The fire suppression system consists of three main groups:
Fire detection system - Control unit - Extinguishing system
In addition, there is an integrated system: The so-called stand-alone system.
The fire suppression system in the crew’s quarter detects and extinguishes fire and or deflagration during the initial phase.
And this is of enormously important.
Experience from recent wars has told us that almost all vehicles were destroyed due to fire in the crew’s quarter.
Not only the survivability of the vehicle is increased by installing such a system – much more the survivability of the crew is increased – not only during the mission but also during training sessions.
More than a reason
to consider such system as an integral part of the vehicle’s safety concept.
In spite of reduced fire burden in the vehicles interior (e.g. electric turret drive), almost any hit causes fire.
Increasingly exposed to such risks are armoured vehicles and crew transporters.
Particularly insidious and dangerous
are attacks with Molotov cocktails against armoured personal carriers with open flaps and hatches.
Similar to fighting systems, fire suppression systems are fixed installed fire suppression systems in combat vehicles.
Their task is
to identify fires and deflagrations during their initial phase directly in the crew compartment, and to extinguish them speedily.
Before the fire suppression system can be installed each military vehicle needs to be investigated.
The free volume of the crew compartment determines the amount of extinguishing agent needed.
Because the agent is suppressing the explosive fire at a low concentration a marginally amount of agent is required.
During the prototype installation the amount respectively location of the detectors and the fire extinguishers are determined. Detectors and fire extinguishers are installed so that the explosive fire is detected and suppressed in less than 150 milliseconds – independently where the explosive fire is generated