Israel has launched serial manufacturing of latest Eitan wheeled armoured personnel carriers, the nation’s Protection Ministry mentioned in an announcement on Sunday.
“The Armored Automobiles Directorate in IMoD will start serial manufacturing of the “Eitan” – the primary wheeled APC,” the Protection Ministry message states.
It additionally added that the brand new Eitan will develop into operational on the finish of 2021 and will likely be outfitted with the ‘Iron Fist’ superior, energetic protection system and an unmanned turret.
Brig. Gen. Man Paglin, head of the ministry’s Armoured Automobiles Directorate, mentioned, as quoted by The Instances of Israel on Sunday, that the Eitan “would be the world’s most well-protected APC, outfitted with superior fight capabilities”.
The brand new Eitan is the primary wheeled APC for use by the Israel Protection Forces (IDF) and contains superior protection programs such because the Trophy energetic safety system and hi-tech armor designed to guard towards anti-tank missiles.
The Eitan will weigh 30-35 tonnes, have a 750 hp engine, and have the ability to attain speeds of as much as 90 km/h on paved roads, the MoD mentioned. The APC variant will have the ability to carry 12 personnel, together with the commander, driver, and gunner.