As part of its development and installation on Israel Defense Forces armored personnel carriers and D9 armored bulldozers, the Iron Fist active protection system, created by Haifa-based Elbit Systems, has successfully passed several interception tests.
The Iron Fist was able to successfully intercept anti-tank threats in a variety of complex scenarios during joint tests by the Israeli Defense Ministry, the IDF, and the Elbit Systems Land Division, according to a statement from the ministry.
According to the statement, Iron First offers all-around defense against various hazards in open and urban settings.
It also tells the crew members of APCs where the gunfire directed at them is coming from.
A radar and specialized camera sensor detect threats, and the system shoots interceptors against them.
According to Brig. Gen. Oren Giber, director of the Defense Tank and APC Directorate in the Defense Ministry, says the division is almost ready to deliver the IDF with its self-developed Eitan advanced 88-wheeled APC.
This project relies heavily on the Iron Fist mechanism.
It is currently undergoing intensive testing to guarantee that it is suitable for the battlefield while also being deployed to the Eitan APC and the bulldozer.
The Iron Fist will significantly increase the Eitan APC’s defense and the vehicle’s agility while defending combatants.
The IDF’s Mark IV and Mark III Merkava tanks are equipped with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ Trophy active protection system.