Land Platforms

Limpid’s LPMK ‘see-through’ armour system delivered to Ukrainian Army

11 December 2019

Ukraine's Limpid Armor has delivered the first set of its Land Platform Modernisation Kit (LPMK) to the Ukrainian Army for an initial series of product trials, according to company CEO Mykhailo Grechukhin. The LPMK is a 'see-through' armour system - using cameras to see - that can be fitted to armoured vehicles, in this case a BTR-4E infantry fighting vehicle, to provide situational awareness when hatches are closed.

The LPMK was delivered to the Ukrainian Army in a test configuration and installed on the vehicle using magnets, rather than through any hull modifications, as the vehicle cannot be modified until a contract is placed. The initial tests will assess whether any changes need to be made, before the LPMK is entered into official user trials, Grechukhin told Jane's in December 2019.

The LPMK equipped BTR-4E navigates an obstacle course using only the cameras fitted to the vehicle. (Jane’s/Sam Cranny-Evans)The LPMK equipped BTR-4E navigates an obstacle course using only the cameras fitted to the vehicle. (Jane's/Sam Cranny-Evans)

He added that once the first stage is complete, the company will revise the design accordingly and provide five sets for free, which will then be used for user trials.

Grechukhin said the system was developed following his experience in the Donbass War between 2014 and 2015, when he witnessed main battle tanks triggering anti-tank mines that were laid on the surface of a runway at Donetsk Airport. The drivers, he said, had much less situational awareness than he would in a civilian car.

The LPMK is available in three configurations, and the configuration given to the Ukrainian Army consists of eight cameras located around the vehicle, a central server, and a Microsoft Hololens that is fitted to the helmet of equipped crew-members. The Hololens is used to create a 360°-view of the vehicle's surroundings, with the feed from each camera "stitched" together to create a seamless picture, Limpid systems engineer Danylo Kovzhun explained. The frame rate of the cameras is greater than or equal to 25 frames per second.

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