“Windbreaker” Thwarts Missile Fired at IDF Tank
(Source: Israel Defense Forces; issued March 1, 2011)
Just as Rafael completed a US demonstration of the Trophy/Windbreaker vehicle defense system, one of the early operational systems defeated an anti-tank missile fired at an Israeli Merkava 4 main battle tank, seen above during an exercise. (Rafal photo)
An anti-tank missile was fired at an IDF tank during routine activity in the southern Gaza Strip a short while ago.
For the first time during operational activity the Trophy (ASPRO-A) system, also known as the “Windbreaker,” and which is designed to actively protect against anti-tank missiles, identified, alerted and intercepted the missile.
Shortly afterwards, IDF soldiers identified several terrorists in the area and fired in their direction, identifying a hit. (ends)
TROPHY – Rafael Active Protection System Completes a Successful Evaluation in the U.S.A.
(Source: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems; issued Feb. 28, 2011)
An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Stryker Armored Fighting Vehicle fitted with TROPHY, a Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Active Protection System, withstood numerous missiles and rockets attacks under a six-week test and evaluation program.
TROPHY, the operational Active Protection System (APS) for Armored Fighting Vehicles and Military Battle Tanks (MBT), developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD), has completed an evaluation by the U.S. Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD).
For the OSD evaluation Rafael has integrated the TROPHY System on an IDF Stryker Armored Fighting Vehicle. The six-week intensive test program evaluated the system under complex combat scenarios against a variety of advanced, Anti-Tank Rockets (ATRs) and Guided Missiles (ATGMs), including tandem warheads. The TROPHY System demonstrated outstanding performance in the test series, defeating different types of threats.
Test results were presented by OSD test manager to senior OSD and U.S Army representatives in a VIP day, on January 25th, 2011.
Giora Katz, Corporate VP and General Manager of Land and Naval Sector at Rafael: " We are very satisfied with the test results. We chose to be evaluated on a Stryker to show TROPHY's diversity – on one hand the system protects Merkava 4 MBT along Israel's borders and on the other hand it can protect light and medium Armored Fighting Vehicles as they are part of the current battlefield."
The TROPHY Situational Awareness and Active Protection Hard Kill System, operates in three major stages: threat detection, threat tracking, followed by hard kill (HK) countermeasure (Multiple Explosive Formed Penetrators – MEFP) activation and threat neutralization. The countermeasure activation takes place only if the threat trajectory is aimed to hit the platform. In addition to the Active Protection, the TROPHY System provides the location of the threat's launching point to the vehicle's Battle Management Systems (BMS) and/or Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS), thus enabling quick engagement with the target.
LTC Oren Giver Head, Survivability Systems Branch at IMOD/DDR&D (MAFAT): "We are very happy with the test results and with the collaboration and the professional way the system was tested by the OSD/ARMY at Aberdeen.
“The TROPHY system is the result of years of development by a dedicated integrated team from the Israeli industry, the IDF and IMOD, and an excellent example for how the right R&D at the right time results in a force multiplying answer, allowing our MBT, Merkava Mark 4 to meet advanced ATGMs and ATRs with great advantage."
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