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18 hours ago, Ramlaen said:

I don't understand. Wasn't the total $193 mil just a couple months ago? Is $200 mil the new total or is it added for a total of $393 mil?

 

EDIT: Seems it's an added number. So it's almost $400 mil worth of contracts.

 

Below the announcement is additional info that says in total Rafael is under contract to produce 1,500 systems, of which 1,000 are for Israel and presumably 500 for the US. Not a bad number.

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Have there been tests using APS to protect against guided bombs and other aerial munitions, or is it just assumed the APS can handle it if it can defeat top-down ATGMs? 

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1 hour ago, Lord_James said:

Have there been tests using APS to protect against guided bombs and other aerial munitions, or is it just assumed the APS can handle it if it can defeat top-down ATGMs? 

   I don't think that any current APS for AFVs can deal with those things reliably as their primary targets are RPGs and ATGMs, which are smaller and easier to damage projectiles than a bomb. Self-guided EFP bomblets usually detonate at way higher ranges than APS interception zone. 

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1 hour ago, Lord_James said:

Have there been tests using APS to protect against guided bombs and other aerial munitions, or is it just assumed the APS can handle it if it can defeat top-down ATGMs? 

If you're talking about typical iron shells, then I guess it's possible for any APS with elevation. But then there's the aspect of artillery shells landing 20 meters or farther from AFVs, in which case no APS can properly defeat them. For that reason I think companies are very careful about marketing their APS when it comes to artillery.

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https://news.northropgrumman.com/news/releases/northrop-grumman-showcases-vehicle-active-protection-system-for-the-us-army



Using its Passive Infrared Cueing Sensors system, Northrop Grumman successfully generated threat warning of inbound ATGMs and provided a cue for the soft kill countermeasure system (SKCM).

The Northrop Grumman SKCM system, known as the Multifunction Electro-Optical System (MEOS), successfully countered the ATGM and defeated it in real-time. The MEOS identified and countered all types of threats fired at its APS system, making this the fourth consecutive time the system has performed well in field tests to defeat threats.

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On 10/4/2018 at 1:13 PM, Mighty_Zuk said:

I believe it was reported quite a while ago by Rafael officials in 2017's MSPO (September 2017).

First report was by Shephard.

 

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Rafael to Trial TROPHY APS for LEOPARD 2

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is expected to trial its TROPHY active protection system (APS) on the LEOPARD 2 main battle tank (MBT) this year, an industry source has confirmed to MONCh.

While details are still scarce owing to sensitivities around the testing, it is understood that Rafael is working in conjunction with LEOPARD 2 manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann for the trials, which are expected to take place this year.

The details were disclosed at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) event in Twickenham, London, held on 22 January.

It is not known whether the testing is driven by a particular customer requirement, but it is a sign that Rafael is keen to prove that the increasingly popular APS technology can integrate onto one of the world’s most prolific main battle tanks.

TROPHY has already achieved success in both Israel and US. The US Army will soon equip every M1A2 in four armoured brigades with TROPHY after successful trials of the missile-defeating technology.

The integration of TROPHY onto the LEOPARD 2 will give operators additional choice of APS technologies for the platform. Rheinmetall Active Protection has already sold its Active Defence System to one undisclosed LEOPARD 2 customer. Both companies are also currently competing to provide an APS solution for the US Army’s STRYLER 8x8 fleet.

At this year’s IAV, Rafael also unveiled possible TROPHY configurations for the BOXER 8x8

https://www.monch.com/mpg/news/land/4835-rafael-trophy-aps-for-leopard-2.html

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