MUltifunctional Self protection System (MUSS, German: Multifunktionales Selbstschutz-System) is a softkill active protection system developed to protect military vehicles against guided anti-tank missiles.
MUSS was developed by EADS, Buck (a Rheinmetall subsidiary) and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW). Before September 2003, it was tested on a Leopard 2 tank by the German Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung.
MUSS consists of three main elements: the sensors, consisting of laser warner and a missile warner using ultraviolet sensors, the computer, and the electronic or pyrotechnic countermeasures. When the sensors detect an incoming missile or a laser beam aimed at the vehicle, the computer activates the countermeasures. MUSS offers 360° protection with elevation up to 70° and can handle up to four threats at once.
The whole system has a weight of 65 to 160 kg.
- EADS.com press release "EADS-Technologie schützt Panzerfahrzeuge Neues System für Selbstschutz vorgestellt" (German)
- Army-technology.com "Puma"
- Defense-Update: "Multifunction Self Protection System"