RPG Defeating Net Armor System
Q-Net® is QinetiQ North America’s innovation in action. The Q-Net armor system protects against rocket-propelled grenades (RPG). The strong, lightweight net system performs better than traditional bar armor and is easier to install, replace or reconfigure in the field. Our lab-to-field technology transfer and ongoing research and development produce land systems and survivability solutions that meet our customers’ most critical mission needs.
Developed jointly by QinetiQ North America, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Q-Net enhances soldier survivability and increases protection on a variety of platforms, structures and assets. Q-Net is an ultra-lightweight, low-cost, and adaptable armor system that defeats RPGs by detonating them before they have a chance to hit or penetrate their target.
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.
Q-Net is flexible and modular, featuring a patented hook-and-loop installation and custom configurations. It attaches to frames and collapses or folds during missions for maneuverability in any environment. Q-Net protects wide and long areas without bulk. The system can be installed, repaired or replaced in the field offering options for mission specific protection.
Q-Net’s features also offer significant cost savings. Its modularity and flexibility make it possible to use the same system for different applications and to modify or remove Q-Net as needed. It’s an effective yet economical choice for vehicle recap, add-on protection and physical security solutions. In live fire, lab tested and field proven, Q-Net performs.
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.”