Army and Marine Corps Active Protection System (APS) Efforts
Congressional Research Service Washington United States
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Active Protection Systems APSs are subsystems integrated into or installed on a combat vehicle to automatically acquire, track, and respond with hard or soft kill capabilities to a variety of threats, including rocket-propelled grenades RPGs and anti-tank guided missiles ATGMs. APS technologies are not new, and a number of nations have already employed APS on the battlefield. The U.S. military is now beginning to include APS as part of its formal combat vehicle modernization plans and, if the initial deployment of APS proves successful, could expand the use of APS to potentially thousands of tactical military vehiclesa complex and potentially costly undertaking.