United States of America
- Electro-Magnetic Armor
- Explosive Reactive Armor
- Flight Control System
- Future Combat Systems
- Pulse Forming Networks
- Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center
United Defense has released that the hybrid-electric drive combat vehicle
outfitted with an Electro-Magnetic Armor (EMA) package has successfully defeated
incoming threats during a live-fire testing. The tests were conducted Feb 22 at
Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
The EMA-equipped combat vehicle demonstrator was accomplished through a
cooperative research and development agreement with the U.S. Army Research
Laboratory and the Army's Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering
Center (TARDEC) in Warren, Michigan. This approach will facilitate integration
of life-saving advanced technology much more rapidly than through traditional
methods. The threats employed during the live fire tests were shaped charge
EMA provides the same or similar level of protection than Explosive Reactive
Armor (ERA) packages through an integrated package with lower weight on an
hybrid-electric drive vehicle. EMA is being developed as part of a layered
approach aimed at increasing US Army units protection. This approach is a key
component of Future Combat Systems (FCS) platforms protection which will be
based on both active and passive defense mechanisms in addition to
EMA uses high voltages and high currents to defeat shaped charge warheads such
as those from Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs). The electrical power generated
through these high voltages and currents melts the shaped charge warhead metal
diminishing or evaporating the solid-state metal and its penetration capability.
Power management is the key for Pulse Forming Networks (PFN) which is the basis
for EMA on a combat vehicle.
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