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The IHE saw no real need for Mecha until after the SDF-3 left for Tirol. Upon seeing the battle armour the Armies of the Southers Cross were developing, Dr. Vaudell saw a good system to adapt to his own uses - an athmospheric dive suit. After appropriating a number od suits from the Southern Cross for research, Gilles decided that the human design was not up to the rigors that its mision role would decree for it. In order to make a viable suit, the IHE design teams turned to old, stolen technology: The Zentraedi modules Gilles took from the SDF-1 in 2005.
Upon investigation of the Zentraedi tech, it was found to be very versatile and modular - even down to the molecular level. With this breakthrough inb place, design of the suit went on quickly and efficently. The first suits were ready for testing by 2030, during the Master's Invasion of Earth.
Gilles was the firs person to test a Shock Diver in full operations. He launched from the Island of the IHE in the suit alone, and acchieved escape velocity quickly. However, IHE technicians lost his signal, and Gilles was lost in space for 48 hours before he was found be a shuttle, dehydrated and on the edge of death. This, it turned out, was a good thing, as Gilles was babbling about immortality, and something he called the Xalon Process.
Shock Divers resemble Southern Cross battle armour, but have a number of differences. Forst, the armour is more ornate, with small icons and other decorations adorning them. Secondly, a large, round backpack is standard issue, containing the mecha's power plant, reflex shield, and engines. Finally, the standard mounted weapon is attached to the wrist rather than hand held, although a hand held weapon may be substituted.
Every Soldier in the IHE military knows how to use a Shock Diver. It is standard issue to foot soldiers, who are known alternately as Shock Divers, SD-Naughts, or Sturznaughts. In addition, every mecha pilot, human or Type Z combat clone wears one in the cockpit, much as an REF pilot wears a CVR armour suit. Spleens never wore Shock Divers, however, although they were used by the IHE concurently until the Mordecai Mind Incedent.
|Vehicle Type:||One man athmospheric dive suit|
|Models:||Shock Diver Mk.1|
M.D.C. BY LOCATION
(1) Main Body 75 (2) Backpack 50
(3)Reflex Shield 30*
NOTE: The Shock Divers incorporate the Southern Cross' laser resistant ceramic armor, so laser weapons do only HALF damage. This does NOT include any other energy attacks such as particle beams or ion blasts, nor does it help against explosives.
|Athmospheric Flight:||2252.6 kph.|
|Space Flight:||10G acceleration for twenty minutes total.|
|Ground Speed||Equal to user's Spd|
|Height:||approk 2.8 metres|
|Main Engine:||One IHE Mk.5 personal reflex pile.|