Armored Combat Exoskeletons (ACE) systems represent the cutting edge of HDC military infantry technology. These armor systems are powered combat suits designed to act as a force multiplier for HDC combat personnel. At its core, ACE technology is based on the concept of a multilayer system of armor plating constructed around a self-supporting internal skeleton and this technology acts as a basis for other infantry combat systems such as TITAN and APEX battlesuits.
A23 "Castellan" Combat Suit
The A23 "Castellan" series of ACE systems is the most heavy produced by the HDC and is mainly used as standard issue battlegear for M-TAC combat units.
The system is composed of three layers - the first is a thin, skintight layer of charge-activated motor fibers controlled by the onboard computer that roughly replicates human musculature and is responsible for supporting the user’s fine motor movement. This layer is impact resistant, self-sealing and interspersed by both intravenous delivery and moisture removal ports for the onboard medical suite.
The second layer is a motor exoskeleton that is mounted over the surface of the first. The heavy structure of this skeletal layer makes it visible even once the final layer of armor plating is mounted over top.