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The NetBat Helmet (Network Battlefield System) is an advanced piece of equipment used by soldiers in the 22nd Century by both the European Union and the Pan-Asian Coalition. It is featured in Battlefield 2142.
The NetBat Helmet serves two basic functions. The first is to protect a soldier's head from damaging explosions and flying projectiles that would result in fatal or severely hampering injury. The second is to provide the soldier with advanced logistical support.
The HUD of the helmet's visor displays the soldiers medical state, stamina state, a minimap and weapons readings. It also displays a targeting reticule for each weapon for when the sights are not being used. Various icons are marked on objects in the soldiers vision. For example, friendly units are marked with blue circles, squad mates are marked with green circles and spotted enemies are marked with a red diamond (for as long as they are tracked).
Each helmet is connected to all other helmets on the battlefield and a command unit. For example, a commander can send down an order to a squad leader, who then transmits the order to the squad members. On the flip side, a squad member can send a request for a UAV which is sent to the squad leader, who then can choose to relay that request to the commander.
The NetBat system allows the targeting of enemy troops, vehicles and locations as well. A user can 'spot' a hostile that they have seen, which is then shown on the HUD of all of their squadmates. The spotted hostile is then also marked on the minimap, which soldiers in other squads can use.
The NetBat system's software can be easily updated and then downloaded by its users which allows soldiers to increase their capabilities even further as the software's level of detail is increased. In addition to base updates, there are four specialisations available, one for each infantry class:
- NetBat Infantry ID
- This upgrade allows the assault soldier to see an enemy's health.
- NetBat Vehicle ID
- This upgrade allows an engineer to see a vehicle's armor state.
- NetBat Active Camo ID
- This upgrade allows the support soldier to automatically spot active camo users, both on cloaking and uncloaking.
- NetBat Fade Delay
- This upgrade allows the recon soldier to continue tracking a spotted soldier much longer.
Perhaps the only disadvantage to the NetBat system and helmet is vulnerability to an Electromagnetic Pulse. When any kind of EMP weaponry is used or detonated in the vicinity of the NetBat, the HUD will fail and cause the image that the soldier uses and sees to become distorted. This disorientates the user, making it incredibly hard to aim. In addition to this, all HUD icons are disabled or equally distorted. This effect can last for up to 30 seconds; a lethal time frame.