The fight between tanks and anti-tank weaponsIt comes from the time of the First World War. Each time a tank is equipped with improved armor, rivals come up with more and more powerful projectiles that can easily pierce it. The military can not constantly thicken the armor of the already extremely heavy machines, so they have to invent new methods of protection. For example, Lockheed Martin created the MAPS system for changing the trajectory of projectiles — it was tested quite recently, and almost perfectly.
Project Modular Active Protection System (MAPS)developed since 2014. It is a modular system for “soft destruction” of anti-tank missiles with the help of frequency pulses, which supposedly “blind” the shells and make them fall in a completely different place. Most likely, the new technology will be used in conjunction with the "hard" methods, when enemy missiles are destroyed by response shots.
The MAPS base set consists of a controller,user interface, power management system and software for calculating the trajectory of the shells and decision-making. Thanks to the open architecture, the system allows the use of third-party modules to perform more specific tasks. It can be installed on all existing models of tanks.
The effectiveness of the system was confirmed duringSix-week trials at the Redstone Arsenal military base in Alabama. The tank, equipped with MAPS sensors, successfully changed the direction of 15 of the 15 anti-tank guided missiles and they crashed without reaching the target.
The success of military trials shows the effectiveness of an active defense system, which can be quickly updated with new components to meet specific mission requirements.
Michael Williamson, Project Manager
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