The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has placed an order valued in 100s of millions of sheqels (100 million shequels equivalent to around $35 million) for hundreds of additonal Trophy active protection Systems (APS) manufactured by Israeli arms producer Rafael.
The new order will ensure that every new Merkava MkIV tank and Namer APC will be equipped with the Trophy system.
In recent months, the Tank Management Program at the Ministry of Defense, together with the IDF Ground Forces, conducted a series of successful tests on the Namer APC equipped with the Trophy System. Completion of the trials and the integration process allowed for the procurement and production of hundreds of additional Trophy systems.
A rendition of the Trophy Active Protection System's defensive shield for an IDF Merkava MkIV tank. Credit: Rafael
According to the Israeli Ministry of Defense, Trophy, the winner of Israel's Security Prize, is considered the best active protection system of its kind in the world, and the only one that is operational and combat-proven. During Operation Protective Edge in 2014, Trophy intercepted numerous Hamas anti-tank missile attacks on IDF tanks and APCs. As a result, Trophy changed the image of the battlefield and saved the lives of countless Israeli troops, the Ministry said in a release dated 11 November.