USA - US Tanks Armed with Israeli Technology

Arno Froese

As reported by The Jerusalem Post, the US Army has given the green-light to install the Israeli Trophy active protection system on a number of its M1A2 Abrams tanks, contracting Michigan- based General Dynamics Land System to add the system on an Armor Brigade Combat Team’s M1A2 SEPv2 at a cost of close to $10 million with an estimated completion date expected by the end of March 2019.

The Trophy Active Protection System, developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aircraft Industries’ Elta Group, is the only fully operational and combat-proven APS in the world.

It received its “baptism by fire” on March 1, 2011, when it neutralized an RPG antitank rocket fired from short range toward an IDF Merkava Mark-IV tank close to the Gaza border. The Trophy has proven its efficacy in several operations, especially during Operation Protective Edge when IDF tanks operated in the Gaza Strip without suffering any losses.

Designed to detect and neutralize incoming projectiles, the Trophy system has four radar antennas and fire-control radars to track incoming threats such as anti-tankguided-missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.

Once a projectile is detected, the Trophy system fires a shotgun-type blast to neutralize the threat.

Speaking at AUSA, Army Col. Glenn Dean, the project manager of the Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Combat Ground Systems, was quoted by as saying the Israeli-made system “exceeded expectations.”, 10 October 2017

Arno's commentary

The US is Israel’s largest donor of military assistance. Under the Obama administration, the US and Israel signed a $38 billion memorandum, the largest in US/Israeli history, made available to Israel from 2019 to 2028. The lion’s share of the money is to be used to buy American-made military equipment.

Often, one hears complaints about the so-called excessive amount of military support from America. However, when one considers the advantages America earns from Israel’s technology, the value is significantly higher. Israel is now the world leader when it comes to missile defense technology, and the US is—in most cases—the benefactor. This reminds us of Romans 15:27: “…For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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