A model of the Raven non-kinetic APS as displayed at the AUSA Global Force convention in April 2019. Photo: Defense-Update
BAE Systems unveiled its next-generation active protection system called raven today, at the US Army (AUSA) convention. Raven uses a unique, non-kinetic InfraRed (IR) countermeasure system to defeat guided missiles fired at the protected platform. Raven has already demonstrated its effectiveness against guided missiles in several tests.
In 2018 the RAVEN Countermeasure system participated in a six-week ‘Soft Kill Rodeo’ and was selected by the Army to proceed for the next phase of testing. In that Rodeo, three countermeasure systems were challenged, redirecting anti-tank guided missiles. The Army tested the Raven again in September 2019, installing it on an M2 Bradley alongside a kinetic countermeasure system, (most likely the Iron Fist) for a layered demonstration.
Raven non-kinetic active protection system – principles of operation. Infographics: BAE Systems