Armor - BattleMechs & Vehicles

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[edit] Description

Modern BattleMech and vehicle armor plating was originally introduced in 2470 by the Terran Hegemony[1]. In the BattleTech universe, armor is ablative in nature. This means that it is generally destroyed or blown off when hit, but in the process of doing so, it absorbs enormous energies, protecting the unit it is mounted on. While powerful blows will still rock a vehicle, there will be little, if any, internal damage as long as armor plating still remains. Armor-piercing rounds do exist for certain weapons, but they require a higher technology level and cost more. As a result, destroying a 'Mech requires either immense firepower, concentrated fire on a vulnerable location, or a lucky hit.

Standard BattleMech armor is composed of several layers providing various degrees of protection and support. The first layer is extremely strong steel, the result of crystal alignment and radiation treatment, which is also very brittle. The second layer is a ceramic, cubic boron nitride, which combined with a web of artificial diamond fibers acts as a backstop to the steel layer. These two layers rest atop a titanium alloy honeycomb structure which provides support, and a layer of self-sealing polymer sealant which allows for space and underwater operations.[2]

Noting the ablative nature of the armor, most vehicle designers have designed the armor for quick repairs on most units. In game terms, armor is repaired at the rate of 15 minutes per point of armor[3]. Players familiar with BattleTech video games —like MechWarrior 3 and 4— might be used to even faster repairs by mobile field bases (where a damaged 'Mech is apparently repaired in moments), but the computer games represent repairs differently than the tabletop game.

[edit] Manufacturing

Armor for BattleMechs & vehicles is manufactured on the following planets:

Brand Planet Company
Alpha Compound Plate Barcella Barcella Alpha
Arcadia Compound Delta VII Arcadia Arcadia BattleMech Plant CM-T15
ArcShield Heavy Skye Cyclops Incorporated
ArcShield Heavy Type K Skye Cyclops Incorporated
ArcShield Maxi I Betelgeuse Aldis Industries
ArcShield Maxi I New Samarkand New Samarkand Metals
ArcShield Maxi I Terra Aldis Industries
ArcShield Maxi II Betelgeuse Aldis Industries
ArcShield Maxi II New Samarkand New Samarkand Metals
ArcShield Maxi II Panpour Jalastar Aerospace
ArcShield Maxi II New Earth New Earth Trading Company
ArcShield Maxi II Terra Aldis Industries
ArcShield V Skye Cyclops Incorporated
ArcShield V Terra Aldis Industries
ArcShield VII Mk 5 Betelgeuse Aldis Industries
ArcShield VII Mk 5 New Samarkand New Samarkand Metals
ArcShield VII Mk 5 New Earth New Earth Trading Company
ArcShield VII Mk 5 Terra Aldis Industries
Bruin Heavy Ferro-Aluminum Strana Mechty Bear's Den
Bulldog Ingersoll Bulldog Enterprises
Bulldog Proserpina Bulldog Enterprises
Composition III Strana Mechty Bear's Den
Compound Alpha Huntress Abysmal Manufacturing Complex
Compound Beta Irece Barcella Beta
Compound 2110 Ferro-Fibrous Irece Barcella Beta
Compound CL20 Ferro-Fibrous Tamaron Ashton 'Mech Production Complex
Compound H17 Ferro-Fibrous Arcadia Arcadia BattleMech Plant CM-03
Compound H17 Ferro-Fibrous Irece Barcella Beta
Compound H18 Ferro-Fibrous Babylon Babylon MechWorks V
Compound SJ6CW Ferro-Fibrous Arcadia Arcadia BattleMech Plant CM-03
Chobham Max-Tec Terra Matabushi Incorporated
Durallex Heavy Corey Hellespont Industrials
Durallex Heavy Quentin Independence Weaponry
Durallex Heavy Wallis Ronin Incorporated
Durallex Heavy Hesperus II Defiance Industries
Durallex Light Gibson Gibson Federated BattleMechs - (Free Worlds Defense Industries)
Durallex Light Carlisle S. L. Lewis Incorporated
Durallex Medium Tharkad TharHes Industries
Durallex Nova Quentin Independence Weaponry
Durallex Nova Coventry Coventry Metal Works
Durallex Special Heavy Quentin Independence Weaponry
Durallex Special Heavy Irian Irian BattleMechs Unlimited
Durallex Special Heavy Hesperus II Defiance Industries
Durallex Special Medium Quentin Independence Weaponry
Forge 9 Flexweave Apollo Diplass Technologies
Forging ZK11 Tamaron Ashton 'Mech Production Complex
Glasgow Limited Hesperus II Defiance Industries
Jolassa-325 Umka Kerr-McGinniss
J-Seal Standard Terra Mitchell Vehicles
Kallon Light Shield A Pandora Red Devil Industries
Kallon Royalstar Nanking Kallon Industries
Kallon Royalstar Tematagi Nimakachi Fusion Products Limited
Kallon Royalstar Thermopolis Kallon Industries
Kallon Royalstar Pandora Red Devil Industries
Kallon Royalstar Heavy Wernke Kallon Industries
Kallon Royalstar Heavy Pandora Red Devil Industries
Kevlar 5000 Hesperus II Defiance Industries
Kressly Stoneskin 30M Epsilon Eridani Kressly Warworks
Kressly Stoneskin 40X Epsilon Eridani Kressly Warworks
Leviathon Plus Pinard Vandenberg Mechanized Industries
Lexington Limited Coventry Coventry Metal Works
Livingston Ceramics Asuncion Earthwerks Incorporated
Longanecker PlastiSteel Hesperus II Defiance Industries
Marian Arms Standard Alphard Marian Arms Incorporated
Maxmillian 42 Tok Do Alshain Weapons
Maxmillian 43 Calloway VI Earthwerks Incorporated
Maxmillian 43 Dunianshire Majesty Metals and Manufacturing
Maxmillian 44 Calloway VI Earthwerks Incorporated
Maxmillian 45 Gibson Gibson Federated BattleMechs - (Free Worlds Defense Industries)
Maxmillian 60 Gibson Gibson Federated BattleMechs - (Free Worlds Defense Industries)
Maxmillian 100 Calloway VI Earthwerks Incorporated
Maxmillian 100 Carlisle Bergan Industries
Maxmillian 300 Calloway VI Earthwerks Incorporated
Mitchell Argon Nirasaki Maltex Corporation
Omega Heavy Stellarguard Barcella Barcella Alpha
Pribak 9000 New Earth Yankee Weapons Systems
ProtecTech 4 Al Na'ir Scarborough Manufacturers
ProtecTech 4 Scarborough Scarborough Limited
ProtecTech 4 Outreach Blackwell Heavy Industries
ProtecTech 5 Outreach Blackwell Heavy Industries
ProtecTech 6 Sian Hellespont Industrials
ProtecTech 6 Layover Quikscell Company
ProtecTech 6 Keystone Exeter Organization
ProtecTech 6 Pandora Red Devil Industries
ProtecTech 6 Outreach Blackwell Heavy Industries
ProtecTech 7 Al Na'ir Scarborough Manufacturers
ProtecTech 7 Scarborough Scarborough Limited
ProtecTech Light Ares Quikscell Company
ProtecTech Light Sian Hellespont Industrials
ProtecTech Light Belladonna Cal-Boeing of Dorwinion
ProtecTech Light Layover Quikscell Company
ProtecTech Light Kalidasa Quikscell Company
ProtecTech Light Gallery Quikscell Company
Riese-100 Grand Base Earthwerks Incorporated
Riese-100 Umka Kerr-McGinniss
Riese-100 Illiushin Vandenberg Mechanized Industries
Riese-456 Umka Kerr-McGinniss
Riese-500 Grand Base Earthwerks Incorporated
Riese-500 Umka Kerr-McGinniss
Riese-500 Illiushin Vandenberg Mechanized Industries
Ryerson 150 Pinard Vandenberg Mechanized Industries
Type M Nanking Kallon Industries
Series Ab Tamaron Ashton 'Mech Production Complex
StarGuard III New Avalon Corean Enterprises
StarGuard III New Earth New Earth Trading Company
StarGuard Type HV New Earth New Earth Trading Company
Starshield Capella Ceres Metals Industries
Starshield Marduk Victory - (Norse BattleMech Works)
Starshield Irian Irian BattleMechs Unlimited
Starshield Kalidasa Kali Yama Weapons Industries Incorporated
Starshield Stewart Corean Enterprises
Starshield St. Ives Ceres Metals Industries
Starshield A Marduk Victory - (Norse BattleMech Works)
Starshield A Wernke Kallon Industries
Starshield A Keystone Earthwerks Incorporated
Starshield A Hesperus II Defiance Industries
Starshield Light Marduk Victory - (Norse BattleMech Works)
Starshield Light Hesperus II Defiance Industries
Starshield Type V Menke Ceres Metals Industries
StarSlab-1 Menke Menke Armor and Armament
StarSlab-1 Salem General Motors
StarSlab-1 Gienah Gienah Combat Vehicles
StarSlab-1 Indicass Ceres Metals Industries
StarSlab-1 Canopus IV Majesty Metals and Manufacturing
StarSlab-1 Sevon Alliance Mining and Geology
StarSlab-1 Laconis Taurus Majoris Mining
StarSlab-2 Luthien Buda Imperial Vehicles
StarSlab-2 Andurien Bergan Industries
StarSlab-2 Irian Bergan Industries
StarSlab-3 Luthien Buda Imperial Vehicles
StarSlab-3 Ruchbah Michaelson Heavy Industries
StarSlab-3 Salem General Motors
StarSlab-3 Andurien Bergan Industries
StarSlab-3 Gienah Gienah Combat Vehicles
StarSlab-3 Dunianshire Canopus Industries Alpha
StarSlab-3 Sevon Alliance Mining and Geology
StarSlab-3 Indicass Ceres Metals Industries
StarSlab-3 Laconis Taurus Majoris Mining
StarSlab-3 Epsilon Eridani Kressly Warworks
StarSlab-5.5 Sevon Alliance Mining and Geology
StarSlab-5.5 Laconis Taurus Majoris Mining
StarSlab-6 Andurien Bergan Industries
StarSlab-6 Indicass Ceres Metals Industries
StarSlab-7 Laconis Taurus Majoris Mining
StarSlab-9 Dunianshire Canopus Industries Alpha
StarSlab-9.5 Mk II Salem General Motors
StarSlab-9.5 Mk II Pandora Red Devil Industries
StarSlab-11.5 Type HVA Hesperus II Defiance Industries
StarSlab-11.5 Type HVA Laconis Taurus Majoris Mining
Valiant Chainmail Carlisle Bergan Industries
Valiant Lamellor Robinson Valiant Systems
Valiant Lamellor Kalidasa Kali Yama Weapons Industries Incorporated
Valiant Lamellor Kendall Kali Yama - Alphard Trading Corporation
Valiant Lamellor Carlisle Bergan Industries
York Industries CTC-0 Keystone Earthwerks Incorporated
  • Clan Armor
17-J Standard [4]
Alpha Compound Plate [5]
CerPlate Mod 2F [6]
Compound 2110 [7]
Compound Alpha Standard [8]
Compound G5 [9]
Compound JX2 [10]
Forged Type HH32 with CASE [11]
Forging C629/j [12]
Forging OTR17b (Standard) [13]
Forging OTR17b with CASE [14]
Forging SA722 with CASE [15]
Forging ZK11 Standard [16]
Forging ZZ7 Ceramic Plate [17]
Mix IIIc Composite [18]
Royal-7 Standard [19]

[edit] Inner Sphere

Type Used by Manufacturer Planet Reference
Livingston Ceramics FLE-17 Flea Earthwerks Incorporated Asuncion
Bernardo
[20]
StarGuard CIV Ferro-Fibrous with CASE HNT-171 Hornet Kallon Weapon Industries Talon (Wernke System) [21]

[edit] References

  1. TechManual, p. 205
  2. TechManual, p. 33
  3. BattleTech Master Rules, p. 91
  4. TRO 3060 p. 166
  5. TRO 3060 p. 174
  6. TRO 3060 p. 154
  7. TRO 3060 p. 38
  8. TRO 3060 p. 138
  9. TRO 3060 p. 52
  10. TRO 3060 p. 34
  11. TRO 3060 p. 180
  12. TRO 3060 p. 150
  13. TRO 3060 p. 172
  14. TRO 3060 p. 136
  15. TRO 3060 p. 168
  16. TRO 3060 p. 144
  17. TRO 3060 p. 182
  18. TRO 3060 p. 156
  19. TRO 3060 p. 148
  20. Technical Readout: 3050, p.50-51
  21. Technical Readout: 3050, p.50-51

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