Ablat Personal Armor

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Generic Ablat Personal Armor
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Generic Ablat Personal Armor
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Cost Cr75
Size 4.5 liters
Type Protective Gear
Tech Level TL–9
Weight 2.0 kg
Manufacturer Various
Generic Ablat Personal Armor
Ablat Personal Armor (Cr75; TL–9) is a cheap alternative to reflec, and is fashioned from a material which will ablate (vaporize) when hit by laser fire. [1]

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The ablation of the material carries away the energy of the laser, and protects the wearer. Continued fire against ablat degrades its effectiveness, but the armor is cheap and easily replaceable. Ablat also has some value against other forms of attack. [2]

As a generality, ablative armor is consumable and not very effective against slugthrowers or other KEW weaponry. It’s more useful as a coating on more conventional armors or a layer within composite armors. [3]

Personal Armor Characteristics[edit]

Volume: 4.5 liters. Weight: 2.0 kg. Base Price: Cr75.

  • Ablat Personal Armor: An inexpensive material designed to ablate (vaporize) when struck by laser fire. When the material vaporizes, the energy of the laser fire is carried away, offering protection to the wearer. Ablat will eventually lose its effectiveness against laser attacks because the armor wears away each time is is directly hit. [4]
  • The armor provides Class-6 protection against Energy Weapons. [5]

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Ablative armor has been known since pre-spacefaring days. With the advent of increasingly effective energy weapons, ablative armor came into wider use and increasingly more effective ablative armors were developed.

Laser Weaponry comes into maturity during the TL:7-9 epoch as target designators and later anti-material weapons and naturally defenses against it are developed. Ablative materials have been used ina variety of applications since their advent at the the beginning of the TL:4-6 industrial epoch. However, it’s only with TL:7-9 materials science and miniaturization, that they become useful as personal battlefield defenses. [6]

Selected Personal Armor Models[edit]

  1. TL-9 Ablat Personal Armor
  2. TL-11 Ablat Personal Armor
  3. TL-13 Ablat Personal Armor
  4. TL-15 Ablat Personal Armor

References & contributors (Sources)[edit]

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 41.
  2. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 41.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  4. Marc Miller. "Imperial Soldier’s Weapons & Armor Guide." MegaTraveller 1: The Zhodani Conspiracy (1990): 4.
  5. Marc Miller. "Imperial Soldier’s Weapons & Armor Guide." MegaTraveller 1: The Zhodani Conspiracy (1990): 4.
  6. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak