Shipskin

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Protective outer hull of Imperial Méxica Navy warships which is reactive to damage, provides stealth enhancement and houses the sensors.

The shipskin consists of millions of tiles. Each hexacomb tile is composed of a multi-phase composite which can deform – within limits – upon command. Reflective, refractive and absorptive surfaces can be deployed within milliseconds. The tiles are tough; a diamond-bit saw can barely scuff their surface.

  • Reactive armor characteristics:
    • Reactive armor deflects and counters the energy of a kinetic impact and deflects explosive energy to radiate the energy outwards instead of absorbing it into the spaceframe.
    • Passive armor utilizes advanced soft and elastic endothermic materials and kinetic energy absorbing materials.
    • Ablative armor which will react to directed energy beam weapons (including lasers, particle beams and electromagnetic weapons) by both spreading and scattering the received energy by partial vaporization. The released particles also absorb and diffuse the coherent energy input before it reaches the remaining shipskin.
    • Active armor uses depleted uranium and energetic materials (various explosives) to form reactive armor elements.
    • Shipskin includes integrated sensors embedded into the armor, which sense the location, type, velocity and diameter of the projectile or damage, will trigger smaller explosive elements, to form an effect tailored against a specific penetrator.
  • Stealth characteristics:
    • Shipskin dampens emissions from the ship including minimising the temperature differential to discourage discernment of the ship as a target. Waste heat has to be stored in a heat sump.
    • It reduces the possibility of passive sensors detecting the ship.
    • Shipskin includes signature modification technologies to significantly reduce any 'return' to active sensors: absorbing or deflecting away the energy using anti-radar alloys and composites.
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The stealth capability of IMN warships is also enhanced by ensuring that the hyperdrive generates as small a g-dimple as possible, and shielding the sub-light engine exhausts with suppression ducts. For smaller ships, such as destroyers and light cruisers the 'thin wedge' hull configuration provides the minimum cross-section.

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