Armor upgrades are additional hull reinforcements that can be purchased and added to a ship at most stations, allowing players to trade some of their cargo space for a much stronger hull. Armor upgrades are divided into two main types; the basic "universal" upgrades that require very little cargo space and are often seen on fighters and transports, and the much heavier "heavy/capital ship" upgrades designed for heavy warships where cargo space is no concern. These upgrades are also very expensive; the most powerful of them are rarely seen outside of faction flagships, and are just as expensive.
All universal armor upgrades can be purchased on any station in a Guard system or the Gallic Border Worlds, and many can be found elsewhere. Capital ship armor upgrades are rarely found outside of guard stations or a pair of stations in the Gallic Border Worlds, and the most powerful capital ship armor upgrades can only be found in specific guard stations and two stations in the Gallic Border Worlds.
Note that capital ship armor upgrades, while designed for use on heavy warships, can be mounted on any ship with an adequate cargo hold.
|Armor Upgrade Mk I||1.4||2||$255,000|
|Armor Upgrade Mk II||1.7||3||$1,275,000|
|Armor Upgrade Mk III||1.9||4||$2,645,000|
|Armor Upgrade Mk IV||2.1||5||$4,055,000|
|Armor Upgrade Mk V||2.2||6||$6,875,000|
|Armor Upgrade Mk VI||2.3||9||$8,125,000|
|Armor Upgrade Mk VII||2.4||12||$10,950,000|
|Armor Upgrade Mk VIII||2.5||20||$15,250,000|
|Heavy Armor Upgrade Mk I||2.2||60||$3,000,000|
|Heavy Armor Upgrade Mk II||2.5||120||$8,000,000|
|Heavy Armor Upgrade Mk III||2.8||150||$30,000,000|
|Heavy Armor Upgrade Mk IV||3.0||170||$48,000,000|
|Capital Armor Upgrade Mk V||3.3||190||$88,000,000|
|Capital Armor Upgrade Mk VI||3.6||220||$192,000,000|
|Capital Armor Upgrade Mk VII||3.8||250||$425,000,000|
|Capital Armor Upgrade Mk VIII||4.0||300||$895,000,000|