Quote: NATO countries moved a step closer to providing their helicopters with added protection from rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) with the successful demonstration of prototype technology in Bulgaria.
Results of the demonstration, held on 10 October, indicate about 80% probability of protection.
“Participants saw that only one in nine shots exploded,” said Bulgaria’s National Armaments Director, Colonel Nikolay Yankov, “This is a dramatic improvement from last year’s testing.”
The technology, described as “passive”, is designed to be strapped onto helicopters. It prevents rocket-propelled grenades from exploding, thereby improving levels of safety for passengers, crews, and aircraft, from ground-based RPG attacks.
"When all is said and done, more will be said than done".
"Helicopters are very difficult to hit with RPGs, but it is not impossible - 'Black Hawk Down' in Mogadishu, Somalia was one example, and the 2005 downing of a MH-47G Special Forces helicopter in Afghanistan was another."