A model of the Raven non-kinetic APS as displayed at the AUSA Global Force convention in April 2019. Photo: Defense-Update
A model of the Raven non-kinetic APS as displayed at the AUSA convention 2019, on the Robotic Technology Demonstrator. Photo: Defense-Update

BAE Systems unveiled its next-generation active protection system called raven today, at the US Army (AUSA) convention. Raven uses a unique, non-kinetic InfraRed (IR) countermeasure system to defeat guided missiles fired at the protected platform. Raven has already demonstrated its effectiveness against guided missiles in several tests. The system was tested and proved capable of operating in harsh battlefield conditions, against dst, smoke, and fog.

In 2018 the RAVEN Countermeasure system participated in a six-week ‘Soft Kill Rodeo’ and was selected by the Army to proceed for the next phase of testing. In that Rodeo, three countermeasure systems were challenged, redirecting anti-tank guided missiles. The Army tested the Raven again in September 2019, installing it on an M2 Bradley alongside a kinetic countermeasure system, (most likely the Iron Fist) for a layered demonstration. The system combines BAE Systems 360MVP sensors and one of two Raven laser-based effectors. Subscribe to access our analysis

Raven non-kinetic active protection system – principles of operation. Infographics: BAE Systems