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Posted: 4/9/2006 7:18:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/9/2006 7:26:09 AM EDT by outofstep]
hope its not a dupe

videoclip here

Now where is my "holodeck?"
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:20:18 AM EDT
if you think that is a force field, I've got some great property on mars to sell you
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:22:19 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/9/2006 7:23:32 AM EDT by jmarkma]
I saw a demonstration of this on Fox News the other day and one of the inventors/spokespersons was on. Said that they were going to do field trials in the sandbox very soon.

BTW: the clip isn't loading well for me but from the address it appears to be from fox.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:23:33 AM EDT
Sounds like the Phalynx.

(or however you spell it)

Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:25:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:
if you think that is a force field, I've got some great property on mars to sell you



Well no shit it's not a real force field. Anything else obvious you wanna tell us? Sun rises in the east, WOW!
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:27:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/9/2006 7:30:28 AM EDT by jmarkma]

General Dynamics Participates in Successful Trophy Active Protection System Experiments at DoD Test Facility

Stryker Equipped With Trophy Destroys RPGs In Live-Fire Tests

DAHLGREN, Va., March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The first tests of the
Trophy Active Protection System in the U.S. were successfully completed today
by the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center. Conducted at the request of the
Office of the Secretary of Defense's Office of Force Transformation (OFT), the
tests certify comprehensive experiments conducted by the Israel Defense
Forces, validating Trophy's ability to detect, track and destroy incoming
rocket propelled grenades (RPG) at safe distances from the host vehicle.

A Stryker eight-wheeled combat vehicle equipped with Trophy underwent U.S.
validation testing in support of OFT's Project Sheriff, or the Full-Spectrum
Effects Platform (FSEP). FSEP program officials seek to meet urgent
operational requirements for a range of lethal and nonlethal technologies on a
rapidly deployable platform. Trophy was selected in 2005 to be FSEP's active
protection solution.
The Dahlgren tests culminated in a live-fire demonstration March 30 for
various U.S. and international military dignitaries. Trophy detected, tracked
and defeated an inert incoming RPG while the Stryker combat vehicle was on the
move. Similar tests were successfully conducted in Israel in late February.
"Our mission is not to discover the 100 percent solution, but to find the
best solution that can meet warfighter needs today," said Marine Corps Col.
Wade Hall, transformation strategist at OFT. "Currently, the warfighters'
only counter to the RPG threat is armor, more armor and more armor.
"As demonstrated today, the Department of Defense now has at its disposal
technology that allows U.S. Forces to defeat both the 'archer and the arrow.'
As General Patton once said, 'A good plan executed today is better than a
perfect plan executed at some indefinite point in the future.' OFT and the
Full-Spectrum Effect platform are executing today," Hall added.
General Dynamics Land Systems and Rafael Armament Development Authority,
Ltd. entered into a teaming agreement in 2005 to introduce Trophy in the
United States for possible integration on ground vehicle fleets.
OFT advocates and seeks to catalyze experiments that get nascent
capabilities into the hands of warfighters to create new knowledge and
learning. The FSEP will integrate new weapons and sensor technologies onto
current platforms in a spiral development approach, and will ultimately field
increasingly advanced capabilities. U.S. test certification concludes the
Trophy FSEP's Spiral 0 efforts. Spiral 1 includes developing an autoloader
for the Trophy Active Protection System.
Israel Defense Forces' Merkava 4 main battle tanks will feature Trophy as
part of their survivability suite. Trophy could also meet lightweight armor
requirements for a variety of military ground vehicle survivability upgrade
programs worldwide. Offered as a kit, Trophy would increase lightweight
armored vehicles' survivability and enhance mission profiles. Under the
General Dynamics Land Systems-Rafael teaming agreement, General Dynamics
serves as the prime contractor for related U.S. Department of Defense
programs.

General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics
(NYSE: GD). General Dynamics is headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs
approximately 72,200 people worldwide and had 2005 revenue of $21.2 billion.
The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and
technologies; and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions;
shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation. More information can
be found online at http://www.generaldynamics.com
www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=FACITYNET.story&STORY=/www/story/03-30-2006/0004330300&EDATE=THU+Mar+30+2006,+03:15+PM

Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:28:35 AM EDT

Israel armour protection system 'revolutionary'

By ROBIN HUGHES JDW Middle East Editor
Tel Aviv

The Israel Defence Force (IDF) Ground Forces Command and the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) have unveiled what they describe as "the most advanced armour protection system in the world".

Officially unveiled on 8 March at the 2nd international conference/ exhibition on Low Intensity Conflict (LIC) in Tel Aviv, held from 7-10 March, the Trophy Active Protection System (APS) is the result of a 10-year collaborative development programme between Rafael Armament Development Authority and Israel Aircraft Industries/Elta, led by the Directorate of Research and Development in the MoD and funded by the MoD. Rafael is prime contractor for the programme.

The Trophy system can detect, classify, track and destroy all types of advanced anti-armour threats, including anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and rockets at "a significant distance" away from a targeted platform - in some cases destroying the threat without detonation, which means no residual effect on the platform, Didi Ben-Yoash, Rafael's APS business development manager, told JDW. The distance at which Trophy can engage the threats is classified, he added.

www.janes.com/defence/news/jdw/jdw050318_1_n.shtml

Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:31:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By outofstep:

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:
if you think that is a force field, I've got some great property on mars to sell you



Well no shit it's not a real force field. Anything else obvious you wanna tell us? Sun rises in the east, WOW!



then why did you call it a force field?
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:35:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By outofstep:

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:
if you think that is a force field, I've got some great property on mars to sell you



Well no shit it's not a real force field. Anything else obvious you wanna tell us? Sun rises in the east, WOW!



Not on Venus!
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:35:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/9/2006 7:40:32 AM EDT by outofstep]

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:

Originally Posted By outofstep:

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:
if you think that is a force field, I've got some great property on mars to sell you



Well no shit it's not a real force field. Anything else obvious you wanna tell us? Sun rises in the east, WOW!



then why did you call it a force field?



Because that's what they call it in the clip and thats what would elicit more thread views.

It's an advanced fletchet countermeasure system. Is that better for you?

It doesnt sound as cool though.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:36:54 AM EDT
This has been in the works for a while. If Andy were still here he would post the link to a comprehensive article that I have since lost.

Basically, the system weights approximately 1-1.5 tons and operates by melting the copper found in the cone of the RPG warhead before it impatcs, thus reducing it to a dud.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 7:56:24 AM EDT
Israel has had a laser-based system that was capable of shooting down Katyusha rockets, they made is a long time ago (like 2002-2003).

My dad called bullshit on that when I told him, but it's best not to underestimate the Israelis.
Link Posted: 4/9/2006 8:58:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/9/2006 8:59:21 AM EDT by PeteCO]
That's pretty damn cool.



if you think that is a force field, I've got some great property on mars to sell you



Sorry - what is the one true definition of a "force field", ObiWan?

Link Posted: 4/9/2006 9:00:30 AM EDT
Who's the greater fool? The fool or the fool who follows him?
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