Military Embedded Systems

StrikeShield sensor-enabled countermeasure system to equip Lynx IFV


May 24, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Rheinmetall photo.

HUNGARY. The 209 new Lynx infantry fighting vehicles recently ordered by Hungary from Rheinmetall of Germany will be equipped with Rheinmetall’s StrikeShield hard-kill active protection system (APS). Hungary is the latest customer for this technology, which has formed part of the Rheinmetall portfolio since 2006.

According to officials, it will be supplied by Rheinmetall Protection Systems GmbH. Hungary’s decision in favor of StrikeShield was driven by the NATO member’s experience with modern anti-tank weapon systems.

StrikeShield is the third and latest generation of Rheinmetall's Active Defense System (ADS) technology, a specific variant of hard-kill APS. It is a distributed system with sensors and countermeasures that are integrated into the entire vehicle. 

The StrikeShield APS will be mechanically integrated into hybrid armor tiles on the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). Instead of conventional passive add-on armor modules, the platform will feature spaced passive armor tiles that are designed to incorporate the components of the APS between an outer ply and inner tiles mounted on the vehicle’s hull.


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