Feb 242010

One thing we enjoy about Armored Core are the parts, and how closely some they remind us of an existing analog in the real world.

For this post, we’ll be talking about anti-missile defenses – those wondrous little extensions that are oftentimes the only thing standing between you and an abrupt, fiery demise. The fact that they were so KISS-convenient to use was what made them rock – so long as you kept your AC pointed in the direction of your enemy, your little friends did the rest. So convenient in fact, that you’re probably wondering whether such a system is too good to be true.

Enter the U.S. Army’s Raytheon Quick Kill active protection system, a missile defense package that bears a striking resemblance to its AC kin. The Raytheon works by scanning the surrounding area using radar. Once it detects an enemy missile, the system automatically tracks and calculates its trajectory, and launches its own counter-measure missile to intercept.

These missiles use a shaped charge warhead to either prematurely detonate the enemy missile, damage it enough to render it safe, or deflect it off course. The system uses two projectiles: A smaller, faster missile for intercepting RPGs and other light anti-tank weapons, and a heavier missile meant for taking out bigger threats, such as vehicle-launched missiles.

It sounds good enough on paper, but it looks even better when viewed for real:

Now, try comparing it to how your typical EEX-AM45 AMS from AC2 works:

The irony is that the Raytheon one-ups the AC version with its ability to cover the vehicle in a 360-degree umbrella. That’s right – you didn’t have to be facing the threat for the system to work.

Granted the Raytheon only carries 16 missiles, but keep in mind we’re talking about a full missile defense net intended to be mounted on a light vehicle, like the Stryker. So while having your own bipedal machine of death isn’t quite in the horizon yet, you can be rest assured that it won’t be instantly vaporized when some joker sends a Titan your way.

  • http://www.ravenrepublic.net Lord Leperman

    That AMS looks like something out of Macross. :p

  • http://ravenrepublic.net NiX

    Dual chainguns on the tank? No wonder he's about to lose. Hahaha

  • Twin-Skies

    A little challenge for the AC gearheads:

    Care to guesstimate how much damage he's about to take, factoring in the type of missiles used, and the parts he's got equipped?

  • http://ravenrepublic.net NiX

    Not sure about the exact number. But if all the missiles hit, he'll definitely be dead. The frame is pretty thin.

  • grog_magog

    haha all I can say that AC is close to getting blown to bits.

    Anyway, the one's that closely resemble the AC's missile defence can be found in ships. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Close-in_weapon_sy


    Can't help but question the effectiveness of the core mounted interceptors that don't have a rotating mount(except C98E, U4, E2, 99UL & UL2). Those things seem to be fixed in place and can only fire in one direction, yet they seem to be able to shoot down missiles in different angles. Also, they clearly look like machine guns but they fire teh LAZORS. wtf

  • http://ravenrepublic.net NiX

    Haha yeah lasers from a gunbarrel.

  • Twin-Skies

    If you're referring to the pic of the CIWS above, it looks more like tracer shells – they belt them in at set intervals to to help the techs in charge of the system determine where the shots are landing.

  • slizer88

    Good research. Raytheon is the company though, not the missile defense system.