|For the Shadow of Chernobyl counterpart, see Skat-9M military armoured suit.|
|“|| This modern military armored suit is designed for assault operations in anomalous areas. Comprises a PSZ-12p heavy military armored suit, built-in compensation suit, and an anomalous protection bodysuit. The armor provides excellent protection against bullet and fragmentation damage, without greatly reducing the wearer's mobility. Does not come with an artifact container.|
- Call of Pripyat in-game description
The Skat-9 Bulat military armoured suit (eng. Stingray-9 Persian Steel), also known as the military stalker Suit, is an armour that appears in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat. It was also cut from S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl.
The Skat-9 military armored suit is another armor built in the same line as the Skat-9M military armoured suit, allowing greater mobility at the expense of protection.
It is very similar to in overall shape to the Skat-PM variant. It is distinctively different, as instead of grey urban camo, it features a European woodland pattern and instead of a tactical vest, an armored breastplate on the front.
The SKAT-9 armor first appears as a wearable armour in Build 2205. It is fully functional, complete with an inventory icon and player model. It provides protection which overall (within Build 2205) is slightly below that of the SKAT-9M armor (later named the Bulat armour) but elevated in certain curious areas, notably psionic and firearm protection.
Shadow of Chernobyl
Shadow of Chernobyl includes a partially functional version of the SKAT-9 armour, similar to the status of the Army Outfit; the in-game models and textures remain, but the wearer appearance graphic and inventory icons have been removed (the former to make room for the icon corresponding to the PSZ-9Md Universal Protection armour). However, at least one in-game image features the SKAT-9 armour, which can be seen by going to the Encyclopedia entry for "Military Stalkers" in the in-game PDA.
If the armour is somehow obtained in-game and worn by the player it provides complete (100%) protection and immunity from all damage sources, including Psionic damage.
Four soldiers wearing the early variant (with a different respirator) of the suit can be seen at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, standing atop a structure facing the entrance to the Sarcophagus, each armed with a SVUmk-2. They are strangely ranked as simple soldiers.
Having 60 bulletproof AND night vision out-of-box, the Bulat armour is a great choice for Stalkers who like to engage in aggressive gunfights. It is fully upgradable - with an additional cost of many rubles and extra weight. With armoured Kevlar plates and/or durability/integrity upgrades, the Bulat suit can protect wearer from rifle bursts. But this armour has 2 major flaws: heavy weight, and it can only be upgraded to include two artifact containers. As the description says, it's capable of greatly dampening bullet damage, even without upgrades, however grenades exploding at close range will still be able to deal massive damage and even death. The suit is expensive to modify, but if fully modified for durability, armour integrity and with dual composite armour plates almost any type of assault rifle round fired from medium range to long range will barely do any noticeable damage; making the player a walking dreadnought with the right weaponry. If fully upgraded for anomaly protection, it can include full protection from psy-emissions. The suit is a combination between the Exoskeleton and the SEVA suit, as it combines great bullet protection and moderate anomaly protection (perhaps the highest of any unmodified combat oriented suit). Also, the Bulat enables the wearer to sprint, although it doesn't increase the wearer's strength.
The armor may be purchased from Sakharov after returning the PDA with information pertaining to the factory's cooling schematics. It also occasionally appears in his inventory even before turning the PDA in. It is also sold by Mitay.
Call of Pripyat
In Call of Pripyat the Bulat remains a high-end armour. Unupgraded, it has the same bulletproof protection as a fully upgraded Berill-5M armoured suit, and its anomaly protection is only slightly worse than that of the CS-3a body armour. Fully upgraded it loses only to the Exoskeleton; however, the Bulat can still use a helmet taking advantage of helmet upgrades as well as the superior night vision of Sphere-12 helmet or infravision of Tactical helmet. It has no artifact slots by default but can be upgraded to two.
Overall, the Bulat acts as an hybrid between the PSZ-9d Duty armor and the Guardian of Freedom suit, featuring the PSZ-9d's armor and the Guardian of Freedom's anomaly protection making it an excellent general purpose suit.
- Available for free by asking Lieutenant Kirillov for an armor in Pripyat
- Available from Owl after the player has discovered the Jupiter Underground.
The Bulat has four upgrade paths. While the +2 artifact slots upgrade requires the Calibration Kit, since the player will most likely get Bulat in Pripyat itself, one shouldn't need to wait long before unlocking the suit's full potential. It has both weight reduction and carry weight upgrades, as well as relatively strong utility (health, bleeding, etc.) upgrades.
- Bulat is the name for a Russian steel alloy, having origins from the Persian word "Pulad" which means steel in Persian. It was frequently mentioned in Russian legends as the metal of choice for cold steel.
- Army outfit - Another Military armour which was removed from Shadow of Chernobyl
- Skat-9M military armoured suit - Also known as the SKAT-9M Military Armoured Suit, a variant of the SKAT-9 armour.
Behind the scenes
- Originally, the armour had a substantially different appearance - the upper torso was protected by an armoured plate, with a black jumpsuit underneath (see below).