Q-Net RPG Defeat Net
RPG Defeating Net Armor System
Our Q-Net® armor system protects against rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) by detonating them before they have a chance to hit or penetrate their target. The system enhances soldier survivability and increases protection on a wide range of tactical and lightly armored vehicles. Q-Net is ultra-lightweight, low-cost and easily adaptable to a variety of platforms.
The Q-Net system uses a net design developed jointly by QinetiQ, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research. It has been subjected to extensive live fire and laboratory tests with results indicating performance levels matching or exceeding competitor bar armor solutions.
Lightweight: Q-Net is 50-60 percent lighter than other armor systems. This reduction of weight allows Q-Net to be used on vehicles that cannot support the weight of bar armor and reduces the wear-and-tear effects of heavy add-ons, including the risk of rollovers, power train stress and fuel consumption. The design itself defeats RPGs better than bar armor and provides multi-hit capability. It also offers protection from all angles (360 degrees), including overhead.
Easy installation & removal: Features a patented hook and loop installation that can be can be installed, repaired or replaced in the field without any special tools.
Expertise in Action
The following example was based on the article “New net armor proves its worth”, written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek for Clarksville Online and first published September 22, 2010.
Platoon leader and 1st Lt. Matthew Ward confessed he was skeptical about the Q-Net system on the new mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles his platoon drove on a mission in Afghanistan in late 2010. On a highly traveled road in eastern Ghazni, the system was put to the test as insurgents fired a volley of RPG rounds, followed by a series of machine gun fire and then another RPG.
After driving off their attackers, the trucks were inspected. Although they had taken three direct hits by RPGs, none had penetrated the trucks. “The RPGs detonated at the nets, failing to penetrate the vehicle’s armor,” said Staff Sgt. Cameron Erisman.
Added Ward, “All of the soldiers whose vehicles were hit by RPGs are alive today and still in the fight.”
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