WASHINGTON — The Netherlands awarded BAE Systems a contract last month to test and verify the Iron Fist active protection system (APS) on its CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicles.
IMI Systems' Iron Fist uses a radar to detect, track and intercept incoming rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles among other threats to the vehicle and its crew. IMI Systems was formerly Israeli Military Industries.
The US Army is also in the process of assessing Iron Fist for possible incorporation on combat vehicles, partly spurred by the possibility that Russia is ahead of the US when it comes to armor protection.
The US Army is expected to make key decisions on a way forward to integrate APS onto a variety of combat vehicles next summer. The service will start characterizing APS offerings on Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Stryker combat vehicles starting this month. The Army has already worked on characterization testing on the M1 Abrams tank.