EuroTrophy GmbH, a new German-based company for the marketing, sales and production of the advanced Active Protection System (APS) for wheeled and tracked armored vehicles “Trophy” was incorporated on March 28th by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems (Rafael). A new Germany-based JV called EuroTrophy will provide potential marketing opportunities, sales and production of the Trophy active protection system in Europe. Subject to antitrust clearance and other regulatory approvals, the new company established by the end of last year.
Mr. Mark Stockfisch, Ms. Daniela Müller and Mr. Dan Kalfus are appointed management board members and will lead the newly established company. A transfer of technology will allow for the local production of the Trophy APS in Germany. EuroTrophy GmbH focuses its business activities on NATO and EU customers in Europe. The company will also provide qualified vehicle integration services and related through-life support for the APS. The transfer of state-of-the-art technology, local production, maintenance and services will significantly improve the security of supply of the Trophy APS in Europe.
EuroTrophy will be a Germany-based company that will provide potential marketing opportunities, sales and production of this APS in the region. Germany was the first European nation to choose Trophy to protect part of its Leopard 2 main battle tank fleet. The system recently underwent live-fire trials with the German Army. The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) also released in November a £4.49 million ($6.6 million) contract award for Trophy trials under Phase 2A of the Challenger 2 Life Extension Project (LEP). It will also supply potential vehicle integration services and related through-life support of Trophy.
Trophy (“Windbreaker”) is a military active protection system (APS) designed to protect vehicles from ATGMs, RPGs, anti-tank rockets, and tank HEAT rounds. Developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. of Israel and currently fielding over 1,000 systems to all major Israeli ground combat platforms (Merkava Mark 3 & 4 and Namer APCs), as well as U.S. Abrams M1A1/2, and tested on the Stryker APCs and Bradley AFVs. Trophy protects against a wide variety of anti-tank threats, while also maximizing the vehicle’s ability to identify enemy location to crews and combat formation, thereby providing greater survivability and maneuverability in all combat theatres.