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The US Army has contracted Rheinmetall and its US partner Unified Business Technologies (UBT) active with the delivery of a larger number protection systems StrikeShield APS. The contract is worth ten million euros.

The US Army wants to subject the protection system a test program. A recently created for this purpose project office vehicle protection systems (Vehicle Protective Systems, VPS) is mandated in the framework of a larger project to evaluate the performance of the Active Protection System (APS) against a variety of anti-armor threats. For the US Army, this is the first basic APS test with the StrikeShield system. The trials begin in October 2020 Redstone Test Center in Huntsville, Alabama (USA).

The US Army will conduct extensive testing of StrikeShield system in live fire, which will take place over a period of several months. The aim of the tests is to obtain performance data for the future selection of the most suitable for a particular platform APS technologies. The US Army expects that the trials will yield results for the APS requirements both for their currently used as well as its future combat vehicles such as Armored Multi Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) and OPTIONALLY Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV).

The StrikeShield APS is a decentralized system working in real time and thus the can act to be protected vehicle in the immediate vicinity. It serves to protect the carrier platform in front of anti-tank guided missiles and rockets. In addition StrikeShield goes to the technical requirements for the defense of kinetic energy projectiles (Kinetic Energy / KE). This results in a unique combination ability to protect against multiple threats with promising market prospects.

Rheinmetall has developed a modular configuration of the hybrid StrikeShield APS that connects the active and passive protection technologies of the company to each other in a single integrated design. The hybrid Protection Module allows an integrated approach: Passive protection components simultaneously serve as an interface and protection for the components of the active protection system. Conversely, the Strike Shield APS components on ballistic functions and features. The outer protective layer preserves these components against fragment effect, hand weapon firing and other mechanical stresses. The StrikeShield countermeasures are housed in the first outer protective plate and simultaneously serve as a first protective layer of passive protection. The sensors of the system are located in the gap. The hybrid and modular design of the system is suitable for integration into both warp and wheeled vehicles.

If developed a greater creation measure of positive test results, experts expect that UBT and Rheinmetall will form a joint venture in the US, to facilitate the final assembly, delivery and integration.

Gerhard Heiming