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Leonardo DRS, Inc. and RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. of Israel (RAFAEL) recently partnered to successfully deliver, on time, the first Trophy Active Protection Systems (APS) to defend the US Army’s Abrams main battle tanks against a variety of anti-armor threats. This delivery marks the first of several that will ultimately outfit four brigades of tanks.
Under contracts awarded in 2018 on an urgent needs basis by the Army’s Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems, the companies are equipping front-line M1 Abrams tanks for both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps with their first APS systems. The deliveries are the culmination of a multiyear qualification process. A joint team of government and industry from both the U.S. and Israel worked together to adapt and integrate Trophy for both Army and Marine Corps Abrams variants.
Developed by RAFAEL in response to the ongoing proliferation of anti-armor threats, Trophy provides mature, 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.
RAFAEL CEO and President, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yoav Har-Even said the delivery “marks a major milestone in U.S. Israel cooperation.”
Trophy is the only fully integrated, combat-proven APS in the world. Since its first deployment in 2011, and currently installed on the IDF's Merkava Mk3 and Mk4 tanks and Namer APCs, Trophy has made numerous combat interceptions with no injuries to crews, dismounted troops or damage to platforms. Having undergone over 4000 successful field tests, Trophy has accrued over 500,000 operating hours, and is now under contract for serial production that will eventually number thousands of systems.
The two companies involved in the project have a long history of success in the defense industry. Leonardo DRS is a U.S. prime contractor that specializes in ground combat systems integration, mission command and network computing, naval and maritime systems, global satellite communications and network infrastructure, avionics systems, and intelligence and security solutions. RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of high-tech defense systems for air, land, sea, and space applications for the Israel Defense Forces and the Israeli defense establishment, as well as for customers around the world.
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