(Advanced Combat Assistant)
This implant will be the true innovation behind the Alpha Squad, and will consist of a Cerebral Implant, Cybernetic System (Visual, Olfactory and Oral) and an MIU, all of which are going to be heavily upgraded and modified. Benefits will include:
Visual Tactical Simulations: Done through the connection between their MIU port and cybernetic senses, this allows them to “create” basic images that appear as small holograms, useful not only for strategising, but the connection between other implants also allows units to “mark” enemies to denote their position to their squad members. This will also allow squads to connect to specific cameras and other visual and oral security systems provided there is an MIU port available.
Enhanced Targeting Array: Similar to the basic MIU Weapon interface, this provides additional targeting assistance to the unit, but also provides information on the range of targets, positions of “marked” targets (provided they are within line of sight of another unit) and will mark out any priority targets previously recorded during briefing.
Enhanced Combat Preparation: By stimulating the adrenal gland at opportune moments, units can enter and finish a fight quickly, whether they’ve prepared for it or are surprised. Also, by shutting down the Olfactory senses where necessary, the unit will not be distracted by overwhelming smells such as the blood and feces of slain enemies. Stimulation of Visual Senses is also activated during REM sleep in order to provide pre-simulated pleasant dreams, this provides a greater feeling of rest between fights and reduces trauma and feelings of fear and worry.
Deviance Deterrence: Engaging in deviant activities such as drugs, sex crimes and sadism towards their fellow man can be hazardous to the health and well-being of a soldier. The ACA implant corrects this behaviour by suppressing pleasure centres of the brain during these unnecessary activities or when starting unprovoked fights against people marked as allies. In addition they also stimulate the slow release of oxytocin during ideal behaviour such as protecting an ally or felling an enemy in order to provide a pleasant feeling of satisfaction.
In addition to these function, the ACA implant is also designed to prevent feelings of guilt or fear overcome their duty. To reach this goal, their perception of citizens of the Imperium are altered to look like an non-sentient, bestial mutant. This image is specifically designed not to strike fear in the soldier, but rather to instill a feeling of disgust. Heretics that are not marked as criminals or heretics (living in secret in the Imperium) will have to be specifically scanned to avoid being killed on sight by these soldiers. Meanwhile beings that don’t make sense to most individuals (such as warp entities and non-humanoid xenos) are made to appear merely as intelligent beasts, intimidating in size and cunning perhaps, but not unnatural or malign. These targets (both human, xenos and unnatural) also have their voices and words filtered through this implant so that the soldier merely hears animalistic snarls or roars. These changes will allow a soldier to judge a creature’s threat without being overwhelmed by fear or guilt.