Israel Military Industries is showing its Iron Fist-Light Configuration (IF-LC) active protection system for the first time. Derived from the full-size Iron Fist system designed for large infantry fighting vehicles and main battle tanks, the IF-LC is intended to provide hard-kill protection for smaller vehicles against a variety of threats.
Days before Eurosatory, IMI (Hall 6, Stand D568) announced that Iron Fist technology had been selected by the US Army for its MAPS (modular active protection systems) technology demonstrations, IMI having teamed with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems to perform vehicle integration and production of the Iron Fist system.
Both Iron Fist and IF-LC provide 360° protection around the vehicle against threats fired from short and long ranges, and when operating in the open field or in tight urban environments.
IF-LC can be installed without any penetration of armour, allowing it to be rapidly fielded on smaller vehicles. Additionally, its efficient operation allows it to be added to older, large vehicles that may not have the SWaP (size, weight and power) ability to mount the full-sized system.
Iron Fist employs independent radar and infrared sensors to rapidly detect and track incoming threats, such as anti-tank guided missiles, rocket-propelled grenades, kinetic energy and high-explosive antitank rounds. The system can generate infrared jamming in the first instance for a soft kill, but if that is not successful a small hard-kill interceptor is fired.
The firing of the interceptor is conducted automatically, and engagement of the threat is performed away from the vehicle.
The small warhead minimises the chances of collateral damage and injury to nearby personnel.