will develop and demonstrate advanced layered protection concepts,
improving the survivability of armored vehicles as part of the
UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) Vehicle Technology Integration
Demonstrator (VTID) program. The program's objectives are to
evaluate survivability and protection solutions beyond traditional
armor. The program will assess a wide range of survivability
solutions, from visual awareness and sensor suites, disrupters
and interceptors and ‘soft’ solutions like smoke,
through to active camouflage and electric armor. Initial trials,
using an FV432 vehicle demonstrator are expected in 2009.
The £9.8 million
program will span over three years and involve defense companies
such as Thales UK, Ultra Electronics’ - Electrics, SciSys,
SVGC, and BAE Systems, the motor racing group WilliamsF1 and
teams from the York and Sussex Universities.
QinetiQ plans to introduce ‘plug-&-play’ approach,
implementing solutions that can operate independently to existing
systems and improve overall levels of vehicle survivability.
The program will address solutions that could be applied to
both new and legacy vehicles. The program will investigate existing
architectures and use underpinning research, along with previous
trials, to ‘fast-track’ systems that will deliver
near term benefits.