ACE-1 Combat Suit Edit
The replacement battle armor to the ACT-2 Battlesuit, this gear didn't last for very long due to its vulnerability in specific locations. During its field testing many Marines died when a railgun round was able to get through the weak flank armor, which was deemed an unacceptable expense in lives and equipment. The replacement of this system with the more reliable ACE-2 Combat Suit was perhaps one of the few times in recorded history where a military bureaucracy promptly addressed a logistical issue in a proactive manner. Accordingly, this suit never saw use in an active Marine unit.
ACE-2 Combat Suit Edit
A battle armor suit capable of withstanding the void of space, run by an integrated AI software program. It weighs approximately 150 pounds and one of its many capabilities was the existence in space was the ability to go stealth mode. This gear is capable of providing life-sustaining nutrients and eliminating human waste, allowing the occupant to wear the suit for weeks at a time. This suit, when the AI and the Human Marine inside are in harmony, is able to enhance the abilities of both so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This armor is somewhat bulky, and is difficult to maneuver when the integrated AI isn’t properly functioning, but when working properly this exoskeleton armor provides for a maximized movement capability for combat effectiveness. It has a built in computer on the visor, allowing total tactical communication with higher command and providing critical details of the surrounding area. The visor has a survey mode that assesses the geographical details of the surrounding area, as well as a tactical mode which continuously scans the area for friendlies and hostiles. While both of these functions occur simultaneously, they are displayed separately to the Marine. The armor uses a power-assisted musculature to allow Marines to move around the battlespace. It is sometimes called ‘Smart Armor’ in recognition of the capabilities provided by the AI within the equipment. This ACE-2 Combat Suite also has an emergency release feature which allows for Marine occupants to escape the suit when needed. This strategic feature has been used by many Marines as a last ditch life saving measure. This maneuver causes the suit to instantly withdrawal endocrine pumps and med-points to retract from various insertion points, as well as waste pumps to release the penis and pull out of his rectal cavity. For the sake of clarity, it is important to note that the terms Combat Suit and Battlesuit are often used interchangeably by Marines, since the most significant nomenclature comes from the alphanumeric nomenclature that proceeds such a title. The current battlesuit often have to be recalibrated to account for changes in musculature and will also account for any missing appendages. Another useful aspect of this armor system, which was used to great effect at The Battle of the Antilles Moon, were the periscope worms which are at the top of the helmet on the battle suit. These allowed a Marine to peek over a ridge or around a corner without risking sniper fire for their troubles. Further, each suit is capable of changing their skin color, this allowing the wearer to transfer between units yet keep the same armor as it could change to the appropriate color scheme as necessary. This ability allows the combat suit to take on camouflaging properties and patterns when it is on any planetary surface and not in stealth mode. When the armor isn’t actively stealthed or camouflaged, it presents a natural default of a dull metallic grey. These wonder suits can also function under water and has an impeller for just that purpose, propelling the human inside forward.
- ACE-2/T Battlesuit- This is the training version of the ACE-2 Combat Suit worn by Marine Cadets. It is the exact same as what is worn by regular Marines, but it has multiple features locked off and requires authorization to access them. The name switch from Battlesuit to Combat Suit is intended to confuse the Marine Cadets and keep them in the dark as to the technical capabilities of their equipment. This included the stealth ability of these suits to be purely simulated for training operations, though the ill-informed cadets didn’t realize the suits could physically stealth them.