The Netherlands will likely be the first NATO country to field an operational active protection system (APS) onboard its CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicles. BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by the Dutch government to integrate, test and verify the Israeli-made IMI Systems Iron Fist APS on the CV90.
“During this test phase we will pre-qualify the active system against our threat specification, and together with our partners analyze system safety and prepare for its integration onto our CV9035NL vehicles,” said Hans de Goeij, project manager at the Netherlands Defense Materiel Organization, Ministry of Defense in a statement. “We expect to make a decision on the next phase by early 2018. With Iron Fist, the Netherlands is expected to become the first NATO country with an Active Protection System of its kind on combat vehicles.”