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BAE Systems successfully tested its anti-drone AMPV C-UAS system: an Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System prototype. The test assessed the detection, tracking, identification, and defeat of stationary and moving aerial and ground targets.
According to Interesting Engineering, the system was tested during realistic battlefield scenarios in which the AMPV C-UAS showed its ability to accurately detect, track, identify, defeat, or turn off stationary and moving aerial and ground targets.
BAE Systems AMPV program director Bill Sheehy stated: “From the earliest combat capability concept stage of the AMPV program, we intentionally designed a modular and flexible configuration to provide an adaptable and ready-for-growth platform for the warfighter.”
The US Army received the first AMPVs from BAE Systems in 2020. These vehicles mark the introduction of a modular armored vehicle system that enables the Army to customize the AMPV for various purposes. From carrying personnel to serving as a mobile surgical operating theater, the AMPV can be modified quickly for different roles.
Brandon Gollwitzer, Moog Inc. (aerospace and defense company) Turreted Weapon Systems general manager, explained: “The fully-integrated mission capability demonstrated in this RIwP (Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform) equipment package on AMPV is ready now and poised to meet the current and future needs of our warfighters.”
In the future, Moog will reportedly supply and integrate the C-UAS weapon system with Leonardo DRS’ Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radars, C2 systems, and Northrop Grumman’s XM914 30mm cannon.
This innovative system provides significant improvements in power, mobility, interoperability, and survivability for soldiers.