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Trophy APS Selected for Leopard 2 A8 MBT

Leopard 2 main battle tank [Rafael press release image]

Trophy APS selected as the baseline APS of the new Leopard 2 A8 MBT configuration with first contracts awarded for Germany and Norway.

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Press Release, Frankfurt, 06 September 2023: EuroTrophy GmbH announces that it has been awarded a contract from KNDS (KMW+NEXTER Defense Systems) for the Leopard 2 A8 programmes for Germany and Norway. KNDS is the result of the association of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter, based in Germany and France and forming the European leader in Land Defence systems. The active protection system Trophy has been selected by KNDS as part of its new standard configuration defined as ‘Leopard 2 A8’.

With this achievement, Trophy has become the most successful active protection system integrated on Western Main Battle Tanks including Leopard 2, Abrams M1 and Merkava IV, as well as lighter platforms such as the Namer APC and other wheeled and tracked IFVs.

During February 2023, the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) had commissioned KNDS with the delivery of 54 Leopard 2 A8 Main Battle Tanks, all to be equipped with the Trophy active protection system. Furthermore, in May 2023, the Federal Acquisition Office of the German Armed Forces (BAAINBw) has signed a framework agreement with KMW for the delivery of up to 123 Leopard 2 in A8 standard configuration.

Trophy APS Launcher and Countermeasure Autoloader display at MSPO 2023 [© Bob Morrison]

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