Mobile Suit from Anno Astra...
IMI Ichneumon a.k.a. Mongoose
Possibly the most well-armoured light MS currently in military service, the Ichneumon, manufactured by IMI, is the standard light MS of the armed forces of Dayan. An export version with more conventional laminate armour and sensors is known as the 'Mongoose.'
Ever since the latter half of the 20th Century AD, the Israeli military had placed great emphasis on the protection and survivability of its personnel. Then as now, they have been constantly beset by foes from all sides, and experienced fighting men were worth their weight in gold. Following this tradition, the Ichneumon was designed with an emphasis on protection of man and machine. Its modular laminate armour was the same as that on the IMI Gurion, and the thickness of the chest plate actually exceeded that of many medium MS. Asides from providing excellent ballistic protection, partly due to its well-sloped design, the armour had also proved to be highly resistant to laser fire and could survive hits from megaparticle weaponry even with its I-field shut down. As an added bonus, the materials used in its construction gave the Ichneumon passive stealth qualities. The armour sections themselves could be easily removed and replaced in the field to minimize maintenance downtime.
One of its roles being reconnaissance, the Ichneumon possessed very powerful, yet sensitive, MFO (multifrequency optics) sensors for long-range visual observation. Its other sensors, both active and passive, have also been tuned up to a finer degree, approaching that of a dedicated recon and surveillance platform (such as the Argus).
A controversial decision on the part of the designers was the exclusion of the forearm beam gun/sabers from the final model and its replacement with hardpoints. It was felt that, given the prevalent tactical doctrine of engaging and destroying targets at as long a range as possible and the Tzalafim mentality espoused by the legendary general Israel Tal, these were superfluous. These also had the added benefit of reduced weight and lower maintenance requirements. Beam pods could be attached to the hardpoints if the situation demanded it, in any case.
The enhanced defensive capabilities of the Ichneumon had its price, though. It wasn't as fast as its contemporaries, and the added bulk of its torso armour gave it a higher center of gravity. The legs required more maintenance due to the resulting high levels of stress, and the leg thrusters were made smaller to accommodate the necessary motive and load-bearing systems. Its sensor packages were also sensitive to rough handling and needed regular testing and recalibration.