Army Testing Foreign Active Protection Systems For US Combat Vehicles

trophyAccording to Defense News, the US Army is testing several foreign active defense systems for its combat vehicles to provide protection against rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank guided missiles and other threats.  The Army’s effort to rapidly integrate already developed solutions is moving along quickly as the Army tests out what will likely be four different solutions on M1 Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Stryker combat vehicles.  Partly spurring the effort is the possibility that Russia is ahead of the US Army when it comes to armor protection as evidenced by the reported survivability of its tanks when up against Ukrainian anti-tank and anti-armor weapons in the ongoing conflict along Ukraine’s border with Russia.

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Israeli Namer APCs equipped with Trophy

p1650267Jane’s IHS is reporting that Israel has announced that it has completed the installation of the first Rafael Trophy HV active protection system on a Namer APC.  Trophy is an active defense system which uses radar to detect and track incoming rockets and missiles and destroys them by firing multiple explosively formed projectiles.  Trophy has been deployed in the field on Israeli Merkava tanks.  The article notes that Trophy will be included in all new production Namer vehicles but that there are no immediate plans to install it on existing vehicle.

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