Elbit Systems announced on 7 January that it has been awarded an initial contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) to provide Iron Fist active protection systems (APS) for the Eitan wheeled armoured fighting vehicle that is being developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
Elbit said the contract is worth USD31 million dollars, covers the Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD) version, and will be performed over five years. It did not say how many IFLDs would be delivered under this contract but Israeli defence sources told Jane's that every Eitan will receive the system. Hundreds of Eitans will ultimately be delivered to the IDF to replace many of its M113 armoured personnel carriers.
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