Well, I screwed up this week. I neglected to plug in my backup drive, and what happened? Well of course Photoshop crashed. So I lost more work than I had time to fix. Stupid. There’s a saying in architecture that “everything goes faster the second time you do it.” Unfortunately it’s not quite that way in reality, and so I’m afraid I don’t have a page for you this week. I feel really annoyed and irritable about it, but there it is. I’m sure I’ve done this before, and I should have known better.
But of course I still keep these things around, so here’s one of the now-famous (not really “famous,” of course!) spec cards. This one is for the FSR’s battle armor, as seen in Chapters 1 through 5 (so far).
Project-261 Infantry Combat Exoskeleton
AFFILIATION: Federated Socialist Republics
YEAR IN SERVICE: 1987
NATION OF ORIGIN: Russian People’s Federative Socialist Republic
DESIGNER: Antonov-Golashievski Design Bureau
MANUFACTURER: Izhevsk Science-Industrial Combine, PLC
UNIT COST: CA$840,000 (1997, est.)
Several major military actions by the UNA in the early 1980’s, in particular the decisive later stages of the Fifth Indochina War, showed how radically FSR infantry battle suits of the time were being outclassed. A crash program to design and introduce a new battle suit was undertaken almost at once, and the battle suit still known officially by its government designation “Project-261,” was the result; and was at best a modest success. Unlike UNA suits, which were already converting to gel data systems, the computers in the P261 suit are still digital, contained in the armored backpack which also houses the radiothermal power coupling and a hopper for the main weapon’s ammunition. This has proven to be a dangerous configuration, as heat from the RATEC unit has been known to cause suit “blinks,” short but sometimes crucial power failures that can occur at awkward moments. The addition in 1992 of a liquid coolant for the computer has only partially solved the problem. Also, the lack of FSR access to advanced composites used for UNA-style myomer suits has resulted in bulkier and less-reliable microhydraulics being used, and this has failed to keeppace with the new Regulator-II battlesuit, which is far more maneuverable and easier to wear. However, the P261 suit is far easier to maintain and manufacture, and is therefore far more plentiful on the battlefield, a state of affairs quite typical of FSR weapons generally.
Anyway. Sorry I screwed up this week, but we’ll be back soon! Hope this is a little bit to tide you over!