New ANTI-Projectile Systems (Trophy System) Are Coming into Full Swing on European Training Camps

Read up on the New tech being added on European tanks!

European training camp Bergen-Hohne Training Area has been seeing some weird shaped boxes on the side of tanks but what are they? A storage for Secret mid combat snacks maybe? Ice-cream parlour retrofit? No, Neither of these, the truth is far more…Explosive? Who would of known?

Now no doubt you dont know me but this is how my news posts work, No i am not going to fill you with super technical names and contracts you WILL forget, But I will nicely outline it for you.

Basically This a shotgun in a box in a simple terms, Far more complex than that in the long run, but if we went into the Blueprints we would be here all day, a Trophy system detects incoming projectiles like say a rocket from a RPG-7 or A ATGM god forbid, and when said projectile is few meters away, it showers the shell or whatever it maybe with metal pellets fired from a controlled explosive, either disintegrating the projectile or outright setting it off before impact *see video for more*

So what does this mean for armoured vehicles? It means the days of a £4.3 million pound machine is not turned to ruin from a guy in rags with a big rocket boom stick. And lighter vehicles are not taken out by something that would annihilate them no matter the point of impact or the armour, Therefor making armour support far better in Guerrilla type warfare as seen in the middle east.

So when was this first implemented or researched? Will we not see wide scale use for years or next month?

In 2018 Leonardo DRS got awarded a $193 million to equip the SEP V2 Varients of the M1A2 with the Trophy systems developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

An M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank loaded on an M1300 Heavy Equipment Transport System

Apparently there are 8 of these equipped as of now, but who can trust reports these days, And with Covid-19 Progress on this is halted by a significant margin. But no doubt this will be a big deal in the future and will save countless lives, but my question is…What will they make to counter it? War is war after all.

I imagine Full scale adaptation will be around 2022 but this is just a guess, not a fact or supreme judgement, Plus they look like funny ears.

Who would of known some ****s weird taste could lead to this pandemic…

Vulnerability of German Tank Armor (Pz III)



It seems that if there are two topics that AFV aficionados (or as my wife calls them “tank nerds”) like to argue about, it’s gun penetration stats and comparative armor quality.  Earlier today I was looking through Tactical and Technical trends, nos. 1-20.   I found this reference to a British test of Allied tank guns versus the armor of a Panzer III.  Despite the fact that the penetration values of the guns in this report are well known, as are the armor values of the Panzer III, I figured this might still be of interest to people.

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Would the Maus even be useful?


What if the Pzkpfw VIII ‘Maus’ entered mass production?

The Maus, a monster invention by Nazi Germany in 1945 and the two prototypes where never completed, Although if they where able to get it in mass production what would be the impact?

What if Nazi Germany managed to replace all their Heavy tanks with the Maus?

There was 1,839 of the Tiger I and Tiger II’s manufactured that is not much in comparison to

(Tanks listed are what can possibly pose a threat, Hence no T-34’s ECT)
3,854 IS-2’s (most likely with the 122mm)
207 IS-1’s (Doubtful)
2,212 Pershing’s (Doubtful)

Though the Tanks listed may struggle to penetrate the Maus from the front, they may from the side, and neither of any tank at the time can survive the Maus’s 128mm.

AT-Guns and Tanks of the time would be rendered useless as neither AT gun’s had the penetration to go through 250mm of armour and its would be rare for General’s to order the tanks further to be exposed to the rear the reveal a small 50mm thick plate.

So what would be needed to destroy the Maus?

Missile fighter’s, and lots of them, the fate of the PzVIII would be down to the air, or German commander’s mistakes of possibly sending them too close to troops for capture or to be surrounded.

The Maus was terribly slow and was very vulnerable to capture, and with the likely fact that like most German rushed Tanks, they are over-complicated and are unreliable as the Panther and Tiger I showed.

What would the effect of the Maus do to other tank production by other nations?

Other countries would develop much greater Tanks than the ones used as of 1945, like the IS-3, Super Pershing (Was close to production and would of most likely entered production) or even more powerful Tanks would be made to replicate the Maus’s Spec sheet?


So that’s my thought’s, but what the fuck do I know.

Jake Higson

‘Tanksalot’ Editor