Leonardo DRS, Rafael test lighter Trophy VPS – LWI – Land Warfare

Leonardo DRS, with partner Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, has successfully completed a fire-fire qualification process for key elements of the Trophy Vehicle Protection System (VPS).

With material and component upgrades, the updated Trophy VPS is 40% lighter with improved power management, depending on how it is integrated on a platform; while retaining its ability to protect against the full range of direct fire, anti-armor rocket and missile threats.

The latest tests, conducted at a test range in Israel, included over 250 live scenarios challenging key aspects of the system's upgraded hard-kill defeat mechanism. Threat defeat performance was in excess of 95% and demonstrated Trophy's automatic networked fire source location ability.

DRS and Rafael are a parallel effort to bring about Trophy's compliance with the US modular APS standard.

Integrated on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle for this test campaign to highlight its relevance for that platform, Trophy VPS will be next in the US on the Stryker vehicle.

Moshe Elazar, executive vice president and head of Rafael's Land and Naval Division, said: "Rafael is encouraged by the presence of US and international visitors at the tests. It shows the growing understanding that maturity is not just a phrase. We are guaranteeing lower programmatic risk to our customers by means of proven performance and broad integration experience on main battle tanks, IFVs, 8X8s and other platforms. '

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