Defense News - Israel
|Friday, August 26, 2011, 11:29 AM|
|Israeli Army (IDF) unveils new all-terrain vehicle, The Sufa 3.|
According to the Israeli Army (IDF) procurement plan, 500 of the new Sufa 3 jeeps will be acquired. The vehicle, which was jointly developed by the IDF, the American Chrysler corporation and the Nazareth vehicle industrial plant, will in the next two years replace the Sufa 1 and Sufa 2 all-terrain vehicles currently used by the IDF.
At a ceremony at the Nazareth plant on Tuesday (August 23), the first jeep was delivered to the head of the Ground Forces Technological Brigade, Brig. Gen. Haim Rubin, who received the keys to the sparkling new vehicle.
"This is a completely different vehicle from the Sufa 2," said Lt. Col. Nissim Einat, the IDF's head of tactical vehicles. "The Sufa 3 is much more comfortable for the user. Inside, it is very similar to a private vehicle. There is an integrated and reliable radio system - much more reliable than the Sufa 2. There are much fewer glitches and problems. Also, it is an automatic vehicle that is driven by a diesel engine."
The Sufa 3 will start to become part of the military landscape this month.
The Sufa 3 "is an excellent tool that meets the IDF's needs, particularly the ground forces," Brig. Gen. Rubin said.