Håvard Haugland | Specialist | NIGHTHAVEN
The Norwegian Armed Forces brought him into a new world of achievement. He completed basic training and joined the Norwegian Home Guard, where he acquired a reputation for heroics. After completing his service obligation, he was accepted into the Forsvarets Spesialkommando and took part in a prominent hostage rescue soon afterward. As part of a joint UN operation in Somalia, his tendency toward theatrics and his impulsive nature resulted in him saving Kali’s life. The offer to join NIGHTHAVEN swiftly followed.
Haugland’s love of demolitions & humanitarian efforts led Anja “Osa” Janković to develop his signature Selma Aqua Breacher. Haugland was later instrumental in the construction of NIGHTHAVEN’s R&D facility. In 2020, Haugland was recruited into Rainbow with the help of Kali.
Device: S.E.L.M.A. Aqua Breacher
Operator: Specialist Håvard “Ace” Haugland
Evaluation Lead: Specialist Monika “IQ” Weiss
I’ve reviewed my fair share of climbing equipment, Ace’s S.E.L.M.A. surprised me. Auto-belayers have some application in civilian/hobby spaces but need to be hand-placed – that’s where the S.E.L.M.A. is unique.
The casing ejects a telescopic spike (piton) on sudden deceleration. Some practice is required to ensure the device is optimally placed on contact, but I achieved relative competence after only a few sessions familiarizing myself with its heft and aerodynamics properties. The spike is attached to a pellet, containing both water and explosive, which stays behind as the “mother” descends to the next breach point, while the pellet unfolds and primes for detonation.
It’s an efficient tool, designed to open walls and other vertical surfaces with minimal risk to the user, and anyone awaiting rescue. The size of the hole it creates is effective for search-and-rescue operations, while inbuilt sensors monitor the dept of the deployed piton, measuring hardness and contesting activation where the structure behind the device is likely to be load-bearing.
It’s an example of specialized tech from the private sector that does one thing, and does it well. We’re lucky to have the chance to try it out in other contexts.
Cosplay Props for Ace
Ace's Drill Batteries
Replica of the drill batteries as featured on Ace's outfit.
Ace's Helmet Box
Replica of the storage box present on Ace's helmet.
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