DSTL will develop a protection system for British armored vehicles

The British Army has awarded 15 million pounds ($16.8 million) to the UK’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) to upgrade its modular armor protection system, according to the UK Ministry of Defence. announced.

Funding builds on the next phase of DSTL Icarus Technology Demonstration Programwhich created the MIPS (Modular Integrated Protection System) open architecture standard up to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5.

In the latest project, DSTL will research and develop a flexible, high-maturity TRL 7 active protection system based on MIPS TRL 5.

According to the Ministry of Defense, the system of active protection will provide the vehicles of the British army with operational advantages and increased survivability.

Work on the project will be carried out for three years.

“The war in Ukraine emphasized the importance of well-protected armored vehicles,” said the Minister of Defense Procurement Alec Shellbrook explained.

“We support the Army in modernization and remains at the forefront of advanced capabilities.”

Modular integrated protection system

In the next phase, MIPS will be integrated into the UK’s plans to modernize the capabilities of the British Army by 2040.

“MIPS has the potential to open up a range of capability options for the military, improving vehicle survivability against the most complex threats now and in the future,” DSTL Active Protection researcher Tom Newberry said.

MIPS TRL 7 will be used to scale up sensors with fast signal processing, artificial intelligence-based information systems, advanced munitions and directed energy technologies.

The latest standard will also assist researchers in the ongoing development of safety and security features for industrial robotic and autonomous systems.

“This is an important step forward in the research of the latest technologies to improve the protection of armored vehicles, helping them to prevent and repel attacks from the ground and from the air,” Shellbrook said. DSTL will develop a protection system for British armored vehicles

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