Elbit Systems awarded initial $31 Million contract from the Israeli MOD to supply Iron Fist Systems

On January 7, Elbit Systems announced that it was awarded an initial contract from the Production and Procurement Directorate of the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) valued at approximately $31 million (NIS 109 million), to provide Iron Fist Active Protection Systems (APS) for the Eitan Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV) of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The contract will be performed over a five-year period. 

Elbit Systems awarded initial 31 Million contract from the Israeli MOD to supply Iron Fist Systems
Eitan 8x8 wheeled IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle fitted with Elbit Systems Iron Fist Light Decoupled active protection system (Picture source Elbit Systems)

Under the contract Elbit Systems will equip the IDF’s new wheeled AFVs with the Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD) systems. 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.

Yehuda (Udi) Vered, Executive Vice President andGeneral 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 Eitan is an Israeli-made 8x8 armored vehicle personnel carrier which was unveiled on August 2016 by the Israeli Ministry of Defense. The vehicle is designed to replace the old fleet of M113 tracked armored personnel carrier in service with the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) since several years.