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.”

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