The U.S. Military Is Finally Testing Shotgun-Based 'Force Field' Technology

The U.S. Military Is Finally Testing Shotgun-Based 'Force Field' Technology

Years ago, Israeli defense outfit Rafael developed the equivalent of a “bubble shield” for military vehicles. The Trophy Active Protection System basically blasts incoming missiles into oblivion with a turreted shotgun. Now this tech is finally running on American M1 Abrams tanks and Stryker armored vehicles.

Active protection systems like Trophy are increasingly important in asymmetrical wars like the United States has tended to fight over the past few decades. Tanks can cost millions of dollars, are stuffed with actual, living humans, and are covered in many layers of the toughest armor known to humanity, but some rocket-propelled grenades can slice through them like a hot knife through butter. That’s a problem. But if a tank could stop the RPG from getting close before it made a contact, it could go a long way towards increasing its own survivability. That’s how systems like Trophy work: Read More: Foxtrot Alpha
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