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Saturday, September 1, 2012, 09:06 AM
 
Israeli Defence Forces soldiers test the new Namer APC Armoured Personnel Carrier.

Last week, soldiers of the Golani Brigade participated in an exercise on the IDF's (Israel Defence Forces) newest and most advanced armored personnel carrier (APC), the Namer (Leopard). The Namer, which is built on the frame of a Merkava IV tank, boasts advanced technology enabling it to travel safely and securely through difficult and dangerous terrain. Specifically, it is protected against explosives, machine guns, and anti-tank missiles. It is equipped with the Trophy active defense system, as well as an internal air conditioning unit that allows it to travel safely through areas contaminated by hazardous materials.
Author: IDF Ground Forces.

     
Last week, soldiers of the Golani Brigade participated in an exercise on the IDF's (Israel Defence Forces) newest and most advanced armored personnel carrier (APC), the Namer (Leopard). The Namer, which is built on the frame of a Merkava IV tank, boasts advanced technology enabling it to travel safely and securely through difficult and dangerous terrain. Specifically, it is protected against explosives, machine guns, and anti-tank missiles. It is equipped with the Trophy active defense system, as well as an internal air conditioning unit that allows it to travel safely through areas contaminated by hazardous materials.
The 13th Battalion of the Golani Brigade of IDF during a drill held with the new Namer APC in the Golan Heights, northern Israel. (Credit photo Israeli Defense Forces)
     

"The Namer, an APC similar to the Merkava, came into use in 2008, and it is the newest and most advanced armored combat vehicle for infantry in the IDF and in the world," explained Maj. Yitav Mazur, head of the Namer Section of the Infantry Training School. "It is almost identical to the Merkava IV tank, except that they removed the 20-ton turret. What is left is a strong tool, more stable and faster than ever."

In addition to its protective technologies, the Namer is outfitted with advanced weapons systems. For instance, a stabilizing system allows for precise shooting while in motion, letting such gunners to operate more effectively.

Pvt. Stav Globus, a gunner, used such advanced systems in this exercise. "My role is in the lethal sniper's position – meaning that from inside I control the heavy machine gun that is on the Namer's roof and shoots at targets at various ranges," he explained.

"Inside the Namer, we feel very protected," Pvt. Globus added. "There are even air conditioners and coolers. Instead of being exhausted after walking, we arrive at our destination refreshed – and when they drop us off there, we still have the energy to run and fight."

     
The 13th Battalion of the Golani Brigade during a drill held in the Golan Heights, northern Israel. The NAMER ("Tiger"), a new vehicle combining the artillery abilities of the Merkava tank and the APC's shielding capacities, was fully integrated in this drill for the first time, improving the battle tactics used by the IDF in the field.
The 13th Battalion of the Golani Brigade during a drill held in the Golan Heights, northern Israel. The NAMER ("Leopard"), a new vehicle combining the artillery abilities of the Merkava tank and the APC's shielding capacities, was fully integrated in this drill for the first time, improving the battle tactics used by the IDF in the field. (Credit photo Israeli Defense Forces)
 

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