Raytheon has recently conducted live fire-testing of the Quick Kill active protection system (APS) to demonstrate its maturity for protecting the US Army’s combat vehicles.

During testing, conducted at an undisclosed location in December, the system was successful in destroying a wide range of lethal rocket propelled grenades (RPGs), even in mid-flight.

Intended to demonstrate the system’s ability to safeguard combat vehicles against shoulder-fired and tube-launched RPGs, the testing also represents preparations by the company for the formal government evaluations in early 2013.

"It has been extremely successful in providing timely warning against rocket and mortar attacks."

Raytheon Network Centric Systems business Combat and Sensing Systems vice president Jeff Miller said the APS leverages the same radar technology that is used to conduct sense and warn operations at active forward operating bases (FOBs) and is expected to be deployed within a year.

"It has been extremely successful in providing timely warning against rocket and mortar attacks," Miller added.

Equipped with a multi-mission, fire-control radar and two types of vertical launch countermeasure missiles, the Quick Kill is a new hit avoidance system designed to protect combat vehicles and crew from enemy fire in the battlefield.

Suitable for operation from armoured personnel carriers to airborne helicopters, the system is capable of engaging both RPGs and anti-tank missiles or shells that are fired from any angle or elevation with a focused blast warhead, thus providing complete 360° protection in all weather conditions.

The system has already demonstrated its ability to destroy varied threat types both from a stationary and mobile platform, in addition to proving its multi-threat capability by simultaneously striking two threats during previous testing.