Israel sells vehicle defence systems to US in USD 200m deal
Jerusalem, Jan 9 : Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, a state-owned Israeli technology company, announced on Wednesday that it has sold the US military "Trophy" protection systems for vehicles in a deal worth USD 200 million.
The Trophy system, also known as "ASPRO-A" or "Windbreaker", identifies, intercepts and destroys incoming missiles and rockets with a shotgun-like blast.
The system consists of sensors, search radar, four "antenna" boards, a shooting computer and an interceptor.
The radar scans 360 degrees around the vehicle, and the moment it detects a threat, it analyzes it and launches metal spheres that break the threat while still in the air.
This is the only operational system of its kind in the world that has been successfully used in the battlefield (by the Israeli Army since 2011), providing survivability and manoeuvering capabilities.
The system is installed on hundreds of ground armoured fighting vehicles of the Israeli Army, including tanks and armoured personnel carriers.