Textron Defense Systems developing airbag-like net to protect armored vehicles from rocket-propelled grenades

WILMINGTON, Mass., 11 Sept. 2011. Engineers at Textron Defense Systems in Wilmington, Mass., are developing an air bag-like protective net for armored combat vehicles to protect vehicles and crews from rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), which have been favorite weapons of insurgents and terrorists on hot spots around the world like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia.

The Textron Defense Systems TRAPSNet RPG countermeasure is for any wheeled or tracked military vehicle, and uses sensors that identify incoming RPGs, and deploys a net integrated into a standard airbag to defeat the RPG while preventing vehicle penetration, Textron officials say.

The TRAPSNet vehicle protection system is an enhancement of the Textron Tactical Rocket-Propelled Grenade Airbag Protection System (TRAPS), and was tested in July under supervision of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va. The test, which were at the New Mexico Tech Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center in Socorro, N.M., included dozens of RPG shots at various angles and ranges, Textron officials say.

The TRAPSNet countermeasure can defend against several different RPG hits, and does not substantially widen the vehicle, Textron officials say. The system only deploys when its sensors detect an incoming RPG, so it does not impede visibility for the vehicle driver and crew.

RPGs also are a demonstrated threat to military helicopters, as well as land vehicles, and Textron officials say they are considering how they might develop a version of TRAPSNet for helicopters. Critics, however, say a similar RPG protective system for helicopters might be too expensive and could adversely alter the aircraft's flight profile.

For more information contact Textron Defense Systems online at www.textrondefense.com, DARPA at www.darpa.mil, or the New Mexico Tech Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center at www.emrtc.nmt.edu.

Related stories

-- Industry teams win $889.6 million in technology development contracts under U.S. Army Ground Combat Vehicle program;

-- Navy seeks IR sensor-based technology to enhance helicopter defenses against ground fire; and

-- Warfighters call for innovative, responsive, and reliable vetronics in combat vehicles.

Get All the Military Aerospace Electronics News Delivered to Your Inbox or Your Mailbox

Subscribe to Military Aerospace Electronics Magazine or email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest information on:

  • C4ISR
  • Cyber Security
  • Embedded Computing
  • Unmanned Vehicles

Military & Aerospace Photos

Most Popular Articles

Related Products

Hybrid Micro-D Connectors

Omnetics high reliability Micro-D connectors are available withmixed power/signal contact layouts...

Latching Micro-D Connectors

Omnetics high reliability Micro-D connectors are available with Quick Latch System. For applicati...

XPedite7575 | 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Broadwell-H Processor-Based Conduction- or Air-Cooled 3U VPX-REDI Module

The XPedite7575 is a high-performance, 3U VPX-REDI, single board computer based on the 5th genera...

XTend7103 | COM Express® Carrier for COM Express® Type 10 Mezzanine Modules

The XTend7103 is a COM Express® carrier card designed to provide a low-cost and compact platform ...

XPort6173 | 3U VPX Carrier for Two 2.5 in. Solid-State Drives (SSDs)

The XPort6173 supports two, standard, 2.5 in. Solid-State Drives (SSDs) in a single 0.8 in. or 1....

XCalibur1642 | Freescale Eight-Core P4080 Processor-Based Conduction-Cooled 6U VPX Module

The XCalibur1642 is a high-performance, 6U VPX, single board computer supporting Freescale QorIQ ...

XPm2020 | 3U VPX Power Supply with Integrated MIL-STD-461E Filtering

The XPm2020 is a VITA 62-compliant 3U VPX power supply that takes in a MIL-STD-704 28 VDC input v...

XCalibur1641 | Freescale Eight-Core P4080 Processor-Based Conduction- or Air-Cooled 6U VPX Module

The XCalibur1641 is a high-performance, 6U VPX, single board computer supporting Freescale QorIQ ...

XCalibur4540 | 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Broadwell-H Processor-Based Conduction- or Air-Cooled 6U VPX Module

The XCalibur4540 is a high-performance, 6U OpenVPX™, multiprocessing, single board computer that ...

XCalibur4443 | Intel® Core™ i7 Processor-Based Conduction-Cooled 6U VPX SBC

The XCalibur4443 is a high-performance, multiprocessing, 6U VPX, single board computer that is id...

Related Companies

Southwest Antennas

Designs and manufactures high-performance RF and Microwave antennas and accessories designed for today’s communicatio...

Interface Displays & Controls Inc

Certified ISO-9001/AS9100, veteran-owned, small business. Interface specializes in designing, reverse-engineering and...

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

About Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions (CWDS) is a long established techno...

United Electronic Industries Inc

UEI is a leader in the PC/Ethernet data acquisition and control, Data Logger/Recorder and Programmable Automation Con...

Cornet Technology Inc

Designs, engineers, and manufactures a wide range of advanced voice, video and data communications solutions for defe...

Fabritech Inc

Fabritech was established in 1986 and specializes in the fabrication of EMI, RFI, and thermal shielded products made ...

Henniker Plasma

Plasma Treatment Equipment - Plasma Cleaners, Plasma Etchers, Plasma Coating & Plasma Surface ModificationWe are the ...

NOVA Power Solutions Inc

Provides mission-critical rugged uninterruptable power supplies (UPS), power conditioners, and battery backup modules...

TLC International

Manufactures Gen-3 TLC Phoenix-600 and Gen-5 TLC Summit high-accuracy glass cutting machines that utilize carbide/dia...

SHENMAO America Inc

Provides quality performance solder materials including: SMT assembly, lead free and tin lead solder paste, cored sol...


Harsh Environment Protection for Advanced Electronics and Components

This webinar will offer an opportunity to learn more about ultra-thin Parylene conformal coatings – how they are applied, applications they protect today, and the properties and benefits they offer, includin...

New Design Tools That Help You Develop Radar That Sees the Un-seeable and Detects the Undetectable

Xilinx EW/ISR System Architect, Luke Miller, has new tricks and he’s going to tell you all about them in a new Xilinx Webinar—for free. His Webinar will cover new ways to implement Radar functions including ...
Sponsored by:

Press Releases


Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division has received a contract from Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to supply its small form factor ...

Innovative Integration Announces the FMC-Servo

Camarillo, CA June 19, 2015, Innovative Integration, a trusted supplier of signal processing and data acquisition hardware and software solutions, today announced the FMC-S...


Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division has further enhanced its innovative VRD1 high definition (HD) video management system (VMS) w...

All Access Sponsors

Mil & Aero Magazine

August 2015
Volume 26, Issue 8

Download Our Apps




Follow Us On...


Military & Aerospace Electronics

Weekly newsletter covering technical content, breaking news and product information

Cyber Security

Monthly newsletter covering cyber warfare, cyber security, information warfare, and information security technologies, products, contracts, and procurement opportunities

Defense Executive

Monthly newsletter covering business news and strategic insights for executive managers

Electronic Warfare

Quarterly newsletter covering technologies and applications in electronic warfare, cyber warfare, optical warfare, and spectrum warfare.

Embedded Computing Report

Monthly newsletter covering news on embedded computing in aerospace, defense and industrial-rugged applications

Unmanned Vehicles

Monthly newsletter covering news updates for designers of unmanned vehicles