Smoke protection systems for land vehicles

Dynamic protection

Rheinmetall provides smoke grenades to protect soldiers, small units and combat vehicles as well as multispectral and visual smoke projectiles for the employment of area smoke on the enemy area by artillery and mortars to protect larger units and military installations. With its new hybrid protection approach Rheinmetall combines active soft-kill and hard-kill technologies with passive protection.

As protection system vendor the unit Protection System offers unique 360-degree protection solutions. 

LVPS 66 – Light Vehicle Protection System


The 66 mm LVPS light vehicle protection system provides spontaneous protection against conventional weapons, weapons with optical devices and laser distance measurement. Thanks to sudden interruption of the line of sight (LOS) in the visual and infrared spectrum, the LVPS system significantly reduces the chance of enemy hits. The obscurant enables friendly vehicles to take evasive action, mount a counterattack or withdraw under cover. Screening and jamming result in guidance failure and/or loss of target information in infrared-guided munitions. The Rheinmetal Maske smoke grenades can be deployed.

LVPS – previously known as SVPS Smoke Vehicle Protection System

Maske – Family of Multispectral Smoke Grenades

Maske is a vehicle-launched IR smoke screening grenade that significantly reduces the probability of enemy hits by interrupting the line of sight in the visual and infrared spectrum. It protects combat vehicles from visual and infrared observation, aiming equipment, sensor-guided weapons, laser illuminators, beamriders and laser rangefinders. Maske is based on a multispectral ammunition concept consisting of a rapid-reaction jamming module producing intense overradiation coupled with a long-duration module producing visual and infrared screening smoke. Numerous field trials have successfully demonstrated the jamming, screening and obscuring effectiveness. The Maske product family includes 66 mm, 76 mm and 81/81 mm smoke grenades, and the US version MK 1 Mod 0 66 mm.
Rosy – Rapid Obscuring System
The ROSY_L Rapid Obscuring System ROSY shields the Caracal air assault vehicle with a dynamic screen

Dynamic protection – Survive on the move

Rheinmetall’s 40mm smoke protection system ROSY_L offers both military and civilian vehicles as well as their crews protection against surprise attacks and ambushes, e.g. on reconnaissance patrols and when travelling in convoy. Unlike conventional smoke and obscurant systems, ROSY can create dynamic smoke screens within one second in addition to the instantaneous, large-area, multispectral interruption of the line of sight. Even moving objects can be shielded long-term. 

ROSY’s multi-mission capability assures 360° protection from multiple attackers without reloading, including stream and wave attacks. Moreover, thanks to effective screening in the visual and infrared spectrums, including integrated IR jamming and decoying effects, ROSY effectively counters conventional weapons, weapons with optical devices and laser rangefinders. This includes top attack protection against reconnaissance and target acquisition by drones or guided weapons.

Rosy_L comprises a basic system with a control device and one to four Rosy launchers per vehicle. By means of an one-click adapter, the system can be quickly mounted to the vehicle without tools, and just as quickly removed and stowed.

Main features

  • Smoke protection in line of sight (LOS)
  • Immediate and dynamic screening
  • Multispectral effectiveness
  • 360° protection
  • Multiple use without reloading
  • Minimum weight and recoil
  • Connectivity for remote controlled firing
  • Top attack protection against hemispherical threats
  • Anti-riot capabilities (non-lethal)

Applicable for a wide range of platforms, e.g.:

  • Tanks
  • Light military vehicles
  • Special Forces’ vehicles
  • Trucks
  • Uncrewed Ground Sysems (UGSs)
  • Integration into weapon stations

Rosy_L – the Rosy Rapid Obscuring System to protect land vehicles ("L" stands for "land")

ROSY_Mod – example for hull integration on the Oerlikon Skyranger®
The modular Rosy_Mod single launcher modules are the most suitable
solution for specific integration purposes, e.g. for small weapon stations or hull integration. Rosy_Mod is integrated directly into the vehicle or platform without a surface-mounted launcher, thus making it undetectable.
ROSY_L – Multi-spectral protection for land vehicles
The unique Rosy rapid smoke system protects a wide variety of platforms
ROSY Rapid Obscuring System protects airborne platform Caracal
ROSY on the Survivor R Police
ROSY at the DSTL Live Demo on Challenger 2
ROSY protects Milrem Robotics' THeMIS UGV 
Rheinmetall's weapon station Fieldranger with ROSY protection system
ROSY_VTT – Virtual Tactical Trainer

How to operate ROSY

PART 1: Installation of the launcher
PART 2: Installation of the magazines
PART 3: Loading and unloading magazines
PART  4: Operating the MCU
Hybrid protection
The protected armoured transport vehicle Boxer

Story "Hybrid protection" –  Rheinmetall's latest protection technology combining soft-kill and hard-kill technologies with passive protection solutions.

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Milrem Robotics on Jan 19 2022: Rheinmetall’s ROSY SGL deployed with Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS UGV


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