Elbit Awarded $109 Million Contract to Supply BAE Systems Hägglunds with Iron Fist Active Protection System

The system provides armored platforms with 360-degree protection from a wide variety of anti-armor threats. The recipient has not been disclosed, but an educated guess points to Slovakia

The Iron Fis system. Photo courtesy Elbit

Elbit Systems Ltd. was awarded a contract worth $109 million to supply BAE Systems Hägglunds (Sweden) with the Iron Fist Active Protection System (APS) for its CV90 platform, for a European customer. The contract will be carried out over three years.

The Iron Fist APS is characterized by low volume, weight, and power requirements. The system provides armored platforms with 360-degree protection from a wide variety of anti-armor threats, such as rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and up to KE tank rounds in both open terrain and urban environments.

The APS sensor combines the dual technologies of search-and-track radar and infra-red cameras with data fusion algorithms, allowing for rapid, reliable, and accurate threat detection, identification, and tracking. The system destroys threats by launching an explosive charge toward the incoming threat’s vicinity and exploding it to create a shock wave that breaks apart or deflects the threat at a safe distance from the protected platform.

 “Recent conflicts have shown that armored fighting vehicles and tanks face an increased danger to forces on the battlefield. the Iron Fist has been proven to be effective against a range of threats including kinetic energy rounds and drones, neutralizing them far from troops inside combat fighting vehicles,” said Yehuda (Udi) Vered, General Manager of Elbit Systems Land.

In December 2022, BAE announced that Slovakia had signed a $1.37 billion deal for 152CV90s, under a government-to-government agreement with Sweden. According to the company, The Slovak CV9035 will also be equipped with Elbit Systems’ “Iron Fist” active protection system (APS) solution and an integrated, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ SPIKE-LR, an advanced anti-tank guided missile.

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