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16/03/2018

Demo in Unterlüß, Defense News states: “Rheinmetall intensifies push to enter US Army’s vehicle protection program”

UNTERLUESS, Germany — Germany company Rheinmetall has made another push to show the U.S. Army that it has a ready and working active protection system. The company’s marketing effort this week at its Germany-based proving grounds comes as potential fiscal 2018 funding would cover the qualification of another APS for Army combat vehicles waiting in the wings for congressional approval.

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UNTERLUESS, Germany — Germany company Rheinmetall has made another push to show the U.S. Army that it has a ready and working active protection system. The company’s marketing effort this week at its Germany-based proving grounds comes as potential fiscal 2018 funding would cover the qualification of another APS for Army combat vehicles waiting in the wings for congressional approval.

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16/03/2018

Media Reaction to Rheinmetall press release

Mönch Online
Intuition can sometimes be counterproductive. Experience in recent years with active protection systems (APS) – various solutions to the seemingly intractable issue of how to ‘hard kill’ incoming missiles or RPGs targeting your vehicle – has resulted in a mindset that in many cases categorises the solution as an autonomous weapon system – and therefore one that is inherently unsafe.

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Jane’s 360
ADS – the distributed hard-kill active protection system (APS) developed by Germany’s ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH, a subsidiary of Rheinmetall – has been developed to IEC61508 Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL3), the highest safety critical standard currently achievable for an APS.

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Jane’s 360
At the 2018 International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) conference in London, ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH, part of Rheinmetall, has announced that its third-generation Active Defence System (ADS Gen 3) is set to conform to IEC61508 SIL 3 safety standards before the end of 2018.

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Shephard
ADS, a member of the Rheinmetall Group, is preparing for the broader and rapid adoption of active protection systems (APS) by Western armies in response to the growing threat from anti-tank weapons and significant improvements in the system safety standards.

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Breaking Defense
German arms maker Rheinmetall is rolling out a new Active Protection System (APS) it says should lay Army safety concerns about such systems to rest. The Army is rushing to install anti-missile defenses on its armored vehicles but remains concerned about whether they might accidentally shred nearby civilians or friendly troops.

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The Drive
German defense conglomerate Rheinmetall says it latest active protection system for tanks and other armored vehicles, which protects military vehicles against various types of incoming projectiles, has become the first anywhere in the world to pass a stringent independent safety evaluation.

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Defense Procurement International
Let the battle of the Active Protection Systems (APS) begin. At the opening day of the International Armoured Vehicles conference in Twickenham, London this week, ADS, which is part of Rheinmetall, Israeli company Rafael and Raytheon set out their stalls or APS offerings for armoured vehicles.

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IBT
A German defence contractor has made a ground vehicle protection system that engages with incoming projectiles and disables them before they hit the target. It has now become the first independently-assessed active protection system (ADS) ever.

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Mönch Online
Intuition can sometimes be counterproductive. Experience in recent years with active protection systems (APS) – various solutions to the seemingly intractable issue of how to ‘hard kill’ incoming missiles or RPGs targeting your vehicle – has resulted in a mindset that in many cases categorises the solution as an autonomous weapon system – and therefore one that is inherently unsafe.

► Read more

 

Jane’s 360
ADS – the distributed hard-kill active protection system (APS) developed by Germany’s ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH, a subsidiary of Rheinmetall – has been developed to IEC61508 Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL3), the highest safety critical standard currently achievable for an APS.

► Read more

 

Jane’s 360
At the 2018 International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) conference in London, ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH, part of Rheinmetall, has announced that its third-generation Active Defence System (ADS Gen 3) is set to conform to IEC61508 SIL 3 safety standards before the end of 2018.

► Read more

 

Shephard
ADS, a member of the Rheinmetall Group, is preparing for the broader and rapid adoption of active protection systems (APS) by Western armies in response to the growing threat from anti-tank weapons and significant improvements in the system safety standards.

► Read more

 

Breaking Defense
German arms maker Rheinmetall is rolling out a new Active Protection System (APS) it says should lay Army safety concerns about such systems to rest. The Army is rushing to install anti-missile defenses on its armored vehicles but remains concerned about whether they might accidentally shred nearby civilians or friendly troops.

► Read more

 

The Drive
German defense conglomerate Rheinmetall says it latest active protection system for tanks and other armored vehicles, which protects military vehicles against various types of incoming projectiles, has become the first anywhere in the world to pass a stringent independent safety evaluation.

► Read more

 

Defense Procurement International
Let the battle of the Active Protection Systems (APS) begin. At the opening day of the International Armoured Vehicles conference in Twickenham, London this week, ADS, which is part of Rheinmetall, Israeli company Rafael and Raytheon set out their stalls or APS offerings for armoured vehicles.

► Read more

 

IBT
A German defence contractor has made a ground vehicle protection system that engages with incoming projectiles and disables them before they hit the target. It has now become the first independently-assessed active protection system (ADS) ever.

► Read more

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23/01/2018

ADS defines the next generation of APS

ADS GmbH defines the next generation of Active Protection System (APS) by the rigorous application of highest safety standards – world’s first independently assessed ‘functionally safe’ APS

ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH, the pioneer in reliable and precise hard-kill Active Protection Systems (APS), today announces it has achieved a world first; the design and development of an APS to the highest safety standard, IEC61508. In 2018 ADS-Gen3 plans to be certified to IEC61508 SIL 3 (Safety Integrity Level), to be independently assessed by auditing firm tms (technisch-mathematische studiengesellschaft mbH) using the German Armed Forces’ assessment methodology for weaponry safety.

After seven years of risk-assessed design, development and system testing, ADS-Gen3 delivers world leading consistent APS defensive performance, validating defensive operation as succeeding in at least 999 of 1000 system responses, and potentially as high as 9,999 in 10,000 system actions1. IEC61508 SIL 3 is the same safety integrity level used to ensure the explosives in our airbags in our cars don’t fire inadvertently, yet respond in critical situations exactly when needed in the event of an accident.

Further, the system is designed to run continuously safely, thus assuring that dismounted crew or support infantry are not put at unnecessary risk by the APS automated defensive firing capabilities. The reliability of functional safety in ADS-Gen3 aims at a level higher than daily used elevators, critical components in public transport or traffic light controls.

“Functional safety is not about whether a system is working well in its field and delivering an expected performance – it’s about whether it is safe for all of us to use such system – as operator or as any human being which simply happens to be nearby.” Clarifies Dr. Ronald Meixner, lead engineer for the ADS design.

The combination of defensive performance tested by the NATO STANAG group coupled with the highest degree of regard for the IEC61508 safety of those around an APS defended vehicle, defines a new era for APS design. The achievement of these different APS safety as well as system performance levels brings the same level of confidence we give to our car design to keep us safe, to the APS sector, marking a fundamental shift from new technology adoption caution to an assurance of the familiar and proven.

“With this announcement ADS confirms its technical pioneering leadership in APS design and development.” Said Stefan Haase, CEO, “by bringing our automotive engineering heritage and discipline to the APS sector we expect to reduce market adoption timeframes, enabling the rapid deployment of APS’s to defend sorely pressed vehicle assets from the spectre of the insurgent with an RPG or ATGM threats.”

 

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About ADS

ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH, is a world leading pioneer in reliable and precise hard-kill Active Protection Systems (APSs). Part of the Rheinmetall group of companies, ADS brings the rigorous engineering principles of the automotive sector to the defence sector and specifically to APS’s. As an innovator ADS is the world’s first APS developer to apply safety-critical design principles to APS development to deliver predictable and safe system performance.

Information on IEC61508 independent assessor tms:
https://www.tms-bonn.de/en/projects/systemsafety

 

For more information, please contact:
Oliver Hoffmann
Head of Public Relations
Rheinmetall AG
Tel.: +49-(0)211-473 4748
oliver.hoffmann@rheinmetall.com

 

1 Against all known missile threats in the context of all natural environmental conditions expected in system deployments.

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ADS GmbH defines the next generation of Active Protection System (APS) by the rigorous application of highest safety standards – world’s first independently assessed ‘functionally safe’ APS

ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH, the pioneer in reliable and precise hard-kill Active Protection Systems (APS), today announces it has achieved a world first; the design and development of an APS to the highest safety standard, IEC61508. In 2018 ADS-Gen3 plans to be certified to IEC61508 SIL 3 (Safety Integrity Level), to be independently assessed by auditing firm tms (technisch-mathematische studiengesellschaft mbH) using the German Armed Forces’ assessment methodology for weaponry safety.

After seven years of risk-assessed design, development and system testing, ADS-Gen3 delivers world leading consistent APS defensive performance, validating defensive operation as succeeding in at least 999 of 1000 system responses, and potentially as high as 9,999 in 10,000 system actions1. IEC61508 SIL 3 is the same safety integrity level used to ensure the explosives in our airbags in our cars don’t fire inadvertently, yet respond in critical situations exactly when needed in the event of an accident.

Further, the system is designed to run continuously safely, thus assuring that dismounted crew or support infantry are not put at unnecessary risk by the APS automated defensive firing capabilities. The reliability of functional safety in ADS-Gen3 aims at a level higher than daily used elevators, critical components in public transport or traffic light controls.

“Functional safety is not about whether a system is working well in its field and delivering an expected performance – it’s about whether it is safe for all of us to use such system – as operator or as any human being which simply happens to be nearby.” Clarifies Dr. Ronald Meixner, lead engineer for the ADS design.

The combination of defensive performance tested by the NATO STANAG group coupled with the highest degree of regard for the IEC61508 safety of those around an APS defended vehicle, defines a new era for APS design. The achievement of these different APS safety as well as system performance levels brings the same level of confidence we give to our car design to keep us safe, to the APS sector, marking a fundamental shift from new technology adoption caution to an assurance of the familiar and proven.

“With this announcement ADS confirms its technical pioneering leadership in APS design and development.” Said Stefan Haase, CEO, “by bringing our automotive engineering heritage and discipline to the APS sector we expect to reduce market adoption timeframes, enabling the rapid deployment of APS’s to defend sorely pressed vehicle assets from the spectre of the insurgent with an RPG or ATGM threats.”

 

► Watch the video

 

 

About ADS

ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH, is a world leading pioneer in reliable and precise hard-kill Active Protection Systems (APSs). Part of the Rheinmetall group of companies, ADS brings the rigorous engineering principles of the automotive sector to the defence sector and specifically to APS’s. As an innovator ADS is the world’s first APS developer to apply safety-critical design principles to APS development to deliver predictable and safe system performance.

Information on IEC61508 independent assessor tms:
https://www.tms-bonn.de/en/projects/systemsafety

 

For more information, please contact:
Oliver Hoffmann
Head of Public Relations
Rheinmetall AG
Tel.: +49-(0)211-473 4748
oliver.hoffmann@rheinmetall.com

 

1 Against all known missile threats in the context of all natural environmental conditions expected in system deployments.

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18/09/2017

Interview with Ronald Meixner of ADS at DSEI

Jane’s interviews Dr. Ronald Meixner of ADS about their modular Active Defence Systems, and plans for future vehicle protection during DSEI 2017 in London:

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Jane’s interviews Dr. Ronald Meixner of ADS about their modular Active Defence Systems, and plans for future vehicle protection during DSEI 2017 in London:

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12/09/2017

Rheinmetall and ADS wants in on US Army fleet protection effort

Jen Judson of Defense News reports Rheinmetall and ADS who want in on US Army fleet protection effort:

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Jen Judson of Defense News reports Rheinmetall and ADS who want in on US Army fleet protection effort:

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23/05/2017

A new brand profile for ADS

The launch of a new company website highlights ADS’s new brand image and brand character, which from now on will shape all of its corporate communications. The underlying communications strategy and its implementation were developed in cooperation with Divine, a Düsseldorf-based advertising agency.

ADS’s newly revamped brand positioning is visible in the structure of the website and its new content. Besides providing information about products, it also focuses on development and production techniques. Reflecting the company’s innovative strength, the design of the ADS website features pioneering technology. Opting for a liquid design, Divine devised and implemented the entire corporate website. As a result, the site can be easily viewed on devices ranging in size from smartphones to desktop computers, with the width automatically adjusting to the available space.

The launch of a new company website highlights ADS’s new brand image and brand character, which from now on will shape all of its corporate communications. The underlying communications strategy and its implementation were developed in cooperation with Divine, a Düsseldorf-based advertising agency.

ADS’s newly revamped brand positioning is visible in the structure of the website and its new content. Besides providing information about products, it also focuses on development and production techniques. Reflecting the company’s innovative strength, the design of the ADS website features pioneering technology. Opting for a liquid design, Divine devised and implemented the entire corporate website. As a result, the site can be easily viewed on devices ranging in size from smartphones to desktop computers, with the width automatically adjusting to the available space.

23/05/2017

Recent combat operations reveal the urgent need for ADS

Current Islamic State attacks on Leopard tanks in Syria have triggered renewed interest in innovative protection concepts. Here, antitank guided missiles, or ATGMs, have revealed a vulnerability that can only be addressed with an active standoff protection system.

Leopard 2A4 tanks deployed against Islamic State fighters were nearly knocked out by ATGMs. Despite passive protection systems, the vehicles lacked adequate protection against this threat. Tank experts are now convinced that a possible successor to the Leopard should be equipped with built-in active standoff protection such as the ADS. This would enable reliable neutralization of incoming ATGMs and even of RPGs fired at extremely short range.

Current Islamic State attacks on Leopard tanks in Syria have triggered renewed interest in innovative protection concepts. Here, antitank guided missiles, or ATGMs, have revealed a vulnerability that can only be addressed with an active standoff protection system.

Leopard 2A4 tanks deployed against Islamic State fighters were nearly knocked out by ATGMs. Despite passive protection systems, the vehicles lacked adequate protection against this threat. Tank experts are now convinced that a possible successor to the Leopard should be equipped with built-in active standoff protection such as the ADS. This would enable reliable neutralization of incoming ATGMs and even of RPGs fired at extremely short range.

23/05/2017

ADS demonstrates its effectiveness

At Rheinmetall’s proving ground in Unterlüß, the Active Defence System (ADS) has proven its operational effectiveness by successfully engaging incoming RPG-7 VLT rounds. The test series was conducted in the presence of various interested parties who also specified the threat.

In the first part of the test series, a 9mm pistol and 7.62mm rifle were fired at the protected vehicle. The ADS detected and correctly classified the rounds fired as a non-threat, and thus didn’t engage them. During the second part of the test, three tandem warhead-equipped RPG-7 VLT grenades were fired at the target. The rocket-propelled grenades were fired from behind cover in a typical urban warfare scenario, involving different positions and ranges (25 and 50 metres). Each of the three rounds fired were successfully engaged by the ADS. Vehicles equipped solely with passive protection systems are no longer a match for this type of threat.

At Rheinmetall’s proving ground in Unterlüß, the Active Defence System (ADS) has proven its operational effectiveness by successfully engaging incoming RPG-7 VLT rounds. The test series was conducted in the presence of various interested parties who also specified the threat.

In the first part of the test series, a 9mm pistol and 7.62mm rifle were fired at the protected vehicle. The ADS detected and correctly classified the rounds fired as a non-threat, and thus didn’t engage them. During the second part of the test, three tandem warhead-equipped RPG-7 VLT grenades were fired at the target. The rocket-propelled grenades were fired from behind cover in a typical urban warfare scenario, involving different positions and ranges (25 and 50 metres). Each of the three rounds fired were successfully engaged by the ADS. Vehicles equipped solely with passive protection systems are no longer a match for this type of threat.