| ||For an overview of combat armor variants in all games, as well as background information, see combat armor.|
First created in 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. 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 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).
The winterized combat armor is a variant of the regular combat armor used by the United States Armed Forces and is one of two armors worn by US troops (the other being winterized T-51b power armor) during the Anchorage Reclamation campaign in Alaska. The helmet of this variant features a balaclava and a pair of combat goggles that protect from snow glare, the armor also has sleeves added.
Like all versions of combat armor, it was designed to sheath the human body as completely as possible in high durability armor. The primary skin of combat armor is composed of complex polymers and ceramics. This hard armor was manufactured as specific plates, with a matte-finish white coloring suitable for winter camouflage. These plates are affixed to a flexible body suit woven from projectile- and energy-resistant, fire-retardant materials. Like most of the items introduced in Operation: Anchorage, it has two variants - a simulation variant (with 999,400 HP) and a Wasteland variant (with normal HP). The variant obtained with the Gary 23 glitch does not degrade and under the effects screen, it provides the same statistic bonuses as the T-51b power armor, with the exception of the damage resistance boost.
- Ranger battle armor
- Rivet City security uniform
- Talon combat armor
- Tenpenny security uniform
- Combat armor
- Lag-Bolt's combat armor Broken Steel
- Winterized medic armor Mothership Zeta (add-on)
- Ranger battle helmet
- Rivet City security helmet
- Talon combat helmet
- Combat helmet
- Winterized medic helmet Mothership Zeta (add-on)
|The following is based on Fallout 3 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.|
A variant of the helmet without a balaclava is present in Operation: Anchorage's files and can be obtained on the PC via console commands.
A second unused variant (testPhilSnowHelmet) is also present in the game files, appearing as a snowman head turned on its side.
|End of information based on Fallout 3 cut content.|
The winterized combat armor appears inside the Anchorage Reclamation simulation at the Outcast Outpost. You get a set of it at the start of the add-on, plus you will see almost all American infantrymen wearing this. It is possible to obtain an infinite health (Simulation armor) set through the Gary 23 item glitch along with every other item you had in the simulation.
- Winterized medic armor, which is a cleaned-up version of the winterized combat armor, can be found in the Mothership Zeta add-on.
- An outfit labeled "General Chase's overcoat" can be located inside a military locker in the waste disposal of Mothership Zeta. When worn, it appears to be a cleaned up variant of winterized combat armor with a missing glove instead of the overcoat seen on Chase during the simulation.
- Chinese soldiers collected pieces of this armor from fallen American soldiers and mounted them on snowmen. In game a Chinese Inferno unit can be seen burning one of these snowmen as target practice.