Challenger 3 battle tank to be equipped with Trophy Active Protection SystemNews
June 28, 2021
ISRAEL. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. announced that its Trophy Active Protection System (APS) for armored vehicles has been selected for the next phase of detailed assessment and integration by the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MoD) for the Army’s Challenger 3 MBT.
According to the company, the selection is a result of a study conducted by the U.K. MoD as part of an upgrade program led by prime contractor Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL), which will entail detailed integration and system trials of this lighter Trophy variant (Trophy MV), to fit the particular requirements of this vehicle.
Trophy APS is designed to provide mature, combat-proven protection against rocket and missile threats while locating the origin of the hostile fire for immediate response. Trophy is a fully-integrated APS and has been installed on Israel Defense Forces’ Merkava tanks since 2010, and has also been installed on the Namer APCs.
The company claims that Trophy has made numerous combat interceptions with no damage to platforms since its first operational interception in 2011. Trophy has accrued over 1,000,000 operating hours, including 5,400 field tests, and is now under contract for serial production of over 1,800 systems.