Behold the Iron Curtain Active Protection System — a device that blasts explosive rounds out of mid-air.Mounted on a vehicle’s roof, R&D contractor Artis’ Iron Curtain detonates incoming projectiles at the last possible moment by shooting straight down at them — unlike earlier technologies that shoot outwards.
Behind the Iron Curtain is an ultra-fast computer that uses complex algorithms to track the object’s flight path and fires off a countermeasure precisely at the right time.
The system knocks down RPGs at 295 meters per second and “superbombs” that shoot armour-penetrating streams of melted metal at 4 KILOMETERS per second — 10 times faster than rocket-propelled grenades.
If all continues to go well the system could be under production within a year.
Here’s a video of the Iron Curtain in action — the best close-ups are at 1:05 and 1:30. (via Wired)
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