Kidde Aerospace & Defense

Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems for Armored Vehicles

4200 Airport Drive, NW,
NC 27893 United States of America

4200 Airport Drive, NW,
NC 27893 United States of America

Kidde was founded in 1917 and has long been associated with specialty fire safety products for aircraft and vehicles.

Automatic fire extinguishing systems

Kidde Aerospace & Defense (KAD) is the largest designer, manufacturer and through-life supporter of automatic fire extinguishing systems (AFES) for most military vehicles used by Western armed forces. KAD is a part of Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies Corporation (UTC) company.

Crew automatic fire extinguishing system

Kidde is well known for its crew AFES, installed since the 1980s on all major main battle tanks, armored personnel carriers and variants. This system detects and suppresses explosive fires in the crew compartment almost instantaneously.

Explosive fires are caused by the penetration of fuel tanks or hydraulic lines by enemy threats. Less than one pint of fuel burned inside a crew compartment can create lethal overpressures, temperatures and oxygen starvation levels. High reliability, millisecond response optical fire sensors are coupled to fast acting, high-rate discharge extinguishers to prevent explosive fires almost before they get started.

Fire protection for military vehicle exteriors

Recent experience in asymmetric warfare conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan has identified the need for additional fire suppression to protect vehicle fuel tanks, engine compartments, tires (and road wheels on tracked vehicles), and other external areas, from roadside bombs, improvised explosive devices and explosively formed penetrators. These threats have been used against both heavily armored vehicles and tactical wheeled vehicles.

Kidde systems to address some or all of these various fire threats are available and being installed on a variety of vehicle types including HMMWVs, MRAPs, APCs and MBTs.

Fire extinguishing systems for smaller vehicles

As the adoption of AFES has spread to tactical wheeled vehicles, so has the demand for lighter weight, more compact systems. Kidde has been a designer and manufacturer of lightweight, compact fire suppression systems for commercial and military airplanes for many years and a wealth of lightweight aviation technologies are already being installed on various vehicles.

Regional offices

KAD supports its military vehicle customers from these locations:

  • Kidde Aerospace & Defence Australia serving Australia and New Zealand.
  • Kidde Aerospace & Defense USA – Headquarters.
  • Kidde Deugra Germany – serving Continental Europe.
  • Kidde Dual Spectrum USA – serving Canada, Egypt, Italy, S.Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey and USA.
  • Kidde Graviner / Kidde Research England – serving China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa and United Kingdom. Kidde Research engages in fire sciences research for the benefit of all KAD companies and their customers.
  • L’Hotellier, France – serving Algeria, France, Romania, Russia and UAE.

T-72S Main Battle Tank

The Russian T-72 main battle tank was produced at the Malyshev HMB Plant, based in Kharkov, Ukraine and at UKBM Nizhny T

PIRANHA III / LAV III Armoured Wheeled Vehicles

PIRANHA III is a family of armoured wheeled vehicles developed by Mowag MotoraPIRANHA III is a family of armoured wheeled vehicles developed by Mowag Motorwagenfabriken of Switzerland, now part of General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems (ELCS).wagenfabriken of Switzerland.

Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank

Leopard 2 main battle tank was developed by Krauss-Maffei, now Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), of Munchen, Germany. The Leopard 2 is a successor to the successful Leopard 1.

Olifant Mk1B Main Battle Tank

The Olifant mk1B main battle tank was developed and produced by the Olifant Manufacturing Company, OMC Engineering, based in South Africa.

Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank

Challenger 2 is an advanced main battle tank built by BAE Systems Land Systems (formerly Vickers Defence Systems, then Alvis Vickers Ltd).

Stryker Armoured Combat Vehicle Family

Stryker is based on the GDLS Canada LAV III 8×8 light armoured vehicle, in service since early 2001. The LAV III is itself a version of the Piranha III built by Mowag of Switzerland.

T-90S – Main Battle Tank

The T-90S is the latest development in the T-series of Russian tanks and represents an increase in firepower, mobility and protection.

PIRANHA V Armoured Wheeled Vehicles

The PIRANHA V 8×8 is the fifth-generation of the family of Piranha wheeled utility vehicles and was developed by General Dynamics, using private venture funding. It was initially designed specifically to meet the UK armed forces’ FRES requirements.

Kidde Aerospace & Defense

4200 Airport Drive, NW


NC 27893

United States of America

+1 252 237 7004 +1 252 246 7180
Kidde Graviner

Mathisen Way, Poyle Road

Colnbrook, Berkshire SL3OHB


United Kingdom

John O’Brien +44 1753 683245 +44 1753 681792
Kidde Dual Spectrum

163 Aero Camino

Goleta, CA 93117


United States of America

Greg Chambers +1 805 961 0555 +1 805 685 8227 ( [email protected]
Kidde Australia

5 Becon Court – Unit 2

Hallam, Victoria 3803



Ray Walton +61 3 8786 0657 +61 3 8786 0680

4 Rue Henri Poincare

Antony Cedex 92167



Benoit Drouilly +33 1 4666 0808 +33 1 4666 2324
Kidde Deugra

Halskestrasse 30

Ratingen, 40880



Dirk Beckmann +49 2102 405130 +49-2101-405129