The Hardsuits are highly advanced powered armored suits worn by the Knight Sabers as their primary weapon. Aside from protecting them, it also enables them to engage in combat with rouge boomers and destroy them.
When Genom murdered Dr. Katsuhito Stingray to acquire his Boomer technology, they failed to realize that the benevolent doctor had other technologies that he was developing and secreted away. His breakthrough research in mechatronics which his daughter, Sylia would later apply towards turning his ideas into reality. Her pioneering efforts led to the the development of a unique combat armor. This was the birth of the Hardsuit which is the core of the Knight Sabers' technologies.
Decades ahead of any comparable armor system and far surpassing any military hardware, the Hardsuit is a combat multiplier; able to vastly increase the physical abilities and attributes of the wearer to superhuman levels and enable them to actually engage in combat with boomers and not only survive, but win.
Because each wearer is unique, so too must each Hardsuit be adjusted and synchronized to their body and physical capabilities in order for them to maximize it's performance. Because of this, each Hardsuit is extensively customized and personalized to each individual wearer and their combat style and function in the Knight Sabers.
For example; Nene Romanova as the electronic warfare specialist has advanced sensor systems, computers, and jamming gear; Linna Yamazaki's is designed to augment her speed, agility, and manueverability as befitting her role as the hit and run specialist; Priss Asagiri is a walking tank with an emphasis on brute strength and heavy armament; and Sylia Stingray' suit is designed to be exceptionally strong armor and long range weaponry as she is intended to defend Nene while supporting both Priss and Linna.
Although each Hardsuit is unique with various specialized accessories, they all share certain common basic design features and elements such as:
The command and control interface for each Hardsuit, each operator must wear a formfitting spandex-like body suit before donning the Hardsuit itself. This inner wear is a special electronic sensory film that actually reads the wearer's movements via the electrical signals flowing through their muscles and nerve endings and then directly translates that information into useable data that is transmitted directly into the Hardsuit. This greatly increases the responsiveness of the Hardsuit and is the secret behind the Hardsuit's superiority as a combat platform. Each operator must ALWAYS wear this innerwear in order to control the Hardsuit as they cannot plug into the control systems without one. In addition, each wearer must strip down and don the Soft Suit completely naked. No street clothing, shoes, socks, underwear, or bras can be worn as they would interfere with the electronic sensors.
The Hardsuit is constructed out of a ceramic and metal alloy armor plating that is invulnerable to small arms fire as well as highly resistant towards heat and pressure and can also absorb momentum-based impacts rendering the suits highly resistant towards damage and protecting the wearer from a wide range of attacks including both lasers and particle weaponry. The Hardsuit is fully NBC-rated (Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical) and Fusion-proof towards the more advanced Combat Boomers' ability to absorb matter and integrate it into it's biology and can provide life support and temperature control for brief periods. Each Hardsuit has a complex set of layered truss of flat-actuated linear motors which work to amplify the wearer's movements and augment it, increasing the wearer's strength by a factor of 9 to 10 times.
Each Hardsuit's helmet actually consists of two separate visors. The first is a fully armored crash helmet that covers the entire head of the wearer and also protects the wearer's identity. The inner layer is a transparent synthetic visor that actually is a programmable, sandwiched video layers that projects data and real-time images of the surroundings of the helmet. Thus, the wearer has a full field of vision despite that their featureless helmets don't seem to have eye slots or openings.
The Hardsuit can also provide a wealth of sensor data to the wearer including radar, heat sensors, night vision, GPS (global positioning system) and targeting points.
Each Hardsuit has a main vernier rocket nozzle located on the suit's back for jet-propelled leaps as well as a pair of jump jets located in the hips to assist in aerial maneuvering. Although these do not provide true flight capabilities, these jump jets enables the wearer to perform incredible leaps across vast distances or vertical leaps up large structures, boosting their speed for attacks, or even slowing down falls from tremendous heights.
Each suit is provided with gruntlets that send out powerful kinetic energy, causing explosions on impact. These are quick charged and are easy to use for all the Sabers. These are used in most, if not all, battles. The energy is charged up in the arm of the suit and then sent out through the knuckles of the gruntlets, giving maximum damage to the impacted area.
Created as a multipurpose personal support system for the Hardsuits, the Motorslave is an advanced mecha that can transform into three distinct forms. The first is a Motorcycle Mode which is a one-person transport vehicle; the second is a humanoid robot that can be operated by wireless remote control; and the third and final form is the Motorslave Mode which actually encapsulates the Hardsuit itself and attaches to seven universal hardpoints which all of the Hardsuits possess. When in this mode form, the Motorslave vastly increases the Hardsuit's physical strength, power, and armor for high-intensity combat situations as well as granting them with full flight capabilities and is armed with a hand cannon that is equivalent to a modern day tank.
Nene's Hardsuit is unlike any of the others as it is designed primarily for support and communications. Often called the "Wild Weasel" of the Hardsuits, this model lacks the offensive weaponry of the other Hardsuits because it simply CANNOT support them. Instead of armaments, it is crammed with bleeding edge electronics gear, wide-spectrum sensor suites, sophisticated computers, and tricked out with a host of communications antenna arrays. Hardsuit Nene is such a power hog that it requires it's own built-in generator just to keep up with the enormous energy demands of her electronic warfare systems.
Hardsuit Nene can scan and deconstruct any man-made object and produce a complete and detailed schematic of it as well as identify any weaknesses it may possess and can transmit this data over a wide variety of communications including radio or laser to orbital satellite platforms if necessary. She can also broadcast jamming screens to interfere with coordinated Boomer teams or AD Police frequencies as well as secretly hack them and monitor such transmissions as well; or counter enemies' electronic warfare, cutting through static jamming or other electronic shielding. She can access and override or reprogram a wide variety of computers due to the advanced computers and hacking programs that this suit also has stored on it as well.
Hardsuit Nene however pays for it's remarkable capabilities as it has the lowest strength amplification capabilities and the lowest armor plating making her the weakest and most vulnerable members of the Knight Sabers. It's sole armament is a variable-laser beam emitter that can be used as a cutting or wielding torch or a last-ditch defensive weapon. Nene however more frequently makes use of her laser to scribble graffiti and the Knight Sabers' calling card in concrete.
Like all of the other Knight Sabers, Nene received a significantly upgraded Hardsuit in 2033 that was a qualitative boost in performance and capabilities. Although it was far slimmer than the previous model, it's armor was in fact far superior to the bulkier Hardsuit of old which also led to increased speed and agility. It was also the sole Hardsuit that had received a startling cosmetic alteration with pink, red, and white as it's main colors instead of the former purple and pink hues.
As before, Hardsuit Nene is one of the weakest armors in terms of strength and durability as her main role as the support and communications hub of the Knight Sabers has remained unchanged.