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Namer APC Armoured vehicle infantry personnel carrier
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First prototype of this heavy armored personnel carrier, called Namera (Tigeress), was based on out-dated Merkava Mk.1 MBT chassis. It was revealed and fielded in 2005 for trials and evaluation. This variant was offered for export customers, however it received no production orders. Conversion plans were abandoned in favor to newly-built Merkava Mk.4 chassis. Production of new vehicles rather than conversion was considered more practical and cost-effective. This variant was publicly revealed in 2008. The Namer (Leopard) heavy armored personnel carrier is a mayor element of the IDF modernization plan. The latest design of the Namer is based on the Merkava Mk.4 main battle tank chassis. Currently it 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. A first batch of production vehicles was delivered in 2008. In October 2010, Israel’s Defense Ministry has awarded General Dynamics a contract to build 600 Namer (leopard in Hebrew) armored personnel carriers (APC) over the next eight years. The Namer APC is now in service with the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). In August 2012, soldiers of the Golani Brigade participated in an exercise on the IDF's newest and most advanced armored personnel carrier (APC), the Namer (Leopard).

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The basic variant of Namer is armed with remotely controlled weapon station, fitted with 12.7-mm machine gun, which can be replaced with 40-mm grenade launcher. There is also a manually-operated 7.62-mm machine gun, mounted on top of the roof. Vehicle is fitted with new battlefield management system. The first Namer was armed with RAFAEL's Mini-Samson Remotely Controlled Weapon Station with multi-sensor target acquisition systems. The system mounts a 12.7mm M2HB heavy machine gun, 7.62mm M246 machine gun or M19 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

Design and protection
The Namer heavy APC is fitted with modular armor and Trophy active protection system. For the first time active protection system is used as an integral element. Vehicle is also fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems. The Namer offers the same protection level as the Merkava Mk.4. The Namer has a crew of two and provides accommodation for 10 infantrymen or two stretchers. Troop enter and leave the vehicle through the rear ramp, while there are two hatches on the hull roof for commander and gunner. The final design will include an ergonomically designed driver's compartment, similar to that of the Merkava tank, fitted with large vision blocks and electro-optical driver's viewing devices enabling effective performance under all visibility conditions. At least four remotely controlled video cameras are used to provide the crew, driver and commander with unobstructed peripheral view. The Namer will become a fully networked armored fighting vehicle. Part of its C4 equipment will be the new Battle Management System/Infantry, designed by Elbit Systems to support the dismounted 'Integrated Advanced Soldier' (IAS) system. Namer will be equipped with the same protection level available for the latest Merkava Mk4. Its armor will include, for the first time, an active protection system as an integral element. The IDF hasn't decided yet which APS will be installed on the vehicle. Both RAFAEL's Trophy and IMI's Iron Fist are being evaluated and, in fact, the development of the Iron Fist was accelerated to have it ready for comparative testing around the year's end, in time for a future decision for the Namer. IMI is also developing and will produce the advanced armor suite for the Namer. The advanced armor will provide maximum protection to the front, sides and roof. IMI is also providing the advanced armor protecting the Merkava Mk 4 tank. Internally, the seating arrangement enables good protection from blast effect, utilizing highly protected belly and 'floating' seats (not rigged to the floor).
Despite being based on Merkava Mk.4 running gear, the Namer has a different hull. Initial production vehicles are powered by the Merkava Mk.3 MBT Continental AVDS-1790-9AR diesel engine, developing 1 200 hp, however it will be replaced with more modern Continental or MTU unit.
The IDF considers developing future multi-purpose support versions of the Namer, armed with the Samson weapon station, mounting much heavier 30mm automatic cannons as well as the Spike guided weapons. The current design of the Namer is already prepared for such installations, offering protected storage for weapons separated from the fighting compartment and strengthened roof able to carry the extra loads.
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One 7,62 mm machine gun and/or one 12,7 mm machine gun.
Country users
Israel, tested by United States
Country producer
2 + 9
Firing gun control system, NBC protection.
Ballistic armor + an active protection system.
50,000 kg
60 km/h
500 km
Lenght, 7.5 m; Width, 3.8 m; Height, 2.0 m
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Namer armoured vehicle infantry personnel carrier Israeli army Israel pictures technical data sheet speciifications description identification defence industry military technology
Namer armoured vehicle infantry personnel carrier Israeli army Israel pictures technical data sheet speciifications description identification defence industry military technology


Namer armoured vehicle infantry personnel carrier Israeli army Israel pictures technical data sheet speciifications description identification defence industry military technology

Namer armoured vehicle infantry personnel carrier Israeli army Israel pictures technical data sheet speciifications description identification defence industry military technology
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