‘See-through’ armour system delivered to Ukrainian Army

11.12.19
Limpid Armor подарувала ЗСУ систему прозорої броні

Ukraine's Limpid Armor Company has delivered the first set of its Land Platform Modernisation Kit to the Ukrainian Army for an initial series of product trials, according to company CEO Mykhailo Grechukhin, Jane's International Defence Review reported.

The Land Platform Modernisation Kit (LPMK) is a 'see-through' armour system - using cameras to see - that can be fitted to armoured vehicles, in this case a BTR-4E infantry fighting vehicle, to provide situational awareness when hatches are closed.

The initial tests will assess whether any changes need to be made, before the LPMK is entered into official user trials, Grechukhin. Once the first stage is complete, the company will revise the design accordingly and provide five sets for free, which will then be used for user trials.

Grechukhin said the system was developed following his experience in the Donbass War between 2014 and 2015, when he witnessed main battle tanks triggering anti-tank mines that were laid on the surface of a runway at Donetsk Airport. The drivers, he said, had much less situational awareness than he would in a civilian car.

Limpid Armor подарувала ЗСУ систему прозорої броні Limpid Armor подарувала ЗСУ систему прозорої броні
Limpid Armor подарувала ЗСУ систему прозорої броні Limpid Armor подарувала ЗСУ систему прозорої броні

The LPMK is available in three configurations, and the configuration given to the Ukrainian Army consists of eight cameras located around the vehicle, a central server, and a Microsoft Hololens that is fitted to the helmet of equipped crew-members. The Hololens is used to create a 360°-view of the vehicle's surroundings, with the feed from each camera "stitched" together to create a seamless picture, Limpid systems engineer Danylo Kovzhun explained.