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File location: ship log, item 345.776.34
“For the urgent attention of Endryd Haar.
My esteemed praetor, I have analysed the data regarding the newly acquired “MKV” armour provided by the mechanicum emissary, as per your request. To deem this armour type “MKV” would be to credit innovation which is not present within its design.
The suit is essentially created from modified Mkiv plate, combining it with fragmentary elements of lesser known power armour STC technology. The result is a bastardised abomination in technology, both ingenious and at the same time artless.
The preliminary testing revealed a relative armour weakness, hence the prolific use of armour bonding studs. This has perhaps improved the structural integrity of the ceramite to direct mass reactive fire, but my calculations estimate a 1.275% drop in performance when compared with the current Mkiv model.
The exposure of exoskeletal fibre cabling on the exterior of the thigh and upper arm joints increase the risk of a disabling limb injury by 1.73%, which further increases to 2.1% in close quarters. These figures are of course, all estimates, based on anecdotal evidence and laboratory testing, these suits have not been adequately field tested.
There are however, a number of benefits inherent in the “design” which may serve our purpose. Firstly, I have successfully repurposed our “Sol-pattern Harrier” jump pack engines, to integrate with the power pack design. Something which has proved prohibitive using the newer technology found within the Mkiv power pack. This could potentially solve the apparent shortage of legionary jump packs, highlighted in my last report.
Secondly, the design allows for much simpler field repairs, with replacement parts that could be fashioned effectively from almost all other armour marks, save perhaps extreme regional variants. This is clearly advantageous given our current plans to pursue [REDACTED] into the outer reaches, where there will be little hope of armour resupply.
It is my opinion that these advantages outweigh the potential protective deficiencies of the armour.
And, off the record, it does have a certain brutal aesthetic, which I find most pleasing.”
Raern Angelus, Quarter master, 19th company XIIth legion.
Edited by Cadmus Tyro, 18 May 2020 - 04:09 PM.