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Israel's new AIFV the Namer

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posted on Sep, 8 2007 @ 02:01 PM
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In July 2007 the Israel Defense Forces launched the Namer (Leopard in Hebrew) Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV) program, funding a pilot production of 15 of the tracked vehicles in 2008. The program is a major element in the IDF land forces' five-year modernization plan. Currently in formation the plan is expected to finalize this month. Eventually, the IDF plans to buy few hundreds AIFVs, providing the infantry with the level of protection and mobility matching those of the latest Merkava Mk 4 tanks.

The IDF plans to equip its elite infantry brigades with the new Namer. Furthermore, procurement of wheeled armored vehicles such as the Stryker is considered for the lighter (paratroop) brigades. The currently operational Achzarit AIFVs will also be upgraded, receiving a more powerful engine and weapon station. Some of the M-113s are expected to be retrofitted with improved armor and redeployed to lower intensity missions, particularly for counter-terror operations in urban warfare, where the relatively lightweight and small vehicle could prove quite effective. The IDF also plans to deploy more armored wheeled vehicles, including the Golan Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle which was already selected for a similar program in the USA.

Several versions of the Namer are envisioned; two versions, configured as an armored infantry fighting vehicle (AIFV), Repair and Medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) will replace M-113 vehicles currently in service. A weapons carrier armed with 30mm automatic cannon and missiles will provide a support base, utilizing new capabilities such as the 30mm automatic cannon. Such vehicles are expected to replace the anti-tank vehicles such as the M-113s and HMMWV currently employed with the anti-tank (TOW) units. The IDF also plans to field a Namer as designed as an Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV), supporting Merkava tank formations. The Merkava based ARV will be able to tow a fully loaded Merkava tanks, augmenting or replacing the M88 ARVs and trucks.








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Thats one mean looking bastard. Lets see how well it does for the IDF. Think it maybe useful for troops in Iraq? Of its just useless against IEDs...




posted on Sep, 8 2007 @ 07:42 PM
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So is it a radically improved M113?

Also what are the chances of turkey getting these eventually?



posted on Sep, 9 2007 @ 10:03 PM
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everything is useless against those iraqi ieds, even if the crew inside survives the very expensive vehicle is toast:

www.liveleak.com...

is there really anything on earth that can survive such a blast?

ied resistant vehicles are a defense contractor sham.

check out other vids from liveleak and youl see that the insurgents even have a handgrenade that is wreking those 'uparmoured' humvess..thats another few billion we wont see again



posted on Sep, 10 2007 @ 04:17 PM
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HOLY CRAPP!!!



posted on Sep, 10 2007 @ 04:35 PM
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Originally posted by pkspeaker

is there really anything on earth that can survive such a blast?

ied resistant vehicles are a defense contractor sham.




www.liveleak.com...

www.liveleak.com...

www.liveleak.com...

A scam? Nah....



posted on Sep, 10 2007 @ 10:45 PM
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I dont think theyre supposed to completely withstand an ied. They're more to keep the crew safe. IIRC the whole crew got out of that one unscathed, and also i belive that was a really big ied that took that out.



posted on Sep, 11 2007 @ 04:21 AM
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The explosions seen in those videos are much smaller than most of the advanced Iranian ieds, i think even an uparmoured humvee crew would have survived those?? but by simply wrecking such expensive vehicles with inexpensive bombs makes up for he fact that the insurgents failed to kill the crew, they'll kill someone else with asniper or mortar, or maybe redirect their efforts to try to down a helicopter..since the introduction of these vehicles i have seen no overall decrease in the icasualties.org rate..and often the survivors suffer some new strange kind of brain damage..AND the US has struggled to get 1000 of these in the field..AND for everyone of these trucks you buy, thats less money you have for a real military vehicle like a M1A1 tank..doesn't seem worth it or why not just use the tanks?

[edit on 11-9-2007 by pkspeaker]



posted on Sep, 11 2007 @ 06:22 AM
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M1A1's are rubbish.....
Many Abrams tanks have been KO'd and completely destroyed. Around 65 people have been killed riding in Abrams.



posted on Sep, 12 2007 @ 05:39 AM
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But at least they can be used in a real war against a real army, this is an expensive farce for a mission thats already failed.



posted on Sep, 12 2007 @ 09:27 AM
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Originally posted by SKUNK2


M1A1's are rubbish.....
Many Abrams tanks have been KO'd and completely destroyed. Around 65 people have been killed riding in Abrams.


If its only 65 military personnel killed riding in Abrams in 4 years of continuous IED attacks, considered that an impressive achievement by a vehicle not built for IEDs in the first place.



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