An active protection system (APS), although more expensive, would provide the ultimate countermeasure against all types of shaped charge threats, including the most advanced tandem-warhead weapons, claims Rafael, the developer of the Trophy, the first (and only) operational APS. Rafael has recently come up with a Trophy variant optimized for light armored vehicles. The system is currently undergoing field testing in a variety of operational scenarios. Unlike the original Trophy, which fires multi-EFPs at the incoming threat, Trophy LV fires the countermeasure down at the RPG at very close range, smashing its warhead without initiating the lethal plasma jet. The system provides 360-deg. protection to the vehicle, including windows and doors, while minimizing the risk of collateral damage.
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