Another area that received special attention
from DDR&D is the field of advanced armor, including
and Active Protection Systems (APS). To improve protection and
survivability of current and future forces the Israeli Ministry of
Defense invested in several systems as part of the Israeli thrust to
improve protection and survivability of current and future forces.
Israel pursued APS solutions, under two parallel paths which matured
under different schedules, following different concepts developed
against different threat assessments. Both programs are currently
under advanced development, protecting various types of platforms from
threats of shaped charge warheads, including
RPGs and anti-tank
missiles. Passive and reactive armor systems, developed under other
DDR&D programs, are currently used by many armies around the world,
for example, US Army Bradleys operating in Iraq are protected by
RAFAEL's reactive armor systems.
DDR&D and the IDF Corps of Engineers
launched a joint effort to develop countermeasures and means to defeat
IEDs. "Due to our continuous exposure to ever more sophisticated and
illusive threats, we developed and fielded some of the most advanced
counter IED technologies available in the market today" concludes
Nagel. This joint effort encompasses a complete methodology, including
detection, neutralization and protection, and is based on the lessons
gained through many years of combating IEDs and ambushes in Lebanon,
the West Bank and Gaza. The resulted is reflected in the development
of several generations of
RF jammers and a
stand-off laser disruptors,
some are on display at Eurosatory 2006.
This chapter is part of an article titled:
"Israel Refine R&D to
Support Asymmetric Warfare"
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