ADS Advance – New investment to bolster British Army protection systems

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Posted on September 23, 2022

The Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has confirmed a new investment that will increase upgradable protection options for UK armored ground vehicles

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The new investment will leverage and build on the MIPS standard to demonstrate a modular and flexible active protection system.
Courtesy DSTL

Funded by the British Army, the £15 million investment over three years will enable Dstl to complete the follow-on phase of the Icarus Technology Demonstration Program (TDP). The Icarus TDP, with funding from the Chief Science Advisor (CSA), has developed and demonstrated the Modular Integrated Protection System (MIPS) Open Architecture Standard (the MIPS Standard) to Technology Readiness Level 5 (TRL5).

This new investment will leverage and build on the MIPS standard to demonstrate a high-maturity (TRL 7) modular and flexible active protection system (APS).

The next stage of MIPS will allow the UK to continue to develop future capabilities, with advances through 2040 to include:

  • Improved sensors – multispectral devices are combined with increasingly sophisticated fast signal processing
  • Improved information processing – including data fusion and artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Enhanced Effectors – current counter munitions and directed energy technology projects produce precise effects to defeat a wider range of threats
  • Improved high-speed directors – compact and affordable energy storage and motor drive technologies
  • Improvements in electronic infrastructure component technologies – leveraging safety and security features developed elsewhere for industrial and autonomous robotic systems

Defense Procurement Minister Alec Shelbrooke said: “Our armed forces provide our security around the clock and it is our responsibility to do all we can to protect them and adapt to future threats.

“The war in Ukraine highlighted the importance of well-protected armored vehicles. We help the military modernize and stay on top of cutting-edge capabilities.

“This is an important step forward in the pursuit of the latest technologies to improve the protection of armored vehicles, helping them to prevent and repel ground and air attacks.”

Advanced APS is a critical enabler to gaining operational advantage and is a key function in enabling the survivability of the Army’s vehicle fleet. MIPS provides a modular framework for leveraging high-maturity APS components and/or systems in a sovereign-engineered solution that can be purchased at pace, supported throughout life, and effectively integrated into mission systems.

The new activity:

  • Leverage CSA’s previous investment of £10 million in MIPS development
  • To be an essential step towards the development of a future-proof approach for vehicle protection research and development (R&D)
  • Boost British industry by securing British industrial capacity in APS. He promotes the Land APS activity with Industry as part of the Land Industrial Strategy
  • Seek to establish a UK industrial partnership in MIPS that increases exploitation opportunities and enables the military to benefit from the capability options provided
  • Working with a range of industry partners, including the UKACIA Group (the UK’s APS Community of Interest and Action).

Dstl Active Protection Expert Tom Newbery said: “This is such an exciting opportunity for Dstl and the industry to work together to bring about a step change in vehicle survivability by taking MIPS to the next level. MIPS has the potential to open up a range of capability options for the military, improving vehicle survivability against the toughest threats today and in the future.

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