There is a new defensive option on the PTS for the Vanguard! Thank you. Finally, something the Vanguard has needed since day one. Things to note: This is at the time of writing a defence slot item, meaning it can be equipped at the same time as the Vanguard's shield. The shield receives directional damage, meaning damage from the rear will still deal more damage than from the front. The shield does not soak all damage from a single attack, and damage can be dealt to the vehicle's healthpool after removing the shield in a single hit. The shield itself acts very much like a sunndy shield does, where the effect is not visible until the vehicle receives damage. Because of the 1000 HP reduction, repair times are normalized. In my opinion this makes the Nimitz Reactor a flat upgrade, with the only malice being another defensive slot option can't be taken at the same time. An alternative I would not mind seeing would be to replace the current Forward Shield entirely with the Nimitz Reactor, make the NR passive, and lightly buff the base chassis in small ways to bring the Vanguard up to par in straight fights. The NR allows it to engage enemies at a distance and use cover more effectively, which the base ought to be able to handle better. In exchange, the Vanguard would become much less of a threat in point-blank encounters as it'd still have bottom-tier DPS and no one-button action to save itself when at full health. It becomes a much more engaging vehicle to use and to play against, and would hopefully be much less frustrating for all sides. Regardless, I'm very happy to see something like this on the PTS. Let's just hope I didn't accidentally jinx it.