UGV Equipment/Armour/Basic UGV Armour
Technical Specifications: Basic UGV Armour
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PHALANX Extraterrestrial Response Unit Technical Document, Sigma Clearance -- Commander's Eyes Only Filed: 19 March 2084 By: Cdr. Paul Navarre, R&D: Engineering Division, PHALANX, Atlantic Operations Command
The Basic UGV Armour is a simple set of armour plates and reinforcements meant to extend the combat lifespan of large UGVs. It protects vital areas and vulnerable joints with plates of super-strong ceramics and artificial spider silk mesh. Despite its simplicity, however, there is a lot of speciality engineering going into the armour. Moulding the ceramic to the contours of the UGV while maintaining their bullet-stopping strength is a difficult and laborious process, not to mention expensive.
Like the Ares UGV itself, this armour design is essentially taken straight from the GEU armoury, with their compliments. Thanks to its modular design it will bolt straight onto the Ares and any other large UGV we're likely to build in the future.
Virtually any UGV that can carry armour should be equipped with one of these upgrades, regardless of cost. They dramatically enhance UGV survival rates against projectile weapons, blast damage, and -- to a lesser extent -- plasma.
Since UGVs are more expensive than armour, the benefits are obvious.