Merkava tank anti missile 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
The Southern Command is preparing for an increase in anti-tank missile attacks
against patrols near the Gaza Strip after the IDF last week completed the
deployment of Merkava Mk. 4 tanks equipped with Rafael Advanced Defense
Systems’s Trophy active-protection system.
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The Trophy was deployed
together with Battalion 9 of the 401st Armored Brigade, which took up positions
near Gaza last week, about a month after Hamas fired a Russian-made Kornet
antitank missile at a Merkava.
The missile penetrated the tank but none
of the crew was injured.
On Tuesday, an explosion took place next to an
IDF patrol near the Kissufim crossing into Gaza. The military is investigating
whether it was an anti-tank missile or a roadside bomb. No one was
The Trophy system creates a hemispheric protected zone around
armored vehicles such as the Merkava tank, which operated prominently in Lebanon
and the Gaza Strip. Using an advanced radar, the system is designed to detect
and track a threat, normally an anti-tank missile, before intercepting it with a