The Hi-Tech Soldiers were formerly members of the Counter Assault Team within the Secret Service under the Sears administration, which some considered to be "President Sears' private army." After George Sears was removed from office, they were disbanded.
In April 2009, the Hi-Tech Soldiers were involved in the Big Shell's takeover by the terrorist group, the Sons of Liberty. They acted as an attack team that was dispatched if either an intruder was spotted or if there was evidence to suggest that there was an intruder.
The Hi-Tech Soldiers wore different uniforms and utilized different weapons from the Gurlukovich Mercenaries. The Hi-Tech Soldiers utilized M4 carbines with grenade launchers, thicker body armor, that also protected their shoulders and arms, and helmets covering their entire face. Their equipment was also derived from the experimental Land Warrior System that was conducted around the turn of the century, which allowed infantry troops to utilize the latest equipment enhanced with advanced data communication and processing features with the intention of treating soldiers as a single terminal within a network. The nature of the equipment included helmets with a mounted display that provided everything from sensor and map updates to directives and commands from a command post, various targeting systems, bio-sensors, GPS-receiving units, and the latest data-processing equipment. The soldiers were also provided with video and graphical intel, such as current location, including the placement of friendlies and enemy units and rendezvous points via a data link installed on the system. To overcome various problems that the United States Army encountered with the project, including finding a battery with sufficient enough longentivity to power their systems, a sealed membrane battery was developed that was capable of withstanding the wear and tear of combat situations. In addition, the weight of the overall equipment was also negated via the development of a ceramic-plated exoskeleton with strength enhancing capabilities via DARPA, although their helmets were the weakest spot.
Behind the scenes
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus
- "HIGH-TECH SOLDIER
Soldiers that use a variety of next-generation devices, including the Helmet Mount Display which provides information from various sensors, maps, and HQ."
- ―Official bio on the Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus official site
The High Tech soldier is playable in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus, either by code or capture. They can be located at the Warhead Storage Facility or at the Communications Base on Hard or Extreme difficulty. In direct contrast with their first appearance in Metal Gear Solid 2, this soldier's helmet protects against headshots. If the player successfully recruits one and plays as one, it allows the player to see the stats of an enemy without needing the Headhunter career. Most of his dialogue was reused from the male Soviet officers.
- "A soldier outfitted with an array of next-generation gear. Helmet-mounted displays provide realtime maps, data gleaned from a full range of sensors, and instructions from the command post. These helmets also act to reduce damage from head shots."
- ―Official description in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (Alternate and VR Missions; non-canon)
- Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus (non-canon)