General Dynamics to procure improved fire control electronics units for M1A2 Abrams Trophy tanks

According to a contract released by the U.S. DoD (Department of Defense) on July 17, 2020, General Dynamic Land Systems Inc., Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $44,415,556 modification (PZ0003) to contract W56HZV-20-F-0060 to procure improved fire control electronics units in support of the Abrams M1A2 main battle tank expedited active protection system-trophy.
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A picture showing an M1A2 Abrams SEP V2 equipped with the Trophy APS Active Protection System during military exercise Saber Strike 2018 (Picture source Internet)

The Abrams expedited active protection system-trophy is a new modernized version of the M1A2 Abrams SEP V2 fitted with the Trophy APS (Active Protection System) designed and manufactured by the Israeli Company Rafael.

Developed by RAFAEL in response to the ongoing proliferation of anti-armor threats, Trophy provides mature, combat-proven protection against rocket and missile threats, while at the same time locating and reporting the origin of the hostile fire for immediate response.

Under contracts awarded in 2018 on an urgent needs basis by the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems, the companies are equipping front-line M1 Abrams tanks for both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps with their first APS systems. The deliveries are the culmination of a multi-year qualification process. A joint team of government and industry from both the U.S. and Israel worked together to adapt and integrate Trophy. for both Army and Marine Corps Abrams variants.

According to RAFAEL’s announcement, Trophy is the only fully integrated, combat-proven APS in the world. Since its first deployment in 2011, and currently installed on the IDF’s Merkava Mk3 and Merkava Mk4 tanks and Namer APCs, Trophy has made numerous combat interceptions with no injuries to crews, dismounted troops or damage to platforms.

The Trophy APS system mounted on the M1A2 Abram SEPV 2 consists of one radar boxes mounted on each side of the turret that includes the radar antenna, countermeasure launchers, auto-loader, and crew shield.