Primitive Armor


Developed during the Age of War,[1] Primitive Armor was introduced on the Mackie, the original BattleMech. This armor was less capable than the armor used in Star League and Succession War designs, and was mostly seen later on so-called RetroTech designs like the Rook. Even modern Heavy Industrial Armor provided better protection than Primitive Armor.[2]

A little more than improved tank armor, Primitive Armor had several drawbacks when compared to its modern replacements:

  1. Not as structurally sound.
  2. Only provided approximately two thirds of the protection for a given weight of armor.

One advantage of the Primitive Armor was that advanced production facilities weren't needed. Therefore, many smaller manufacturers, or even repair facilities, could produce Primitive Armor.[3] It was also half as expensive as Standard Armor.[4][5]


  1. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 144: "New Construction Option: RetroTech"
  2. TechManual, p. 205: "Armor"
  3. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 151: "Rules Annex"
  4. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 147: "Primitive Unit Cost And Battle Values"
  5. TechManual, p. 278: "BattleMech And IndustrialMech Structural Costs And Availability"