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Kurt Ambrose or a Spartan-III in Mark-II SPI Armor.

The Semi-Powered Infiltration Armor, Or more simply called "SPI Armor", is an armor system used by the United Nations Space Command, that was developed for the Spartan-IIIs.



Though more advanced than the ODST ballistic body armor, it was far less advanced, and less powerful than the MJOLNIR Armor used by the Spartan-IIs. Its main benefit was that it was drastically cheaper to produce than the MJOLNIR armor. This armor was designed with an emphasis on stealth rather than raw power. It featured special photo-reactive panels that mimic the surrounding textures, effectively being the UNSC equivalent to the Covenant Active Camouflage systems. It has been described as part "legionnaire mail, part tactical body armor, and part chameleon" by both Tom-B292 and Dr. Halsey.[1]

SPI Armor Mark I

The SPI armor Mark I, was used by the Spartan-IIIs of Alpha Company. It featured hardened plates and photo-reactive panels. Though advanced compared to standard UNSC infantry armor, it could only take a few glancing blows before failing[2]. It featured full body armor with an enclosed helmet and HUD, and a supply of breathable atmosphere; though only enough for 7 minutes, compared to the MJOLNIR armor’s endurance of 90 minutes. It is also equipped with a cushioning layer of liquid nanocrystals, that provided more ballistic protection than three centimeters of Kevlar diamond weave, without the bulk. The featured photo-reactive panels gave the Spartans of Alpha Company active camouflage. The camouflage patterns, however, shifted irregularly and imperfectly, which made the photo-reactive panels unmatched against the Covenant Elites Camouflage technologies. This was because the SPARTAN III program probably didn't allow enough time to get the photo-reactive panels working properly. Another concern was the budget spent in making the suits.

SPI Armor Mark II

Kurt-051 in his damaged armor, in his last moments.

The SPI armor Mark II was a more advanced version of the SPI Mark I, first used by the drill instructors of Beta Company, and then by the Spartans of Beta Company. They had new photo-reactive coating to boost camouflaging properties. There were also numerous experimental refits to the gel ballistic layers, upgraded software suites, and other functions. Although the new photo-reactive coating could mimic a wide range of EM (Electro-Magnetic) radiation, it was still sensitive to overload, which is why it takes the suit a few moments to reset after a flash-bang or plasma hit[3].

It was proposed in 2537 for Alpha Company, but the request was denied because the armor was over budget. After the "successful" operation of Alpha Company, the Mark II armor was approved for mass production. After the augmentation of Gamma Company, small adjustments were installed into the SPI Armor Mark II.


  1. The armor is significantly cheaper and easier to mass-produce.
  2. Includes special photo-reactive panels that act as an active camouflage for the wearer.
  3. It could be transported easily, because it is not as thick or heavy as the MJOLNIR armor.
  4. The armor requires less physical enhancements compared to the MJOLNIR armor, making it more versatile to other would-be users.
  5. The armor has an efficient cooling system, and is significantly difficult to detect even with thermal scanners.
  6. SPI armor does not need a technician to help someone don the armor.


  1. Has no energy shield, unlike the SPARTAN-II's MJOLNIR armor.
  2. Does not give the SPARTAN-IIIs any enhanced strength, speed or agility, as the MJOLNIR does for the SPARTAN-IIs.
  3. It stresses more on teamwork to take down enemy threats.
  4. Since the AC plates take time to recover, after explosions such as a flash bang grenade and plasma hits, the SPARTAN-III is visible until the plates recover.
  5. Is made of a less dense alloy than MJOLNIR armor as Kelly-087 managed to dent Holly's chest plate with her fist, on the planet Onyx.
  6. The SPI armor does not dispel water unlike MJOLNIR armor.
  7. The SPI armor cannot be used for long periods of time without the cooling system failing.
  8. The SPI armor has air for only 7 minutes, the MJOLNIR has air for 90 minutes.
  9. The armor is less agile and more clumsy to use.


SPI armor in The Art of Halo 3.
  • Some screenshots released by Bungie lead to fans speculating that they would be able to use SPI armor in Halo 3. However, the armor was later determined to be Mark VI MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor/V variant. The name and changes in appearance are purely cosmetic, however, having no impact on game play. This has been confirmed by Bungie.
  • For all intents and purposes, SPI armor is simply a less powerful version of MJOLNIR armor. It was meant to give the wearer maximum protection at the minimum cost, so many of the more well-known features of its predecessor, for example shields and the ability to support an AI, were not a part of the design.
  • The helmet looks quite similar to the EVA helmet, the only visible difference is that the faceplate is a bit smaller and the EVA faceplate is a Quarter-Sphere.

Related Links


Internal Links

  • Halo: Ghosts of Onyx

External Links


  1. Halo: Ghosts of Onyx page 16
  2. Halo: Ghosts of Onyx page 14
  3. Halo: Ghosts of Onyx page 113
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MJOLNIR Armor (Mark I | Mark II | Mark III | Mark IV | Mark V | Mark VI | Armor Permutations)
SPI Armor (Mark I | Mark II)Hayabusa Armor
Covenant Sangheili Combat HarnessJiralhanae Power ArmorUnggoy Combat Harness
Forerunner Combat Skin

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