Spring 2016

Paul Palmer, Director of Business Development, Active Armor Systems for TenCate Advanced Armor USA, is closely following developments in the technology applications evaluation programme of the TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system. ‘We are committed to this world-class soldier survivability programme and determined to make it available quickly, yet safely, to the war fighter.’ 

Although armour can protect vehicles against certain blasts, it does not prevent vehicles and their crew being hurled into the air and then falling back to earth on impact from landmines and roadside bombs. When the TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system detects an explosion, it reacts in a split second with a counterforce that keeps the vehicle on the ground.

Paul Palmer
Paul Palmer, Director of Business Development, Active Armor Systems for TenCate Advanced Armor USA, describes the system as ‘a family of technologies, of survivability solutions that are particularly well suited to combatting underbody blast and similar threats. It is a system of related components and algorithmic software that can be configured in a variety of ways to provide threat protection for a platform, its cargo and especially its crew.’  

Active underbody blast protection has never before been possible because of the extreme speed and safety requirements. The TenCate investment in state-of-the-art sensor technology and a compact, yet powerful “recoil” delivery system is what makes this, he believes, an affordable and practical reality for today’s soldiers. 

Soldiers A Company 1st Battalion 29th Infantry by a Namer (photo Lt Tyler N Ginter)
Soldiers of the A Company, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry regiment by a Namer, an armoured personnel carrier of Israeli manufacture. The Israeli Ministry of Defence was present during the tests with the TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system (photo: Lt. Tyler N.Ginter)

‘The US Army has a clear vision for the protection of mounted troops’, says Paul Palmer. ‘TenCate continues to develop important life-saving technologies to satisfy this need. We are committed to this world-class soldier survivability programme. We are determined to meet or exceed every military specification requirement in order to quickly, yet safely, make this important underbody blast protection technology available to the war fighter.’ 

DME selected TenCate Advanced Armor USA to integrate the TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure on the Combat Vehicle Prototype of the US Army. Paul Palmer: ‘TenCate Advanced Armor has been selected due to its technical expertise in active blast technology. Phase 1 is on schedule. The second half of the contract is anticipated in 2016. We are proud to be selected because it essentially recognises this system as an authentic legitimate blast mitigation system, as well as TenCate as an expert integration specialist.’

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