The US Army is laying the groundwork to test and equip its fleet of ground combat vehicles with a capability to detect incoming laser-guided threats.
In a 1 November notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the service said that later this month it would solicit white papers for the Modular Active Protection System (MAPS) Framework Compliant Laser Warning Receiver (LWR).
"The LWR will be expected to demonstrate platform compatibility and an increase to ground combat vehicle survivability, at a minimum, detect military laser aided threats such as Laser Range Finders and Laser Target Designators, and Laser Beam Riding Missiles," the announcement said. "The LWR shall be required to provide rapid warning of threat type and signal direction to the (MAPS) Controller (MAC) via the Modular APS Framework, as well as signals to enable deployment of obscurants and other electronic warfare countermeasures."
MAPS is an initiative to develop and deliver a framework and controller for a modular and upgradeable APS.
Based on the white papers, the service could move forward with awarding prototype contracts and move out with a three-phased initiative that would include a "rodeo" to validate LWR's maturity and evaluate integration viability. If the army then decides to award a production contract, the service would buy, on the low end, approximately 400 systems to equip a single armored brigade combat team's (ABCT's) M1 Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles with the capability.
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