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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.
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.