The highest priority for any mission is ensuring the occupants of a platform remain alive and healthy, and are able to successfully deliver military effects and complete their mission. Understanding the interaction between threats within the threat spectrum and individual protection technologies is a key factor in designing platform protection that will maximise survivability.
We can provide a full range of research, advice, design, and assessment services that support physical protective measures for civil and military platforms. These cover the development of platform protection solutions for platforms operating in all three environments: land, sea and air.
Our understanding of user requirements, platform constraints and the threat environment, enable us to provide optimised, integrated solutions that allow users to perform difficult tasks in dangerous environments with confidence.
POINTER Networked Cueing System
POINTER™ is a proprietary system from QinetiQ that provides the link between distributed ISTAR assets, commanders and those who deliver weapon effects.
Taking live feeds from any sensor that can provide a point of interest (POI) or track, POINTER plots these on a battlefield management application in the command centre or vehicle. It then either automatically or with command input transmits this information directly to the POINTER viewer on or near the crew-served weapon of those soldiers who will respond.
Our POINTER™ Vehicle variant is specifically designed to be mounted on a vehicle platform, constantly keeping the gunner on target. The system’s capability includes:
- Protection of fire support teams in both mobile and static/stand-off roles
- Mission planning and pre-selection of potential targets before leaving the barracks
- Anti-ambush protection and infantry fire support
- POINTER gives commanders and gunners vital information without distraction, and clarity under pressure. Simple, intuitive and agile to use, the training burden for operators is minimal.
A POINTER system comprises a base-station, a number of weapon-mounted POINTER units, one navigation unit per vehicle and a network. An integrated laser range finder enables the operator to self-designate targets or points of interest.
Q-Net® is an adaptable solution capable of providing protection against rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) on a wide range of tactical and lightly armored vehicles. The system is highly effective, lightweight and easily adaptable to a variety of platforms without requiring any vehicle modifications.
Using a net design, the Q-Net system safeguards the vehicle and soldiers inside from RPG rounds. It protects vehicles from all elevation attack angles (360 degrees), including overhead, as well as providing a multi-hit capability. Q-Net delivers performance levels equivalent to or higher than those provided by bar cage armour solutions, as well as a lower vehicle signature.
At 50-60 per cent lighter than metallic armour systems, Q-Net provides RPG protection for vehicles that cannot support the excessive weight of other technologies.
Shoulder-Worn Acoustic Targeting System
EARS SWATS is a compact, shoulder-worn acoustic targeting system that instantly detects and locates the origin of hostile gunfire. This system provides situational awareness, protection and enhances survival to those who need to quickly locate and respond to enemy threats.