TenCate antiballistic armor system successfully tested

TenCate Advanced Armour and ABDS A/S report that their jointly developed Active Blast Defence System (ABDS) technology has been successfully tested on the underbelly of a military vehicle against an improvised explosive device.

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TenCate Advanced Armour (Almelo, The Netherlands) and ABDS A/S (Denmark), in collaboration with the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), reported on March 7 that the companies have successfully completed a full-scale, underbelly improvised explosive device test on a 15-ton, flat-belly armored personnel carrier with fully integrated ABDS (Active Blast Defence System).

TenCate Advanced Armour and ABDS A/S have been working to rapidly mature the fully integrated ABDS technology and to design innovative integration concepts for a range of combat and tactical military vehicles. The ABDS effectively mitigates the devastating effects of IEDs, defeating the acceleration of the vehicle and vehicle structure.

The phase 3 system level test, completed on a fully instrumented vehicle, successfully incorporated the Trigger and Activation System (TAS) designed for ABDS. This provides an automatic and instantaneous response to the detonating IED, delivering a structural and biomechanical response mode, fulfilling STANAG 4569 at classified levels.

Peter Bertelsen, ABDS program manager for TenCate Advanced Armour, says: "We are excited to have successfully completed this system level test. The results demonstrate a high level of complete system level maturity that provides a very high level of protection on a fully integrated tracked combat vehicle. We have been successful at validating the effectiveness of the ABDS at very large threat levels, surpassing the other protection systems that are currently available".

ABDS testing is now entering phase 4, the final phase of system level testing, which includes cooperative testing with various North American- and European-based prime defense contractors and governmental agencies. The final phase of testing, scheduled to be completed within the next three to four months, will validate system maturity and reliability.

Successful completion of Phase 4 will ensure the ABDS is ready for fielding during the second half of this year. The validated ABDS is easily retrofitted to a wide range of vehicle platforms to meet urgent field requirements, aimed at addressing the continuing and evolving IED threat.

The ABDS technology is protected by classified patents.

TenCate Advanced Armour reported in September 2010 that it had signed a cooperation agreement relating to the development of the Active Blast Defence System patent and the right of first refusal to acquire the majority of ABDS Aps.