The US Army will install the Iron Fist Light (IFL) active protection system for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, after an Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) decision.
The decision means that General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS), in co-operation with Elbit Systems and an Israel Military Industries (IMI) team, will move forward with Phase II of development of the APS.
This involves installation of the system to a number of vehicles for more extensive testing and evaluations.
The IFL uses a variety of countermeasures to stop threats such as anti-tank missiles, rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons from reaching the Bradley, with electro-optical jammers and a physical interceptor.
“We are excited to move into Phase II and bring the vast capabilities of our active protection system to the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. We look forward to continuing to partner with the Army on advancing this important technology as well as enhancing integration capabilities across multiple Army platforms,” said Steve Elgin, vice president and general manager of armament and platform systems for GD-OTS.
The low size and weight, ease of integration and versatile high-performance put the IFL at the forefront of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle's needs.
“We are proud to support the US Army and co-operate with GD-OTS in delivering the Iron Fist Light – a sophisticated protection system that will enhance the capabilities of a variety of Army platforms while defeating a wide range of threats,” said Yehuda Vered, executive vice president and general manager of Elbit Systems' land division.
The IFL utilises radio frequency and passive infra-red in order to achieve optimal reliability.