Elbit Systems to Equip Israeli Eitan AFVs with Iron Fist Active Protection Systems

Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded an initial contract to provide Iron Fist Active Protection Systems (APS) for the Eitan Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV) of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

The contract, valued at approximately $31 million (NIS 109 million), was awarded by the Production and Procurement Directorate of the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD). Under the contract, which will be performed over a five-year period, Elbit Systems will equip the IDF’s new wheeled AFVs with the Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD) systems.

Yehuda (Udi) Vered, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Elbit Systems Land Division, said: “We are proud to be in a position to provide the IDF with such an important operational capability. This award adds to the growing interest in the Iron Fist by many modern armed forces who seek to enhance the protection capabilities of their AFVs.”

The Iron Fist system uses optical sensors, tracking radar, launchers and countermeasure munitions to defeat threats at a safe distance. The Iron Fist system provides 360-degree protection coverage for close-range scenarios in both open terrain and urban environment.

The systems’ high-performance, versatility and negligible residual penetration, as well as its low size and weight and ease of integration, position the Iron Fist as an optimal APS for any fighting vehicle.



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