to hand-made combat armor pattern suits, with LAPD riot gears provided to its veteran members.[56]
  • Rivet City's security guard all used Army combat armor painted black with riot helmets as its security uniform in 2277.[57]
  • The wealthy merchant houses of the Hub provided full suits of advanced combat armor to the Hub police in 2161.[58]

Non-state actorsEdit

  • Some wealthy merchants would continue the practices of providing their security detail with combat armor, such as Duppo in 2242, with advanced combat armor,[59] or Allistair Tenpenny in 2277, who provided his security with security uniforms in characteristic beige.[60] Van Graffs also wore black combat armor for brand recognition.[61]
  • The Gun Runners provided combat armor for all of its security between 2161 and 2281.[62]
  • Various mercenary units and other groups throughout the centuries made use of combat armor of all types. Notable examples include Bishop's mercenaries, Darion's elite New Khans, and the Hubologists of 2241, Talon Company and Reilly's Rangers of 2277, as well as Gunners of 2287.[63] Individuals would also be able to purchase an intact suit with increasing ease, due to the increased availability of suits on the market (although prices are typically high).[64]

GalleryEdit

Concept artEdit

Renders and game assetsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Simple combat armor: "Worn by the more mobile units that accompanied power armor troops prior to the war, combat armor offers protection without sacrificing mobility or fine motor control."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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
  3. Riot gear variants available in Lonesome Road.
  4. Riot gear variants available in Lonesome Road
  5. Visual inspection of the Army helmet in Fallout 4 shows that its material is nearly identical to modern combat helmet materials, such as the Spectra or Dyneema fibers
  6. Only Operation Anchorage soldiers are shown wearing them, they are absent from domestic armor
  7. 7.0 7.1 Armor appearance in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas
  8. As shown in Fallout 4.
  9. US Army combat armor in Lonesome Road has the rank insignia of private
  10. Ranger combat armor in Fallout 3
  11. Bethesda UK Official Twitter
  12. 12.0 12.1 Frontline troops in Alaska wear this type of combat armor. As seen in the Fallout 4 intro
  13. Fallout 76 intro shows this type of armor as the standard issue armor for United States soldiers
  14. Fallout 4 loading screens: "Combat Armor offers balanced protection against both energy and ballistic damage."
  15. Concept art for the helmet shows the heavy model as having a special targeting unit attached, with an ocular over the right eye
  16. Combat armor in Fallout Shelter: "The preferred battlefield armor of pre-war grunts."
  17. Combat armor appearance in Fallout 4
  18. Sturdy combat armor in Fallout Shelter: "Worn by the toughest ground pounders in the toughest battles."
  19. Heavy combat armor in Fallout Shelter: "They used to send in an army. Now they only need you."
  20. 20.0 20.1 Fallout 4 armor upgrades
  21. Fallout demo, Fallout and Fallout 2 item description: "{1700}{}{Combat Armor}"
    "{1701}{}{High tech armor, made out of advanced defensive polymers.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout demo), PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout), PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))
  22. Fallout Official Survival Guide p.122: "Combat Armor: High-tech armor made out of advanced synthetic materials."
  23. Fallout Shelter designates it as such
  24. Fallout: New Vegas uses this name
  25. Combat Armor item perk in Fallout and Fallout 2.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p. 5-17: "Combat Armor is advanced personal armor for the 22nd century police officer or military grunt. This is about the best armor a Vault Dweller is likely to see in their lifetime. Combat Armor is highly effective against most types of damage, is light weight (for it’s protective value), and is, unfortunately, not available without a special permit. Interested parties should contact the BADTFL office near them."
  27. Sid: "{127}{}{It's camouflage, you blend so well. Wait! Where'd you go?}"
    (SID.MSG)
  28. The Chosen One: "{292}{}{The Phoenix Armor Implant.}"
    Johnson: "{310}{}{According to the reports, Phoenix Armor Implants give you 5% resistance to thermal damage (fire, laser, and plasma) - over and above any other armor you're wearing. The operation takes a few days, one suit of Combat Armor (for the thermal-dissipative membranes), and it will cost you $8,000. Not to worry, though; this operation *should* create only minimal scarring - at least that's what I read.}"
    The Chosen One: "{318}{}{That sounds great, Doc. Let's do it.}"
    Johnson: "{326}{}{Coming around, are we? You're just jam-packed with thermal-dissipators and dissipative membranes. You won't look quite so lumpy in a few weeks, but you won't be winning any beauty pageants again, either. Try not to pick at the pus-crusts near the drainage incisions until they stop suppurating.}"
    RCDRJOHN.MSG)
  29. The Chosen One: "{278}{}{Do you have what you need to perform the operations?}"
    Johnson: "{279}{}{Mostly. I have the skill and the training, but I don't have the implant material.}"
    The Chosen One: "{280}{}{So, what does that mean?}"
    Johnson: "{281}{}{That means that we'll just have to improvise. I think I can get what I need from a set of standard combat armor. I can take the concussive protection plates and also the thermal cells from the armor.}"
    (RCDRJOHN.MSG)
  30. The Chosen One: "{213}{}{Combat implants? What do you mean?}"
    Andrew: "{214}{}{Well, according to the schematics I saw, you can graft dermal plates and thermal dissipators to a person's skeleton using the following procedure...}"
    The Chosen One: "{211}{}{I found some combat implant schematics in the Vault City medical database. Could you perform the operation?}"
    Andrew: "{215}{}{Huh. Well, I suppose with help from the ol' Doctor I could do that operation. Course, I'd need some impact plates and dissipators first...might be able to pry some out of a suit of combat armor, if you can find one.}"
    (VCANDY.MSG)
  31. The appearance of high-tech combat armors in Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout: New Vegas
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Fallout 2 Official Strategies & Secrets p. 65: "Combat Armor is prewar personal body armor. Combat Armor Mk. 2 was designed as a heavier set of personal armor, reserved for use by shock troops and Special Forces."
    "Brotherhood Combat Armor, manufactured by the Brotherhood of Steel, looks like normal Combat Armor, but is made of substantially improved materials and is designed better. In addition to its other protective features, Combat Armor gives the wearer a 20% bonus to their Radiation Resistance."
  33. DiMa's memory No. 5: "Memory file identification: 0Y-8K7D. Converted to audio transcription. Beginning playback.

    I've discovered a curious record inside the prewar data files of this submarine base. The marines here were equipped with an advanced model of combat armor. There are several suits already in the base, in various states of deterioration. But there were more shipments of the armor on its way to the base, the day the bombs fell. They could be in prime condition if the sealants have held. I have no use for them, but you never know. Maybe they'll be worth digging up one day...

    Additional data appended. Armor Shipments Tracking Information. Coordinates downloaded."
  34. Fallout 76 loading screens
  35. Armor appearance
  36. Desert Ranger combat armor was used by a marine in China
  37. Riot gear availability in Lonesome Road
  38. Fallout: New Vegas loading screen hint - "The distinctive black ranger combat armor consists of the Desert Rangers' traditional trench coat worn with Pre-War riot armor. Ranger patrol armor is hand-manufactured in the NCR."
  39. Massive Black concept art
  40. The Courier: "What do the new rangers mean for NCR?"
    Hanlon: "The Baja rangers can do more advance night scouting and sharpshooting to assist the troopers. Ranger combat helmets are old Pre-War gear. They have built in low-light optics. Makes a big difference."
    (Hanlon's dialogue)
  41. As seen in the Fallout: New Vegas intro
  42. 42.0 42.1 Appearance of NCR Ranger combat armor, Desert Ranger combat armor, and riot gears
  43. Riot gear textures
  44. Desert Ranger combat armor
  45. Operation: Anchorage
  46. Fallout
  47. Fallout 2
  48. Lonesome Road
  49. Honest Hearts Desert Ranger armor.
  50. As seen in the Fallout intro
  51. Initiate Pek wears this armor in the field
  52. Fallout 4 upgrade options
  53. Navarro infantry in Fallout 2
  54. Fallout 2 random encounters with Vault City patrols
  55. Rangers in Shady Sands and on patrols wear this armor
  56. Rangers in Fallout: New Vegas
  57. Rivet City security guards in Fallout 3
  58. Hub police officers in Fallout
  59. Duppo's guards in the Bazaar in Fallout 2
  60. Tenpenny security guards in Fallout 3
  61. Simon: "Welcome to the Silv- ah crap, don't tell me you're my new guard. Okay, now let's get you geared up. First, your armor. Standard issue is your run-of-the-mill combat armor, with a nice dark coat of paint for both brand recognition and sheer intimidation value. Next, your weapon. Guards are required to use rifles. Anything lighter compromises your combat effectiveness. Anything heavier and people are too scared to come in the door. What's your preference, laser or plasma?"
    (Simon's dialogue (Fallout: New Vegas))
  62. Gun Runner guards in Fallout and Fallout: New Vegas
  63. Appearance of these characters in Fallout 2
  64. Availability of armor between Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Fallout 4
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