Passive Protection

Survivability – Protection for land vehicles and their crews

Rheinmetall develops passive system solutions by applying the latest modular composite technologies for protecting from ballistic threats, for mine protection, IED protection, signature protection, protection from shaped charges and protection for military operations in built-up terrain.

Furthermore, with its new hybrid protection approach Rheinmetall combines active soft-kill and hard-kill technologies with passive protection.

AMAP product family

AMAP® product family – Advanced Modular Armour Protection

To assure the survival and operational readiness of the vehicle crew Rheinmetall supplies passive protection systems combining various elements, like e.g. steel armour, ceramic composite systems, liners and other advanced materials. The range comprises ballistic protection, mine protection, IED protection, fighting compartment protection, transparent protection, signature protection, protection from shaped charges and protection for military operations in built-up terrain. Rheinmetall can equip vehicles ranging in size and complexity from modified SUVs to main battle tanks with whatever level of protection the customer requires.

Military object protection
One of the greatest challenges for modern armies is equipping vehicles, helicopters and ships with the maximum possible protection while keeping additional weight to a minimum. Rheinmetall's versatile armour is made of various materials tested for its suitability for military use, such as individually coated aramid, high performance polyethylene and glassfibre. Against higher threat levels these materials can be combined with various kinds of ballistic ceramics for optimum security and optimum mobility.
Automotive object protection

Automobile amouring

Rheinmetall's customized versatile armour asset protection system can be adapted to the individual design of automobiles and the threat level in their particular area of operation. Rheinmetall uses state-of-the-art materials such as individually coated aramid, high-performance polyethylene and combinations of different ballistic materials. Virtually invisible and without affecting performance and handling, our automotive protection systems offer levels of protection in line with the most stringent international standards. Rheinmetall develops and manufactures protective systems for special vehicles produced by major OEMs such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz. We also supply ballistic protection materials to retrofitting companies.

Advanced armour solutions "made in UK"

Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) designs and develops advanced armour solutions for new and existing military vehicles – both in the UK and internationally.In addition to a range of modular, ‘ready to go’ armour solutions, RBSL also has a strong focus on research and development.

Protected Platforms – Composite Armour

HX77 with IAC (Integrated Armour Cabin)

Applying the latest modular composite technologies, Rheinmetall develops system solutions for protecting land systems from ballistic threats, landmines and IEDs. The Fuchs/Fox wheeled armoured transport vehicle, driver’s cabs and truck build-ons – all of these now benefit from our state-of-the-art force protection technologies. Rheinmetall supplies modular, OEM-independent designs ranging from retrofit programmes and immediate operational need solutions to complete new developments. Additional selfdefence systems can be integrated as well, including weapon stations, smoke dispensers and HPEM systems. Rheinmetall is an even-handed partner for global defence system suppliers.

Protected Liebherr mobile and recovery cranes


During the tendering process for mobile and recovery cranes, BAAINBw focused squarely on the need to protect the crew. In order to meet these stringent criteria, Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH works together with Rheinmetall, placing it in charge of the protected driver’s cab and protected crane cab.

The Rheinmetall-made driver’s cab protects the crew from ballistic fire as well as from landmines and improvised explosive devices, while a filtration system keeps the occupants safe from nuclear, bacteriological and chemical agents. The upper cab, likewise produced by Rheinmetall, protects the crane operator from ballistic threats during crane operations. In both the G-LTM protected mobile crane and the G-BKF recovery crane vehicle, the cabs are identical.

The G-BKF recovery crane vehicle from Liebherr is able to recover and tow a wide variety of different vehicles. The G-BKF recovery crane vehicle from Liebherr is able to recover and tow a wide variety of different vehicles.
Liebherr’s flexible G-LTM protected mobile crane performs extremely well in all types of terrain.
The G-BKF is a protected recovery crane vehicle. Highly manoeuvrable, it performs extremely well even in the toughest terrain. Two recovery winches and a wheel lift mounted on the rear of the vehicle make the G-BKF the perfect system for recovering and towing a wide variety of vehicles.
The G-LTM ordered by Germany’s Bundeswehr is a four-axle mobile crane with a protected driver’s cab and protected crane cab. Incorporating the latest chassis and engine technology, it performs superbly in all types of terrain. A six-cylinder, 330 kW Liebherr diesel engine with maximum torque of 2,335 Nm gives the G-LTM the power it needs to get the job done.

AMAP®-MPS – Multi purpose seat

The multi purpose seat AMAP-MPS is a development to counter the increasing threat scenarios of crew members inside their vehicles during mine and IED incidents. It is an integral part of the AMAP mine protection systems for land based vehicles. The multi purpose seating system can be integrated either into new or in service vehicles as a retrofit system.

MMPS – Mobile modular protection system

The mobile modular protection system by Rheinmetall is designed to replace sand bag positions by the use of composite material. The system is designed as a temporary check point and can be assembled in less than two hours by two soldiers. The protection level of the system is according to STANAG 4569 and protects soldiers against ballistic threats and IED’s. The system is highly mobile and can be transported on vehicles. It fills the gap between protected vehicles and body armour and allows soldiers on the ground to operate highly protected.

APV is the vehicle mounted version of Rheinmetall’s Acoustic Shooter Localization System family.

In combat environments military personnel and vehicles are exposed to a constant threat through enemy fire. As soon as a vehicle is under attack, it is essential to know where the shots are fired from allowing the troops in contact to adapt position, accurately focus fire and to take other countermeasures. On vehicle platforms it is hard to determine direction and distance of enemies because of vehicle and battle noise. Rheinmetall closes this gap with the Acoustic Platform for Vehicles (APV), which automatically calculates the enemy shooter’s position in direction and distance and warns in real-time of fired shots.


Hybrid protection: The system vendor Rheinmetall Protection Systems develops state-of-the art protection solutions, combining active soft-kill and hard-kill technologies with passive protection systems.

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