Skip to comments..Israeli unveils tank-defense system of the future
Posted on 04/03/2010 12:03:53 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
On a dusty, wind-swept field overlooking the Mediterranean, a small team of researchers is putting the final touches on what Israel says is a major game changer in tank defense: a miniature anti-missile system that detects incoming projectiles and shoots them down before they reach the armored vehicles.
If successful, the "Trophy" system could radically alter the balance of power if the country goes to war again against Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon or Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Its performance could also have much wider implications as American troops and their Western allies battle insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"I think people will be watching the Israelis roll this thing out and see if they can get the hang of it," said John Pike, director of the military information Web site GlobalSecurity.org in Alexandria, Virginia. "The future of the United States army is riding on the proposition that something like this can work."
The Trophy is believed to be the first of a series of so-called "active defense" systems to become operational. Such systems aim to neutralize threats before they strike the tank. In the past, tanks have relied on increasingly thick layers of armor or "reactive" technology that weakens an incoming rocket upon impact by setting off a small explosion.
Israeli weapons maker Rafael, the developer of the Trophy, says the system has been in the works for years, but the bitter experience of Israel's 2006 war against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon gave the project an extra push.
Developers say the Trophy can stop any anti-tank rocket in the formidable Hezbollah arsenal, which struck dozens of Israeli tanks and killed at least 19 Israeli tank crewmen during their monthlong war.
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IDF has Strykers???
That would be a big plus, if accurate. From what I've read, ERA tiles/bricks present a tremendous hazard not only to nearby infantry, but can damage/destroy things like vehicle antennae, optics, etc.
"The Trophy is believed to be the first of a series of so-called "active defense" systems to become operational. Such systems aim to neutralize threats before they strike the tank. In the past, tanks have relied on increasingly thick layers of armor or "reactive" technology that weakens an incoming rocket upon impact by setting off a small explosion".
I could be way wrong, but didn't the Russians field an early active protection system called "Drozd" in the late 1970's?
I wish archy was still around here at FR to comment on articles like this.
Won’t be of much use against the newer classes of supersonic missiles.
“I could be way wrong, but didn’t the Russians field an early active protection system called “Drozd” in the late 1970’s?”
Yep, they have a lot of operational systems like that including ‘Drozd-2’, ‘Lom’, ‘Shtora’, ‘Arena’ etc for decades.
They are unpopular with a military for a reason. Tanks do not battle alone. They have infantry hanging around most of the time. Blasting explosives at soldiers does kill them as well as it does to incoming rockets. Thus, latest Russian systems are more precise firing projectiles instead of explosion but they are nearly as complicated and expensive as strategic missile defence, still too dangerous for regular use and not 100% effective. From the article it seems to me Israelis are using earlier method. No way it may be safe.
I think India is a single nation employed such a things on their tanks as standard equipment. Looks like they have a surplus of infantry.