QuickShield, a textile-based, lightweight net designed to stop rocket-propelled grenade threats (RPG) from penetrating vehicle armor was unveiled by the U.K. Ministry of Defense netting today, as part of the ministry’s National Science and Engineering Week. QuickShield is applied as a ‘band aid’ for bar armor’ enabling armored vehicle crews to rapidly replace damaged bar (slat) armor on military vehicles in the field. The QuickShield net is stowed in the vehicle, and can be fitted immediately without any tools. It is due to be delivered to Afghanistan in April 2011 as part of a £2.6m contract.
Textile-based TARIAN armor (below) was developed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) with Dorset-based AMSAFE in Bridport. TARIAN provides lightweight protection against RPGs, in places where bar armor cannot be applied. In 2009 MOD aquired the first sets of TARIAN to protect Heavy Equipment Transporters bound to Afghanistan.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) recently completed certification of the SMASH weapon sight, following a successful operational testing phase with an elite infantry battalion. SMASH dramatically improves the warfighter’s shooting accuracy and efficiency, even at long range, ensuring the first shot hits the intended target, even in high-stress conditions and following extensive physical effort. Using advanced image processing, the sight understands the situation to avoid misfire, friendly fire, and collateral damage.