Leonardo DRS and Rafael conclude live-fire test for lighter TROPHY VPS

27 September 2018 (Last Updated September 27th, 2018 12:07)

Leonardo DRS and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have successfully tested the upgraded lighter weight TROPHY vehicle protection system (VPS).

Leonardo DRS and Rafael conclude live-fire test for lighter TROPHY VPS
Rafael’s Trophy active protection system on Namer AFV. Credit: Ishaiabigail.

Leonardo DRS and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have successfully tested the upgraded lighter weight TROPHY vehicle protection system (VPS).

During the live-fire qualification process test conducted at an official test range in Israel, the two companies evaluated the TROPHY VPS for use on smaller platforms.

With its material and component upgrades, the system has attained up to 40% weight reduction with enhanced power management, depending on how it is integrated on an army vehicle.

DRS Land Systems Division vice-president and general manager Aaron Hankins said: “Leonardo DRS and our Rafael partner have listened closely to our customers and these achievements represent our continuing investment in meeting their needs.

“We are leaning forward to bring added capabilities to TROPHY for the army’s VPS programme.”

“Leonardo DRS and our Rafael partner have listened closely to our customers and these achievements represent our continuing investment in meeting their needs.”

Developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the upgraded TROPHY VPS has the ability to protect vehicles against the full range of direct fire, anti-armour rocket and missile threats.

Rafael Land and Naval Division executive vice-president Moshe Elazar said: “We are guaranteeing lower programmatic risk to our customers by leveraging proven performance and broad integration experience on main battle tanks, IFVs, 8X8s, and other platforms.”

The current round of testing onboard a Bradley Fighting Vehicle included more than 250 live scenarios assessing the major aspects of the system’s upgraded hard-kill defeat mechanism.

The trials were monitored by subject matter experts and programme officials from the US, NATO and other allied nations.

In June this year, Leonardo DRS received a $193m contract to deliver TROPHY active protection systems for the US Army’s fleet of Abrams tanks.