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Dstl, QinetiQ complete APS trials

16th January 2020 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Trials of an Active Protection System (APS) for Dstl’s Medusa Technology Assessment Programme (TAP) by a QinetiQ-led industry team are now complete.

Part of Dstl’s Active Integrated Protection Systems Research Project, QinetiQ was contracted to conduct Medusa and assess the Hensoldt MUSS system, with the support of industrial and UK Ministry of Defence partners, Hensoldt, BAE Systems, Frazer-Nash Consultancy and Textron ESL.

The system’s performance and utility was evaluated with respect to subsystem and system performance, system integration, human factors integration as well as its safety, security and legality, and the operational impacts associated with use and deployment of such a system. The integration assessment included the installation of a MUSS system on a Challenger 2 main battle tank, coupled with assessment by the British Army to understand the benefits and challenges associated with such equipment.

The laboratory testing and trial of the system culminated in a full end-end system evaluation during missile live fire trials held in Woomera, South Australia, conducted as part of the AUS/UK bi-lateral partnership between Dstl and DST Group (Australia).

According to QinetiQ, Medusa has provided vital insights into the capabilities, benefits and limitations of APS equipment, and will be used to inform future direction for both APS research and evaluation activities, and support to potential future acquisition programmes.

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