Lockheed and Northrop complete US Army's MAPS integration


Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have completed initial integration for the US Army's modular active protection system (MAPS) soft-kill demonstrator.

The initial integration was carried out under the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) soft-kill demonstrator contracts awarded in 2015.

Lockheed Martin provided Open Architecture Processor and Northrop Grumman offered sensor and countermeasure systems to complete initial integration in preparation for full system demonstrations on an M1 Abrams tank later this year.

Northrop Grumman surveillance and targeting sensors vice-president Arlene Camp said: "Successful integration of the existing Northrop Grumman Passive Infrared Cueing Sensor (PICS) and Multifunction Electro-Optic System countermeasure (MEOS) within the MAPS framework demonstrates the value of the open architecture construct.

"This open architecture construct, combined with multifunction capabilities, highlights the ability to adapt products developed for the air domain to the ground vehicle mission with reduced timelines and lower costs."

"This open architecture construct, combined with multifunction capabilities, highlights the ability to adapt products developed for the air domain to the ground vehicle mission with reduced timelines and lower costs."

The active protection system components, based on the MAPS Framework, can be independently developed and rapidly integrated into a MAPS-based active protection system, Lockheed stated.

A soft-kill capability is said to allow the active protection system to confuse an incoming sensor-based weapon system through spoofing, interference or obscuration, resulting in the elimination of the threat.

Lockheed Martin's Open Architecture Processor has been designed to control and process information from multiple sensors and countermeasures, as well as drive information displays.

It can easily accommodate upgraded sensors, components and countermeasures to protect the warfighter from emerging threats.

Northrop Grumman's infrared sensor and countermeasure systems are designed to rapidly adapt to evolving threats, making them suitable for ground vehicle active protection system applications.