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Nighthawk XXXI/XXXII PA(L) (3150 Retrotech)
« on: 20 July 2020, 20:13:29 »
Nighthawk PA(L) Mk. XXXI / XXXII
Type: Nighthawk PA(L)
Manufacturer: Niops New Project Workshops
    Primary Factory: Niops V

Overview:
Originally fielded by the Star League Defense Force, the Nighthawk PA(L) suit has fallen by the wayside in the wake of the Word of Blake Jihad.  Small numbers of the suit are still in use by the Republic of the Sphere, the Wolves in Exile and the Niops Association.

The loss of production of the Nighthawk hit the Niops Association Militia especially hard, as this was their only domestically-produced suit of powered armor.  Once the New Project Workshops were reestablished, restarting production of the Nighthawk was given a high priority.  The new Nighthawk XXXI, which began production in 3150, is, however, not quite up to the standards of the original.

Capabilities:
More closely resembling ComStar's P12 Tornado, the Nighthawk XXXI has lost the original suit's jump jets, as these proved too unworkable to include on the suit.  The suit HUD was also simplified, as the sophisticated electronics in the original were not possible to retain.  As part of the simplification of the suit, the additional life support packs normally carried were lost, reducing the life support duration when fully sealed from 24 to 12 hours.

The original armor protection of the Nighthawk was able to be maintained, but at the expense of greater mass.  The XXXI lacks the stealth gear of earlier models, but retains a shoulder-mounted anti-armor weapon mount, commonly used to carry the grenade launcher common on the XXII, but also a variaty of machine guns and, in some cases, small gauss weapons.

In addition to the XXXI, Niops has been experimenting with a new version for marine and XCT operations, designated the XXXII.  This version omits the shoulder weapon mount and modifies the suit for space operations in microgravity and in hostile environments.  While life support remains limited at 12 hours, Nighthawk XXXII operators can better maneuver in null-G, and are less likely to suffer suit breaches.

Deployment:
Because it's simpler to produce than the "OstSuit", the Niops Association Militia intends to use the Nighthawk XXXII as its standard infantry exoskeleton, hoping to deploy it as widely as possible.  It is expected that, as improvements in manufacturing processes continue, versions of the Nighthawk more closely resembling the originals will, eventually, supplant these suits, with OstSuits serving as a heavier combat suit to supplement them.

To date, the Nighthawk XXXII Marine/XCT exoskeleton has primarily been deployed to NAM forces protecting asteroid mining operations in the Niops system, and are beginning to filter to shipboard marines, with the first batches deployed with the NMS Beer Keg of Science! to support their operations.

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Nighthawk PA(L) Mk. XXXI (Grenade)
Type: Nighthawk PA(L)
Manufacturer: Niops New Project Workshops
    Primary Factory: Niops V

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Experimental)
Chassis Type:  Biped
Weight Class: Ultra Light/PA(L)/Exoskeleton
Maximum Weight: 400 kg
Battle Value: 37
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: Yes/Yes/Yes/Yes
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Equipment                                     Slots      Mass
Chassis:                                                80 kg
Motive System:                                               
     Ground MP:          1                               0 kg
     Jump MP:            0                               0 kg
Manipulators:                                                 
    Left Arm:            Armored Gloves                  0 kg
    Right Arm:           Armored Gloves                  0 kg
Armor:                   Standard (Prototype)   4      200 kg
    Armor Value:         3 (Trooper)                         

                                         Slots           
Weapons and Equipment         Location (Capacity)   Mass 
Grenade Launcher                Body       1       100 kg

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Nighthawk PA(L) Mk. XXXI (LMG)
Type: Nighthawk PA(L)
Manufacturer: Unknown
    Primary Factory: Unknown

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Experimental)
Chassis Type:  Biped
Weight Class: Ultra Light/PA(L)/Exoskeleton
Maximum Weight: 400 kg
Battle Value: 48
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: Yes/Yes/Yes/Yes
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Equipment                                     Slots      Mass
Chassis:                                                80 kg
Motive System:                                               
     Ground MP:          1                               0 kg
     Jump MP:            0                               0 kg
Manipulators:                                                 
    Left Arm:            Armored Gloves                  0 kg
    Right Arm:           Armored Gloves                  0 kg
Armor:                   Standard (Prototype)   4      200 kg
    Armor Value:         3 (Trooper)                         

                                         Slots           
Weapons and Equipment         Location (Capacity)   Mass 
Machine Gun (Light)               Body       1       75 kg 

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Nighthawk PA(L) Mk. XXXI (Gauss)
Type: Nighthawk PA(L)
Manufacturer: Unknown
    Primary Factory: Unknown

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Experimental)
Chassis Type:  Biped
Weight Class: Ultra Light/PA(L)/Exoskeleton
Maximum Weight: 400 kg
Battle Value: 54
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: Yes/Yes/Yes/Yes
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Equipment                                     Slots      Mass
Chassis:                                                80 kg
Motive System:                                               
     Ground MP:          1                               0 kg
     Jump MP:            0                               0 kg
Manipulators:                                                 
    Left Arm:            Armored Gloves                  0 kg
    Right Arm:           Armored Gloves                  0 kg
Armor:                   Standard (Prototype)   4      200 kg
    Armor Value:         3 (Trooper)                         

                                         Slots           
Weapons and Equipment         Location (Capacity)   Mass 
Gauss Rifle (David)                 Body       1       100 kg

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Nighthawk PA(L) Mk. XXXI (SRM)
Type: Nighthawk PA(L)
Manufacturer: Unknown
    Primary Factory: Unknown

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Experimental)
Chassis Type:  Biped
Weight Class: Ultra Light/PA(L)/Exoskeleton
Maximum Weight: 400 kg
Battle Value: 76
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: No/Yes/Yes/Yes
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Equipment                                     Slots      Mass
Chassis:                                                80 kg
Motive System:                                               
     Ground MP:          1                               0 kg
     Jump MP:            0                               0 kg
Manipulators:                                                 
    Left Arm:            Armored Gloves                  0 kg
    Right Arm:           Armored Gloves                  0 kg
Armor:                   Standard (Prototype)   4      200 kg
    Armor Value:         3 (Trooper)                         

                                         Slots           
Weapons and Equipment         Location (Capacity)   Mass 
SRM 1 Ammo (4)                  Body       1       40 kg 
SRM 1                           Body       1       60 kg 

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Nighthawk PA(L) Mk. XXXI (MRM)
Type: Nighthawk PA(L)
Manufacturer: Unknown
    Primary Factory: Unknown

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Experimental)
Chassis Type:  Biped
Weight Class: Ultra Light/PA(L)/Exoskeleton
Maximum Weight: 400 kg
Battle Value: 60
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: No/Yes/Yes/Yes
</p>

Equipment                                     Slots      Mass
Chassis:                                                80 kg
Motive System:                                               
     Ground MP:          1                               0 kg
     Jump MP:            0                               0 kg
Manipulators:                                                 
    Left Arm:            Armored Gloves                  0 kg
    Right Arm:           Armored Gloves                  0 kg
Armor:                   Standard (Prototype)   4      200 kg
    Armor Value:         3 (Trooper)                         

                                         Slots           
Weapons and Equipment         Location (Capacity)   Mass 
MRM 1                           Body       1       60 kg 
MRM 1 Ammo (4)                  Body       1       20 kg 

And the Nighthawk XXXII:
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Nighthawk PA(L) Mk. XXXII
Type: Nighthawk PA(L)
Manufacturer: Unknown
    Primary Factory: Unknown

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Experimental)
Chassis Type:  Biped
Weight Class: Ultra Light/PA(L)/Exoskeleton
Maximum Weight: 400 kg
Battle Value: 34
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: Yes/Yes/Yes/Yes
</p>

Equipment                                     Slots      Mass
Chassis:                                                80 kg
Motive System:                                               
     Ground MP:          1                               0 kg
     Jump MP:            0                               0 kg
Manipulators:                                                 
    Left Arm:            Armored Gloves                  0 kg
    Right Arm:           Armored Gloves                  0 kg
Armor:                   Standard (Prototype)   4      200 kg
    Armor Value:         3 (Trooper)                         

                                         Slots           
Weapons and Equipment         Location (Capacity)   Mass 
Space Operations Adaptation     Body       1       100 kg
Vibro-Shovel                    None       0        0 kg 
Cutting Torch                 Left Arm     1        5 kg 
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