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The contracts for the installation of the Trophy active protection systems in the Leopard 2 main battle tank were concluded on February 22nd. This has now been announced by the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) and the participating companies Rafael (for the delivery of the protective systems) and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (for the new construction of hulls and the integration of the systems in the battle tanks). ESuT. Had about the project and parliamentary approval reported. With the press releases, pictures were distributed showing the battle tank with attached trophy systems.

Erste Bilder vom Trophy-Leopard 2
The trophy system on the Leopard 2 A7 (graphic: KMW)

“The Trophy system, which has been tried and tested in the Israeli armed forces, offers 360-degree protection against anti-tank missiles and guided missiles, thus increasing the safety of the crews. Using sensors, the trajectories of projectiles are determined and possible interception points for a countermeasure are calculated and triggered. The ammunition required for this is also part of the contract, as is an extensive spare parts package, measuring and test equipment, transport and storage containers and the training of both the crews and the maintenance staff, "is how the Koblenz Federal Office describes the content of the contract, which obliges Rafael as the supplier.

Newly built chassis according to the Leopard 2 A7 standard and the Leopard 2 A6 A3 towers provided by the federal government are used to integrate the protection systems. In its press release, KMW refers to the new name Leopard 2 A7A1. This suggests that the tower will receive A7 components as part of the work. These include combat room cooling system and expansion of the fire control system for programmable ammunition.

Gerhard Heiming