Military Embedded Systems

Open-architecture processors and sensors to equip Army combat vehicles


February 17, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Army photo.

BETHESDA, Md. Lockheed Martin announced that the company will soon begin supporting formal integration and testing of the U.S. Army’s combat vehicle protection system intended to keep warfighters safer and more secure from battlefield threats.

Under the terms of a recent contract, the company claims it will aim 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 to detect, track, and defeat rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank guided missiles.

Under the 36-month contract, Lockheed Martin announced it 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 contract also covers developing base kit support for vehicle protection capabilities beyond active protection, such as underbelly blast protection.

According to the company, Lockheed Martin’s MAPS base kit supports the rapid integration of MAPS-compliant sensors and countermeasures. It is designed to protect current combat vehicles and support future vehicle protection system capabilities.

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