KNDS selects Trophy as baseline APS of new Leopard 2A8 MBT

EuroTrophy GmbH has been awarded a contract from KNDS (KMW+NEXTER Defense Systems) for the Leopard 2 A8 programs for Germany and Norway. KNDS is the result of the association of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter, based in Germany and France and forming the European leader in Land Defense systems.
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Leopard 2A7 with Trophy APS demonstrated during the NATO Days (Picture source: KNDS)

The Trophy active protection system has been selected by KNDS as part of its new standard configuration defined as “Leopard 2 A8.” With this achievement, Trophy has become the most successful active protection system integrated into Western Main Battle Tanks including Leopard 2, Abrams M1 and Merkava IV, as well as lighter platforms such as the Namer APC and other wheeled and tracked IFVs.

In February 2023, the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) commissioned KNDS with the delivery of 54 Leopard 2A8 Main Battle Tanks, all to be equipped with the Trophy active protection system. Furthermore, in May 2023, the Federal Acquisition Office of the German Armed Forces (BAAINBw) signed a framework agreement with KMW for the delivery of up to 123 Leopard 2 in A8 standard configuration.

EuroTrophy is the European hub of the Trophy APS. Based in Germany, the company is the only provider of a European-made, combat-proven, NATO fielded Active Protection System. The company also provides a wide range of services such as vehicle integration support, maintenance and related introduction-into-service and through-life support of its APS.

Defense News September 2023