This amateur CGI animation from YouTube gives you an idea of the size of the combat armour suits I imagined for my Bad Dog novel. The Japanese work that inspired the above was an anime show I have mentioned several times over the years called, Armored Troopers VOTOMS. Being a Japanese show VOTOMS stands for:
Vertical One-man Tank for Offense & ManeuverSAnd yes, they must have had to work hard to make the acronym fit the name.
Arguably it doesn't make much sense to build walking tanks, because they stand taller than tracked tanks and small wheeled armoured cars that already provide infantry with armoured support. But in the world of Bad Dog warfare has changed from the introduction of killer robots, which dominate the battlefield.
However, the infantry will still have to go in to secure an area, which means infantry are put in power armour so that they can survive against the machines.
And then there is the problem of urban areas, where tanks and other conventional vehicles are at a disadvantage also remains.
I imagined a world where the infantry started riding the robots that accompanied them into battle and saw an opportunity to make something that a person rode in that walked to accompany power armoured infantry. I call this the combat armour suit. Something one drives rather than wears, fulfilling a very similar function, but providing a platform that can carry greater fire-power, and be more manoeuvrable than a conventional tank or armoured car.
However, combat armour suits raise questions around doctrine, which is all about defining how the stuff the military has, is used; and of course, new equipment drive changes.
For more about doctrine go to my other blog, here.