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MAPS in US Army rodeo exercise

6th March 2019 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin and partners supported the US Army integration of three countermeasures and a cueing sensor into the Modular Active Protection System (MAPS) framework for a six-week rodeo exercise conducted at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

In a series of live-fire tests, the MAPS-enabled systems defeated 15 of 15 anti-tank guided missiles by jamming their signals, causing them to fly off-target.

Lockheed Martin led the hardware and software integration of an Ariel Photonics countermeasure into the MAPS framework before the tests. The company also supported the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center efforts with BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman in integrating two other countermeasures and a cueing sensor.

The MAPS base kit consists of a controller, user interface, power management distribution system, network switch and application software. It provides processing power to MAPS-enabled sensors and countermeasures and directs them in defeating incoming missiles and rockets.

The base kit supports the rapid integration of MAPS framework-compliant sensors and countermeasures to detect and defeat threats targeting MAPS-equipped vehicles. It is designed to protect current combat vehicles, as well as support future vehicle protection system capabilities.

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