MCKINNEY, Texas, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Raytheon says its Quick Kill Active Protection System has demonstrated the capability of destroying incoming rocket propelled grenades.
An RPG was destroyed in flight by the system's small countermeasure missile during recent testing of the system in preparation for government evaluations of the system this year, the company said.
"With Quick Kill, Raytheon has matured a highly advanced system, offering our forces an unprecedented force protection capability that is essential to the future survivability of combat vehicles," said Jeff Miller, vice president of Combat and Sensing Systems for Raytheon's Network Centric Systems business.
"This technology is ready and could begin fielding within a year."
The Quick Kill system is designed to protect armored vehicles from RPGs and anti-tank missiles. The system is comprised of a multi-mission, fire-control radar to detect and track incoming threats and hard-kill countermeasures.
The small missile used to destroy threats is vertically launched and can engage a threat from any direction.
"Raytheon's APS is based on the same radar technology deployed to perform sense-and-warn operations at active Forward Operating Bases," Miller said. "It has been extremely successful in providing timely warning against rocket and mortar attacks."