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AUSA 2018: ELTA Systems to Provide WindGuard Radar to US Army

Supplied as a Component of Rafael TROPHY Systems for ABRAMS

ELTA Systems, a division and subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has been awarded a contract by Leonardo DRS to provide the US Army with WindGuard (ELM-2133) Active Protection Radar. The radar will be supplied as part of the Rafael TROPHY system for the ABRAMS tank, to support immediate operational requirements. The contract was awarded following successful performance demonstrations in the Expedited Active Protection Systems (ExAPS) Programme on the M1A2 ABRAMS.

WindGuard is a combat-proven system installed on Israeli Defence Forces MERKAVA and NAMER armoured vehicles. Embodying ELTA’s 30-plus years of expereince in radar technology development and deployment, the system is the first operational Hard Kill Active Protection Radar in the world.

The radar continually scans the platform’s vicinity for threats such as anti-tank missiles, rockets and even tank shells. Once a threat is detected and tracked by the radar, it provides an early warning to the crew and simultaneously activates the system to intercept and neutralise the threat before it impacts the platform. The entire process takes a fraction of a second and is performed automatically, with no human intervention.

The WindGuard radar provides game-changing capabilities for the US Army with its ability to protect the ABRAMS battle tanks against modern battle threats. We are proud to be selected as part of the prestigious US Army MBT Active Protection System,” stated ELTA CEO Yoav Tourgeman.


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