Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Israel: Orders New Armoured vehicle.

(Jerusalem)   The Israeli government on Sunday revealed that they have ordered hundreds of Eitan wheeled IFVs to replace the ancient but ubiquitous M113 APC which first saw service in 1960. The Eitan is an 8 wheeled armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) developed to replace the ageing M113 armoured personnel carrier utilised by the Israel Defence Forces as its main battlefield taxis.

Where the M113 has become a death trap for soldiers on the forward edge battle area , the Eitan was developed following of the lessons learned during the Gaza war Operation Protective Edge in 2014 and has been designed to offer far more protection to  troops from mines and RPGs and is set to be further uparmoured by being fitted with the trophy APS . The vehicle has a top speed of 90 km/h and can carry 12 men including 3 crew. According the Israeli Ministry of Defence, the Eitan is one of the world's most advanced and protected wheeled combat vehicle.