There is nothing more exciting than a 100% success of an operational system in real combat conditions. On 24 February I wrote about the plans to downsize the hard kill protection systems developed in Israel to shield tanks against missiles and rockets to use on helicopters.
On 1 March, the Trophy system made by Rafael scored a full success when it destroyed an shoulder-launched rocket fired at an Israeli Merkava Mk 4 tank near the border with Gaza.
The system’s sensors detected the rocket and the countermeasures were launched and destroyed it.
This first operational success will without any doubt accelerate the process that may lead to the development of a system that will protect helicopters.