The Ships Systems Department of the Aquarian Shipbuilding Corporation introduce their latest development - IronHide armour. This is a simple but effective technology which applies a special treatment to the hull of the customer ship which helps to strengthen it against combat and physical damage in collaboration with the ships shielding.
In practice the armour helps to absorb damage that gets past (or takes down) the shields, although if a truly concentrated attack occurs then localised penetration and energy damage may still occur. This is especially true of missile attacks, which can still cause internal damage and equipment failure due to concussion effects. The current strength of the armour can be viewed on the ships manifest (F5-F5) screen, and any damage can be repaired at a suitably high-tech station.
The armour itself is available from all good tech 5 locations, for a recommended retail price of just 750 credits. These stations should also be able to quote for repairs to damaged installations. It should also be noted that insurers class armour as a combat consumable, and so its replacement is not included as part of the insurance for equipment such as escape pods and lifeboats.
A special enhanced upgrade for military uses has also been developed, and may be available to customers at tech 10 systems (the upgrade requires an undamaged civilian-grade installation). The upgrade doubles the effectiveness of the regular armour.
This OXP requires at least test version 1.75 of Oolite.
This OXP came about following a discussion over a beer with ClymAngus, and was one of my fastest-written OXPs (sketch-out concept to beta-test was around 7 hours on a boring day at work with nothing to do).
Thanks also to UK_Eliter and Caracal for beta-testing for me, and their feedback and comments.
IronHide v2.00 can be downloaded from Box.Net by clicking on the link.