Active Protection System
RADA Electronic Industries Ltd.
RADA Electronic Industries Ltd., a company that specializes in the development and production of tactical land radar for force and border protection, recently announced that following the announcement by General Dynamics of a positive Army Requirements’ Oversight Council (AROC) decision, Phase II of the Iron Fist Light (IFL) Active Protection System (APS) for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle is moving forward. The project is a joint venture between General Dynamics’ subsidiary, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, together with Israel Military Industries (IMI), which was recently acquired by Elbit Systems. RADA is the provider of the radars to the Elbit/IMI IFL system.
The IFL system is a lightweight APS, providing enhanced survivability for armored and tactical platforms. RADA's software defined radars identify and precisely track incoming threats, from any direction, in real time. The system then intercepts the threat by launching a small warhead and activating it at a safe distance from the protected platform at a precisely calculated moment, defeating the threat through a shock-wave effect.
Manufactured by BAE Systems Land & Armaments (formerly United Defense), the Bradley Fighting Vehicle first entered service in 1981. It is powered by a 600-hp Cummins VTA-903T diesel engine that gives it a top speed of 35 mph (56 km/h). It's main armament currently consists of a 25 mm M242 Bushmaster chain gun and BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile. It also has a 7.62 mm M240 machine gun. In phase II of the IFL for Bradley project, RADA expects to receive near-term orders for the supply of radars for qualification testing, and the current potential is to equip one US army brigade of Bradley armored vehicles. This phase is expected to continue into the years 2020 and 2021.
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