Rafael Advanced Defence Systems is preparing to test a ‘downscaled’ variant of the Trophy hostile fire detection (HFD)/hard kill active protection system (APS) the last quarter of this year.
As part of its final qualification, the downscaled variant will be integrated with Rafael’s Samson Mk II remote weapon station (RWS). The company is currently under contract to develop two configurations of the Samson Mk II RWS for customers: one to the standard configuration (main 25 mm/30 mm/40 mm gun, secondary 7.62 mm machine gun, and two Spike anti-tank guided missiles [ATGMs]), which is in serial production for Lithuania to equip its ARTEC GmbH Boxer 8x8 armoured fighting vehicle; a second contract, signed late May 2017 with an undisclosed customer, provides for a Samson Mk II RWS solution furnished for, but not equipped with, a lighter weight variant of the Trophy APS, which will be mounted on an unspecified tracked platform.
“The basic configuration of this turret solution will be slightly different to enable it to incorporate the downscaled Trophy system,” Yizhar Sahar, Marketing and Business development director at Rafael Advanced Defence Systems’ Land Division, told Jane’s . “It retains the lethality package, but is configured to optimise the vehicle’s protection with integration of the lighter weight Trophy system integration.”
Sahar said that, in comparative terms, the Samson Mk II RWS turret for Lithuania – battle ready and with add-on armour and ammunition – weighs some 2.2 tonnes. The same turret equipped with the downscaled Trophy solution adds only one additional tonne of weight. “We see this as a breakthrough comprehensive RWS solution: a low profile turret equipped with both an enhanced lethality capability and a survivability enhancement/manoeuvring enabler.”
Sahar said that the first all-up lighter weight Trophy system – which will be integrated on the Samson Mk II RWS – will ready for preliminary testing in the last quarter of 2018.
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