DARPA has RPGs in the Crosshairs


The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the Mustang Technology Group a $8.1million contract to fit 25 Crosshairs systems onto a variety of mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles alongside the Iron Curtain active protection system for testing and evaluation.

The Counter Rocket-propelled grenade and Shooter System with Highly Accurate Immediate Responses (CROSSHAIRS) is a modular, vehicle-mounted, threat detection and coutermeasure system that locates and engages incoming enemy munitions.

The company says Crosshairs is a modular system comprised of its proprietary radar sensor, the BBN Technologies Boomerang acoustic system, a remote overhead weapon station, a user interface, an EPLRS (Enhanced Precision Locating and Reporting System) compatible radio and an active protection system.

The company says on its website the sensor system provides “360° counter-shooter coverage for both stationary and on-the-move operation against a wide range of threats including bullets, RPGs [rocket propelled grenades], ATGMs [antitank guided missiles] and direct fire mortars, enhancing vehicle, crew, and convoy survivability.”

Crosshairs is compatible with a wide variety of active protection systems, the company adds.