Reactive Add-On Armor
The add-on reactive armor system consists of Insensitive Explosive Reactive Armor (I-ERA) tiles installed on the side walls. The I-ERA is based on the US Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle armoring technology, also adapted to M113 armoring developed by Rafael Armament Authority (RAFAEL). The reactive (I-ERA) add-on armor is an insensitive explosive known as Low Burn Rate (LBR) or Low Flammability (LF2) that was approved by both the Israeli Defense Force and the US Army. The armor provides protection against attacks from the following threats: RPG7 rockets: RPG7M, RPG7V and RPG7N; small arms and heavy machine gun up to 14.5 mm AP; and IED fragments, and 20-mm FSP. Additionally, the I-ERA provides no perforation into the crew compartment by either fragments or blast against a single action shaped-charge.
The V-shaped hull, in conjunction with the vehicle’s monocoque compartment structure and floating floor construction, ensures crew survivability and provides protection against mine blasts along the centerline and under the wheels in accordance with STANAG 4569 level 2b and 3a.
Passive armor to defeat a 14.5 AP and 20-mm FSP threat is inherent to the crew compartment of the vehicle. Rear corners, rear storage compartment and rear fuel tanks are also protected with a slat armor system that provides statistical protection with up to 50% probability to defeat RPG7 warheads. The roof structure provides protection against 0.5" AP (at 25°) and 7.62 AP (at 40°) threats.
Eight ballistic windows are installed in the vehicle.