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Lighter TROPHY MV Variant to Meet Specific Requirements

Rafael’s TROPHY active protection system (APS) has been selected by UK MoD for detailed assessment and integration on the CHALEENGER 3 main battle tank, the company announced on 24 June.

The selection follows a study conducted as part of an upgrade programme led by prime contractor Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL), and will entail detailed integration and system trials of the lighter TROPHY MV variant to meet the platform’s specific requirements.

TROPHY provides mature, combat-proven protection against rocket and missile threats, simultaneously locating the launch systems for immediate response. It is the only fully-integrated, combat-proven APS in the world and has been installed on Israel’s MERKAVA tanks since 2010, as well as on NAMER APCs. TROPHY has also been supplied to four US Army ABRAMS brigades, and will soon be supplied to Germany for the LEOPARD fleet.

TROPHY has made numerous combat interceptions, with no injuries to crews, dismounted troops or damage to platforms since its first operational interception in 2011. The system has accrued over one million operating hours, including 5,400 successful field tests, and is now under contract for serial production of over 1,800 systems.

David Farmer, Team Leader for the CHALLENGER 3 delivery team at Defence, Equipment & Support, the UK MoD’s procurement arm, commented “This is a significant programme for Defence and the British Army, and represents a huge shift in the modernisation of our land forces. The pioneering new technology that we are planning to use will allow us to deliver an immense warfighting capability.”

TROPHY APS has saved the lives of numerous soldiers and has been instrumental in protecting assets on the battlefield and enabling tank crews to manoeuvre safely under anti-tank fire and perform their missions safely and fully. This system has changed the rules of the game in the armoured warfare arena, and the UK’s decision to choose TROPHY for the protection of its crews ushers in a new era for its armoured forces as well,” added Michael Lurie, Head of Rafael’s Land Manoeuvrability Systems Directorate.

For a brief video demonstration o the TROPHY APS, click here:

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TROPHY mounted on a BRADLEY IFV during testing in Israel. (Photo: Rafael)

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