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Vehicle protection systems provide layered defense for armored vehicles

Category: Future Technologies

BAE Systems unveiled its 360 Multifunction Vehicle Protection (MVP) Sensor as part of the company’s integrated vehicle protection system (VPS) suite, which provides improved visibility, situational awareness, threat warning, and countermeasures to protect armored vehicles and crews.

The 360 MVP Sensor combines four high-definition, extended-view multifunction cameras that serve as the eyes of the VPS, providing crews with sharp images of the battlespace around them and quickly detecting and tracking threats – from ground troops and small arms fire to aerial systems, improvised explosive devices, and missiles. The sensors provide 360-degree visibility and threat warning capabilities during the day, at night, in adverse weather, and despite challenging natural and manmade battlefield conditions including fog, dust, and smoke.

“Our approach is different. We’re using mature, integrated components to provide a modular and affordable system for protecting armored vehicles that’s tailorable to the platform, mission, and budget,” said Ryan Edwards, BAE Systems’ business development manager for Soldier and Vehicle Electronics. “Our vehicle protection system lets crews see first and act first, helping them complete their missions.”

The 360 MVP Sensor provides early threat warning that helps crews quickly detect, recognize, identify, and track potential threats. It can be integrated with and cue non-kinetic countermeasures – including BAE Systems’ RAVEN – and kinetic countermeasures to defeat threats, shortening the response chain and reducing the cognitive load on crews, improving mobility, lethality, survivability, and overall mission effectiveness.

BAE Systems’ VPS provides an integrated, layered defense for armored vehicles that builds on the company’s extensive experience developing sensors, image-processing technology, and aircraft survivability equipment – technology that has been proven through millions of combat hours.

Development of BAE Systems’ vehicle protections systems is conducted at the company’s manufacturing center of excellence in Austin, Texas.

360 Multifunction Vehicle Protection Sensor

The 360 MVP Sensor improves situational awareness for ground vehicles and reduces the cognitive load on drivers. Easy integration with other vehicle protection components enhances crew response time and survivability when it matters most.

Comprised of high-definition, extended-view sensors built with BAE Systems' 1920x1200 longwave infrared camera cores, the 360 MVP Sensor system delivers low-latency imagery during the day, at night, in adverse weather, and despite challenging natural and manmade battlefield conditions.

The large field of view and our advanced algorithms improves situational awareness for ground vehicles and reduces the cognitive load on the crew. These algorithms allow the system to provide early warning of incoming threats such as unmanned aerial vehicles and ground forces, allowing crews and systems to respond before the threat can engage. The 360 MVP Sensor gives crews the “see first, act first” advantage, and improves maneuverability, lethality, and survivability in dense, urban terrain.

Key Features & Benefits:

  • Four 1920 high-definition uncooled cameras provide enhanced situational awareness with 360° horizontal coverage and overlapping fields of view

  • Larger format increases camera field of view from current 40° HFOV x 30° VFOV to 120° HFOV x 75° VFOV, allowing for increased look-up angle and shortened ground intercept

  • Ability to integrate with other vehicle protection systems to provide passive cueing of soft-kill and hard-kill countermeasures

  • Backward-compatible with existing vehicle architectures

  • Slew-to-cue capable – detecting, tracking, and alerting crews to potential threats

  • Increases the speed of decision-making

  • Tailorable capabilities based on platform, mission, and budget

The 360 Multifunction Vehicle Protection Sensor provides 360 situational awareness, enabling the crew to rapidly detect, track, and defeat threats.

BAE Systems

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