The USA’s GCV Infantry Fighting Vehicle: 3rd time the charm?


Iron Curtain
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April 29/13: APS. Defense Update reports that BAE’s GCV team has successfully tested Artis’ downward-firing Iron Curtain active protection system (APS), defeating all threats fired against the substitute M-ATV wheeled vehicle. Iron Curtain coiples their high-speed processor to an optical sensor, downward-firing “bars” arranged around the vehicle’s perimeter, and a DARPA-developed radar by Mustang Technology Group in Plano, TX. Firing its projectiles downward makes the system safer for accompanying troops.

Technically, the GCV doesn’t require an APS. In practice, The US Congressional Research Service correctly points out that the level of protection sought almost certainly makes one necessary.

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