Iron Curtain (countermeasure)
Iron Curtain is an active protection system (APS) designed by Artis, LLC, an American technology development and manufacturing firm located in Herndon, Virginia. The system is designed to protect military vehicles and other assets by intercepting threats such as rocket-propelled grenades and rendering them inert.
Iron Curtain uses two independent sensors, radar and optical, high-speed computing, and tightly controlled explosively formed penetrators to minimize the false alarm rate and increase reliability and accuracy. The system, which began as a DARPA program, is able to defeat threats even if fired from an extremely close range.
In April 2013, the company announced it achieved a perfect score during rigorous government tests. “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," according to the company's CEO, Keith Brendley. He said the system is ready to be deployed and integrated into vehicle systems.
In 2012, the system was integrated with the MRAP program, and it has been integrated onto a Humvee. In 2013, BAE Systems designed its GCV Infantry Fighting Vehicle proposal to use Iron Curtain.
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- Artis, LLC website
- DARPA video of Iron Curtain demonstration, shooting down missile
- National Geographic TV report on Iron Curtain