LEDS-150 Land Electronic Defence System is an active protection system, developed by Saab Avitronics, a South African subsidiary of the Swedish aerospace and defence company, Saab.[1][2]

The system is able to counter most known threats against armoured vehicles with soft and hard kill methods.[3]

LEDS-150 consists of laser warning sensors, an ADC-150 Active Defence Controller, a number of MCTS Munition Confirmation and Tracking Sensors, and High Speed Directed Launchers, HSDL, which allows the combination of soft- and hard-kill countermeasure deployment capability to the platform, optional displays, and interconnecting harnesses.

This system uses the Denel Dynamics Mongoose-1 missile to destroy the incoming threat in 5 to 15 meters distance from the protected vehicle.[4] LEDS-150 covers all 360 degrees azimuth; its elevation coverage is from -15 to +65 degrees.

The system has been integrated on the MOWAG Piranha armoured personnel carrier.[5][6]

The South African Army has funded much of the development of this system.[7]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ SAAB Avitronics - LEDS-150 brochure (PDF) Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Saabgroup.com - Press release: Saab Avitronics joint venture
  3. ^ DefenceWeb - Saab markets local vehicle defence tech
  4. ^ Denel Dynamics Mongoose brochure (PDF)
  5. ^ Janes.com - Saab Avitronics Land Electronic Defence System (LEDS) (South Africa), Active protection systems
  6. ^ "Defense Update - Active Protection Systems Are Maturing". Archived from the original on 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  7. ^ DefenceWeb - R29m more for SA rocket killer