Israeli Defense System

The US Pentagon has given the green light to install an Israeli defense system on our US tanks. While Israel unveils its new defense technology that can predict future battlefields. The US army approved the offer to install Israel’s excellent active-protection system on a number of its M1A2 tanks. This will make it the first army (except for the IDF) to use this system. On Thursday, September 29, 2017, the Pentagon said that this decision was made following “an urgent material” request.

This Israeli defense system is designed to detect and neutralize incoming projectiles. This system has four radar antennae and fire-control radars in order to track incoming threats such as anti-tank guided missiles and rocket propelled grenades. Once a projectile is detected by this system, it fires a shotgun type to neutralize the threat. This system was developed by Israel’s Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aircraft Industries’ Elta Group. This is the first fully operational and combat- proven APS in the world.

Each tank is estimated to cost $350,000 and General Dynamics Land Systems was contracted to add the system to an Armor Brigade Combat Team’s M1A2 SEPv2 at a cost of nearly $10 million (and expected to be completed by the end of March 2019).

The US decided to activate these Israeli defense systems because with its troops operating in theaters such as Syria and Iraq, the US understood that ground forces and armored vehicles are sitting ducks without active protection systems. Since there are antitank weaponry in the hands of both state militaries and insurgent groups, these advanced Israeli systems are imperative. Major General David Bassett, leader of US Army’s programs in the area of ground combat systems, is envisioning “a brigade’s worth of capability of Trophy on the Abrams,” which is one of the most heavily armored vehicles in existence. This system has been installed on Israel’s Merkava tanks since 2009. It has also been installed on the IDF’s Namer heavy infantry fighting vehicle and new armored personnel carrier that set to enter operational use for infantry battalions in the coming year. This system neutralized an RPG antitank rocket that was fired from a short range toward an IDF Merkava Mark- IV tank close to the Gaza border.

The Israeli Defense System providing the United States with advanced weaponry shows a sign of alliance between both countries. Also, Israel has advanced technology and these systems that it is providing the United States with could deeply benefit the United States defense system. This improved alliance between both countries will become even more apparent in the years to come.


About the Author
Live in the United States but have family residing in Israel. Two of Shirel's cousins were recently in the Israeli army.