Add-on Armor for Tactical Wheeled Vehicles
What is it?
Add-on armor (AoA) for tactical wheeled vehicles (TWVs) protects Soldiers during convoy and patrolling operations from attacks by multiple threats, including improvised explosive devices, mines, and small-arms fire.
What has the Army done?
- Since 2004, the Army has manufactured, shipped, and installed AoA kits on more than 55,000 TWVs.
- Forward Support. All vehicles operating outside a forward operating base in Iraq or Afghanistan either have factory-built AoA or have been upgraded with an approved armoring kit.
- Ongoing Testing. AoA solutions are being tested continuously under live fire conditions at the Army Test Center at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
- Continuous Product Improvements. The Army monitors evolving threats and adapts AoA solutions to protect Soldiers from those threats.
- Fielding Status. Installation of TWV AoA is complete for all vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Recognizing that improvements to AoA on existing TWVs must continue over time, the Army is continuing to develop enhanced armor solutions for currently deployed vehicles as technology and threats evolve. The Army’s current TWV long-term armor strategy breaks TWV armor into two components: A-Cab and B-Kits. The A-Cab is added to the vehicle during production and involves installing mounting devices and armor in normally inaccessible locations on vehicles, such as firewalls and the underbody. The B-Kit consists of armor panels that can be installed on vehicles during high-threat missions and then removed. By developing A-Cab vehicles, the Army can adapt B-Kit performance to protect against future threats without the need to replace the vehicle.
Why is this important to the Army?
AoA protects the Soldiers who are fighting the Global War on Terrorism.