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Bradley integration of Iron Fist APS back on track, deliveries expected by end of 2020

03 September 2019
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Integration work to fold in Elbit Systems' Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD) system into the US Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicle is back on track, with deliveries of production-rate variants of the active protection system (APS) to the service beginning in 2020.

Programme officials with IFLD prime contractor Elbit Systems and subcontractor RADA Electronic Industries, which provides the Compact Hemispheric Radars (CHRs) for the system, have largely overcome the systemic and technological hurdles that delayed production of the Israeli-built APS, said RADA CEO Dov Sella.

"It is not a secret that the Iron Fist was allocated for the Bradley ... and the whole process was delayed. At the end of last year, the US Army decided to continue with Iron Fist and gave a time frame of about 9 [to] 10 months to sharpen the needles, tighten up all loose ends, and come back to testing with a more mature system," Sella told Jane's on 22 August.

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