10 Years Fighting: Israel’s Revolutionary Trophy Is a Tank 'Shield'

March 10, 2021 Topic: Israeli Army Region: Middle East Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: Israeli ArmyIsraelTROPHYTrophy SystemTanks

10 Years Fighting: Israel’s Revolutionary Trophy Is a Tank 'Shield'

As threats to modern tanks evolve, so too must advanced defenses.

The success of Trophy saw it tested in the United States in 2017 and 2018. Moreover, the first U.S. tanks were equipped with the system when it was delivered in 2019 in partnership with Leonardo DRS. “These things began with a bright person and an idea, and it takes time to get to a working version,” says Lurie. The U.S. has now tested in rigorously and the German deal is a major step for Israel. It has seen dozens of interceptions in combat and thousands in tests. For Israel, preparing for the next major conflict and putting its army through upgrades in its Momentum multi-year plan, systems like Trophy are a key element of the power, protection and lethality that Israel can put in the field when the time comes.

Seth J. Frantzman is a Jerusalem-based journalist who holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the executive director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis and a writing fellow at Middle East Forum. He is the author of After ISIS: America, Iran and the Struggle for the Middle East (Gefen Publishing) and Drone Wars: Pioneers, Killing Machines, Artificial Intelligence, and the Battle for the Future (Forthcoming, Bombardier Books). Follow him on Twitter at @sfrantzman.

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