US Army’s evaluation of two Vehicle Protection Systems to be assessed at Future Armored Vehicles: Protection Systems USA


SMi Reports: The US Army’s VPS evaluation to be discussed at the Future Armored Vehicles: Protection Systems USA 2020.

In the latest protection systems news, the US Army has announced their next move for future applications on armored vehicles, as the ‘US Army picks two vehicle protection systems to evaluate realm of the possible’* (Source: Defence News).

Receiving an $11 million contract from the US Army for evaluation, the two vehicle protection systems chosen are Gold Sponsor Leonardo DRS as well as Rafael’s Trophy VPS, and the Rheinmetall and Unified Business Technologies (UBT) StrikeShield APS. This evaluation effort will commence this October, which will provide an opportunity for integration onto current and future US armored platforms and be conducted by the new Vehicle Protection Systems (VPS) program office.

With this in mind, SMi Group’s 2nd annual Future Armored Vehicles: Protection Systems USA 2020 will reconvene on June 11th and 12th in Arlington, USA.

For those interested in attending, there is an early bird saving of $200 for bookings made by March 31st. Register at

The two-day conference will include Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ramos, PM, Vehicle Protection Systems, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, US Army relaying the VPS evaluation discussion on day-one of the event, presenting on ‘Evaluating the US Army Armored Vehicles Active Protection Systems Portfolio’ covering:

  • Balancing the need for different systems to overcome different threat profiles
  • Data and cyber implications of target identification and response
  • Managing interoperability considerations and ensuring different systems on different vehicles work coherently and efficiently

SMi Group are also delighted to have Leonardo as a Gold Sponsor and Rheinmetall Defence as a Sponsor for this year’s event where senior representatives will provide briefings on the various ways to integrate Active Protection Systems (APS) and the emerging architectures necessary to support it.

Focusing on the software developments within vehicle protection systems, this year delegates can expect to hear exclusive updates from leading military and industry experts on; modular technology, hard/soft kill systems, integrated mission systems and the future of the technology, data management considerations and more.

For the event details with the full speaker line-up, the brochure is available to download on the website at

Future Armored Vehicles: Protection Systems USA 2020
June 11 – 12 2020
Arlington, USA

Proudly Sponsored by: Gold Sponsor: Leonardo | Sponsor: Rheinmetall Defence 

For sponsorship and exhibition queries please contact Sadia Malick at [email protected] or call +44 (0) 20 7827 6748.

For delegate queries please contact Jamie Wilkinson at [email protected] or call +44(0)207 827 6112.

For media queries please contact Carina Gozo at [email protected].