Hmm... Seems to have gone dormant for a while...
Anyway, picked up Gutter Monkey's version of the CTD and did abit of messing around to suit my personal preferences... Don't know if anyone else likes my changes...
Anyway, attaching the RTF after the CTD, and if it's decided as final, will pass it on to Breunor.
P/s: fixed the fluffie abit by changing it to "... looks like it weights half a ton..." Hope that satisfies the critics.
Having developed effective body armour, the next logical step would be a powered armour system. However, it seemed near impossible to develop a workable design until research into the UFO power sources provided the answer. As such, we have now developed the Powered Armor System Mark 4, PAS MK-IV Praetorian. We have projected that if every agent is equipped with the Praetorian, the casualties suffered in the field will be reduced by as much as twenty to thirty percent.
Powered armour has always been seen as the ultimate answer in improving the effectiveness of soldiers on the battlefield, and black-box programs to develop the powered armour have set up by various agencies around the world since as early as the 1990s with various degrees of success, but all were stumped by the fact that a light weight yet strong and responsive motor control system that could be mass produced was impossible to design.
The closest anyone got was a US Army advanced weapons design team starting in the late 90’s and ending in the early parts of the first decade of the new century. The main obstacle to the developement of an effective power armor design was finding a suitable motive system. Hydraulics were too bulky and imprecise as well as being extremely rigid. As a result, it was decided that a new motive system must be developed. The result of this effort were the predecessor’s to today’s dielectric polymers, the substance used for the control cables in the XC-1 Interceptor. A working prototype was actually tested, but because of the vast energy requirements of the primitive dielectric polymers, the suit had to be physically tethered to a power station in order to be active for a reasonable period of time.
Another major problem was that the power output of the dielectric polymers was not high enough to enable a reasonable balance between size, weight and operational time. This meant that any suits developed would have been slow, bulky and underarmored. As a result, the development comittee decided to cancel the project and the prototypes were mothballed.
However, with the development of Xenium-122 power sources based on the alien's [UFO power systems], as well as the unique alien alloys, the project was reactivated under X-Corps control, and have successfully developed the first working power armor system. By creating bundles of specially modified advanced dielectric polymers that mimic the muscular system in humans, we can then effectively provided the Praetorian the same amount of flexibility as that of the average person. The members of the development who were sci-fi fans insisted on calling the new motive system 'Myomers'. The myomer groupings are powered by a pair of miniaturized Xenium-122 rechargeable power cells, and have a large enough internal charge to run for 84 straight hours of active use. The power cells can be ‘topped off’ by hooking into the power plant of any assault craft powered by Xenium-122.
The myomer system is designed to only provide the strength to carry the weight of the Praetorian Powered Armor effortlessly as previous prototypes that boosts the user's strength proved near impossible to control. Simply put, the myomers act as a sort of ‘power steering’ that allows the user to move as if they were wearing nothing at all, rather then a 260 lb battle armor.
Each suit is fully adjustable, and is fitted to the individual specifications of each soldier to provide a snug, but not tight, fit. The control system, which we call the control lining, is a series of pressure sensitive pads that are built into the innermost layer. The pads are placed along major movement points such as the joints, neck and especially around the shoulders. When pressure is applied onto the pads by the movement of the wearer, information regarding the pressure exerted onto the pad is transmitted to a CPU which then stimulates the appropriate myomer bundles. Also, the wearer is provided with force-feedback system via a series of CO2 activated air bladders built into the control lining of the Praetorian power armor. As such, very little training is required as with proper calibration, the Praetorian will effectively move with the wearer as if it was just a basic uniform.
The Praetorian carries a full NBC air and radiation filtration system, and can be equipped with it’s own air supply quite easily. The interior of the armor is fully climate controlled to the individual troopers liking, and a special undergarment wicks perspiration away from the body to keep the soldier dry. The soldier can even drink from a tube next to his or her mouth that connects to a camel bag type water bladder under the control lining over their back.
Their vitals are tracked automatically by the medical computer, which is situated next to the main CPU, and if the armor detects a breach of suit integrity accompanied by a change in the soldier’s vitals indicating a wound, any one of the CO2 bladders can be inflated to act in it’s secondary role of applying pressure as close to the wound as possible. If ordered to by the medical computer or by manual command from either the soldier himself or a medic, the armor will apply this pressure directly to the closest major artery, acting as a tourniquet.
Drugs can be administered to a wounded trooper by injecting into a port on the chest of the armor, which then transfers to a ‘nicotine patch’ intravenous delivery system consisting of a patch of plastic embedded with thousands of micro tubes that is glued to the skin, so the delivery of drugs takes place directly through the pores. The armor has five of these patches, one on each arm and leg, and the largest, directly over the heart.
The actual protection offered by this new armor makes it far and away the most durable protective garment ever developed by mankind. The alien alloys that make up the surface of the armor are layered in some places over twelve times thicker then our old personal armor. In the laboratory, one chest plate stood up to three direct hits from a heavy plasma before failing, and even then, the damage sensors underneath detected that if the test had in fact been a real combat, the soldier would have most likely survived, and perhaps even been able to return to duty eventually.
Truly, this represents one of the greatest steps towards leveling the playing field, and winning this war.
"At first I was not too sure about the new armor. I mean the damn thing looks like it weighs a quarter ton even without weapons and ammo, and I'm supposed to fight wearing this thing? I was expecting to get my uh- "hindquarters" handed to me by the ROVs. But once I powered up and finally got it calibrated right, it felt lighter then my duty uniform. I managed to take down four of the tanks, and really screwed the last one up before it got me. I can't wait to see the looks on the bug's faces when we show up in these!"
--Lt. Whetherson, X-Corp infantry field testing
Hm... after refering to the original CTD I posted, this baby really has grown up!
Edited by tzuchan, 31 December 2003 - 01:57 AM.