By 2020, the US Army plans to deploy in Europe a team of 80 Abrams M1 tanks, fully equipped with the active defense system “The Trophy”. It comes from Israel – a fully automated means of intercepting everything that an enemy can fire into a tank. Its goal is to destroy the object of threat, and not to prevent the defeat of the tank.
Structurally, The Trophy is a combination of a radar sensor and an explosive device in one flat curtain panel. The sensors determine the approach of the threat, the distance and the trajectory of the flight, then a shot of a large fraction is shot toward. A rocket, a tank shot or another shell will be destroyed in a collision. Nothing fundamentally new, except for the use of such a system is on the Abrams.
According to Colonel Glen Dean, the head of this project, he 48 times tried to destroy the experienced “Abrams” with new protection with the help of regular means, but he failed. The Trophy covers the car from all sides, including the upper hemisphere – a special emphasis is placed on the counteraction of aviation. And this system is “smart”, as it is not just throwing a shot at the vector, but choosing the point of defeat, minimizing harm for the tank and neighboring friendly forces.
The utility of the novelty can be measured in an alternative way: it is 800 kg of extra weight. Not so much for the Abrams M1, which in the current modification exceeds 70 tons, and certainly less than the body armor of depleted uranium. The cost of active protection, too, will not make a breach in the country’s multibillion-dollar military budget, just $ 350,000 for each tank. Therefore, it is possible that the active armor will appear on the BTR “Stryker.”