China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO) has released details on a previously opaque active protection system (APS) known as the GL5.
The hard-kill APS was demonstrated during a live-fire display as part of NORINCO’s second ‘Armour Day’ in Bautou, Inner Mongolia. The precise configuration and method of operation was also confirmed, with the system employing a radar sensor system and grenade-type interceptor countermeasures.
Designed to be mounted to main battle tanks (MBTs) and other armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs), the GL5 employs four radar sensors, each covering a 90° arc. These have a detection range of approximately 100 m and an elevation angle of 20°. When seen mounted on the MBT-3000/VT-4 MBT during the live-fire demonstration, two of these sensors are positioned on the front of the turret’s roof, with a further two on the rear of the turret.
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