ArmsTech Inc (also known as AT Corps and much later as ArmsTech Security) was a military weapons manufacturing company with its main office in Seattle, Washington. It achieved rapid growth during the Cold War in what was a boom time for the arms industry, and became the second largest arms manufacturer in the world. ArmsTech was involved in the development of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and the rail gun, but they suffered an enormous financial loss when those projects were terminated after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent thaw between relations of the superpowers. Moreover, although ArmsTech led the world in the development of stealth technology, in the late 1990's/early 2000's they experienced tremendous economic difficulty because of their failure in their bid to manufacture the USAF's next line of main fighter planes, the Fighter Plane X. At this moment, Armstech was on the verge of bankruptcy.
In 2002, Armstech proposed the Metal Gear project to DARPA, and proceeded with it's development. Armstech and DARPA were in collusion. They were creating REX to secretly promote a nuclear installation plan in an attempt to overcome a global trend of military downsizing. The Metal Gear project was a Black Project to cover up the collusive relationship between DARPA and ArmsTech.
In 2005, it was revealed that ArmsTech was using a nuclear weapons disposal facility on Shadow Moses Island in Alaska to develop Metal Gear REX and a new type of nuclear weapon that was virtually untraceable and could not be intercepted. The Metal Gear was being developed by Hal Emmerich who was unaware he was developing a nuclear weapon, instead thinking he was developing a machine to shoot down other missiles for defensive purposes.
Metal Gear REX's secret development was divulged after an incident in which a rouge special forces group, led by the renegade FOXHOUND, planned on hijacking the weapon to achieve their own goals. This was thwarted by a lone mercenary hired by the government named Solid Snake. After the incident became public through the release of In the Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth, by Nastasha Romanenko, the ensuing controversy surrounding the incident and how it directly went against the Sears Administration's stance on nuclear disarmament and anti-eugenic policies led to the eventual resignation of President George Sears. The President of ArmsTech, Kenneth Baker, was on hand during the takeover to oversee the final testing of Metal Gear REX and died during the revolt as a result of FOXDIE, a genetically engineered virus that was also revealed in Romanenko's book. After the incident the specifications for Metal Gear REX were leaked onto the Black Market by Revolver Ocelot and Sergei Gurlukovich.
Shortly after the Manhattan Incident, ArmsTech shifted focus from weapons development to security tools, setting up AT Security. ArmsTech was responsible for developing and implementing the SOP System, a system designed to keep track of all soldiers engaged in combat action, among other things. This, along with America now thinking twice before getting involved in other countries military affairs, paved the way for an abundant growth for Private Military Companies. ArmsTech also developed the squad-based, unmanned versions of Metal Gear, code-named Metal Gear Gekko.
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