Active Protection System
Definition/Scope: An active protection system (APS) protects a tank or other armoured fighting vehicle from incoming fire before it hits the vehicle's armor. There are two general categories: soft kill systems, which use jamming or decoys to confuse a missile's guidance system, and hard kill systems, which attempt to detect and destroy incoming projectiles. Some other examples are: soft-kill; strobe lights for land vehicles used to masquerade as guidance beacons, hard-kill; a radar senses an incoming round and it launches a counter projectile in an attempt to damage or destroy the incoming round. Examples would be the TROPHY from Israel or the Quick kill from the US. Some examples for aircraft are the ECM, flares or chaff.
Used For:Protection WFF
Broader Terms:Bradley Fighting Vehicle
Narrower Terms:antitank missile
Related Terms:Active Denial System 2