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Israel will soon begin serial production of Eitan 8x8 armored personnel carriers (APC) at the IDF Technical and Logistics Directorate Development and Maintenance Center, where Merkava and Namer heavy armored fighting vehicles are produced. Eitan is expected to become operational at the end of 2021, replacing the half-century-old M-113 APC.
The IDF is evaluating a new configuration of the Iron-Fist lightweight active protection systems (APS) for the protection of medium wheeled vehicles such as the 8x8 Eitan Armored Personnel Carrier and tactical trucks. The system is also considered for the protection of heavy bulldozers.
The IDF has completed a test series of the new Eitan 8x8 wheeled APC being developed by the Israel Ministry of Defense tank authority for use by IDF infantry brigades. Although the vehicle is developed and ready to be produced in Israel, it is likely that on the long term, U.S. manufacturers will receive the lion's share of this program, if only to enable the IDF to meet the tight schedules and lower costs required for the project.
The fully armored unmanned turret prototype began its first test series recently on the Namer Armored Infantry Combat Vehicle (AIFV). The turret mounts a 30mm cannon (likely the Orbital Mk44 Bushmaster), and coaxial machine gun (likely 7.62mm). Other equipment pieces include four Windguard radar panels and two active protection launchers – parts of the Rafael Trophy APS.
Israel’s Ministry of Defense unveiled today the first prototype of the Eitan, a new 8x8 armored personnel carrier developed by the Ministry’s Tank Development Program Directorate (Mantak), as a possible successor for thousands of American-made M-113 APCs Israel has been operating since the 1970s.
Israel has phased out the AH-1S Cobra helicopter gunship, in favour of using more drones, the Reuters news agency reports. The increasing reliance on unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) has evolved through the years, as the unmanned aircraft assumed increasingly complex missions, and proved themselves as an indispensable asset in the continuous war against terror along and beyond Israel's borders.
IAI's newest unmanned aerial vehicle is designed with range and payload performance just below the maximum performance set under the Missile Technology Control Regime...
The Eitan (Heron TP) returned to the sky yesterday after completing a test flight validating the aircraft safety, following eight months investigation that followed a crash of one of the aircraft, due to a wing failure that occurred on a test flight, January 2012.
Israel's Air Force (IAF) has formally accepted today the Eitan (Heron TP) unmanned aircraft – the largest UAV built in Israel, and the second largest operational UAV in the...
Israel Aerospace Industries is conducting a series of operational demonstrations where potential customers are evaluating the Heron 1 Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV operated in...
Weighing over four tons, Heron TP - also dubbed Heron 2 or “Eitan”, by its Israeli Air Force (IAF) designation - is designed to...