AmSafe Bridport (Stand 05-C18) has been selected by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) to design and supply its Tarian net-type rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) armour system for installation on a wide range of wheeled and tracked armoured vehicles. This will be AmSafe Bridport’s first major export order, which was awarded by the DALO after an extensive competition – including field trials – conducted during 2014.
Under the terms of the contract, for an undisclosed amount, the seven-year programme for DALO will introduce a single RPG armour system across the fleet of not only Danish Army armoured fighting vehicles but also tactical support vehicles, with first deliveries taking place at the end of 2015.
AmSafe Bridport’s DALO contract follows the £10.6 million (US$16.2 million) order placed by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2012. The UK MoD order was funded as an urgent operational requirement (UOR) for vehicles then deployed on operations in Afghanistan.
Under this contract, Tarian armour was installed on a number of British Army platforms, including the Navistar Defense MXT-MV Husky Tactical Support Vehicle (Medium) and the General Dynamics Land Systems – Force Protection Europe Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV).
A key feature of the Tarian RPG armour is that, with a weight of only 0.8kg/m2, it is much lighter than the widely deployed bar/slat armour, and is claimed to offer improved protection. Tarian disables the incoming RPG-7 warhead and its associated fuze before it impacts the main armour. When not in use it can be folded flat against the vehicle.
The Tarian armour system was first installed on the British Army Oshkosh Defense 1070F (8x8) heavy equipment transporters (HETs) as a covered panel. More recent versions of the armour are net-only, permitting full vision for the crew.
In 2013, AmSafe Bridport signed an agreement with the Turkish company FNSS Savunma Sistemleri and at IDEX 2013 its Pars (6x6) armoured vehicle was shown fitted with the Tarian RPG armour. It also has a similar collaboration agreement to install Tarian RPG armour on vehicles manufactured by Singapore Technologies Kinetics.
The system has been shown integrated on the British Army Warthog armoured all-terrain vehicle that is now to be taken into the core British Army fleet in a specialised role.