Army Unveils Three Armored Vehicle Protection System Dev’t Programs

The U.S. Army plans to deploy by 2022 three new protection systems for its combat vehicles, Breaking Defense reported Friday.

Those systems are the advanced reactive armor tiles that work to neutralize warheads; a signature management platform designed to protect an armored vehicle from detection by reducing the vehicle’s noise, radar and heat signature; and a laser early warning platform that seeks to notify soldiers when they are being targeted by adversaries’ laser rangefinders.

Col. Glenn Dean, head of the Army vehicle self-defense systems, said the service intends to develop new systems and purchase off-the-shelf platforms to support the three programs led by Lt. Col. Daniel Ramos, project manager for vehicle protection systems.

The report said the Army will test in November alternative active protection systems aboard its eight-wheeled Stryker combat vehicle after the service decided to drop the Iron Curtain APS from Artis.

Potential alternatives include a version of the Trophy APS and a Rheinmetall-made active defense system.

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