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DSEI 2017: Shields up for UK active protection

13th September 2017 - 14:30 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London

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The UK Ministry of Defence has officially announced that it is funding a new initiative that could see vehicle-based active protection systems (APS) fielded for the British Army.

Secretary of state for defence Michael Fallon announced at DSEI 2017 that the MoD had awarded Leonardo a £10 million contract to explore technologies that will ‘provide a shield against RPGs and anti-tank missiles’.

Several armies around the world are now assessing vehicle-based APS as the threat from advanced anti-tank guided missiles grows and other near-peer states, such as Russia and China, continue to field such systems.

Known as ‘Icarus’, the …

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