While the American military is waiting for verification of an incident Tuesday
afternoon in which the IDF reported that the “Trophy” anti-tank missile defense
system stopped an anti-tank missile fired by a Gaza Strip militant, the
first-ever successful battlefield application of a defensive system of its sort
is impressive, the US army said on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the IDF greeted
the 401st Armored Brigade’s successful use of the Trophy system with great
excitement, calling the event “historic,” in that it was the first successful
application of any system of its type not only in Israel, but in any country’s
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In August 2009, the IDF declared the Trophy operational and
began outfitting a battalion of tanks with the system. Developed jointly by
Rafael and Israel Aerospace Industries, it is an Active Protection System (APS)
that stops incoming projectiles by spraying a small blast of buckshot-like
material in their path.
US army public affairs specialist William J.
Layer told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that platforms like the Trophy, if
successful, will always be sought out by the US army.
Is the US army
interested in acquiring the Trophy defense system? “The US army is interested in
any active protection system with the capabilities to defeat an advanced threat
Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM). Rafael’s Trophy (ASPRO-A) is one of several
Active Protection Systems that the US army and Program Executive Office Ground
Combat Systems (PEO GCS) is examining to fill combat vehicle survivability
requirements outlined in the Vehicle CDDs.”
Does an incident like this
where the system proves effective in battle make it more likely that the
Pentagon will seek to acquire it? “In order to ensure any APS meets the US
military’s requirements, systems would have to be thoroughly evaluated before
being mounted to any of our vehicles.
The US army and PEO GCS would
develop a Request For Proposal (RFP) and follow the selection
Does the US army have a similar defense system in place
already? “The US army continues efforts in the tech base for APS systems, but
has not fielded one as of date. The Office of the Secretary of Defense is also
conducting a live fire evaluation of several worldwide APS systems for
possible/potential application to a tactical wheeled vehicle.”
the Pentagon respond to an incident like this? “Events are verified and an
analysis is conducted for a classified field report. We then examine the
potential added value in the development, integration, testing and fielding of
any APS system, along with confirmation of a valued threat that would justify
the APS system costs.”
Are they impressed that the system worked? “Given
that the environment surrounding this incident has not been verified, it would
be premature to speculate on the results. Any APS that works and saves lives is
impressive. This gives the US army positive reviews for APS development for our
ground tracked combat vehicles.”
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