As a decade of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan has proved, the decades-old rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) remains a deadly weapon in the hands of insurgents. In response, the military has long sought an effective means to defeat the ubiquitous weapon using a variety of passive and active measures, from better armor to mounted active and passive defeat technologies. To that end, Textron Defense Systems announced that its TRAPSNet countermeasure—an enhanced version of its Tactical Rocket-Propelled Grenade Airbag Protection System (TRAPS)—has successfully completed a two-week test sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa).
TRAPSNet is a passive countermeasure that, once its sensors pick up an approaching grenade, automatically deploys a net to defeat the RPG before it reaches the vehicle, minimizing collateral damage. Textron Defense Systems Vice President of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance & Protection Systems Tom McNamara says that the system “can be configured for front, rear or flank protection, as well as for 360-degree vehicle protection.” The company says the TRAPSNet countermeasure “is multi-hit capable and does not significantly increase the width of the vehicle in its installed configuration.”