IDF Selects Elbit Systems’ Iron Fist Light Decoupled APS for the Eitan AFV

The system provides 360-degree protection coverage for close-range scenarios in both open terrain and urban environments

Following a competitive bid, the Israeli Ministry of Defence (IMOD) has selected Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD), the Active Protection System (APS) from Elbit Systems, for the Israeli Defence Forces’ (IDF) Eitan new eight-wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) and the D-9 Bulldozer, the globally renowned defence company announced August 20. The award of the contract for the programme is subject to completion of negotiations between the parties.

The selection of the IFLD for the IDF’s Eitan AFV comes on the heels of the decision by the U.S. Army to proceed with the IFLD for the Bradley AFV.

“IFLD uses independent optical sensors, tracking radar, launchers and countermeasure munitions to defeat threats at a safe distance from the defended combat vehicles. The system provides 360-degree protection coverage for close-range scenarios in both open terrain and urban environments. Its low size and weight, versatile high-performance, negligible residual penetration and ease of integration position IFLD as an optimal active protection solution for any fighting vehicle,” the statement issued by Elbit said.

General manager of Elbit Systems Land Division, Yehuda (Udi) Vered, said, “We are proud to have been selected by the IMOD to provide the IDF with such an important operational capability. The decision of the IMOD to prefer IFLD adds to the growing interest in this APS by many modern armed forces who seek to enhance protection capabilities for their AFVs.”

Elbit Systems Ltd. is engaged in a wide range of defence, homeland security and commercial programmes throughout the world. The company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land, and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems and munitions.


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