Home / News / Army Plans to Field New Vehicle Protection Systems Starting in 2020

Army Plans to Field New Vehicle Protection Systems Starting in 2020

Col. Glenn Dean, program manager for the U.S. Army’s Stryker combat vehicle, has said the service intends to integrate new vehicle protection technologies to its combat fleet by 2020, Defense News reported Thursday.

Dean said in an Aug. 24 interview that selected and new tech, such as laser warning, will be fielded on the Bradley, Stryker and Abrams fleets, as well as on the future Mobile Protected Fire Power car and Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle.

He noted that the Army is set to assess other technologies that can counter tank-fired, long-rod kinetic energy penetrators.

The service will additionally launch a series of vehicle protection systems programs, the first of which will look into mechanisms that can address visual, infrared, radar, sound and electromagnetic signatures from combat vehicles.

“Frankly, we could deploy [the signature management capability program] next year if we were funded right now. [It is] not in the 2019 budget, so we are looking for opportunities,” Dean said.

The Army official added that the vehicle protection system efforts will be implemented before the Modular Active Protection System architecture is prepared for delivery.

Check Also

USCIS Launching System Modernization, Supply Chain Security Initiatives

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is working on modernizing its systems and fortifying software security at the supply chain level, Federal Times reported Friday. Adrian Monza, chief of the Department of Homeland Security component's cyber defense branch, told the publication that USCIS is launching “very significant” modernization efforts and that other agencies must be able to defend their networks against threats to financial databases.