Israeli unveils tank-defense system of the future

Israeli Merkava tank drives from the Gaza Strip into Israel near the Sufa Crossing. Israel has begun to equip Merkava tanks with the new “Trophy” defense system: a miniature anti-missile system that detects incoming projectiles and shoots them down before they reach the armored vehicles. If successful, the “Trophy” system could radically alter the balance of power if the country goes to war again against Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon. Its performance could also have much wider implications as American troops and their Western allies battle insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan

On a dusty, wind-swept field overlooking the Mediterranean, a small team of researchers is putting the final touches on what Israel says is a major game changer in tank defense: a miniature anti-missile system that detects incoming projectiles and shoots them down before they reach the armored vehicles.

If successful, the “Trophy” system could radically alter the balance of power if the country goes to war again against Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon or Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Its performance could also have much wider implications as American troops and their Western allies battle insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I think people will be watching the Israelis roll this thing out and see if they can get the hang of it,” said John Pike, director of the military information Web site GlobalSecurity.org in Alexandria, Virginia. “The future of the United States army is riding on the proposition that something like this can work.”

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