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Lockheed to support US Army’s combat vehicle program

The prime has secured a contract to test and integrate the US Army’s combat vehicle protection system.

The prime has secured a contract to test and integrate the US Army’s combat vehicle protection system.

The US Army has tasked Lockheed Martin with formally integrating and testing its combat vehicle protection system, designed to enhance warfighter safety.

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As part of the 36-month contract, Lockheed is expected to provide its Modular Active Protection System (MAPS) base kit, which includes an open-architecture processor that integrates vehicle sensors and countermeasures in a common framework.

The system is designed to detect, track and defeat rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank guided missiles.

Specifically, Lockheed will deliver five production-ready base kits with an option for up to 20, and support Army integration and testing on Abrams, Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, Bradley, and Stryker vehicles.

The prime has also been tasked with developing base kit support for vehicle protection capabilities beyond active protection, such as underbelly blast protection.

"Lockheed Martin partnered with the US Army in 2014 to develop MAPS as a safe and secure vehicle defence system that protects warfighters from a variety of anti-armour threats,” David Rohall, program manager for advanced ground vehicle systems at Lockheed Martin, said.

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“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.”

[Related: Northrop, Lockheed shortlisted for US Air Force contract]

Lockheed to support US Army’s combat vehicle program
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