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Also Known As: IAAPS
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and United Defense*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: ADS
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Description: The Active Defense Systems (ADS), formerly Integrated Army Active Protection System (IAAPS), is a platform-independent protection system that comprises a hard-kill active protection system and a soft-kill electronic jammer. It has been designed to defeat incoming anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) rounds, and top-attack munitions threatening armored vehicles.

The ADS might be deployed protecting 20-ton weight class Future Combat Systems (FCS) vehicles for enhanced survivability in addition to lightweight armor. In actual fact, the ADS is intended to keep the FCS weight low avoiding heavy armor solutions to get the same protection degree than current heavyweight armored platforms. United Defense along with its teammates Northrop-Grumman Space Technology and BAe Systems is developing this system.

In early September 2004, the program scope was expanded through a $18.4 million contract modification to include active defense to defeat counter tank fired Kinetic Energy (KE) rounds. KE rounds would require a new threat assessment as well as a new approach and technologies. Testing for this new threat is planned in later 2005 and will incorporate a new, more energetic active protection interceptor, a new multifunctional electronic countermeasure, an interim search radar and new IR warners.

The first round of tests completed in May 2003 on the ADS demonstrator vehicle demonstrated the whole system is fit to defeat RPGs, ATGMs and HEAT rounds. The ADS protection system is seen as the baseline for the foundation of FCS-vehicles, which will get full spectrum protection against current and future threats while keeping the overall weight below 20 tons mark.

ADS News

There are 3 news between
8 Sep 2003 and 17 Feb 2006
Friday, February 17, 2006IAAPS Demonstrates Capabilities to Defeat KE Threats
Monday, October 24, 2005IAAPS Defeats Multiple Live Threats on-the-Move
Monday, September 8, 2003United Defense Successfully Tests FCS-Related Technology

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