Combat Assault Suit
|Tactical Armor||Combat Assault Suit||Command Armor|
|Combat Engineer Suit||Combat Scout Suit||Survival Armor|
|Vehicle Operations Suit||Civilian Exo-Suit||Civilian Auxiliary Forces Armor|
The Combat Assault Suit (C/AS) is designed as the standard powered combat armor of The Initiative.
The standard helmet of the C/AS is a vacuum-rated full-face helmet, with a polarized visor. Integrated into the visor is a headsup display capable of projecting a variety of information and visual filters for the wearer. The visual filters range from thermal or night vision, magnification, and infrared, while the information that can be displayed range from basic timers, medical readouts, maps, and other mission-pertinent information. Additionally, the helmet carries a number of highly sensitive audio pickups, intended to provide the wearer with enhanced awareness. Furthermore, the HUD is capable of integrating with most standardized equipment to display diagnostic details, such ammunition and battery capacity of a battle rifle.
Because the helmet is rated for vacuum, it integrates an internal oxygen recycler, using genetically engineered plant life to filter out and recycle carbon dioxide. A secondary, non-organic, filter removes any plant contaminants from the air that is then provided to the wearer, though is not strictly required. In an oxygenated environment, vents in the helmet can be opened to allow for external oxygen to be filtered in.
The interior of the helmet is coated in padding to allow the wearer to take impacts to the head without risk, while the exterior is coated in a combination of ablative ceramic plating over a hardened metal shell.
The body of the armor is designed as a modular system, to allow components such as the greaves, gauntlets, pauldrons, and so forth to be exchanged or removed entirely as needed for repairs or modification. The armor is covered in composite armor designed from an ablative ceramic plating over a hardened metal shell. The interior of this shell is honeycombed, with pockets of dilatant gels intended to minimize the ability of a munitions to penetrate through to the wearer. Additionally, these gel pockets are used to adjust the interior temperature of the suit to the preferences and needs of the wearer, and contain sensors to monitor the physical statistics of the wearer, and adjust systems as needed to compensate or assist.
Housed in the torso and legs of the armor is a highly efficient water reclamation system, intended to minimize moisture loss and allow for personnel to remain armored for extended periods as needed. The system also allows for the filtration of water pumped in from environmental sources such as stream, or melting ice.
The muscles of the suit are comprised of twisted carbon nanotubes, utilizing an ion-based actuation, mimicking the form of biological muscles. This affords the operator enhanced speed and strength when compared to a person not equipped with such a suit.
The first prototypes of the Combat Assault Suit were tested in 2032 CE, partially developed from experimental technology within several of the forces fighting during the War of Secession. Full production began in 2058 CE to outfit security and emergency services, while a civilian variant was designed to aid in construction and other similar fields. The next few years found additional military variants being developed to fulfill a variety of purposes.