Force protection in conflict situations has emerged as a top priority for Armed Forces. But in an era when post-conflict situations can be as hazardous as combat, addressing this imperative is one of the toughest tasks in modern warfare: the operational scenarios keep changing, and so does the threat. Constant innovation is the only way of making sure that soldiers deployed in harm's way are able to perform their mission and get home in one piece. In today's highly mechanised armies, protecting vehicles has thus become absolutely critical. For the crew, having a vehicle equipped with state-of-the-art protection technology can mean the difference between life and death. Among the world's foremost suppliers of force protection technology are Rheinmetall Chempro GmbH, who supply passive protection systems. Since 2007 Rheinmetall AG has held a stake in both companies.
Chempro's ROSY (Rapid Obscuring System) smoke protection system offers light military and civilian vehicles protection from unexpected attacks, e.g. during patrols or when travelling in convoys. ROSY is able to generate dynamic smoke screens as well as spontaneous, large-area and multispectral interruption of the line of sight (LOS). Moreover, its multimission capability represents a sure defence against stream and wave attacks. Due to its integrated IR jamming and decoying capabilities, ROSY effectively counters all TV-, EO-, IR-, IIR-, laser- and SACLOS-guided weapons. ROSY is adaptable, modular and has minimal weight, making it a great system.
For more information about this very innovative technology, please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY IAV Special Issue, available at IAV 2012.