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Name: Ferro-Fibrous (Prototype)
Type (Category): Armor (Core)
Technology: Inner Sphere
Available To: BattleMechs (BM), IndustrialMechs (IM)
Reference: Interstellar Operations (p. 72)
A more advanced form of combat armor, ferro-fibrous (and its aerospace/spacecraft analogue, ferro-aluminum) is a military-grade armor significantly lighter than standard armor. Ferro-fibrous achieves its lightweight properties through the wider use of diamond fiber filaments throughout the ceramic and steel layers (standard armor does not incorporate a diamond weave in the steel layer). While this makes ferro-fibrous far more bulky, the weight savings afforded by this armor type for the same level of protection can enable units to mount more weapons and equipment. Of course, this capability must be balanced against the limited internal space left after its installation.
Limited by design (and economics) to military vehicles and BattleMechs, ferro-fibrous armor is available in a variety of popular brand names including Durallex, Kallon Unity Weave, Lexington Limited High Grade and StarGuard.
Armor is considered structural and cannot be “deactivated” during combat through engine shutdown or pilot/crew injury. Critical hits against any type of ferro-fibrous armor (standard, light or heavy) critical slot have no effect and should be re-rolled.
May be mounted on any available unit type in accordance with the unit’s standard construction rules.
Inner Sphere Data
WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT COMBAT AND CONSTRUCTION TABLE
* See rules for this equipment AT = Armor Tonnage Additional Construction Rules
The following construction rules extend the ones previously listed and are applicable for this technology base:
Requires a total of sixteen critical slots to be allocated across all locations If used as patchwork armor, two critical slots must be allocated in each location designated RULES LEVEL PROGRESSION TABLE (BM)
RULES LEVEL PROGRESSION TABLE (IM)
MTF Output → Critical Slot:
IS Ferro-Fibrous Prototype
PDF Output → Critical Slot:
Ferro-Fibrous-P PDF Output → Armor Diagram: