AUSA 2017: Rafael Protects JLTV
SAMSON RWS & TROPHY APS
During AUSA 2017 in Washington DC, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems displayed for the first time a triple add-on package mounted on the Oshkosh Defense JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle) light utility/combat multi-role vehicle, which is a future vehicle of the USMC and US Army.
JLTV, presented at AUSA 2017, is equipped with the SAMSON Dual Weapon Station and the M230 LF (30 mm) single-barrel automatic gun. According to Rafael, the system has already been integrated on thousands of fielded ground and naval platforms in over 25 countries. The SAMSON RWS (Remote Weapon Station) can be armed with various types of weapons, according to customers’ needs – the list includes standard machineguns (5.56mm, 7.62mm, 12.7Mm, 30mm), 40mm automatic grenade launchers, ATGMs, observation sensors and light high-energy weapons.
The version showcased at AUSA 2017 is equipped with the M230 LF 30mm automatic gun manufactured by Orbital ATK. It is a battle-proven system used by AH-64 APACHE/GUARDIAN assault helicopters all over the world.
A third element of Rafael’s presentation mounted on the JLTV is the TROPHY LV light APS (360º protection), which is suitable for lighter, tactical vehicles. Just like any other version of the TROPHY system (HV heavy, MV medium), TROPHY LV operates in three major phases: threat detection and threat tracking, followed by hard kill countermeasure activation and threat neutralizsation. According to Rafael, “TROPHY LV is similar to those of TROPHY HV, an IDF combat fleet APS standard”, which was used operationally during the “Protective Edge” operation in the Gaza Strip in Summer 2014.
It is worth reminding that in 2015 Rafael integrated on the Oshkosh M-ATV (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle) the TROPHY-LV APS and RCWS encompassing 50 cal. machinegun and SPIKE ATGM launcher.
Further elements of Rafael’s portfolio in Washington DC include:
•STUNNER (SKYCEPTOR) – Multi-mission missile against a variety of asymmetric short-range tactical ballistic missiles, inexpensive large-caliber rockets, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial systems. Selected by Poland as a low-cost option for its PATRIOT system (“WISŁA” project).
•TROPHY – Active Protection System for armored platforms. Available soon in three variants: Trophy HV (for heavy vehicles, including tanks); Trophy-MV (10-30 tons vehicles); Trophy-LV (light vehicles).
•SKYHUNTER (TAMIR). The IRON DOME missile interceptor (short-range rockets, mortar shells, UAVs). US version of the TAMIR missile is known as SKYHUNTER – it has been developed by Raytheon.
•SPOTLITE P. Electro-optical system for detection, location, investigation and neutralization of small-arms fire sources.
•SPIKE ATGMs. Several types of guided AT missiles, including recently revealed SPIKE LR2. SPIKE LR 2 has a range of 5.5 km when fired from ground launchers (an increase of more than 35% above the 4 km range of the original SPIKE LR) and up to 10 km when fired from a helicopter (using the alternative option of RF data link).
Dr. Robert Czulda