Rheinmetall continues to expand its market share in the smoke/obscurant force protection systems market, with Belgium and Portugal both opting for the ROSY system to protect new vehicle families in orders worth several million Euros, according to a company statement on 17 April.

Delivery of 126 ROSY systems to URO Vehículos Especiales (UROVESA) in Spain is set to begin in April 2019. UROVESA will be installing these systems in 126 of the 139 VAMTAC protected patrol vehicles purchased by the Portuguese armed forces in July 2018 via the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). Delivery of the systems will be completed in March 2020.

Pre-series delivery in response to the Belgian order begins in May 2019. Here, Rheinmetall is acting as subcontractor to the British company Jankel, which is supplying the Belgian Army with its Light Troop Transport Vehicle (LTTV). All 199 of the vehicles are being prepared for integration of the ROSY system, in addition to the supply of control units and launchers for 167 vehicles. Series production commences in February 2020 and will be completed by the end of the same year.

These two orders brings to 11 the number of countries operating ROSY. The system provides protection from surprise attacks by creating a wall of smoke/obscurant that renders vehicles invisible to the enemy. Unlike conventional smoke/obscurant systems, it not only produces an instantaneous, extensive, multispectral interruption in the line of sight, but also generates a dynamic smoke screen that provides moving assets with long-lasting protection.

Assuring 360° protection, the system’s multi-mission capability offers a strong defence against multiple assaults, including stream and wave attacks. Thanks to effective screening measures in the visual and infrared spectrum, including integrated IR jamming and decoying effects, ROSY reliably wards off all TV-, EO-, IR-, IIR-, laser- and SACLOS-guided weapons.

ROSY is available in a number of different versions. Fundamentally suitable for vehicles of all types, ROSY_L encompasses a basic system, consisting of one control unit per vehicle as well as one to four launchers which, depending on the model, can hold two or three magazines each. The modular variant ROSY_Mod lends itself to small weapon stations and small vehicles of the kind used by special forces, for example. ROSY_Mod can be directly and invisibly integrated into the vehicle without a launcher. ROSY_N was specially developed to provide small naval and coast guard vessels with effective protection.

Rheinmetall’s ROSY launcher installed on an UROVESA VAMTAC protected patrol vehicle. (Photo via Rheinmetall)

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