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Lockheed Martin will shortly begin formal integration and test of the US Army’s combat vehicle protection system, the company announced on 16 February.

Intended to keep troops safe from existing and future battlefield threats, the company-developed Modular Active Protection System (MAPS) base kit includes an open architecture processor that integrates vehicle sensors and countermeasures in a common framework to detect, track and defeat rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank guided missiles.

"Lockheed Martin partnered with the US Army in 2014 to develop MAPS as a safe and secure vehicle defense system that protects warfighters from a variety of anti-armor threats,” explained David Rohall, Program Manager for Advanced Ground Vehicle Systems. “Since then, the MAPS base kit has proven itself in multiple live-fire demonstrations. We’re ready to support integration and testing on a variety of Army combat vehicles, the final step before the Army makes a formal decision on fielding this capability.”

Under a new 36-month contract, the company will deliver five production-ready base kits – with an option for up to 20 – and will support Army integration and testing on ABRAMS, AMPV, BRADLEY and STRYKER platforms. The contract also covers developing base kit support for vehicle protection capabilities beyond active protection, such as underbelly blast protection.

A US Army BRADLEY was the first ground vehicle to feature use of a MAPS base kit, at Redstone Arsenal in 2019. (Photo: US Army)

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