An OTT Technologies Puma (4x4) protected vehicle is being shown at AAD for the first time fitted with the British AmSafe Bridport Tarian RPG (rocket propelled grenade) armour system.
Tarian was originally developed in close conjunction with the UK Defence Science & Technology Laboratory to provide increased levels of protection against RPG and other weapons fitted with a single high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead. The armour system defeats the HEAT warhead before it comes into contact with the main armour of the platform. The Tarian panel armour system is a patented net-type solution that is attached to a lightweight flexible mounting system, which is positioned about 250 to 300mm away from the hull of the vehicle.
It provides a weight saving of up to 90 per cent when compared with traditional steel/slat armour and is 75 per cent lighter when compared with aluminium. In addition it provides the crew with an enhanced level of situational awareness when compared with bar/slat armour.
The original Tarian RPG armour system was installed on the cabs of British Army Oshkosh Defense 1070F Heavy Equipment Transporters (HETs). Following this, the UK MoD placed a contract for installation of Tarian on many of its platforms including the Foxhound Light Protected Patrol vehicle, of which 400 have now been delivered to the British Army.
Following a competition, the Danish Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) placed a contract for an undisclosed amount to supply the Tarian RPG armour system to the Danish Army over a seven-year period. This is for installation on a wide range of tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) as well as its tactical support vehicles including trucks, which now have to operate alongside AFVs.
This was the first export order for the Tarian RPG armour and AmSafe Bridport has signed a number of strategic agreements with AFV contractors in Europe and Asia to integrate it on their platforms.