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ACTIVE PROTECTION SYSTEMS
Iron Fist, Iron Fist Light Decoupled, Bright Arrow and Shock Absorbers
ACTIVE PROTECTION SYSTEMS
Iron Fist, Iron Fist Light, Bright Arrow and Shock Absorbers
DETECT, TRACK, NEUTRALIZE ANTI-ARMOR THREATS
Active Protection Systems (APS) uses sensors, tracking radar, launchers and countermeasure munitions to defeat and/or deflect anti-tank guided missiles and rocket-propelled grenades away from combat vehicles. APS technology enhances force protection and survivability, especially when combined with a passive armor protection system.
Iron Fist Active Protection System
The Iron Fist is a full spectrum active protection system with soft and hard kill counter-measures that provides enhanced survivability of platforms ranging from light vehicles to heavy armored fighting vehicles (AFVs).
Designed to protect soldiers and vehicles from anti-armor threats, the Iron Fist rapidly and reliably detects, tracks and neutralizes anti-tank rockets (i.e. RPG), anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), kinetic energy and high explosive anti-tank(HEAT) rounds with two layers of active protection.
For optimal reliability, the system utilizes two independent sensing techniques: radio frequency (RF) and passive infra-red (IR). Upon a threat warning, a long-range soft kill electrooptical jammer engages the threat’s tracking and sensing behavior. If needed, a close-range hard kill interceptor physically destroys or deflects the threat a safe distance from the defended platform. The blast interceptor effectively destroys or deflects an incoming threat with minimal fragmentation, minimizing collateral damage or injury to nearby personnel.
Iron Fist Light Decoupled Active Protection System
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems in cooperation with IMI Systems takes active protection to the next level with the Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFL-D) Active Protection System (APS). IFL-D is a generic add-on configuration applicable for all kind of armored platforms from light 4x4 vehicles up to medium and heavy Armor Fighting Vehicles (AFV).
The System’s hard-kill concept is based on intercepting the threat by launching a small warhead and initiating it at a safe distance from the protected platform, at a precisely calculated moment, and defeating the threat through a shock-wave effect.
The revolutionary design of the IFL-D minimizes the dimensions of the APS while maintaining combat efficacy and force protection. The system’s scale facilitates rapid integration onto the full range of combat vehicles and its dimensions open new possibilities to equip new vehicles with APS, as well as upgrade legacy platforms of which size, weight and power constraints are a challenge.
Enhancing the self defense capacity of armored platforms for the ultimate in soldier protection.
Man-Portable Active Protection
The Shock Absorber is a man-portable electro-optical soft kill active protection system (APS) for detection and jamming of anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). This lightweight, man-portable system can be carried by a single soldier in the field and rapidly deployed for infantry missions.
Based on the proven Iron Fist Active Protection System’s sensing and jamming technology, Shock Absorber identifies the enemy launcher position and immediately alerts of launch threats and small arms bursts. The directional electro-optical jammer rapidly activates to counter second generation ATGMs, utilizing a short pulse, narrow beam to minimize troop’s exposure. The basic configuration offers 180 degree day and night coverage that can easily be expanded with additional cameras for 360 degree day and night panoramic vision. Shock Absorber can interface with any standard infantry display. The system can also be integrated into vehicles and naval vessels.
Combined Hard and Soft Kill Active Protection System
Bright Arrow is a combined hard and soft kill active protection system (APS) and remote-controlled overhead weapon station. Based on proven Iron Fist sensing, jamming and intercepting technology, Bright Arrow integrates firepower, survivability and situational awareness into one system with weight, volume and power constraints designed specifically for light combat vehicles.
Bright Arrow provides robust detection capability of anti-tank threats and small arms bursts. The soft kill layer is based on a directional electro-optical jammer to engage a threat’s tracking and sensing behavior. The interceptor-based hardkill layer protects against close-range anti-tank rockets and guided missiles by physically destroying or deflecting the threat a safe distance from the defended platform. The blast interceptor effectively destroys or deflects an incoming threat with minimal fragmentation, minimizing collateral damage or injury to nearby personnel.
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