U.S Military Signs $193 Million Deal to Buy Israeli Tank Defense Systems
Written by Yona Schnitzer/TPS on June 26, 2018
The U.S Military is set to purchase $193 Million worth of Israeli TROPHY active vehicle protection systems, also known as Me’il Ruach, or Wind Breaker.
The system was developed in 2009 by Israeli defense firm Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, which partnered with American defense contractor Leonardo DRS in 2012, in order to manufacture the system.
According to a Rafael statement, The U.S army inked the contract with Leonardo DRS in order to arm it’s Abram tanks with the Israeli defense system.
“Under the terms of the contract, Leonardo DRS will provide the [US] Army with TROPHY systems, countermeasures, and maintenance kits,” the statement read, although adding that some of the system’s parts will be manufactured in Israel.
The system uses radar detection in order to spot incoming missiles and predict their trajectories. It then fires rounds of metal pellets, causing any incoming missiles to detonate before coming into contact with the vehicle.
Vice PResident of Leonardo DRS, Aaron Hankins said in statement: “Leonardo DRS is proud to be a part of this important effort to bring life-saving technology to our war-fighters, and we are actively investing to ensure TROPHY provides a solid, American-made foundation for the Army’s coming Vehicle Protection Suite