Paris – Artis, LLC (Artis) and Bin Hilal Enterprises, LLC (BHE) today announced plans to form a joint venture (JV) to provide the Sentinel All-Threat Defeat System (known as Improved Iron Curtain or simply I2C overseas) active protection system for military vehicle fleets. The JV will offer original equipment, manufacturing and engineering services, and will extend to lifecycle support, spare parts, field services, warranty support and training.

Artis and BHE made the announcement during a signing today of a memorandum of understanding, which took place at Artis’ booth at the Eurosatory defense conference being held in Paris. The JV will meld the extensive active protection experience of Artis with the business and cultural acumen of BHE. Immediate efforts will include providing cooperation and support to provide the Sentinel system to local and regional allies.

“Sentinel is a third-generation APS, and is the most advanced system in the world. It is the only active protection system that can protect against all threats, including providing top-attack protection from a swarm of drones,” said Artis CEO Keith Brendley. “Sentinel also mitigates sabot rounds and fuzed threats. This MOU represents a critical component of our international growth strategy and directly supports our commitment to the United Arab Emirates,” he said.

“BHE has had a very long and successful relationship with Artis. Therefore we are proud to take this relationship to the next level and announce our intent to form our Joint Venture,” said BHE Vice Chairman Humaid S. Al Dhaheri.

About Artis: Headquartered in Herndon, VA with labs in Salt Lake City and a test range in West Virginia, Artis is a global leader in active protection and sensing for military and commercial markets. Additional information can be found at

About Bin Hilal Enterprises: Bin Hilal Enterprises is a family-owned business and is TRACE-certified. Committed to ethical business conduct and anti-bribery, this certification confirms the promise of transparency and concurs with an articulated strategy to partner with international entities to deliver complex projects locally and in the GCC area.

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About Artis, LLC

Founded in 1999, Artis is an American-owned company specializing in advanced real-time information systems for commercial and defense markets. By managing time in microseconds, the company provides innovative solutions to long-ingrained problems in the areas of active protection, highway and automotive safety, and environmental sensing. For more information, call 703-964-0420 or visit: