Jumptroop Platoon played a crucial role in liberating the Homeworlds but until then, it wasn't shown in action very often in the series. The main purpose of the Platoon was securing the surface of a planet side by side with exosquads (e.g., Able Squad), so it can be considered a sort of space infantry. Jumptroops were equipped with ultralight E-frames that are more agile than the heavy units, but also more vulnerable, as they were incapable of carrying heavy weapons, armor or flight systems. The platoon is primarily deployed from orbital dropships via jump-pods, hence their name.
Early in the Neosapien War, tensions could be observed between the E-frame pilots and Jumptroops. Some E-frame pilots referred to them as "chump troops", viewing them as poor knockoffs unable to accomplish anything significant without E-frames backing them up. In turn, many Jumptroopers resented E-frame pilots, viewing them as arrogant fighter-jockeys with easier jobs and lower casualty rates. Many Jumptroopers had the opinion that the shortcomings of E-frame pilots were responsible for the high turnover rate of Jumptrooper battalions.
GRAF Shield | Fusion Pulse Cannon | Solar Flare | Chain Lightning | Multiple Warhead Plasma Grenade | 'Rogue' Asteroids
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