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30 March 2016

FIDAE 2016: Rafael's TROPHY Successful Against All Known CE Threats

At FIDAE 2016, Rafael presents the TROPHY Active Protection System (APS)In January 2016, the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) unveiled the first NAMER Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) fitted with a TROPHY HV system. Following tests, TROPHY HV will be installed on existing NAMER APCs and all new vehicles coming off the production line.


TROPHY is a situational awareness and active protection hard kill system that operates in three major stages: Threat detection and threat tracking followed by hard kill countermeasure (Multiple Explosive Formed Penetrators – MEFP) activation and threat neutralisation. The neutralisation process takes place only if the threat is about to hit the platform. In the summer of 2014, TROPHY intercepted more than 10 anti-tank missiles fired at Israeli tanks in the Gaza Strip.

The operational concept of the TROPHY is as follows: The radar identifies and tracks incoming threat/s and delivers the exact threat launching point to a battle management system or weapon station. The computer identifies the threat, determines whether it will hit the vehicle, and if so: A ballistic cover opens; a countermeasure head slews to the proper location; the computer continues to track, acquire, and plot the best intercept solution; the countermeasure is launched and neutralises the threat. TROPHY systems have a very high kill probability and testing has shown them to be successful against all known CE threats (RPG, ATGM, tank-fired CE, etc.) The systems’ average collateral damage is estimated at a <1% chance of a dismounted soldier being injured by TROPHY or an incoming threat.

NAMER armoured personnel carrier with TROPHY anti-missile system. (Photo: Israeli MoD/MERKAVA TANK ADMINISTRATION)

TROPHY was declared operational by the IDF in August 2009 and is currently in full production. According to Rafael, TROPHY is the only operational, combat-proven armour APS in the world. MERKAVA-4 tanks integrated with TROPHY APS are presently deployed in combat areas along Israel's borders. In the summer of 2014, TROPHY intercepted more than 10 anti-tank missiles fired at Israeli tanks in the Gaza Strip. The TROPHY system is adaptable to any combat platform.  Once a platform is chosen, a short trade study is completed to work out any integration issues that may arise. Numerous elements are taken into consideration for each vehicle variant or type. For vehicles with relatively basic or light armor, e.g. the STRYKER, the TROPHY provides full protection against all types of RPG (as well as other threats) due to the fact that the TROPHY destroys these types of threats without detonation.

Currently, the full TROPHY HV system weighs 800 kilogrammesg. Since space and weight will continue to be major issues on .combat platforms, not only for current forces, but also for new vehicle programs, i.e. FCS / FRES, great efforts to miniaturise the electronics of the TROPHY have been made. The result is additional systems for lighter vehicles like the TROPHY-MV and TROPHY-LV.

The TROPHY-MV, a 450kg APS, for light and medium-weight (10-30t ), offers the same hard kill capabilities as the TROPHY-HV and includes built-in soft kill capabilities as well. The TROPHY-MV (previously TROPHY II) is at TRL 7 and the first prototype is currently undergoing enhanced field testing.

This active protection hard kill system for light armored vehicles utilises the same operating principles as the TROPHY-HV and TROPHY-MV at a fraction of the weight. TROPHY-LV’s high kill probability against advanced threats, including the most sophisticated shoulder-launched AT rocket propelled grenades, makes it a significant force-multiplier at shorter ranges on the modern battlefield. The TROPHY-LV’s dimensions are specially designed for easy integration and installation onto smaller platforms without impairing system performance. This ensures 360º protection including the vehicle’s windows and doors with minimal risk of collateral damage. The TROPHY-LV is an all-round efficient, affordable, and cost-effective solution that is currently undergoing field testing in a variety of operational scenarios.

Rafael also presents these systems at the Israel Pavilion, Stand D09:
TROPHY HV combat-proven Active Protection System for armoured vehicles.
SPIKE Family - Multi-Purpose, Tactical, Guided-Missile Systems for ranges of up to 30 kilometres.
SPYDER SR/MR – Family of Short and Medium Range Air Defence systems using the i-DERBY and PYTHON-5 missiles.
PYTHON-5 - Full sphere air-to-air IR missile and air defence missile.
I-DERBY - Beyond-Visual-Range, SDR seeker, air-to-air and air defence missile.
I-DERBY ER - Innovative active radar air-to-air missile. The missile incorporates the innovative I-DERBY software-defined RF seeker, combined with a unique increase of kinematic performance, with ranges of up to 100 kilometres.
C-DOME - Active Air Defence for ships and other naval and land assets.
SEA SPOTTER - Naval IR Staring and Tracking system (IRST).
LITENING 5 - New generation navigation and targeting pod featuring advanced high-resolution sensors for effective stand-off identification and targeting.
SPICE 250 - Stand-off air-to-ground gliding bomb based on Rafael's unique scene-matching technology for precise hits at ranges of up to 100 kilometres.
WISDOM STONE - an intelligence analysis support system for automatic analysis of enormous amounts of data.
CYBER DOME - End-to-end holistic Cyber defense solution.

For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #03/2016, available at the show at Pavilion E, Stand 13; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.