Elbit Systems was selected by the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) to supply its Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD), the Company’s Active Protection System (APS), for the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) Eitan (new eight-wheeled Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV)) and the D-9 Bulldozer.
The selection was made after the Iron fist competed with the Rafael Trophy system.
The Iron Fist was developed by IMI that has recently been acquired by Elbit systems. According to the company 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. Its low size and weight, versatile high-performance, negligible residual penetration and ease of integration position IFLD as an optimal active protection solution for any fighting vehicle.
The Eitan can travel at speeds of 55 Miles/h and according to the IDF this gives it a major advantage when forces have to be transferred from one battle area to the other.
Eitan is powered by a 750hp heavy fuel engine. Four of the eight wheels are steerable, enabling the vehicle to take tight turns and move on the road at a speed of 90km/h, and maneuver in narrow roads of urban areas and off road.
The Eitan is 26 feet long and 10 feet wide. It weighs 30 tons and this weight includes the ballistic armor and the active armor systems. The prototypes used for testing , carry one remotely operated weapon station but production models will integrate an unmanned overhead turret armed with 12.7mm heavy machine gun and an ATK 30mm automatic cannon.
It will also be equipped with smoke dischargers and integral 60mm mortar, providing indirect fire capability, that includes high explosives, illumination, and smoke effects.
The IDF is evaluating to equip the Eitan with anti-tank missiles like the Spike made by Rafael that has a range of 2.5 miles.
By Arie Egozi
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