Israel’s Eitan 8×8 APC to Be Fielded by the End of 2021

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Israel will soon begin serial pro­duc­tion of Eitan 8×8 armored per­son­nel car­ri­ers (APC) at the IDF Technical and Logistics Directorate Development and Maintenance Center, where Merkava and Namer heavy armored fight­ing vehi­cles are pro­duced. Eitan is expect­ed to become oper­a­tional at the end of 2021, replac­ing the half-cen­tu­ry-old M‑113 APC.

Eitan is Israel’s late entry into the wheeled <a href=“https://defense-update.com/glossary/armored-fighting-vehicles-afv” data-cmtooltip=“AFV — Armored Fighting Vehicle
""The AFV is a mil­i­tary vehi­cle designed for combat oper­a­tions. Such vehi­cles are equipped with weapons sys­tems and pro­tec­tion, enabling the vehi­cle to con­tin­ue and fight and survive even when engaged by enemy fire.
Such vehi­cles include Main Battle Tanks (MBT), Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV), Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV), Combat Engineering Vehicles (CEV), and Armored Robotic Vehicles (ARV).
They differ from Armored Personnel Carriers (APC), Self Propelled Guns (SPG) and mor­tars, casu­al­ty evac­u­a­tion vehi­cles, NBC recon­nais­sance vehi­cles, and armored trucks, that are bal­lis­ti­cal­ly pro­tect­ed to sur­vive enemy gun­fire and anti-armor threats, but are not designed to fight.

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AFV Examples:

” class=“glossaryLink”>AFV gen­er­a­tion, a trend endorsed by armies through­out the world since the 1960s. The IDF eval­u­at­ed sev­er­al types of wheeled APCs but reject­ed the con­cept due to the lack of pro­tec­tion and off-road mobil­i­ty, where tracked vehi­cles have supe­ri­or per­for­mance over wheeled ones.

With gross vehi­cle weight exceed­ing 30 tons, and the avail­abil­i­ty of active pro­tec­tion sys­tems to pro­tect such plat­forms wheeled APC has reached a point where the IDF could accept such vehi­cles to equip light infantry for­ma­tions, par­tic­u­lar­ly those designed for combat in urban ter­rain. Unlike tracked vehi­cles that cause exten­sive damage to infra­struc­ture, wheeled vehi­cles are less restrict­ed in move­ment on paved and unpaved roads. Modern 8×8 combat vehi­cles often use double steer­ing and cen­tral tire infla­tion sys­tems to improve maneu­ver­abil­i­ty, obsta­cle cross­ing and mobil­i­ty in sand and mud.

Eitan is equipped with an unmanned turret mount­ing a 30mm cannon, coax­i­al 7.62 machine gun and Spike guided mis­siles. The turret also mounts the Elbit- Systems Iron Fist (IFLD) active pro­tec­tion system. Photo: IMOD

The devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of the Eitan are led by the Armored Vehicles Directorate at the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMoD), in coop­er­a­tion with the IMoD Mission to the United States and the Directorate of Production and Procurement. The Eitan will be man­u­fac­tured simul­ta­ne­ous­ly in more than 60 indus­tries in Israel and the United States.

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The Eitan will be built in three vari­ants – an APC, a com­mand vehi­cle and an infantry combat vehi­cle, equipped with an unmanned turret mount­ing a 30mm cannon and Spike mis­siles. Other con­fig­u­ra­tions are expect­ed to follow. The dis­played the MOD vehi­cles show dif­fer­ent armor con­fig­u­ra­tions, with an ‘Iron Fist’ active pro­tec­tion system installed on the vari­ant with the unmanned turret. The vehi­cle is pow­ered by a 750 hp engine and has a max­i­mum road speed of 90 km/h. Operated by three crew mem­bers Eitan can carry a squad of nine fully-equipped sol­diers in its fight­ing com­part­ment. The vehi­cle has rear ramp access and roof hatch­es.

Eitan 8X8 APC will soon enter pro­duc­tion in Israel. Photo: IMOD

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