Ares Macrotecnologies

Personal Armor Division, Research and Development Branch
Schematics File Header: Ares-1://html:/5623-Bandersnatch FFLSA (Form Fitting Light Stealth Armor)
Project Supervisor: Aaron Q. Smythe, P.E.
Send: Corporate HQ, Detroit, Michigan, UCAS
Date: August, 24, 2055

As per our discussion last week, here is a general explanation of the capabilities, components, and cost analyses of Research and Development's response to the UCASA contract PIUA-52, hereafter referred to as FFLSA.

The base of the FFLSA is composed of two parts; an inner suit and outer hard sectional armor. The inner suit is made of a triweave of spidersilk, ruthenium, and Spectra 100, that, although slightly less durable than a conventional stealth suit, affords a more breathable design, thereby placing less thermal strain on the wearer. The personal armor division has benchmarked the triweave at a projected armor rating of (6/6), as opposed to the conventional suits ratings of (8/8) within barrier attributes similar to Mongol silk armor. The outer sectional armor increases the ratings of the inner suit and provides a hardened, more conventional barrier for ballistic and impact condition, not to mention providing a suitable housing for the support electronics. Personal armor projects the final rating at hardened portions of the suit to be the conventional barrier values of (9/8).

In the FFLSA, a total of 8 Ares 4328C Chameleon environmental scanners are used in conjunction with the ruthenium fibers woven into the armors to obscure the wearer from sight. Due to spatial and electrical considerations and the original design specifcations, only 8 could be used instead of the original estimate of 10.

In addition, we have tried to mask other long range perceptual cues to increase the FFLSA's versatility and combat effectiveness. The most obvious threat outside of being seen is being heard, obviously, so we have addressed this issue through the use of add normal and ultrasonic damping. Due to recent advances in cyberware, the sense of smell is also becoming a potentially viable threat, therefore we address this potential problem with a scent mask.

The power source for the FFLSA's chameleon feature is a highly charged capacitor bank within the armor's hardened portions. Energy generated by the wearer is used to run nonchameleon function and to provide field recharging for the chameleon capacitor units when the armor's chameleon units are not in use. The high-charge gel capacitor banks will achieve a benchmark full discharge after 90 minutes, but this is at the cost of increased sensitivity to capacitive sensing devices. (+1 per 2nd rating of system; +1 at 1-2, +2 at 3-4, +3 at 5-6, etc.) A full recharge of the capacitor banks from the thermal conversion system in 180 minutes.

With the provisions made into this prototype armor, R&D believes the wearer is ideally suited for short-to-midrange scout/recon activities and, if necessary, protracted infighting with hostile units. Production of the unit will be capable within the next 3 months with sales projecting buys from the UCAS and CAS militaries as well as for corporate security usage. (see Sales spreadsheet FFLSA-page 2, section 5)

Attached to this report is the working schematics for the armor, as well as cost figures involved. Production of the armor can begin immediately as per the UCAS contract, however we require approval from Headquarters to authorize full-scale production of these units.

Thank you for your time.


A. Smythe, P.E.

Cc: FFLSA Schematics/Cost Analysis

1.) Ruthenium/Silk/Spectra undersuit, Hard armor sections(equiv. to Armor Jacket, Forearm/Wrist Guards, Thigh Guards, Armored Boots) (Dikote, Ruthenium Polymers and 4 Imagining Scanners)

2.) Light Military Helmet (w/BattleTac Comm Unit, Dikote , Display Link, Low-Light and UV Visor, Memory (500 Mp), Image Overlay Menus, Ruthenium Polymers)

Concealbility---you are kidding, right?
Ballistic 9
Impact 8
Weight 4
Availability 40/4 mths
Cost 1,879,000
Street Index---again with the jokes, eh?

Useful Info:

4 units necessary for +4 optical tests:

on LSA: 8 units :+8 optical tests

Rating 5 pattern masking: 50,000

Rating 4 Sound Damper +4 Audio Signature: 30,000

Rating 5 Ultrasound Spoofer: 50,000

Rating 3 Scent Mask +3 Olfactory Signature: 30,000

Sensor suite:

Vision: @SPU: (lvl 2) 20,000
low light: 3,000
ultraviolet: 4,000
thermographic: 4,000
Electronic magnification 3: 11,000
flare compensation: 2,000
Active rangefinder(@): 2,000
Image Recongnition(@):
L/R overlays: 1,000
Ultrasound Vision Modification(#): 25,000
Ruthenium Coating: 1,000

Personal comm unit(FoF): 18,500
Tactical Computer (Lvl 3): CLASSIFIED (1.5 mil)
Encryption (lvl 7): 140,000

@EM Field Induction pickup

This sensor technology is installed either in the implantee's palm, fingertips, or forearms. In the Bandersnatch armor, the EMFI pickup is located in the helmet to provide a magnetic bearing and to give the wearer a signal tracking ability. A processor and sense interface listed below allows the pickups to act as a natural sense, giving either an increasingly `hot', or `tingling' sensation as the magnetic field increases, while the bare bones setup can only interface with a display link/Vision SPU.

With the Induction Loop SPU, and by generating a current in the loop, the loops can act as an erase head for magnetic media. forearm version erases magnetic media out to aproximately 30 centimetres, and radio frequency jamming to around 2 metres (in forearm, shin, chest, groin, and back guards)

@SPU (Induction Loop)

This provides processing power for the induction loop sensors described above. With the appropriate programs, signal processing may be performed on raw data from the induction loops. The SPU provides output as either a sensory feeling, such as `tingling' or a temperature sensation - depending on the electromagnetic field intensity; or digital data for display to a display link.

The SPU also handles the application of current through the loops, to generate a precision magnetic field for erasure, or even with the Finger Probe, to emulate a Maglock Passkey, with the appropriate software.

@Magnetic Compass Software

Designed to run on the Induction loop SPU, this software provides optical sensory output to the Vision SPU in the (user selectable) forms of - compass, `HUD', or decimal readout in the corner of vision. Note - this system uses the earth's magnetic field, so in the presence of large magnetic fields the readings will be incorrect.

Size : 2 Mp
Cost : 500 nY

@Signal Locator Software

This code is the cybernetic equivalent of the hand held signal locator, enabling the user with a SPU(Induction loop) to be able to track tuned signals. It will provide information about what direction, distance and strength radio signals are coming from.

If an Orientation System is present, the actual location of the signal can be superimposed on any maps.

This is fully compatible with a Tactical Computer.


@Cardio-Vascular Monitor

This sensor suite monitors the users' Cardio-Vascular system, and provides data to either memory for later diagnostics, external link, or to a display link. Variables monitored include pulse rate, blood pressure, haemoglobin level, alcohol level, oxygen level, carbon dioxide level, glucose, insulin, and nitrogen levels.

Cost: 5,000 nY

Orientation Unit

When in operation, the unit's exact positioning and elevation relative to sea level or street level can be displayed. Interfaces with standard electronic maps.

Cost: 1500Y Index: 1

Total Retail Price: 1,879,000 nY (minus nominal 5% profit margin)