The US Army has deployed various tanks at Bergen-Hohne Training Area, Germany as part of the huge training programme being carried out in Europe. This exercise is viewed as the service’s largest European programme in decades.
The tanks on show are rocking a new piece of sophisticated military tech: an active protection system designed to protect against anti-tank missiles.
The Trophy APS (active protection system) is designed to intercept and destroy incoming anti-armour missiles and other rockets with a shotgun-like blast. It has four radar antennas and fire-control radars to keep track of incoming threats. Once a projectile is within range of the vehicle or equipment it is attached to, it is immediately neutralized by the device.
Its principal purpose is to supplement the armour of light and heavy armoured fighting vehicles. It serves well for vehicles as it adds that extra protective layer when in combat. Trophy systems protect against a wide variety of anti-tank threats, while also maximizing the vehicle’s ability to identify enemy location to crews and combat formation.
Photos were released on July 10 ahead of the second phase of the Army’s Defender-Europe exercise showing an M1 Abrams main battle tank with an Israeli-made Trophy APS. The vehicle was loaded onto a heavy equipment transport at the training area in Germany.
In 2018, the Army awarded a contract worth nearly $200 million to equip main battle tanks with uniquely developed Trophy systems to provide a high level of performance. This would provide radars with continuous 360-degree protection of the vehicle and the ability to trace the origin of hostile fire to locate potential enemies. The exercise programme allows for the US to display the qualities of the tanks and see if they are set to the standard they were designed to be at.