Trophy Active Defense System Not Quite A Force Field

The Trophy Active Defense System (ADS) is based on a system designed in Israel. The Trophy ADS system has three basic elements: Threat Detection and Tracking, Launching and Intercept. Threat detection is provided by sensor, including flat-panel radars, that are deployed so as to provide a fully hemispherical coverage area.


(Trophy ADS)

Once an incoming threat (like an RPG) is detected and tracked, the Trophy system creates a "beam" of fragments capable of destroying the incoming threat within 10-30 meters of the protected platform. Multiple targets can be engaged simultaneously.


(Incoming threat destroyed)

General Dynamics plans to introduce the system with every new and existing combat vehicle it produces, including Stryker, M-1A2 and FCS. It can be adapted to US requirements and enter production within two years.

The system has completed hundreds of live test exercises with the Israel Defense Forces; Trophy ADS has demonstrated effective neutralization of anti-tank rockets and guided missiles, high safety levels, insignificant residual penetration and minimal collateral damage.

Obviously, this system fails to meet the standards for a science-fictional "force field." However, the ability to defend a hemispheric section would probably remind sf fans of David Drake's Hammer's Slammers series, which has a similar device. Earlier mentions of the full-blown force-field idea include the force-field from 'Doc' Smiths 1931 novel Space Hounds of IPC and especially the half-sphere force-field from Robert Heinlein's 1951 novel Between Planets.

Read more at Defense-Update and TechBlog. Thanks to Gil for writing with the story tip and references.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 4/10/2006)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 4 )

Related News Stories - (" Warfare ")

Russia Working On Military Exoskeletons
'...you look like a big steel gorilla...' - Robert Heinlein, 1959.

TALOS Exoskeleton Development Proceeding
'Suited up, you look like a big steel gorilla...' - Robert Heinlein, 1959.

Britney Spears And Lynn Minmay - Weapons Of Choice
An attack can take many forms.

DARPA's Warrior Web
'Earth's scientists solved the problem to some extent by devising rigid metallic clothing not unlike armor...'- Edmond Hamilton, 1932.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

Tesla Semi 'Electrotruck' Unveiled
Elon Musk unveils yet another technological marvel.

Watch What People Are Seeing Via Brain Scanning
'had managed to see through the other man's eyes as the other man, all unaware, washed their Zis limousine sixteen hundred meters away...'

Integrated Circuits Printed Right Onto Fabric!
'...a shirt that displayed email on its sleeve.

Interstellar Asteroid Visits Our Solar System
'This asteroid had whirled in from the cold of the interplanetary space...'

PRIMA Bionic Vision Restoration
'The VISOR... was a medical device used in the Federation to aid patients who have suffered loss of eyesight...'

Audi Traffic Jam Pilot Knows If You're Sleeping
'Even here, riding a garbage truck to eternity, the machine watched him...'

UM Hall Thruster Breaks Records
Someday, we'll see an ion drive used to get to Mars.

Ionity Ultra-fast Charging Station Network
'Recharge the batteries... in almost every town and village...'

VAuth Voice Security Wearable From University of Michigan
'Siri, I gave you a voice command...' 'Yes, but do I know you?'

Ubiquiti FrontRow Camera Records Your Life
Why be choosy? Just upload your whole life to the Internet, and be done with it.

Ancient Ocean On Ceres?
'We sailed gently forward, hull down to the asteroid's surface... A little sea was now beneath us.'

SmileCloud Bubloons Are Custom Clouds
'Spurgle kicked at the letter G... It was a monstrous white thing, ten feet thick, half a city block long...'

Cassie 'Halfbot' Best Half (Lower) Of Humanoid Robot
We can always make it limp along if it gets threatening.

Autonomous Concrete Floor Finishing Robot
Keep those construction site robots coming.

Musk Tweets A Boring Tunnel Pic
'We hit the sub-basement and went at once to the express tubes...'

Shelley.ai AI Terrifies Thanks To Reddit's Nosleep
'How can you compete with IBM?'

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.