The US Marine Corps (USMC) has outlined near- and long-term plans for the fielding of active protection systems (APS) on its range of ground combat vehicles, with these plans extending out to beyond 2030 and including emerging capabilities such as providing counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) protection.
Speaking at the SMi Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability conference in London, Major Paul Kozick of the USMC’s Combat Development and Integration, Fires, and Maneuver Integration Division, outlined plans for near-, medium-, and long-term APS integration. In the short-term, the service intends to field a battalion of Rafael Trophy HV hard-kill APS on M1A1 main battle tanks (MBTs), alongside research and development efforts to integrate an APS onto the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV).
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