Aberdeen, MD. — The Israelis call it the “Windbreaker” that already is protecting their Merkava 4 tanks against rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles, and now the U.S. Army is close to giving the go-ahead to install it on the M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks.
The Windbreaker, more commonly called the “Trophy Active Protection System,” was designed to detect incoming projectiles and neutralize them with ball-bearing filled canisters fired off like buckshot.
“We’re very close to a decision on the Trophy system,” Army Maj. Gen. David Bassett, the Army’s program executive officer for ground combat systems, said last week.
“We’re looking to make those…