Leonardo DRS & RAFAEL to Provide TROPHY Active Protection Systems for ABRAMS
On 26 June, Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a contract worth U$193 million to provide the US Army with TROPHY active protection systems for its ABRAMS tanks in support of immediate operational requirements. Under the terms of the contract, Leonardo DRS will provide the army with TROPHY systems, countermeasures and maintenance kits.
Developed by long-time partner Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. of Israel and currently fielding some 1,000 systems to all major Israeli ground combat platforms, TROPHY provides combat-proven protection against anti-armor rocket and missile threats.
“Leonardo DRS is proud to be a part of this important effort to bring life-saving technology to our warfighters, and we are actively investing to ensure TROPHY provides a solid, American-made foundation for the army’s coming Vehicle Protection Suite programme,” said Aaron Hankins, Vice President and General Manager of the Leonardo DRS Land Systems division. “This award is the culmination of several years of hard work by a strong, bi-national government/industry team to protect our warfighters and address a critical capability gap in our armored formations.”
As a combat-proven capability already in full-rate production, TROPHY provides a high level of performance, safety and life cycle affordability.
“Rafael has provided protection solutions to US service members for over two decades via lifesaving passive and reactive armour on vehicles such as BRADLEY, STRYKER and AAV7. We are excited to continue to do so with TROPHY,” Moshe Elazar, Executive Vice President and Head of Rafael’s Land and Naval Division, concluded. “The majority of TROPHY components are manufactured by the American defence industry and we are excited by the opportunity to increase manufacturing in the US, including for Israeli systems, as the US acquires additional systems.”