Thursday, September 07, 2006


A video on the Israeli Rafael System's TROPHY anti-RPG system which will not be deployed on US Army vehicles in Iraq because of opposition from Army brass which wanted to develop their own inferior Rayethon System.

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  1. Anonymous4:37 PM

    Army says Israeli-made anti-RPG weapon unproven

    By Kristin Roberts
    Friday, September 8, 2006; 5:56 PM

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Army weapons buyer on Friday said an Israeli system billed as capable of knocking down rocket-propelled grenades has not been proven, and so will not be purchased and deployed to soldiers on the ground.

    Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson, deputy for acquisition and systems management to the assistant secretary of the Army, rejected a recent report by NBC News that the Army blocked a plan to buy the Israeli system called Trophy because it would hurt the Army's push to build a completely new system.

    While Trophy has moved through testing stages already, the new system being built by Raytheon Co. under a $70 million contract will start to roll out in fiscal 2010 at the earliest.

    Sorenson, however, said Trophy is both not ready and does not meet Army requirements. He said no existing system to defend against rocket-propelled grenades meets requirements.

    "We do not want to put something out there that gives the soldiers a false sense of security," Sorenson told reporters. "We will not put anything out there that we have not seen as demonstrated to be capable of doing what it's alleged to do."

    More than 2,500 U.S. service members have died in Iraq. Attacks involving rocket-propelled grenades have killed more than 100 soldiers, far less than the number killed by roadside bombs, Sorenson said.

    The system being built by Raytheon is part of the Army's Future Combat System modernization program, projected to cost an inflation-adjusted $161 billion over the next two decades. It is intended to use advanced communications to link troops with a family of 18 light, fast, manned and unmanned air and ground vehicles.

    Raytheon's weapon to protect against rocket-propelled grenades would be incorporated onto those vehicles.

    Sorenson said that while Trophy may be available sooner than Raytheon's system, it was not designed to fit requirements of the Future Combat System. He also said the Army had other concerns about Trophy, such as unintended damage created.

    Trophy was developed by Rafael, the Israel Armament Development Authority. A spokesman for Rafael was not immediately available.

    A spokesman for the Senate Armed Services Committee did not immediately respond to a query about whether the panel was investigating the Army's contract decision.

    (Additional reporting by Jim Wolf)