ARLINGTON, VA, October 22, 2012 -- DRS Technologies, Inc. a Finmeccanica Company, announced today that its Sustainment Systems division has teamed with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. to jointly market and develop advanced hostile fire detection and active protection capabilities for the U.S. ground systems market. 

The DRS and Rafael partnership leverages Rafael’s decades of experience in vehicle survivability technology along with DRS’s targeting systems integration capabilities and U.S. market experience. Both companies share a common dedication to developing technologies that protect warfighters from anti- armor threats. Together the team has an ideal mix of technology, skills, and resources to meet the difficult challenges in this area. Initially they are focusing on the highly successful and combat proven TROPHY- HV hard kill active protection system.

“Our ground forces today face increasingly more lethal anti-armor threats. We look forward to bringing the best of our two companies together to assist our U.S. customers and warfighters in fielding the finest survivability solutions in the world. Our mission is to help them avoid another IED-like surprise on the next battlefield.” says Joseph Matteoni, vice president and general manager of DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc. “As an Israeli defense firm, Rafael is a world leader in both their depth of knowledge of modern threat capabilities and their proven ability to rapidly develop survivability technologies to defeat them.”

Recently chosen for integration on a widely-fielded combat vehicle, the TROPHY-HV Active Protection System neutralizes modern anti-armor threats (including all anti-tank rockets and guided missiles) and tank-fired high explosive anti-tank rounds. The system, currently deployed in combat zones by the Israel Defense Forces, rapidly detects and tracks any incoming threat, classifies it, computes the optimal intercept point in space, and, if necessary, neutralizes it away from the platform. Additionally, TROPHY- HV calculates the location of the shooter, alerts the crew for immediate action, and reports the location across the battle management network for situational awareness across the formation. Due to the non-explosive nature of the defeat mechanism and the system’s intercept precision, the probability of collateral injury due to TROPHY-HV is proven to be less than 1%.

“Until now, the accepted response to these modern threats has been to add more armor to the vehicle, adding weight and sacrificing critical mobility and reliability performance,” says Giora Katz, vice president/ general manager of Rafael’s Land and Naval Systems sector. “While others continue to try, TROPHY- HV solves this problem today after years of intensive development and thorough safety certification, returning the combat vehicle to battlefield dominance. Active protection is not science fiction anymore, as TROPHY-HV has proven in multiple successful combat intercepts and saved lives – and we intend to keep the TROPHY technology one step ahead of the ever-changing threat. We owe this much to the troops.”

About Rafael Advanced Defense Systems

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of advanced defense systems. These leading edge products include naval, air and ground precision weapons, electro-optic systems, electronic warfare (EW) systems, C4I and unmanned systems, acoustic defense systems, armored protection, breaching munitions and space technologies. For more information, please visit www.rafael.co.il.

About DRS Technologies

DRS Technologies Inc. is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA (FNC.MI), which employs approximately 70,000 people worldwide.

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