The German authorities have decided to follow in the footsteps of the US Army by choosing to acquire the Hard-Kill TROPHY protection system, designed and manufactured by the Israeli Rafael, to protect his front-line Leopard 2 tanks, and this within a relatively short timeframe since the announced objective is to have a main battle tank company with this device by 2023, to join NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). The announcement was made directly by the Israeli Defense Ministry, and the contract will be made in a government-to-government procedure.
This contract does not mean equipping the 365 Leopard 2s in service with the Bundeswehr, but a single company, both to get to know the system and to effectively improve the survivability of its heavy tanks. in combat. In fact, recent conflicts, such as in Syria or in Nagorno-Karabakh, have shown that tanks are the preferred targets for the adversary's missiles and other anti-tank rockets. The Armenian tanks had the painful experience of it, losing more than 3/4 of their T72s during a conflict of a few weeks. Many of these tanks fell victim to the Azerbaijani SPIKE missiles, also of Israeli manufacture.
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