October 04, 2016

US catching up to Russia and Israel will install Active Protection Systems on US Armor likely starting in 2017

General Dynamics plans to test an Active Protection System (APS) system (Israeli Trophy) on the Abrams tank next year.

The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) Ground Forces Command declared the Trophy operational in August 2009. It was installed in an entire battalion of Israeli Armored Corps tanks in 2010. On March 1, 2011, stationed near the Gaza border, a Merkava MK IV equipped with the Trophy system foiled a missile attack aimed toward it and became the first operational success of the Trophy active defense system

Trophy has a unique countermeasure based on multiple miniature explosively formed penetrators in a package sitting on a very fast-acting gimballed launcher, O’Leary said. “That pattern of pellets flies out and intercepts the threat precisely at a certain point on the threat to ensure it defeats away from the platform.”

The Army is also looking at the Israeli Military Industry’s (IMI) Iron Fist system.

Iron Curtain is an active protection system (APS) designed by Artis, an American technology development and manufacturing firm headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. In 2016, Artis is integrating Israeli radar. The system has been integrated onto three ground vehicles: the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle built by BAE Systems, the MATV built by Oshkosh Defense, and the Humvee built by AM General. In addition, General Dynamics Land Systems designed the system for integration onto its LAV III.

The Russian T-90 had seen action in Dagestan and Syria, but has been particularly decisive in Ukraine. The Ukrainians, Karber said, “have not been able to record one single kill on a T-90.

The Russia T-90’s active protective system is the Shtora-1 countermeasures suite. “I’ve interviewed Ukrainian tank gunners,” said Karber. “They’ll say ‘I had my [anti-tank weapon] right on it, it got right up to it and then they had this miraculous shield. An invisible shield. Suddenly, my anti-tank missile just went up to the sky.’”

SOURCES- Scout, Youtube, Defense One

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