The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Rafael Advanced Defense Systems' Trophy active protection system (APS) for detailed assessment and integration into the British Army's Challenger 3 main battle tank (MBT), the ministry and company announced on 24 June.
The UK MoD has selected Rafael's Trophy APS for assessment and integration into the British Army's Challenger 3 MBT. (Crown Copyright)
Rafael said in a press release that the selection was the result of a study conducted by the UK MoD as part of the Challenger upgrade programme led by prime contractor Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) involving detailed integration and system trials of the lighter Trophy MV variant.
The UK MoD stated on its website, “Trophy APS provides combat-proven protection against rocket and missile threats. The system simultaneously locates the origin of hostile fire for immediate response.”
The ministry quoted Colonel Will Waugh, director of the UK's Armour Main Battle Tank Programme, as saying, “This technology, already battle proven with our international allies and partners, will deliver a step change in protection against guided and unguided anti-tank weapons: a threat that continues to proliferate around the world and grow in lethality. This marks another step forward in delivering a modernised main battle tank able to defeat any threat it might meet in the future.”
The UK MoD added, “Challenger 3 will be a ‘best of class' NATO tank, with the highest levels of lethality and survivability on the battlefields of today and tomorrow, until its forecast out-of-service date of 2040.”