Israel to upgrade Achzarit APCs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJane’s  is reporting that the US DoD has approved a sale of engine and transmission upgrade kits to Israel for the purpose of upgrading 100 Achzarit armored personnel carriers.  Reported to be worth 16 million dollars, the New Jersey-based company Diesel Engineering Inc will be providing the kits with an order completion date of October 2017.  The actual installation will be carried out by the Israeli company Nimda.  The article notes that when completed, these APCs will be equipped with 710 hp Detroit Diesel Corporation 8V-92TA turbocharged diesel engines and Allison XTG-411-5A fully automatic transmissions, providing approximately 20% more power than the current engines in the Achzarit.  Oddly enough, descriptions of the Achzarit on several different internet sites have posted several different horsepower ratings for this vehicle.  The Achzarit is a heavily armored APC converted from the hull of T54/55 tanks which Israel captured in large numbers during the Arab-Israeli wars.