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GL-5 active protection system

The Chinese GL-5 active protection system is a new design rather than a direct copy

 
 
Country of origin China
Entered service ?
Specifications
Number of launchers 12
Operating method Radar-guided

 

   The GL-5 is a Chinese active protection system. It was designed to provide additional protection for tanks and other vehicles against anti-tank missiles and rockets. The GL-5 was clearly influence by other active protection systems of the world. However it seems that overall it is a new design rather than a direct copy of an existing system. The GL-5 is being proposed for export customers.

   The GL-5 was designed to increase survivability of the tank against anti-tank rockets and anti-tank missiles. However it has no effect against kinetic energy munitions, such as armor-piercing sabot rounds.

   A total of 12 launchers and 4 radars of the GL-5 system are fitted across the turret of the tank or other vehicle. Radars detect incoming threats and trigger special High Explosive Fragmentation (HE-FRAG) munitions. These munitions operate in a broadly similar manner as the buckshots. Missiles and rockets are destroyed 10 meters away from the tank. Even if incoming rocket or missile was not destroyed, a blast can set it off course. This system provides 360 horizontal and 20 vertical coverage. However this system is not effective against top attack anti-tank weapons or anti-tank munitions launched from buildings and rooftops.

   The system operates automatically without the input from the tank crew. It has a brief reaction time and can protect the tank against multiple incoming threats.

   Major drawback of this system is that it had a kill zone of at least 25 meters around the tank. Once activated this active protection system is dangerous to supporting infantry.

   Currently a number of active protection systems are being offered by various countries. Such systems can significantly improve protection of the tank.

 

 

 

 
GL-5 active protection system

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