The standard infantryman of the Interstellar Covenanted States carrying the standard assault rifle of that nation.
The Interstellar Covenanted States is a modest nation of ninety billion souls and nine hundred earth-like worlds on the edge of the Milky Way. They are a democratic-republic created and funded by their own home grown economy that caters to the good of the public.
Military service is mandatory for all able-bodied men over or at the age of eighteen. A compromise that was made between founders Isaac Riley (Who wanted women to serve as well,) and Malkon Al'lon, who was a chauvinist. The young society was born out of the ashes of the twenty-one year old Federal Republic of Bahn-Rah. A nation that controlled the twice the amount of Earths as the current nation. Satiated with debt and famine, the young republic was reformed into the nation that stands today, and its extra holdings were returned to a multitude of self-governing states. Jakistan, Abreunom, Carmenia, Bostonia and the Federated States.
The Interstellar Covenanted States, or the Covenanted Provinces Interstellar as the country is officially known, has a well-funded army that maintains order in its 900 worlds and many distant commonwealths and territories. The Endu, Yanalyst; and Noka armories supply the now five year old nation with a majority of its military kit and resources.
Starting with the Noka 5b helmet. A replacement for the Noka 2a that was used in the violent five-month civil war and the Noka Topi 4b that was used in the fight for Amani Unus two years ago, this helmet is a relatively new design. An overhaul of the 4b and shipped to distant nations and close allies the universe over. Capable of turning night into day, the built in Optical Night Sensors allow the wearer to visualize and pinpoint in the dead of night. the secondary Optical Heat Sensor also in the Noka 5b is used to track enemy and ground targets through buildings and hard cold structures such as ice fields and structures. Finally, the Praetor Hearing System, a combination of two-way radio and long distance two-way radio, is used to allow troops to communicate with allies on the battlefield. Here, they can pinpoint allies on a satellite map of the terrain, and maintain communication with allies as far as twenty to thirty miles away. The Noka 5b is a truly magnificent helmet, and one of the most high-tech in the known universe. Many of its advanced and modular functions aren't fully known due to national security and patent issues, but many theories hold that facial recognition software, genetic recognition software; and finally friend vs foe software can be used by more elite troops such as Alpha Hell Jumpers or Omegas.
Secondly, the Yanalyst Combat Armor is a climate ready suit that also comes standard with a gas mask of similar design and face mask. This uniform is the basis of all ICS uniforms, and comes equipped with climate sensors to determine hot or cold temperatures of the suit, preventing soldiers from sweating or overheating or even freezing. (The temperature ranges are classified) It comes equipped with a water bladder which can be swapped out for a canteen, as well as detachable patches for higher ranking military branches such as the Hell Jumpers and the Omegas. The Yanalyst Combat armor is also a defense against land mines. It's metallic, microscopic chain link design allows fragments of debris to be blocked from the core body suit. This body suit, made of the same flexible metallic material holds against most bullet or laser penetration. Small arms plasma rounds can also be blocked as well. Finally, the YCA battle Dress Uniform is designed like a combat assistance for its human wearer. The combat suit can lessen the strain troops lifting supplies or debris in disaster areas by thirty percent. In other words, one can lift three times their own lifting capacity with this suit on. This allows for some troops to wield powerful weapons into battle, such as the Endu laser rifle, or the 60 caliber TAC - mounted turret.
Finally, the Endu 251 S7b Assault Rifle is the work-horse of the Covenanted States. Used since the start of the Atlantean War, the S7b is a standard gas operated assault rifle. It is a rifle that is capable of firing three rounds a second, or single round. Carries sixty to one hundred, sixty rounds in one clip; and can be hooked to the Yanalyst Combat Armor for ease of use with the Noka 5b Helmet. Additionally, the S7b's scope can see up to two miles - twice the gun's range, and its laser sight is invisible to the naked eye.
The standard infantry kit for the ICS and many of her foreign allies is the same. The Spartans made some additional changes to the Yanalyst Combat Armor for the ICS foreign Legion in Sparta, and additionally the ICS has made use of Spartan small arms technology at their Endu Armories. Their sniper rifles for instance, are copies of their Spartan alliance tech.
All in all, the ICS is a formidable force on the battlefield with such a limited availability of troops. It has held off two civil wars, twenty-one invasions; and seven riots within their own borders. They've led one invasion and helped police order in the Milky Way and their galactic territories beyond the Milky Way. While bigger and better equipped armies oppose them, they have held their own mostly by the training behind their armor, and their willingness to defend their democracy from enemies abroad and at home.