IDF unveils the Eitan wheeled APC

The Jerusalem Post has reported that the Israeli Defense Ministry has unveiled a new wheeled 8×8 APC, dubbed the Eitan.  This vehicle is intended to replace the aging M113 based vehicles still in service with the IDF.  The article notes that the Eitan is claimed to be the best protected wheeled APC in the world, although at 35 tonnes, it is considerably lighter and faster than the tracked Namer APC it is intended to operate alongside.  The vehicle is said to have a 750 HP engine and the Trophy active protection system.  The Eitan will be armed with a remote controlled gun and missile launcher.  Read the full article here.

Here is a short video showing the Eitan.  This video is not very crisp looking , for a better version click on the link to the Jerusalem Post article.

Israel developing wheeled APC

IDF M113 APC, slated to be replaced by 8x8 Eitan APC

IDF M113 APC, slated to be replaced by 8×8 Eitan APC in 2020’s

Defense News is reporting that Israel’s Tank Production Authority is producing a prototype of an eight-wheeled APC.  Named the Eitan, this 8×8 vehicle will weigh nearly half as much as the Namer heavy APC and replace the aging M113 APCs that are still in service.  Eitan, which means “steadfast” in Hebrew, is described as incorporating “a new generation of active protection, an advanced turret and a full complement of munitions and sensors.”  Serial production of the vehicle is planned for 2020.  According to Maj. Gen Guy Zur, commander of the IDF Ground Forces Command, “It may be less good [than the Namer], but it will be affordable and allow us to equip a large part of our force.”

Full article here.