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Also Known As: AMAP Active Defence System
ADS GmbH*, IBD Deisenroth Engineering and Rheinmetall Defence (*) lead contractor
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Description: The AMAP is an advanced countermeasure defense system family designed to provide protection for armored vehicles against the latest generation of threats such as Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), Anti-Tank Missiles (ATMs) and medium/large-caliber kinetic energy projectiles. The AMAPS self-protection systems include both active and passive defenses. The passive members of the AMAP family combine various metals, ceramic and composite materials, formed into special shapes to achieve a high degree of protection against a given threat. The German Armed Forces AMAP program is being carried out by ADS GmbH as the prime contractor along with IBD Deisenroth Engieneering and Rheinmetall Defence with the systems being ready for fielding from 2010 onwards. The AMAPS is specially targeted for medium and heavy armored vehicles such as the AMV 8x8 and Leopard 2 tank.
The AMAP-ADS hard kill Active Defense System takes care of the other set of threats utilizing directed energy to destroy them a mere three meters from the protected vehicle. The system weighs between 150-500 kg and has a reaction time of 0.6 milliseconds to counter multiple incoming threats. As of 2008, Patria and IBD Deisenroth Engineering are integrating and testing the AMAP-ADS on the AMV 8x8 armored vehicle. Pre-production began in 2008 with the production phase starting in 2009. The German Armed Forces AMAP-ADS and other members of the AMAP family on a future version of the Leopard 2 main battle tank.
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