Technology: Weapon and Armor Mods
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Andromeda Initiative equipment is designed to be modular and adaptable to any situation. Weapons and armor, in particular, are built with the understanding that they will be customized multiple times in the field over their operational lifetime.
Gun modifications can be purchased from appropriate locations, or recovered in the field. Each weapon's targeting computer also contains an adaptive integration VI that analyzes a mod on installation, adjusts the weapon's balance, heat sink requirements, and ammunition block accordingly, and sends a list of any additional components to the user's omni-tool for minifacturing. The process typically takes only a few minutes.
We now know that some Remnant technology functions in a similar fashion. The highly advanced modules recovered from Remnant sites can be integrated into existing armor pieces. Their ability to "fuse" in this way has earned them the nickname "fusion mods," though this is hotly debated in the Nexus tech labs.
The full capabilities of these fusion mods is still being researched. While they offer impressive benefits, successfully integrating them with our technology often requires a trade-off in some capabilities while vastly improving others. The user is advised to choose their fusion mods with care.