General Dynamics Participates in Successful Trophy Active Protection System Experiments at DoD Test Facility
Stryker Equipped With Trophy Destroys RPGs In Live-Fire Tests
DAHLGREN, Va., March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The first tests of the
Trophy Active Protection System in the U.S. were successfully completed today
by the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center. Conducted at the request of the
Office of the Secretary of Defense's Office of Force Transformation (OFT), the
tests certify comprehensive experiments conducted by the Israel Defense
Forces, validating Trophy's ability to detect, track and destroy incoming
rocket propelled grenades (RPG) at safe distances from the host vehicle.
A Stryker eight-wheeled combat vehicle equipped with Trophy underwent U.S.
validation testing in support of OFT's Project Sheriff, or the Full-Spectrum
Effects Platform (FSEP). FSEP program officials seek to meet urgent
operational requirements for a range of lethal and nonlethal technologies on a
rapidly deployable platform. Trophy was selected in 2005 to be FSEP's active
The Dahlgren tests culminated in a live-fire demonstration March 30 for
various U.S. and international military dignitaries. Trophy detected, tracked
and defeated an inert incoming RPG while the Stryker combat vehicle was on the
move. Similar tests were successfully conducted in Israel in late February.
"Our mission is not to discover the 100 percent solution, but to find the
best solution that can meet warfighter needs today," said Marine Corps Col.
Wade Hall, transformation strategist at OFT. "Currently, the warfighters'
only counter to the RPG threat is armor, more armor and more armor.
"As demonstrated today, the Department of Defense now has at its disposal
technology that allows U.S. Forces to defeat both the 'archer and the arrow.'
As General Patton once said, 'A good plan executed today is better than a
perfect plan executed at some indefinite point in the future.' OFT and the
Full-Spectrum Effect platform are executing today," Hall added.
General Dynamics Land Systems and Rafael Armament Development Authority,
Ltd. entered into a teaming agreement in 2005 to introduce Trophy in the
United States for possible integration on ground vehicle fleets.
OFT advocates and seeks to catalyze experiments that get nascent
capabilities into the hands of warfighters to create new knowledge and
learning. The FSEP will integrate new weapons and sensor technologies onto
current platforms in a spiral development approach, and will ultimately field
increasingly advanced capabilities. U.S. test certification concludes the
Trophy FSEP's Spiral 0 efforts. Spiral 1 includes developing an autoloader
for the Trophy Active Protection System.
Israel Defense Forces' Merkava 4 main battle tanks will feature Trophy as
part of their survivability suite. Trophy could also meet lightweight armor
requirements for a variety of military ground vehicle survivability upgrade
programs worldwide. Offered as a kit, Trophy would increase lightweight
armored vehicles' survivability and enhance mission profiles. Under the
General Dynamics Land Systems-Rafael teaming agreement, General Dynamics
serves as the prime contractor for related U.S. Department of Defense
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