Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Successful Test as Trophy System Takes Out Rocket

by Maayana Miskin

The Trophy tank protection system was successfully tested this week, when it shot down an anti-tank missile during an exercise in the Golan.

The system was developed by weaponry manufacturer RAFAEL. It is an active protection system, which does not boost the tank's armor, but rather destroys incoming missiles and rockets. Details of how the system destroys incoming weapons have been kept deliberately vague.

A second version, dubbed Trophy Light, is designed for use on light and medium armored vehicles.

The system, known in Israel as Windbreaker (Me'il Ruach), will soon be put into use in the Gaza region. The IDF plans to install the system in several tanks.

Gaza terrorists have used more advanced weapons in past months than they did previously, and recently fired a long-range Coronet missile at an IDF tank, causing damage but no injuries.

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Maayana Miskin

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