The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) selected the Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD), Elbit Systems’ Active Protection System (APS), for the IDF’s new Eitan Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) and the Caterpillar D9 bulldozer. The award of the contract for the program 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 US Army’s decision to proceed with the IFLD for the Bradley AFV.
The 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. According to the company, the lightweight system offers versatile high-performance, negligible residual penetration, and ease of integration.
“We are proud to have been selected by the IMOD to provide the IDF with such an important operational capability,” said Yehuda (Udi) Vered, General Manager of Elbit Systems Land Division. “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.”