“AMAP-ADS” A Secure Defense System for Combat Vehicles

Defense provider Rheinmetall AG’s newly developed Active Defense System (AMAP-ADS) is meant to produce an unmatched level of protection to land vehicles through the utilization of refined threat detection and identification technology that takes simply milliseconds to react.


The system, that conjointly minimizes collateral harm round the vehicle, was recently demonstrated below live fireplace for a bunch of potential customers who watched unprotected from a distance of 150m. Earlier, the tests were done, where an RPG7 rocket propelled grenade was fired from a distance of 18m at an ADS-equipped Fuchs/Fox 1A8 armored personnel carrier (APC) being towed at twenty km/h. The RPG7 warhead may be charged with 0.73 kg of the explosive HMX which is able to penetrate over  a meter of rolled homogeneous armor.

The RPG7 travels at one hundred ten m/s before its rocket motor fires. The ADS therefore had solely a tenth of a second from launch to acknowledge the threat, make sure it as a true threat, pick a response, and activate the suitable countermeasure. The AMAP-ADS successfully destroyed the RPG7 in shutting proximity to the APC. Because the ADS operation doesn’t generate fragments or alternative debris, the observers were unscathed, and an Asian representative is currently ordering the system for his country. The on top of the sequence of 3 high-speed video frames shows the destruction going down. The primary frame shows the RPG7 projectile approaching the Fuchs/Fox APC. The second frame is taken simply when activation of the ADS, exhibiting the explosion and destroying the RPG7 in midair adjacent to the surface of the vehicle. The ultimate frame shows the post-test largely undamaged APC.

The AMAP-ADS protects a whole hemisphere with a reaction time of roughly five hundred microseconds, permitting it to react not solely to RPGs, however to just about any close-in threat explosions. Each sensor-countermeasure module includes a trio of infrared sensor systems. Pre-warning of a possible threat is provided by a passive IR search and tracking sensor (IRST). When a possible threat is noted, an eyesafe laser-based range-finder merges information with that of the IRST to amass, identify, extrapolate the threat’s trajectory and if a threat is viable it counterattacks. A given ADS system can have 15-30 IR sensor systems (19 seem on the Fuchs 1A8). The IR sensors have overlapping fields as do their associated countermeasures. When the threat is a smaller amount than a meter from the vehicle, directed energy countermeasures destroy the threat, targeting the foremost vulnerable a part of the threat projectile.

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