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Dynamic Armor or Electric Armour is a type of armour which has been proposed for the protection of ships from shaped charge weapons. The idea is that the system uses a strong electric field to disrupt the jet of ionized gas produced by the warhead.[1] The system has been proposed as an upgrade to the Gerald R. Ford-class supercarriers[citation needed].

Suggestions that the armour may also be used on Armoured Fighting vehicles have been made in Europe.[2]

Electrically charged armour is a recent development in the United Kingdom by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] A vehicle is fitted with two thin shells, separated by insulating material. The outer shell holds an enormous electric charge, while the inner shell is at ground. If an incoming HEAT jet needle of a conductive metal, like copper, penetrates both shells, it forms a bridge between them, and the electrical energy discharges rapidly through the jet, disrupting it. Trials have so far been promising, and it is hoped that improved systems could protect against kinetic energy penetrators. Developers of the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) series of armoured vehicles are considering this technology.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Surface Forces: Electromagnetic Armor". Strategypage.com. 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  2. ^ "The armour strikes back". The Economist. 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  3. ^ U.S. Military Uses the Force (Wired News)
  4. ^ 'Star Trek' shields to protect supertanks (The Guardian)
  5. ^ 'Electric armour' vaporises anti-tank grenades and shells
  6. ^ MoD Develops 'Electric Armour' Archived April 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "New Age Electric Armour – Tough enough to face modern threats". Armedforces-int.com. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  8. ^ "Add-On – Reactive Armor Suits". Defense-update.com. 2006-04-25. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  9. ^ "Advanced Add-on Armor for Light Vehicles". Defense-update.com. 2006-04-25. Retrieved 2012-01-29.