Technology and Combat CharacteristicsEdit
A direct descendant of diving suits of old, the Kraken was a versatile and well respected power assisted atmospheric diving suit. Used by the elite Sea Squad commands of the Army of the Southern Cross and built to fill a heavy armor requirement for amphibious assault operations, the Kraken was design to move and fight on land as well as in the water. Lightly armored than in relation to its other powered suit siblings, the Kraken was well suited to the kind of quick strikes and boarding operations. The Kraken was suitable for deep ocean diving, rescue and exploration. The suit was equipped with an integral underwater propulsion system.
The armor on the Kraken was a new development in low-mass composite-materials Chobham plating that became the standard for all Terran mecha. Aside from the respectable protection provided against projectiles, missiles, and other kinetic weapons, this armor is also resistant to plasma globes (annihilation discs), lasers, and to a lesser extent, particle guns, owing to the fact that the armor can flake off and evaporate in layers under fire from such high-energy weapons, taking much of the weapon's energy and converting it into the latent heat of sublimation in the armor. The armor stopped all small arms, heavy infantry weapons fire, and light mecha-mounted weaponry, provides fair to good resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie's 55mm APFSDS round, and provides poor resistance to heavy mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the VHT-2's 120mm shell.
The Kraken provided full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a fully-sealed cockpit module activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The cockpit module was also armored and gives the Kraken the option of operating off-planet on the moon or elsewhere in the system. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere purification for one week maximum on Earth and 48 hours in a hostile environment such as the moon or Mars.
Most of the Kraken were destroyed valiantly defending their posts against the initial Invid onslaught.
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