Saturday, March 31, 2018

The U.S. Army Wants A Better Protection For Its Tanks

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ason Forsyth

WNU Editor: Two articles that outlines how the U.S. Army wants to better protect its tanks ....

The Modular Active Protection System will be able to run multiple types of protection systems and could pave the way for networked defenses.

The U.S. Army has hired Lockheed Martin to continue development of a universal control system that will be able to run current and future active protection systems to defend a variety of vehicles. The goal of the Modular Active Protection Systems program, or MAPS, is to craft a common system that can rapidly accept upgrades in response to emerging threats, and could open up the possibility for a networked arrangement that links systems on multiple platforms.

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The composite material offers dramatic weight savings and increased protection from shock, fires.

Researchers have discovered that composite metal foam offers greater protection than traditional armor steel plate at a third of the weight. The discovery has broad implications for armored vehicles, and could result in stronger, lighter vehicles better able to protect occupants from the impact of kinetic weapons, explosive shockwaves, and fires.

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