The actual protection value of average armor seems to be lower than the listed amount.
I’m using a large enough set of trials that crits aren’t throwing things off, and I’m observing the armor health as I go through with things. Single plate of armor when possible to avoid diminishing returns (which don’t seem to have any mathematical effect to begin with outside of the module divisor).
At first I thought it was a hull bonus not being applied, but I’ve switched to neutral rebel hulls and I’m getting the same effect, on multiple maps.
I’m testing against the cruiser laser, a 15 penetration weapon. The actual penetration appears to be between 17.5(penetration) and 18(deflect) average value on a cruiser.
Similarly, 16.67 armor on a frigate is insufficient to stop a quantum blaster of penetration 14.
Can anyone else confirm?