New system changes battle


As reported by various news outlets, including Reuters (click here to read it), a new tank missile defense system was used for the first time in real life and worked. The system is called TROPHY and is made by Rafael, an Israeli defense systems maker. The system was made for the Israeli Defense Forces and is designed to give tanks and other assault vehicles complete protection from anti tank missiles of various kinds.

The system was shown to be effective in tests earlier this year and began deployment on some Israeli tanks that are in operation along the Israel/Gaza border. On Tuesday, militants in Gaza launched an anti tank missile on one of the tanks along the Israeli border that were equipped with the TROPHY system. The system worked to perfection by destroying the missile before it hit the tank. It did this by detecting, tracking and then destroying the missile without anyone having to pay attention to it. It then alerted the soldiers the exact point where the anti tank missile was launched from. Had it not been for this system, the soldiers in the tank would likely have been seriously injured, if not killed.

This system would have come in very handy in the 2006 Israel/Hezbollah war in Lebanon and will likely be a key factor when the two sides¬†inevitably go to war again in the future. In addition, Rafael, which is a corporation but also considered a governmental firm, can make a lot of money on this new product by selling it to the U.S. military. U.S. army officials have already conducted successful tests on TROPHY as this can be very important to saving American soldiers’ lives on the battlefield as well.

This story is interesting because of the cool advanced technology and capabilities this new product has, not to mention the importance it can have for Israel and the U.S. in battle. However, it is also very interesting from a business perspective because it is a new product that fills a need that has never been met and this will result in a high price and large volume of sales. It will be interesting to see how this new system performs and if/when the U.S. military buys it.