Textron Demonstrates Tactical Anti-RPG Airbag

12 May 2010 (Last Updated May 12th, 2010 18:30)

Textron has successfully completed third-phase tests on its tactical rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) airbag protection system (TRAPS) in cooperation with the US Army. During the tests, which were conducted at the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center in Socorro, New Mexico, TRAPS

Textron has successfully completed third-phase tests on its tactical rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) airbag protection system (TRAPS) in cooperation with the US Army.

During the tests, which were conducted at the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center in Socorro, New Mexico, TRAPS demonstrated its ability to guard against rocket attacks using a modified airbag to shield vehicles and troops.

Textron Systems chief technology officer Thomas McNamara said system-level testing allows the company to expose products to the rigorous use and stresses found in the field.

"TRAPS demonstrated its effectiveness against different types of RPGs and over a much larger range than in prior phases," he said.

All three phases of testing used a TRAPS architecture design for the mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle.