Spring 2012

Active protection against roadside bombs

TenCate, in collaboration with the Danish company ABDS ApS, has developed an active defence system against improvised explosive devices (IEDs), such as roadside bombs. The TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system effectively mitigates the devastating effects of IEDs on army vehicle, crew and vehicle structure.

This eliminates the need to replace or carry out major repairs to vehicles that have been hit; repair work can be carried out quickly. The market potential is considerable. The Danish company is now fully owned by TenCate and, as Ten Cate Active Protection ApS, is now being integrated into TenCate Advanced Armour, thus strengthening the leading position of this market group in protection systems.

Vehicle specific tests are an essential part of the ultimate implementation of the system. The vehicle remains intact and is easy to repair


Whereas the materials from TenCate Advanced Armour provide passive protection, the TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system involves an ingenious active system.

Jørgen Svane (director Advanced Sensors & Effectors from TenCate Advanced Armour, left) and Peter Bertelsen (managing director, TenCate Advanced Armour Denmark and programme manager) say: 'The TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system will set a new standard.. Existing specifications are now expected to be rewritten by MODs, because they now know that a higher level of protection is possible. In five years’ time there will be new vehicle platforms and the system can be tailored to meet exact needs. This will be the new NATO standard. To date there is still no system that meets this standard.’

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