17 November 2010


The Namer (Hebrew for Leopard) APC is based on the chassis of Merkava series tanks. The Namer has the thick armor of the Merkava. The Namer, like the Merkava has it's engine is mounted in the front and door in the back of the vehicle. With the turret removed, a remotely controlled (from inside the vehicle) heavy machine-gun has been added.  

The Namer APC carries up to eleven people (a driver, gunner, vehicle commander and eight infantry). The passenger compartment is also equipped with a stretcher, that enables one casualty to be carried along with a full load of 11 troops. In addition to the remotely controlled 12.7mm machine-gun, there is also a roof hatch on the left forward part of the vehicle, for the commander to use, and also operate a 7.62mm machine-gun. The vehicle also has the Merkava battle management system, as well as four cameras providing 360 degree vision around the vehicle. The remotely controlled machine-gun has a night vision sight. The vehicle also has a toilet, an addition based on troop feedback (and many missions where they had to stay on board for up to 24 hours at a time in combat zones.)

Like the Merkava Mark IV, Namer has been designed for a high level of crew survival on the battlefield with modular armor, reinforced V-shaped belly armor pack, and NBC protection. The Namer is more heavily armored than the Merkava Mark IV, since, according to IDF Brigadier General Yaron Livnat, “The weight saved by eliminating the turret was ‘reinvested’ in beefing up the armor... this has resulted, with Namer being better protected than any other armored vehicle". It is also ready to be equipped with an active protection system. 

Namer is capable of maneuvering in difficult terrain, powered by the Teledyne Continental AVDS-1790-9AR 1,200 hp (895 kW) V12 air-cooled diesel engine of the Merkava Mark III.

The original Merkava Mark IV rear entrance was redesigned to be a wider door ramp with a sniper port. Two hatches are fitted on the roof, which is higher than Merkava's hull roof. Namer also shares a digital battlefield management system with Merkava Mark IV.

Currently the IDF Namer APC is one of the most protected APCs in the world. It provides infantry with the level of protection and mobility matching those of the latest main battle tanks.


Israel recently announced that the Merkava (Chariot) 4 tank and Namer (Leopard) APC (armored personnel carrier) were available for export sale.  The tank costs about $4 million, the APC about half that.

Until now, Israel has not exported the advanced tanks developed and produced by the Ministry of Defense through a special administration set up for this purpose, the Tank Program Administration. However, a few months ago, Ministry of Defense director general Udi Shani decided to approve such transactions in principle with friendly countries, subject to full coordination with the US administration and under the necessary supervision restrictions. 

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Anonymous said...

I find it very interesting that Israel uses MBT chassis to make APC's.. so much unlike other countries where APC's are usually a bit smaller and lighter then the MBT's they accompany.

How does this monster stand up to the IED's like the US faces in Irak or Afgn? Not that you'd do supply convoys in this thing, but still, there's no V shape like those new trucks. It has this a really heavy and armored tub which is made to defeat AT shells and missiles. But doe it handle big HE blasts and presure waves from below? Your thoughts?

And fuel efficiency.. ah, who cares, being alive to complain about it is good enough :)

The Revolution is Coming said...

Put a 25mm on it in a remote mount and I'd say screw BAE; the US Army could completely replace their Bradley fleet at about half price. Now to just talk the wife into one......


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