Almost simultaneously with the appearance of tanks on the fields of the First World War, means began to be created to combat them. For many decades, the confrontation that arose represented a well-known scheme: the thicker the armor became and the faster the tanks, the more powerful the anti-tank artillery was.
Anti-tank guided missile systems equipped with cumulative submunitions, it would seem, finally downgraded the status of tanks as a type of weapon. However, everything changed with the advent of active defense complexes, which made them again a formidable force capable of influencing the outcome of a war. Russia, France, Germany, Israel already have their own complexes. The US Army is actively working in this direction.
During a recent live-fire exercise at the Redstone Arsenal, USA, Lockheed Martin tested a new modular active protection system for tanks - MAPS (Modular Active Protection Systems). The results are impressive: of the 15 anti-tank missiles fired, all were destroyed.
Work on the creation of MAPS began in 2014. The system consists of a set of sensors that detect missiles and release elements that steer them away from the tank. It has a modular structure, which allows not only reconfiguring it for specific tasks, but also supplementing it with modules from other developers.
MAPS is a distributed system that includes a controller, user interface, power management systems, a network switch, and application software for managing sensors and countermeasure traps. This makes it possible to install MAPS on existing combat vehicles, and also makes it possible to use it in future active protection systems.