Glenn Dean, program manager of the U.S. Army‘s Stryker Brigade Combat Team, has said that the service branch looks to integrate the Trophy active protection system on a brigade of Abrams main battle tanks by 2020, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday.
The report noted that the active protection system was designed to engage anti-tank guided missiles and rocket-propelled grenades and the service branch will equip a brigade of Abrams tanks to be stationed in Europe.
“The Army made a decision [that] we would move forward on phase two — which is our final series of testing — and phase three — which is production and deployment, essentially — simultaneously,” said Dean during the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.
Dean noted that Trophy was evaluated at Camp Grayling, Michigan to assess the system’s durability in cold environments then further live testing activities were conducted at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.
Michael O’Leary, director of business development at Leonardo DRS, said that the company looks to supply a Trophy system for the Bradley and Stryker fighting vehicles to help the service branch meet size, weight and power requirements for the vehicles.