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System that intercepts rocket-propelled grenades has proved “100 percent effective”

Rocket propelled grenade launchers  (U.S. photo/Spc. Justin French)
Rocket propelled grenade launchers
(U.S. photo/Spc. Justin French)

HERNDON, Va., May 1 (UPI) — A U.S.-developed system that intercepts rocket-propelled grenades and other threats close to a targeted vehicle has proved 100 percent effective.

Artis LLC said its “Iron Curtain” active protective system uses independent sensors — radar and optical — high-speed computing and controlled counter- munitions and renders the threats inert at close distances.

Recent government testing validated its worth, Artis said.

“After this latest round (of testing), where the system hit and killed 100 percent of the shots in a very demanding test series, the only rational conclusion is that the system simply works,” said Keith Brendley, chief executive officer of Artis. “We proved not only that Iron Curtain defeats threats and saves lives but the risk from collateral damage is minimal, especially when compared with the alternative.

“In addition to these compelling test results, Iron Curtain has an approved safety architecture as unanimously recommended by the Joint Services Weapons Safety Review Board. These accomplishments along with our cost studies show that this system is affordable and ready to integrate today.”

Iron Curtain’s radar was developed by Mustang Technology Group and BAE Systems integrated the system onto a combat vehicle for the testing.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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