Noting a significant lack in mil-spec boarding armor on the market, Pinnacle Armor Technologies saw an opportunity to make yet another breakthrough. The ME-30 is based on a design originally intended to be a new scout-oriented suit of medium body armor, but was re-designed and repurposed for use as boarding armor instead. With the sudden and explosive increase in warfare between independent systems in the wake of the Alliance/Imperial border tensions, as well as the related rise in piratical attacks, the ME-30 hit the shelves at just the right time. Despite mass-producing the suits by the hundreds of thousands per month, Pinnacle has been unable to keep up with the demand, causing back order times of nearly two months in some markets.
The reason for its popularity is fairly straightforward- it is the heaviest set of boarding armor on the market, providing torso and partial extremity protection surpassing that of a mil-spec MBA while simultaneously keeping bulk to a minimum. The ME-30 provides hard-plate coverage of the torso, upper arms, legs, and head using an optional helmet with a variable-geometry visor that can be stowed, provide an optics visor mode (shown), or environmentally-sealed full-face visor formats. The arms and joints are protected by reinforced soft-armor panels added to the strength-enhancing undersuit that compensates for the armorís weight. This tight-to-the-body articulated armor system allows the wearer to easily move through ship corridors, and even most maintenance crawl spaces.