After a series of successful tests of Israel Ministry of Defense reported that the weapons do the main battle tanks Merkava IV with the active protection Trophy. Agency UPI reported yesterday that the military leadership of Israel has decided to acquire the system, because 22 tank «Merkava» have been damaged by Russian anti-tank rockets «Cornet» during the war with «Hizbollah» summer of 2006. This sends defpro.com.
Active Protection System developed jointly by Rafael Armament Development Authority and the Elta Group (a member of the Israel Aircraft Industries).
The system includes a radar to detect around the podletayuschih PTUR and rocket-propelled grenades and a computer system that manages the launchers, emit a cloud of metal fragments. The Israeli military official told representatives of Jerusalem Post, that the Trophy at the trials last week, destroyed all the approaching missile.
The Pentagon tested Trophy in March 2006. One of the testers said on NBC, that it «is without denial ... According to our test criteria for the system received 30 out of 30 points». Institute for Defense Studies United States compared 15 of the active protection against missiles and brought Trophy in the lead.
The system weighs 1 ton and is about 340 thousand dollars, reports UPI. Can be used with fixed or moving tank and reflect multiple threats simultaneously.
The system is currently installed at several tanks 401 th Armored Brigade, and fully equipped battalion would be ready in 2010. There will also be equipped with all the new Merkava IV, which soydut the conveyor at the end of the year.
Several foreign military representatives were invited to the test last week, according to Jerusalem Post. Rafael is confident that the system has good export prospects.
The U.S. Department of Defense issued a Raytheon contract to develop a similar system of active protection, known as the Quick Kill. The prototype is expected this year will be installed in armored vehicles. The U.S. Army has denied a proposal to conduct combat test Trophy system in Iraq in 2007.
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