Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security (EBS) has been awarded a contract by QinetiQ Limited of the United Kingdom to deliver several self-protection systems based on the company’s MUSS (MUltifunctional Self-protection System) vehicle-mounted active protection system. The systems will be evaluated in the frame of the “Medusa” programme launched by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) on behalf of the British Ministry of Defence to analyse an active protection system for armoured vehicles.
The technical assessments will quantify how well the system performs against a range of weapon systems, and will also include a BAE Systems integration of the MUSS system onto a Challenger 2 main battle tank to demonstrate potential future capability.
The MUSS system is today integrated in the serial production of the German Army’s Puma infantry fighting vehicle.
The warning sensors detect approaching missiles and laser beams aimed at the vehicle. The central unit activates an infrared jammer which interferes with missiles’ guidance systems and/or initiates the use of pyrotechnic countermeasures. The missile warning sensor is based on the MILDS AN/AAR-60 missile warning system.