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UK TO EVALUATE ARMORED VEHICLE PROTECTION UNDER MEDUSA PROJECT
The Journal of Electronic Defense | August 2016
Research and technology house QinetiQ (Farnborough, Hampshire, UK) has
been awarded a £7.6 million contract by
the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to evaluate an
Active Integrated Protection System
(AIPS) for armored vehicles.
Under the AIPS Medusa Technical Assessment Programme (TAP), QinetiQ will
assess a number of systems from the
Airbus Defence and Space Multifunctional Self-protection System (MUSS).
Dstl investigations into AIPS technology reflect a recognition that traditional vehicle protection options are
unable to keep pace with highly lethal
and proliferating anti-tank guided
weapon threats. Rather, the UK is looking to pursue a more holistic approach
that draws upon a flexible set of options
using active, reactive and passive protection technologies.
The AIPS research project aims to
de-risk the development and introduction to service of a capability compatible with UK requirements through a
combination of commercial-off-theshelf-systems (COTS) system appraisals
and technology research and development. Following the completion of the
user requirements and initial research,
the project is pursuing three parallel
streams of activity: the Medusa TAP,
which is evaluating a high maturity
(TRL 6) COTS active protection system;
the Icarus Technical Demonstration
Programme (TDP), which will develop
the architecture to support modular
AIPSs suitable for application fleetwide; and a supporting package of research and simulation.
QinetiQ's MEDUSA research contract
covers technology assessment across
five areas: subsystem and system performance assessment; system integration assessment; operational impacts
analysis; safety, security and legal assessments; and system development assessment. Alongside QinetiQ, Textron
and Frazer-Nash are also key contributors to the MEDUSA team.
According to Dstl, the technical assessments will quantify how well the
MUSS system performs against a range
of weapon systems, and will also include
a BAE Systems' appliqué integration of a
MUSS system onto a Challenger 2 Main
Battle Tank to demonstrate potential
future capability. As well as proving
technical system performance (includ-
ing live-fire threat defeat), and evaluating the benefits of threat warning
capability, the evaluation will also focus
on non-equipment issues such as integration, and the development of tactics,
techniques and procedures.
The British Army sees an active
protection system having utility on a
number of vehicles. These include the
Ajax and Warrior armored fighting vehicles, the Challenger 2 main battle
tank, and the planned Mechanised Infantry Vehicle.
Dstl released an Invitation to Tender
(ITT) for the Icarus TDP in June 2016.
This demonstration activity is intended
to refine requirements for an active protection system architecture standard.
According to Dstl, the aim is to "demonstrate a Modular Integrated Protection
System that is compliant to the developed architecture and will provide the
infrastructure and interfaces to enable
commercially available sensor and effector subsystems to be integrated."
The TDP is to be conducted as a combined industry system development program led by a UK-based prime contractor
(as system integrator), sensor and effector component vendors (subcontractors),
and specialists in the fields of safety
and security engineering. - R.Scott
EW HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW
Last month, the UK hosted the Farnborough International Air Show, which
included several electronic warfare (EW)
developments. Here is a quick recap of
* French EW house Thales and Italy's
Elettronica signed a Memorandum of
Understanding to strengthen their longterm partnership and to introduce a new
airborne self-protection suite, Cybele,
for rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.
Thales will provide the missile warner,
radar warning receiver and chaff and
flare subsystem (the latter thought
to be sourced from MBDA). Elettronica
will supply the suite's electronic support
measures, directed infrared countermeasures, active decoys and RF jammer.
* Israel's Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT Elisra introduced its Light SPEAR selfprotection and jamming system for
UAVs. The system features multiple digital RF memories that work in parallel to
cover a wide spectrum.
* Qinetiq, Thales and Textron AirLand
announced they will collaborate to bid
for the UK's Air Support to Defence
Operational Training (ASDOT) program, which will provide operational
training, including EW training, to
British forces. The team's bid will be
based around Textron's Scorpion jet.
❍ On the fringes of last month's NATO
Warsaw Summit, the governments
of Poland and Turkey announced
plans to collaborate on EW programs.
Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik
and Polish Defense Minister Antoni
Macierewicz signed a letter of intent
focusing on cooperation in escort
jamming technologies and programs.
NATO is developing a plan to expand
the role of its European partners in
the Alliance's suppression of enemy
air defense missions, including the
Airborne Electronic Attack mission. a
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - August 2016
The View From Here
From the President
Cyber Blitz: US Army Gains New Insight for EW/Cyber Operational Integration
Technology Survey: Solid State Power Amplifiers for EW, Radar and Communications Applications
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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