IDF Debuts Trophy APS from Refael For Heavy, Medium & Light Vehicles, the ‘Mini Iron Dome’ Anti-Tank Missile Defense System

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    The Trophy was declared operational by the IDF in August 2009 and is currently in full production. Merkava 4 Main Battle Tanks integrated with Trophy Active Protection Systems (APS) are presently being deployed in combat areas along Israel’s borders.

    Exceptional Capabilities :

    · 360 degrees protection, while permitting sectors of the vehicle-mounted system to be rendered inactive when necessary for the protection of troops on the ground
    · 360 degrees situational awareness by detecting all incoming threats and identifying their launch position
    · Extremely high elevation protection
    · Neutralizes threats fired from very short range
    · Neutralizes simultaneous threats arriving from one or more directions
    · Minimum collateral damage
    · Suitable for multiple platforms
    · High kill probability while static or on the move
    · Reduces platform weight

      The Trophy system is adaptable to any combat platform. Once a platform is chosen, a short trade study is completed to work out any integration issues that may arise. Numerous elements are taken into consideration for each vehicle variant or type. For vehicles with relatively basic or light armor, e.g. the Stryker, the Trophy provides full protection against all types of RPG (as well as other threats) due to the fact that the Trophy destroys these types of threats without detonation.

      Currently, the full Trophy HV system weighs 800 kg. Since space and weight will continue to be major issues on combat platforms, not only for current forces, but also for new vehicle programs, i.e. FCS / FRES, great efforts to miniaturize the electronics of the Trophy have been made. The result is additional systems for lighter vehicles:


      The Trophy-MV offers the same hard kill capabilities as the Trophy-HV and includes built-in soft kill capabilities as well. The Trophy-MV (previously Trophy II) is at TRL 7 and the first prototype is currently undergoing enhanced field testing. Trophy-MV a 450kg APS, for light-and medium-weight (10-30 ton) vehicles,


      This active protection hard kill system for light armored vehicles utilizes the same superior operating principles as the Trophy-HV and Trophy-MV at a fraction of the weight. Trophy-LV’s high kill probability against advanced threats, including the most sophisticated shoulder-launched AT rocket propelled grenades, makes it a significant force-multiplier at shorter ranges on the modern battlefield.

        The Trophy-LV’s dimensions are specially designed for easy integration and installation onto smaller platforms without impairing system performance. This ensures 360 degrees protection including the vehicle’s windows and doors with minimal risk of collateral damage. The Trophy-LV is an all-round efficient, affordable, and cost-effective solution that is currently undergoing field testing in a variety of operational scenarios.