91st Lightning Squadron Phase 2

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    -Begin Report-

    The phase II program appears to have been rolled out successfully, the entirety of 91st Lightning Squadron has been outfitted with the re-designed armour, and updated weaponry. This report will detail the effectiveness of the upgrade for the Squadron through a collaboration of isolated and field testings, and trooper testimonies.

    It should be noted for the report that Lightning Squadron troopers have been moved from the traditional phase I armour, to phase II Advanced Recon Forces (Hereby detailed as ARF) armour.

    Armour Improvements

    Test results indicate that the phase II ARF armour variant both manages to be more durable and lightweight than it's predecessor, with a noted increase in flexibility. This flexibility and lightweight armour allows for troopers to move through hazardous terrain with a greater degree of efficiency, and to move through previously inoperable terrain.

    The aforementioned durability increase in armour allow for Lightning squadron to stay in active combat for longer periods of time due to the lower casualty rate. With the open and relatively unprotected nature of piloting AT-RT's, this advancement has seen massive improvements for field operations with Lightning Squadron.

    The ARF Armour type has provided an aid to the squadron, with troopers reporting that the helmet has been an aid, particularly and blizzard-like or arid conditions. This has allowed troopers to better identify targets, preventing friendly-fire incidents and improving accuracy.

    Armour Shortfalls
    The reduced life-support capabilities of the phase II armour have been raised as an issue for not just Lightning Squadron, but all reconnaissance and ARF regiments. Due to the often hostile environments that these regiments are facing, external respirators are required. The main issue is that external respirators can be damaged, lost or destroyed with greater ease than the life support provided in phase I.

    Other complaints from troopers have been dismissed as unfamiliarity or general opposition to change, it is presumed this will vanish over time.

    Weapon Updates

    Phase II has not seen a massive overhaul in the types of weapons used by Lightning Squadron, however our range of standard issue weapons have massively improved.

    The only new item to be rolled out during phase II was a scope added to the DC-15A. This has allowed for greater accuracy with the weapon then without, however at the cost of situational awareness.

    Lightning Squadron has also gained access to knives and pistols, as is standard for all ARF troopers. The knife is present not for combat use, and instead for survival methods across long missions, the blade is extremely ineffective against non-organic lifeforms, and should never be used in open combat. The pistols are also only to be used if absolutely necessary, as they have considerably less impact on all targets then the issued blasters.

    Due to the often distant combat the Lightning Squadron would operate under, and the squadrons focus on sniping, the Republic shotgun has been removed from the arsenal. Troopers are advised to hand their weapons over, or seek clearance from a superior officer to continue their utilization.

    Overall Phase II provides a major benefit to Lightning Squadron to be significantly more effective on the field, and can be measured as a success.

    -End Report-
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