Factory Army mecha in Battle 45
|English name||Factory Army|
The Factory Army is the defensive force responsible for protecting the Factory and Scrapyard from internal and external threats. It also guards the Station Gates which control access to the Scrapyard.
The army includes the netmen and mecha piloted by deckmen. These mecha, which are numbered units with the words "Factory Defense" on their sides, take on a variety of forms. Most typically seen was a bipedal mecha which mounted a large cannon in the form of an oversized semi-automatic pistol and also held a missile launcher. Variations of this mecha mounting what appeared to be two cannons as well as a wider and heavier version also exist.
While the system is largely automatic, the Ground Investigation Bureau (GIB), which is linked to the mecha units, can also exercise command.
Army units, especially the mecha, appear to be mobilized quickly whenever significant threats appear. They did not respond when Zapan attacked several netmen and fired on Factory 99, although this could have been because his target, Bar New Kansas, was in a different part of the Scrapyard. After he destroyed Daisuke Ido's clinic, a mecha and nine netmen equipped with missile launchers appeared and fired on him. However the shells and missiles had no effect, as Zapan used the electromagnetic field generated by the Berserker Body as a shield and easily destroyed the attackers with plasma. The army halted its attacks on Zapan the following day, allowing Alita to fight Zapan one on one.
Years later Den spearheaded a Barjack attack against the outlying defensive forces, which involved fighting against the mecha. After the destruction of the Heng, Den disbanded the Barjack as a conventional army and had his commanders switch to guerilla warfare. He then charged the Scrapyard alone, smashing through the army units defending the Factory 11 Station Gate. Once he was through he only faced mercenaries at first as the fall of the GIB had frozen the heavier units. However once these came back online they attacked in full, blowing off one of his arms and eventually the rear portion of his centaur body.