Enhanced protection system for armored vehicles passes live-fire qualification

ARLINGTON, Va. Leonardo DRS and partner Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. (Haifa, Israel) have completed a lengthy live-fire qualification process for key elements of the lighter-weight TROPHY Vehicle Protection System (VPS), which is used on armored vehicles.

The recent test rounds -- conducted at an official test range in Israel  and monitored by subject matter experts and program officials from the U.S., NATO, and other allied nation -- included more than 250 live scenarios that challenged key aspects of the system’s upgraded hard-kill defeat mechanism.

Threat defeat performance on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, say officials, exceeded 95 percent.

TROPHY VPS will next be demonstrated in the U.S. on the Stryker platform at the request of the Stryker program office; concurrently, DRS and Rafael are continuing a parallel effort to bring about TROPHY’s compliance with the U.S. Modular APS standard.

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