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DRS Technologies Announces Success In Live Fire Tests Of Active Protection System

  DRS Technologies Announces Success In Live Fire Tests Of Active Protection
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PR Newswire

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 21, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DRS Technologies, Inc., a
Finmeccanica Company announced today that, in cooperation with General
Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), it has successfully completed a ten-month combat
vehicle integration and live fire testing program featuring Active Protection
technology. As part of its strategic initiative to demonstrate next
generation anti-armor survivability technologies for its combat vehicle
fleets, and following an international tender process, GDLS chose the
combat-proven Trophy Active Protection System for its full-scale integration
and testing program on a General Dynamics LAV III armored vehicle.

DRS and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, partners on the Trophy system, worked
in close cooperation with GDLS to perform the detailed mechanical, electrical,
and electronic systems design integration and installation of the Trophy
system on the LAV III without degrading the original performance level of the
vehicle.

Following a series of mobility trials to stress the Active Protection
integration on the vehicle, the system underwent a comprehensive, 3-month live
fire test regimen at a Canadian test range against multiple rocket-propelled
grenade variants, recoilless rifle, and anti-tank guided missiles. These tests
were performed in various challenging engagement scenarios -- including short
range, moving vehicle, multiple threats, and high clutter environments.
Besides performance testing to validate the system functionality, additional
test data included arena sampling for collateral effects, residual
penetration, vehicle/crew safety, and electronic safe/arm performance.

"The successful performance of Trophy during the test program, coupled with
the robustness of the vehicle integration design, demonstrates that Active
Protection technology – and the Trophy system in particular – is both
effective and mature," said Joseph Matteoni, Vice President/General Manager of
DRS Sustainment Systems Inc. "We owe it to our troops to do the utmost to
avoid another 'IED-like' surprise on the next battlefield."

Trophy has already been fielded in large numbers to tank units of the Israel
Defense Forces and has proven to save lives in several documented combat
engagements. Capable of defeating the full spectrum of direct fire,
anti-armor rockets, missiles, and tank-fired high-explosive rounds,the system
rapidly detects and tracks an incoming threat, classifies it, computes the
optimal intercept point in space, and, if necessary, neutralizes it away from
the platform. Additionally, the system reduces the probability of collateral
injury in the vehicle vicinity to below one percent.

Trophy also calculates the location of the shooter, alerts the crew for
immediate action, and reports the engagement to the battle management network
for situational awareness across the formation.

About DRS Technologies

DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and
support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors
worldwide and is the 2013 recipient of the Defense Security Service Award for
Excellence in Counterintelligence as well as three James S. Cogswell Awards
for Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement. The company is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA (FNC.MI), which employs approximately 70,000
people worldwide.

For additional information please contact:

Michael Mount
Director, Public Affairs
571-447-4624
mmount@drs.com

SOURCE DRS Technologies

Website: http://www.drs.com
 
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