US Army Choose Rafael’s APS for its Main Battle Tanks
27 June, 2018
Leonardo DRS and Rafael received a contract worth USD 193 million by U.S. Army to provide Active Protection Systems for tha U.S. Army Abrams battle tanks
Photo above: Rafael’s Trophy APS on US Abrams main Battle Tank
Leonardo DRS and Rafael received a contract worth USD 193 million by U.S. Army to provide active protection systems (APS) for U.S. Army main battle tanks. The TROPHY active protection systems will be installed in the Army’s new Abrams tanks. Developed by the Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, TROPHY system provides combat-proven protection against the full range of threats.
Trophy-HV is the only combat proven active protection system available today. The system is fully tested and qualified and forms an integral part of the IDF Merkava MK4 main battle tank and other platforms. Introduced operationally by the IDF in 2009, an increasing number of Trophy-HV battalions are deployed along Israel’s borders.
Trophy intercepts and destroys incoming missiles or rockets using a shotgun like blast. It employs a 360-degree field of view radar made by Elta of the Israel Aircraft Industries. When the incoming threat is detected, the systems’ computer calculates its approaching vector and the optimal time and angle to fire the neutralizer. The is effective against all types of ant tank amunitions, including rocket propelled grenades (RPG) and tank rounds. Following the event, the Trophy system send the location of the threat to other units via C4I system, to ensure its destruction.
According to the new report Active Protection System Market, the active protection system market is estimated to reach USD 4.15 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 6.50% from 2016 to 2022. This growth can be attributed to the increasing incidences of armed conflict, war, and terrorism, which are driving the demand for active protection systems globally. The U.S. and India are expected to lead the active protection system market in the coming years.
The U.S. is estimated to dominate the active protection system market during the forecast period. Major players include Rheinmetall AG (Germany), Saab AB (Sweden), Raytheon Company (U.S.), Israel Military Industries (Israel), and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems (Israel).