the Defense Mech

About ten years after Gears invented his Power Fighter for the GI Joe team, the organization got the funding it needed to expand upon the technology at last. The result is a powerful exoskeleton that the GI Joe team can make use of in terrestrial situations.

The Defense Mech is built to augment the raw power of a soldier, if not their overall dexterity. Of course, the thing has enough firepower handy that this isn't really much of a concern; firepower is its whole reason to exist, after all. It has these capabilities:

Ability Boost: the Defense Mech is an armored, mechanized suit that a GI Joe team member can put on to haul seriously heavy weaponry around. It augments his or her traits to some extent, allowing for staggering feats of Brawn and Fortitude:

+1 RS

RV 30
+0 RS

RV 2
+3 RS

RV 30
+3 RS

RV 40

Body Armor: a mechanized suit, the Defense Mech naturally provides protection from attack. Its occupant enjoys rank value 10 body armor against physical attack, -2 RS versus energy assault. Some body parts are exposed, however; this armor can be bypassed with bullseye results.

Communications Gear: the Defense Mech is equipped with a gigahertz frequency, frequency wobbler clandestine operations radio (and dual transceiver antennas). It has rank value 10 communications power (with a 25 mile range) that features rank value 30 signal encryption.

Laser Cannon: the right arm on the Defense Mech is an oversized laser cannon. It can be fired to inflict rank value 30 Armor Piercing Energy damage per devastating blast, which is usually enough to stop most personnel and vehicles cold - or at least make them think twice!

Missile Launcher: the left arm of the Defense Mech is essentially an immense missile launcher. It has two projectile bays, allowing it to launch two rockets at once if necessary. If both hit a target simultaneously, they will inflict the listed damage +1 RS:

RV 20
RV 50
RV 20
RV 30 Slashing (fragmentary)

2005 Variations

the Iron Mech

Destro has always utilized espionage against his rivals, and his 'invention' of the Iron Mech is a natural extension of his theft of GI Joe's original Star Brigade exoskeletons. Despite many cosmetic differences, the Iron Mech is nonetheless functionally identical to its GI Joe forebear.

For reference, instead of the Army green and black that the Defense Mech sported, Destro's counterpart exoskeleton models are primarily black in hue. They feature the gold trim and distinctive, red-tinted canopy that many other Iron Grenadier vehicles possess.

Extra Goodies:

the Defense Mech 4C System: Edition 13 Text File Download

GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Defense Mech:


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