TROPHY is a new interceptor weapon that blocks rocket-propelled grenade attacks. The USArmy needs such a weapon but procurement chief Gen Jeffrey Sorenson rejected the recommendations of the Pentagon's Office of Force Transformation to acquire it. NBC News Investigates inquired why. Sorenson cited three reasons: it cannot defend against attacks from all directions; it cannot reload automatically; it adds risks to the troops who use it. Lisa Myers asked Rafael, TROPHY's Israel-based manufacturer, and the Israel Defense Force, which has deployed it. They flatly contradicted Sorenson point by point.
So now soldiers will be defenseless against RPGs until US-based Raytheon perfects its system. "When will it be ready?" Myers inquired. The army previously said by 2011 "but now declines to say whether it is still on course to meet that deadline."
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