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But researchers at DARPA have again come to the plate with their anti-grenade netting.
I for one think that the researchers were playing badmington and 'poof' there's a new defence idea...
RPG's are not a big problem in Iraq for a number of reasons, and the Stryker can take RPG's, so can the Abrams but the up armored Humvees cannot.
Still the main method of attack is via IED's, from VBIED's to EFP's.
The BMP-3M would also have difficulty with this type of threat and active protection is not a Soviet trademark.
The Israelis have a similar system in service which the US tested in Iraq but has been slow to implement for a number of reasons.
Raytheon and several other US companies are also working on such systems for the US Army's FCS program…
To Iskander: As much as I hate to I'm going to have to disagree with you in a part of your post. The BMP-3 was designed during the days of the USSR, and entered production in the late 1980s. It was first displayed during a parade in Moscow in 1990. This does make Westpoint23s comment relevant I'm afraid.
The BMP-3 was not a result of horrific BMP losses from the chechen war since it was developed befor they started.
Like the BMP-2M, the BMP-3M is a BMP-3 modified after Russian experiences in Chechnya. In this vehicle, the armor is increased and modified, and in addition, the BMP-3M has lugs for reactive armor (TF, TS, HF, HS). The fire control system is improved, and the armament can be elevated to 75 degrees. Air conditioning is provided, and in some of the vehicles (perhaps 1 in 5), the BMP-3M is equipped with the Arena active defense system. In this system, there are 10 small projectiles on the TF, HF, TS, and HS. When the onboard sensors detect an incoming round of any type, one of these projectiles gets launched in the direction of the incoming round, and intercepts it on a roll of 12 in 20. If the round is intercepted, it does no harm to the BMP-3M. When all projectiles on a face are used up, the Arena system is useless against attacks launched from that direction.