Leonardo leads team for U.K. vehicle protection systems

Sept. 13 (UPI) — Leonardo will lead a British team in the development and integration of active protection systems for army vehicles.

The U.K. government’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory selected the Italy-based company to lead the team, known as the Technology Demonstrator Program, Leonardo announced in a news release Wednesday.

As part of the program, the Leonardo team will demonstrate an operational prototype against “live fire” weapon engagements.

Members of the team, called the Incarus project, include BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin U.K., Ultra Electronics, Frazer-Nash, Brighton University, Abstract Solutions, Roke Manor Research and SCISYS.

Leonardo said armor by itself will not be sufficient to defend against the capabilities of future weapon systems, especially rocket propelled grenades and anti-tank guided weapons. A number of active protection system technologies have been developed and are available as off-the-shelf solutions but no single solution provides protection against all weapons in all environments.

The objective of the Icarus project is to develop modular protection systems that can be quickly tailored to function against specific threats or all threats during vehicle deployment.

The modular integrated protection system will integrate the best active protection systems sensors and counter-measures.