The United States Army asked the American defense company General Dynamics to purchase crucial components for the Trophy active protection system to be installed in the M1A2 Abrams main battle tank.
The active protection system will help protect armored vehicles against anti-tank guided missiles, rocket-propelled grenades and similar threats.
Developed by Rafael and Elta Group, the Trophy system uses 360 degree radar, a processor and an on-board computer to locate and track incoming threats.
It can also launch countermeasures to deflect percussive ammunition away from the armored vehicle with a shotgun-like blast.
The system’s interceptor uses small shaped charges attached to a gimbal that fires at a point in space to intercept incoming shells.
The total value of the order is $280.1 million according to the US Department of Defense.
Rafael said the Trophy active protection system quickly classifies and engages all known chemical energy threats, recoilless rifles, rockets, explosive anti-tank shells and rocket-propelled grenades.
It would increase the lethality of combat forces by neutralizing enemy anti-tank teams.
The system can also locate sources of fire, allowing friendly forces to retaliate effectively.
“Today’s armed forces are faced with increasingly sophisticated anti-tank weapons,” said Rafael states on its website. “To counter these threats, vehicles need active protective measures that will ensure the survivability of the crew and the vehicle.”
In addition to Abrams tanks, the Trophy system was used on Israeli Merkava tanks to locate and direct weapons to enemy gunner positions.
It was also selected by the German Army for its Leopard 2 main battle tank and the British Army for its Challenger 3 tank.