Sunday, March 11, 2018

Eitan is approved for purchase by the IDF...

via Times of Israel
The Defense Ministry announced approval for a major upgrade to the army’s ground forces on Sunday, including a new fleet of hundreds of armored personnel carriers and the development of a new cannon.

The Ministerial Committee on Security Affairs approved the plan to purchase hundreds of Eitan armored fighting vehicles, developed by IAI, IMI and Rafael, and a new cannon, the ministry said in a statement.

The upgrade is part of the the five-year Gideon Plan, designed to make the army operationally more efficient and more cost effective, the statement said.

Starting in 2020, the eight-wheeled, lightweight Eitan vehicle will begin replacing the IDF’s current M113 fully tracked APCs. It combines technology from the Merkava tank and the Namer APC, but at a cheaper price.
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You do realize that if the IDF keeps to this timeframe that they will be getting new Eitan's before the Marine Corps gets new ACVs?

Think about that.

In the time it took the USMC to buy an "off the shelf" ACV, the Israelis will have designed/developed a new vehicle, trialed it and have it in service.

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