Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has announced the delivery of several hundred EL/M-2133 WindGuard radar systems to Leonardo DRS Land Systems for integration on U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks.
The WindGuard radar systems are being integrated on the U.S. Army Abrams tanks as part of the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ Trophy active protection system (APS) to support immediate operational requirements. Leonardo DRS and Rafael recently completed the delivery of Trophy systems ordered by the U.S. Army.
ELTA Systems, a division and subsidiary of IAI, was awarded the contract by Leonardo DRS for 336 WindGuard active protection radars in 2018 following successful performance demonstration in the Expedited Active Protection Systems (ExAPS) program on the M1A2 Abrams.
Yoav Turgeman, IAI VP and CEO of ELTA, said, “The strategic partnership between Israel and the USA is reflected in IAI’s commitment to providing our American customers with the most advanced systems to protect their troops in the field. We are pleased that DRS Land Systems and the US Army were satisfied with our ability to meet their shipment schedule. ELTA attaches the utmost importance to complete the project successfully and will continue to collaborate closely with our American customers in the future.”
Aaron Hankins, Executive VP and General Manager of Leonardo DRS Land Systems line of business, said, “Achieving 100% on-time delivery performance in the immensely challenging environment of the past year is nothing short of amazing. Elta’s commitment to the program and to our mutual customers has been exemplary, and we look forward to more success in the future.”
The WindGuard is a state of the art, phased array radar which continuously scans the volume around the platform in search of anti-tank threats, including rockets, guided missiles and anti-tank shells. Once a threat is detected, it tracks it and guides the countermeasure system to intercept and neutralize it before the platform is hit. The entire process takes a fraction of a second and is performed automatically with no human intervention.
The combat-proven radars are installed on Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Merkava battle tanks and Namer armored personnel carriers (APCs) to protect the crews. After becoming operational in 2009 as part of the Trophy active protection system, WindGuard recorded multiple successful operations in combat environments.