The US Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin for the integration of its tank protection technology for testing on the army vehicles.
Under the next-phase contract, Lockheed will continue maturing the Modular Active Protection Systems (MAPS) controller base kit hardware and software.
MAPS integrates Modular APS Framework (MAF)-compliant components, sensors and countermeasures in a common framework that helps detect and defeat existing and growing threats, ensuring the protection of the MAPS-equipped vehicles and their occupants.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Sensors & Global Sustainment vice-president Paul Lemmo said: “Our MAPS offering is ready to support field tests using today’s platforms and active protection system components.
“A modular and open-architecture design means any component can be selectively upgraded across all MAPS-enabled platforms to address emerging threats. That promotes affordability by extending the system’s life cycle, and boosts protection for the warfighter without increasing vehicle weight.”
The current follow-on project will continue for 16 months. Engineers from Lockheed Martin will work in collaboration with TARDEC to develop the base kit hardware and software.
This will also support the integration of the MAPS Base Kit with existing sensors and countermeasures for the US Army’s virtual and range demonstrations on combat vehicles due to be carried out next year.
Lockheed’s TARDEC MAPS Base Kit comprises a controller, user interface, power management distribution system and application software.