DRS Technologies, General Dynamics Land Systems and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have finished a 10-month program to install a Rafael-made anti-armor technology on a GDLS vehicle and then test the system.
The companies first carried out a series of mobility trials on how Rafael’s Trophy Active Protection System worked on GDLS’ LAV III, then subjected the integrated vehicle to a series of live-fire tests that occurred over three months at a test range in Canada, DRS said Monday.
Rafael built the Trophy system to defend against direct fire, anti-armor rockets, missiles and tank-fired high-explosive rounds by detecting and tracking incoming threats, then classifying them and computing a probable intercept point.
“We owe it to our troops to do the utmost to avoid another ‘IED-like’ surprise on the next battlefield,” said Joseph Matteoni, vice president and general manager of DRS Sustainment Systems.
DRS said the LAV III vehicle went through scenarios such as short-range, moving vehicle, multiple threats and high-clutter environments to evaluate system functionality.
Test data also includes samples for collateral effects, residual penetration, safety of the vehicle and crew, as well as performance of the electronics.