Following the IDF decision to procure the Trophy for its Merkava
main battle tanks, the US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren
Division, intends to purchase the Active
Protection System made by Israel's Rafael Defense Systems.
According to an announcement made by Dahlgren, the Trophy was
selected as it is "the only known devise currently available
that demonstrates a high technical maturity level", The
Navy considers the Trophy system at the highest Technology Readiness
Level (TRL9) which defined a system as "Actual application
of the technology in its final form and under mission conditions,
such as those encountered in operational test and evaluation"
The Navy recognizes that the system has developed robust logistics
trail incumbent with current fielding activities and has demonstrated
performance versus multiple threats with validated test data.
Contract award is expected this month (November 2007). (More...)
Dahlgren Division has been developing "Project Sheriff"
for several years. Sheriff is a Stryker based platform designed
specifically for modern asymmetric warfare by employing a range
of lethal and non-lethal effects. These vehicles were designed
as multi-mission capability ranging from raids and patrols,
route reconnaissance, crowd control and force protection including
convoy protection and point defense. A critical element of the
system was its ability to repel unexpected attacks by weapons
such as RPGs, roadside bombs and IEDs. Eventually, Spiral 0
vehicles were completed without active
protection for demonstration purpose only. The current procurement
is assumed to be supportive of the follow-on systems, expected
to be mounted on MRAP vehicles,
operating in support of operations in Iraq.
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