The first Trophy Active Protection Systems (APS) have been delivered for US Army M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks (MBTs). The contracts for the fitment of Trophy APS on Abrams MBTs was awarded last year on an urgent needs basis by the US Army’s Programme Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems.
Leonardo DRS, Inc. and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd. of Israel are partners in the deal, which calls for equipping front-line US Army and Marine Corps M1 Abrams tanks with their first APS systems. Both firms were tasked to meet challenging production timelines, an integration process and the most challenging test scenarios.
Trophy provides combat-proven protection against rocket and missile threats, while at the same time locating and reporting the origin of the hostile fire for immediate response.
Four brigades of tanks will be ultimately fitted with the Trophy APS. The Trophy fully integrated APS was first deployed in 2011. It is currently installed on the IDF’s Merkava Mk3 and Mk4 tanks and Namer APCs and has made numerous combat interceptions with no injuries to crews, dismounted troops or damage to platforms. Trophy has accrued over 500,000 operating hours and is under contract for serial production for thou- sands of systems.
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