Combat Engineer Suit

From Beyond the Frontier
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The Combat Engineer Suit (C/ES) is designed as the standard powered combat armor of The Initiative.

Design Details


The standard helmet of the C/ES 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 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. Integrated into the system is a sensor system designed to monitor and detect energy flows, as well as to run pattern recognition in an effort to identify systems.

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. Integrated into the arms are a number of key engineering tools and systems available for emergency repairs.


The Combat Engineer Suit (C/ES) was derived from the Combat Assault Suit (C/AS). The original was not a purpose-built suit but a conversion of a C/AS during an emergency for repairs on the exterior of a ship's hull. Because the engineer assigned to work on the exterior would be unable to extract tools from his belt while in the armor, he modified the suit beforehand to allow him to access his tools with minimal difficulty.