Active protection systems
Saab offers all-encompassing self-protection solutions for protection of all types of combat vehicles. Our self-protection systems give superior situational awareness, unrivalled survivability and the capability needed to maximise mission effectiveness. If detected, you can rely on protection from our active countermeasure systems, to mitigate the risks in the hostile engagement to complete your mission and leave the engagement zone for a safe return home. Our product family is based on the most modern technology available and builds upon 30 years of experience of successful land self-protection systems integration, testing and evaluation in the combat vehicle environment.
Active protection through intelligent soft kill
The nature of war has radically changed and the philosophy to protect assets by other means to enhance survivability has equally changed. Early warning of impending engagements is the first step to casualty avoidance and automated response is the key to remain alive. It is no longer sufficient to add armour to enhance the survivability of the crew and assets. Clever and smarter means are needed to protect assets. Saab’s LEDS-50 intelligent soft kill solutions are active protection systems that meet future force-protection challenges. .
LEDS 50 MK2 – laser detection
LEDS-50 MK2 is designed to provide crews with vitally important situational awareness of laser emissions associated with anti-armour threats and to allow rapid countermeasure response. It forms the basic building block of LEDS and comprises an Active Defence Controller (ADC), and a number of laser warning sensors.
LEDS-50 provides 360° azimuth coverage of a platform by using four LWS-310 laser warning sensors with inherent anti-reflection capability. Full hemispherical coverage can be provided by adding a LWS-500 top attack sensor.
LEDS-50 MK3 – infrared detection
The LEDS-50MK3 Multi-Function Warning Sensor (MFWS) enhances platform survivability through an automated active-protection soft kill system capability, based on full threat-spectrum detection, including threats other than laser. In addition to visual awareness, the MFWS also provides muzzle flash detection- and warning.
Advantages of choosing LEDS
- Enhanced survivability at low cost
- Fully automated Intelligent soft kill solutions
- Modular and scalable, mission configurable
- Easy integration with battle management systems, sensor suites and cueing effectors
- General vehicle architecture interface compliant
- Significant cost and weight saving compared to other means of protection
- Hemispherical coverage
- Soft kill counter measure dispenser agnostic
- Live fire tests have been conducted
- It is International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) free