Israeli Trophy APS Active Protection System mounted on JLTV at AUSA 2017
Israeli Company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., developer and manufacturer of the Trophy APS, the world's only operational and combat-proven active protection system for armored vehicles, displays its lighter APS version, the Trophy LV (Light Vehicle) mounted on an Oshkosh Defense JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle) at AUSA 2017, Association of United States Exhibition and Conference in Washington D.C., United States.
The Oshkosh JLTV is the leading vehicle program for both the US Army and Marines Corps, with growing international interest as well. This integration is the second time Oshkosh and Rafael are presenting an advanced integration. In 2015, the Oshkosh Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) was fitted with Trophy-LV APS.
Trophy is a family of situational awareness and active protection hard kill systems that operate in three major stages: Threat detection and threat tracking, followed by hard kill countermeasure activation and threat neutralization.
The operational requirement to equip armored vehicles with an APS is dictated by the growing proliferation of advanced Anti-armor weapons. Trophy-LV has the proven capability to defeat advanced threats, coupled with handling all safety considerations of an autonomous shooting system, an issue that has raised concerns among potential customers for many years.
Trophy-LV APS capabilities have benefitted from decades of experience at Rafael, developing and integrating APS’s. The principles supporting Trophy LV are similar to those of Trophy HV, an IDF combat fleet APS standard.
Trophy HV has so far saved dozens of soldiers' lives, ever since its first deployment in August 2009 and especially in Operation "Protective Edge" (summer 2014), where numerous anti-armor threats of different kinds were launched at Merkava IV tanks equipped with Trophy. None of those potentially lethal attacks caused casualties to IDF troops. Rafael’s experience is unmatched with more than 500,000 of operational hours, making it the only mature operational APS anywhere in the world.
Trophy is not merely an active protection system for tanks and other armoured vehicles. Trophy's radars and other measures, have transformed a defensive approach into an offensive approach by detecting and engaging the attacker quickly, thereby preventing additional attacks against the force. It does so by being connected and communicating the location of the attacker to the crew itself, which can engage the attacker, or to other platforms and effectors in the formation, and those can take out the threat immediately as well. This was demonstrated on a large scale in the IDF's Operation “Protective Edge”.