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US Army to purchase Israeli tank-defense system

Declared operational in 2011, Trophy anti-tank missiles and rocket-defense system is designed to intercept and destroy ‎incoming projectiles with a shotgun-like blast.

An Israeli Merkava tank pulls back from the Gaza Strip near the border with Israel, Aug. 3, 2014. Photo by Flash90.
An Israeli Merkava tank pulls back from the Gaza Strip near the border with Israel, Aug. 3, 2014. Photo by Flash90.

The U.S. Army plans to purchase Israel’s Trophy ‎defense system to shield its Abrams tanks, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced ‎on Tuesday.‎

The contract is worth $193 million, the company ‎said.‎

Trophy, also known as the Windbreaker defense ‎system, is an active anti-tank missiles and rocket-defense system designed to intercept and destroy ‎incoming projectiles with a shotgun-like blast. ‎

The system was declared operational in 2011 and has ‎since been installed on more than 1,000 IDF tanks and armored ‎personnel carriers. ‎

The American defense ‎contractor Leonardo DRS, Inc., partnered with ‎Rafael to manufacture them.‎

According to Rafael, under the terms of the ‎contract, “Leonardo DRS will provide the [U.S.] Army ‎with Trophy systems, countermeasures and ‎maintenance kits.” ‎

Aaron Hankins, of Leonardo DRS, said his company “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 program.”

Moshe Elazar, executive vice president and head of ‎Rafael’s Land and Naval Systems Division, said “our ‎company has been providing defense solutions to the ‎U.S. military for more than two decades. We are ‎proud to continue doing so with the Windbreaker [Trophy] ‎system.”

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