Ablative Armour

Ablative Armour

Type: Defensive System

Ablative armor was originally developed for the USS Defiant; the Borg had proven their ability to penetrate Federation shields with ease during their encounter with the Enterprise at system J-25, and the Defiant designers wanted the ship to have a degree of protection even if the shields should be overcome in the expected future encounters. The value of the armor was proven when the Defiant came up against Dominion forces. Like the Borg, the Dominion were able to penetrate Federation shielding systems relatively easily in the first years of hostility between the two powers, and the Defiant's ablative armor allowed the ship to withstand attacks that would have otherwise caused significant damage.

Recently there has been a massive revolution in this technology with the appearance of the ablative armor generator. This device was obtained from a future version of Kathryn Janeway, who brought it back to the U.S.S. Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. The generator involves a series of devices placed onto the hull of a vessel; when activated these replicate a layer of armor over the surface of the ship. The effectiveness of armor is considerable. The system Voyager employed was able to withstand simultaneous attacks by several Borg cubes. One of the most useful features of this system is that as it can be materialized and dematerialized as needed, even weapons systems can be covered over when they are not actually in use. This gives a much greater degree of coverage than any standard armor protection which must leave permanent apertures through which to operate such systems. Starfleet has had relatively little time to asses this technology, but the ease with which it was adapted for use on Voyager without space dock or any outside support indicates that it should be reasonably easy for the remainder of Starfleet's ships to create ablative armor generators for themselves. This should multiply the hull strength of the fleet massively at a single stroke.

This new armor is deployed by multiple generators on both sections of the Majestic Class, allowing it to be deployed on both sections when the ship is separated.

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