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This uses a modified car airbag, the radar technology found in police radar guns, and some pretty basic control software. Once TRAPS is turned on, it's radar constantly scans for any object fitting the size and speed profile of an incoming RPG warhead. If one is detected, the airbag deploys, and sets off the RPG warhead a safe distance from the vehicle.
As weird as TRAPS sounds, keep in mind that the most successful air-to-air missile ever designed, the U.S. Sidewinder, came into existence the same way half a century ago. Some researchers took off-the-shelf technology (a standard 127mm free flight rocket, an infrared heat sensor, a battery and some simple electromechanical controls) and got the missile working in a few months. Effective technology doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to be well thought out, and do the job at a price the user can afford.
Originally posted by wecomeinpeace
Who needs airbags when you can have a full-on invisible forcefield? I kid you not. =>
Once an incoming threat is detected identified and verified, the Countermeasure Assembly is opened, the countermeasure device is positioned in the direction where it can effectively intercept the threat. Then, it is launched automatically into a ballistic trajectory to intercept the incoming threat at a relatively long distance.
Originally posted by RedMatt
Unfortunatly you have been kidded, or rather Fox News has no idea what it's talking about.
Sorry, there's no Star Trek-style call for "shields up," just a mis-interpretation by the news crew.
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
Are you sure the TROPHY's ammo is explosive? I was under the impression that it was an inert projectile, like a shotgun blast; a cloud of very high-speed 'shrapnel' that is effective at short distances. I think the explosions we're seeing in the videos are actually the payloads on the incoming rounds, detonating prematurely.
I could very well be mistaken though...