QinetiQ upgrades RPG defense netting

Sept. 20, 2012 at 2:53 PM
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LONDON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- British defense technology company QinetiQ reports it has upgraded its Q-Net protection system to counter rocket-propelled grenades.

Q-NET II, like its predecessor, is comprised of a net with embedded metal nodes and is mounted on a lightweight frame that surrounds and stands off from the outside of a vehicle. The nodes disrupt the fusing of the incoming warhead, preventing detonation.

Enhancements to the original Q-Net system are flexible and modular, including patented hook-and-loop installation material that attaches the net to the frames, and easier access to a vehicle's externally fitted components. It is also lighter.

"Because of the success of Q-Net in defeating the RPG threat in Afghanistan, we are in a very strong position to convince future customers of the real value of our solution," Bert Appleton of QinetiQ's C4ISR Division, said.

"Soldiers need to know that the system being procured is proven in a real live fire situation and we are in the unique position of being able to deliver a system that has saved lives."

The original Q-Net is deployed with U.S. and Polish forces in Afghanistan.

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