US Army conducts live-fire tests of MAPS-enabled systems

6 March 2019 (Last Updated June 10th, 2020 14:04)

The US Army has conducted a series of live-fire tests of Modular Active Protection Systems (MAPS) during a six-week 'rodeo' conducted at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, US.

US Army conducts live-fire tests of MAPS-enabled systems
A Bradley fighting vehicle demonstrating MAPS in an urban setting. Credit: Lockheed Martin.

The US Army has conducted a series of live-fire tests of Modular Active Protection Systems (MAPS) during a six-week ‘rodeo’ conducted at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, US.

MAPS is developed to protect existing combat vehicles and support future vehicle protection system capabilities.

Prior to testing, Lockheed Martin and other industry partners supported the integration of the MAPS framework with three countermeasures and a cueing sensor.

Lockheed Martin engineers worked on the hardware and software integration of Ariel Photonics countermeasure into the framework.

The company has also assisted the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman in incorporating the other two countermeasures and a cueing sensor.

“The success of the army’s testing shows the effectiveness of an active protection system that can rapidly refresh with new components to meet specific mission and platform requirements.”

Live-fire tests saw MAPS-enabled systems defeat all 15 anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) attacks. The systems detected the incoming threats and changed their course by jamming their guidance signals.

ATGMs are said to be one of the most dangerous threats faced by modern armoured vehicles.

Lockheed Martin vice-president of sensors and global sustainment Michael Williamson said: “The success of the army’s testing shows the effectiveness of an active protection system that can rapidly refresh with new components to meet specific mission and platform requirements.”

The initial prototype controller contract was awarded to Lockheed Martin in 2014.

Lockheed Martin manufactures and supplies base kits to MAPS stakeholders. The kits comprise a controller, power management distribution system, user interface, network switch and application software.

The base kit is designed to enable quick integration of sensors and countermeasures to the MAPS framework.