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The UK Department of Defense has selected Rafael's Active Protection System (APS) Trophy for further investigation in the Challenger 3 armaments program. In the next phase, the usefulness of the protective system and its integration in the turret and hull of the main battle tank will be examined.

In May 2021, the British Ministry of Defense commissioned RBSL (Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land, the joint venture between Rheinmetall and BAE Systems Land UK founded in 2019) to modernize 148 Challenger main battle tanks to version 3. In the comprehensive measures to improve firepower, manageability and protection, active protection had not yet been decided.

APS Trophy für Kampfpanzer Challenger 3
The APS Trophy on a Bradley during tests in Israel, Photo: Rafael

Now the protection gap is to be closed with Trophy MV, the version for medium-sized combat vehicles.

Rafael describes the Trophy APS as a sophisticated, battle-tested protection against missile and missile threats, which at the same time locates the source of enemy fire for an immediate reaction. The system has proven itself in combat on Merkava main battle tanks and Namer armored personnel carriers of the Israeli armed forces since 2010. After the USA, which equipped the Abrams main battle tanks of four Brigade Combat Teams, and Germany, which ordered the Leopard 2 Trophy for a company equivalent, Great Britain would be the fourth user of Trophy.

APS Trophy für Kampfpanzer Challenger 3

According to Rafael, Trophy was able to protect crews and platforms in 5,400 missions with more than 1,000,000 operating hours to such an extent that neither injuries nor significant damage occurred.

Gerhard Heiming