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Iron Fist Light proceeds to Phase II

2nd January 2019 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Army Requirements Oversight Council has decided to proceed with IMI Systems’ Iron Fist Light (IFL) active protection system (APS) for its Bradley Fighting Vehicles.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS), working in cooperation with Elbit Systems and IMI, will now enter into Phase II of the IFL APS programme. The IFL is low in size and weight and easy to integrate.

The protection system uses independent optical sensors, tracking radar, launchers and countermeasure munitions to defeat a wide range of threats at a safe distance from the vehicle. The system provides 360° protection coverage for close-range scenarios in both in open terrain and urban environments.

Steve Elgin, VP and general manager of armament and platform systems for GD-OTS, said: ‘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.’

Fielding active protection capabilities has been identified as an urgent need by the US Army.

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