Rocket Grenade Smashed to Bits In Flight By Quick Kill Defense System

We've written about the sci-fi sounding Army's Future Combat System before, but the Army's just demonstrated a successful test of one of its components: the Quick Kill vehicle defense system. Check it out: the Raytheon system uses an electronically-scanned radar array to detect an incoming anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade, then vertically launches a countermeasure missile that blows the round to smithereens in mid-flight, saving the RPG's intended target. It's a very simple test setup, and, of course the real system will have to deal with complications like vehicles in motion, but it's an important first step. And it goes boom. [Danger Room]

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The best defense is a good offense. They should have named this porcupine, since that is what it puts me in the mind of. (OK, so maybe I need more coffee, but thats what it reminded me of.)