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Estovakia Imperium plans for Powered Armour


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Currently the Estovakia Imperium is having its scientists and engineers work towards developing a powered armour for military use. Once the research has been completed and the final design and prototype has been completed the government will look into putting the armour into production.

The current design is for the armour to be made out of a high strength alloy material which will cover the whole of the body with access to the armour being at the rear which will open to allow the user to "step in" to the armour and which will close behind them and form an air tight seal. The suit itself will be powered by a large pair of batteries located on the shoulders of the armour however, the batteries will probally only have a life time of between 4-5 hours before needing to be charged. As for the movement of the powered armour it will be accomplished by the use of a hydraulic system that will be controlled by a computer system located inside the helmet of the armour. The computer system will also be used to provide a HUD for the user.

This powered armour will provide the user will better protection against small arms fire, increased strength and stability so that they can carry heavier loads and use heavier weapons. However, due to the weight involved due to current materials avaliable the speed of the user will not be increased to any real noticeable effect.

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The power required to move a suit of that weight powered by hydraulics wouldn't be able to be powered by even car batteries for very long. Also, an air tight seal would require a filter system from the outside. And interior lighting. The batteries placed on the shoulder would be extremely vulnerable to enemy fire. Also, hydraulics are slow.

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The power required to move a suit of that weight powered by hydraulics wouldn't be able to be powered by even car batteries for very long. Also, an air tight seal would require a filter system from the outside. And interior lighting. The batteries placed on the shoulder would be extremely vulnerable to enemy fire. Also, hydraulics are slow.

Thank you for raising such issues to our notice. We shall now attempt to answer them. Firstly for the batteries we are looking at what types of batteries are avaliable at the current time and are looking to see if we can use them or adapt them to use for the armoured suit if not then we shall look for an alternative power source. Secondly we did forget to mention about the filter system which is located in the forward, bottom section of the helmet and interior lighting is not required as the user looks out through the visor in the helmet. Yes the batteries would be vulnerable to weapons fire but so would the rest of the suit. If the weapons fire can pierce the shoulders it can pierce the other areas. To our knowledge Hydraulics are not slow in fact they are actually quite fast reacting.

OOC: Hyrdaulics arn't slow. If they were they wouldn't be used inside aircraft as they reactions would not be quick enough to justify their use.

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Detailed Description of the Powered Armour:

The Powered Armour will be produced as a Chobham steel encased mesh plating through the entire armour. This is obtained by encasing ceramic tiles in a metal matrix which are then bonded to a backing plate and several elastic layers. Because of the hardness of the ceramic tiles they offer superior resistance against shaped charges and they shatter kinetic energy penetrators. Due to the fact that ceramic tiles have a "multiple hit capacity" problem in where after repeated hits the ceramic tiles begin to lose much of their protective value so to minimise the effects of this the tiles will be produced as small as possible with the accepted value of a 10cm diameter for each tile.

The metal matrix is backed up by a plate to reinforce the ceramic tiles as well as preventing the deformation of the metal matrix by kinetic impacts. Most typical backing plates investigated so far will be abouts half the mas of the matrix itself. These heaxgon ceramic tiles will be placed into the matrix by isostatically pressing them into the heated matrix. The tiles themselves are made from Boron Carbide as it is very hard and quite light. The backing plate itself is made from aluminium as it is lighter than steel and is only needed to provide support to the ceramic tiles.

The movement of the armoured suit is achieved by the use of both servos and a hydraulic system. Inside the actual armour of the suit is a number of tubes through which a constant flow of hydraulic fluid can be pushed along through the use of a hydraulic pump which would be powered by two onboard batteries thus allowing the hydraulic fluid to pumped around the tubes which will then flow to the hydraulic cylinders that are located at the moving joints of the system which will then provide the power to move the loads required allowing the powered armour to move. This does restrict the user to a small amount of resistance however, it has no real affect on the capability of the suit.

The batteries themselves are still being investigated however, it will most likely consist of two High power Lithium-Ion batteries that will be located in the back area of the shoulders on the armour with a secondary pair of batteries located on the back of the armour. Lithium-Ion batteries have been chosen as they provide one of the best energy to weight ratios, no memory effect and have a slow loss of charge when not in use. The batteries themselves can be removed from the armour to allow them to be recharged.

As for the computer system that must be onboard it is proving to be a problem for our scientists and it would seem to need a micro computer to be placed inside and would still need the ability to provide the programming for the hydraulic system as well as providing the HUD for the user. Our scientists are currently looking into this.

OOC : There we go a more detailed description done after looking at research I have tried to keep it within my tech year but anything out of my tech year, like the micro computer, I will be asking other nations for assistance for.

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OOC: If you're basing this off of DARPA's BLEEX system, you're right in making batteries the main issue, but there're some developments in the electric-car area that convert kinetic energy from braking into chemical energy stored in a capacitor. You could (Depending on your tech level, this would probably require at least year 2015 to work) probably redesign that system to store energy from motion in capacitors, which ought to boost your battery life significantly.

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OOC: If you're basing this off of DARPA's BLEEX system, you're right in making batteries the main issue, but there're some developments in the electric-car area that convert kinetic energy from braking into chemical energy stored in a capacitor. You could (Depending on your tech level, this would probably require at least year 2015 to work) probably redesign that system to store energy from motion in capacitors, which ought to boost your battery life significantly.

OOC: Ah I see thank you for bringing those up. I havn't actually seen anyhting on DARPA's BLEEX system then most I was able to read on was general information and Cyberdyne's HAL system. My tech level is fairly far behind in that im in the late 80's currently but that doesnt mean I can plan it out for the future.

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